The Manchester Running Company racing team took to the streets for two USATF-CT Grand Prix Road Races last weekend (June 11-12), coming away with three victories, including two by the masters women’s team. In addition to the victories, the MRC team took a runner-up, a pair of third-place finishes, and one fourth-place showing. The team competed at the Spring Street Mile in Manchester on Saturday and then traveled to Litchfield on Sunday afternoon for the Litchfield Road Race (7.1 miles).
Kathleen Shaw led the charge in both races for the masters women, she was 15th overall at the Spring Street Mile in an MRC masters record 5:28 and then came across as the top MRC masters lady in Litchfield in 52:55. Sarah Ferrero was second on the team at the mile in 5:51 while Melissa Emmerich closed the book in 5:58 at Spring Street. Emmerich was second for the team in Litchfield (56:04) and Michele Kay was the closer on Sunday with a time of 1:00:28. The milers outpaced Milford Road Runners by just over a minute for the victory while putting a four-minute cushion on Milford at the Litchfield Hills Road Race.
The MRC grand-masters men took the surprise win at the mile, the first grand masters victory for the MRC team in its short history. Joe Hallisey (5:09), Tom Soisson (5:27) and Mitch Bielenda (6:02) were the three scorers who eked out the 10-second victory over Mohegan Striders. The masters men were third at the mile behind a MRC record 4:46 from Kevin Vallez while David Fusfeld (5:07) was the second scorer and Hallisey was third.
The open women’s team, led by Melissa Stellato (5:00), Jess Tutolo (5:08) and Briana Demers (5:22) took second and the open men’s squad was third in a battle that saw just 30 seconds separating the top three teams.
The open men’s team bounced back with a third place showing on Sunday in Litchfield led by Morgan Kennedy‘s 17th place overall finish (39:12). Adam Bulewich, Adam Gootnick, Hallisey and Patrick Byrne all finished within 2:30 of each other to secure tight scoring and third place behind SoundRunner Racing and Mohegan Striders. The open women also took third with Tracy Deeter (46:40) showing why she is one of the top runners in the state; Deeter was supported by Demers and Shaw in the women’s open scoring. The men’s masters team was fourth on Sunday with Bulewich, Hallisey, Fusfeld and Tom Soisson competing over the hills of Litchfield.
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