Running Shorts

  • Jim Vandak, race director for the Army Ten-Miler for the past 22 years, will retire at the end of May. During his tenure, the race has sported among the 15 most finishers in the United States and topped the D.C. area’s races.
  • General registration for the Army Ten-Miler opens at 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 15.
  • Four D.C.-area trails will form the eastern end of a continuous trail network that will reach Seattle, the Rails to Trails Conservancy announced. The National Mall, Rock Creek Trail, Capital Crescent Trail and C&O Canal Towpath will take the trail from the U.S. Capitol out to Cumberland, Md. and beyond.
  • The D.C. Road Runners Track Championship will serve as the championship of the Eastern Track League, which comprises the District Track Club, the Hoka One One New Jersey-New York Track Club, the Atlanta Track Club, Furman Elite and the Nashville Track Club. The league formed to give elite runners in the eastern United States competitive opportunities in advance of the national championships in July.
  • The Maryland State Private Schools Cross Country Championships, Nov. 9, will move to Georgetown Prep.
  • Three runners with local connections qualified for the IAAF Outdoor World Championships in the 5,000 meters at the Peyton Jordan Invitational. Loudoun Valley alumnus Drew Hunter ran 13:21.18, Lee alumnus Josef Tessema ran 13:22.28 and Georgetown alumna Rachel Schneider ran 15:21.44.
  • A bevy of local distance runners won NCAA Division I conference championships this outdoor track season:

    • ACC
      • 800 meters  –Rachel Procratsky Virginia Tech (Good Counsel) 2:04.52
      • 1500 meters –Rachel Procratsky 4:18.42
      • 3,000 meter steeplechase – Fitsum Seyoum Virginia Tech (Tuscarora) 8:44.43
    • Big East
      • 800 meters- Cathilyn McIntosh Georgetown 2:06.95
        • Kenneth Rowe Georgetown 1:50.54
      • 1500 meters- Josette Norris Georgetown 4:34.54
      • 5,000 meters- Caroline Alcorta Villanova (West Springfield) 15:51.13
      • 10,000 meters- Caroline Alcorta Villanova 34:42.28; Madeline Perez Georgetown 36:13.05
      • 4×800 meters- Georgetown  8:49.43 – Josette Norris, Katie Dammer, Katherine Modrall, Sami Corman
      • 3,000 meter steeplechase- Liddell, Christian Georgetown 8:46.09
    • Atlantic Sun
      • 10,000 meters- Nora McUmber Jacksonville (Bethesda-Chevy Chase) 37:12.46
    • Mountain West
      • 10,000 meters- Weini Kelati New Mexico (Heritage) 32:09.10
    • Colonial Athletic Association
      • 1500 meters- Ryan McGorty William and Mary (Chantilly) 3:54.76

 

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