Washington, DC

By Dickson Mercer

For July, the weather was perfect. But at the fifth annual Crystal City Twilighter, held last night in Arlington, VA, there was something else in the air – in addition to a pleasant mist.

Teamwork.

Regional USATF clubs – each able to enter multiple teams of three runners – competed for a top prize of $1,000 over a fast course.  (The course records are 14:03 for men and 16:21 for women.)

[button-red url=”http://results.bazumedia.com/event/results/event/event-619″ target=”_self” position=”left”] Results [/button-red]Additionally, more than 100 prep runners – and roughly a dozen area high school club teams – participated in the High School Club Team Challenge. The top club team was Washington, DC’s Gonzaga College High School Club, while Nick Bussian of Nokesville, VA was the top prep runner, finishing in 16:53.

And for more than 20 police officers from Washington, DC and Northern Virginia, the Crystal City Twilighter was the capstone to seven weeks of training through a new program called Fit For Duty.

One of Fit For Duty’s volunteer coaches, Ty Heaton, said that all of the program’s participants finished and enjoyed the experience.

“They are looking to spread the word for next year, make it a bigger program … some want to do 5Ks in the fall to see how they can do,” he said.

In the men’s race, with less than a mile to go, Frank DeVar, Sean Graham, and Steve Hallinan – all in the lead pack – were focused on the same prize. As DeVar put it, the goal was to have their Pacers club go “one, two, three.”

“We all run with Pacers,” Graham said, who won in 15:03, two seconds ahead of DeVar. “We run together, train together – it’s hard not to race together, too.”

But Richmond’s Piotr Dybas sure made it interesting. With less than a quarter-mile to go, the 25-year-old made a bold move to the front. And while Graham and DeVar managed to reel him in, Dybas, 25, succeeded in splitting up the group. He took third in 15:08, holding off Pacers’ Steve Hallinan in 15:11 and Jeff Brannigan in 15:23.

The top team, officially, was DeVar, Hallinan, and Brannigan. Dybas led the second-place squad, RVATC, with fellow Richmond residents Jon Molz (7th, 15:43) and Guy Alton (8th, 15:45). In third was another Pacers squad – this one comprised of Graham, Tripp Southerland (12th, 16:12), and Chris Boyd (22nd, 16:43).

For the women, Maggie Infeld, who competes for the New York Athletic Club, won in 16:52.

Infeld, 26, of DC recently competed in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in both the 800 and the 1500, in which she placed 7th in 4:08.32. After the trials, Infeld, currently in her third year of medical school, started a surgery rotation, she said. As of late, she has had little time to run, let alone train.

“I love D.C. area road races because it forces you to get in a hard effort that’s hard to get in otherwise,” she said.

After Infeld, the next three spots belonged to Pacers’ Lauren Centrowitz (17:20), Kerri Gallagher (17:28) and Erin Koch (17:30) – all members of the winning club.

The 2nd place female team, Georgetown Running Company, was led by Laura O’Hara, who was 9th in 18:50, with teammates Teal Connor and Kyra Rathbun both just a second behind her.

Pacers’ 3rd place female team included Lindsay Ritchings (6th, 18:07), Ashley Campbell (14th, 19:15), and Veronica Tinney (22nd in 20:08).

In the master’s division, Edmund Burke (left) of Burtonsville, MD was top male in 16:35, good for 18th overall. Alisa Harvey of Manassas, VA was top female in 18:42, good for 8th overall.

For all runners, the cool temperatures were a relief.  (At last year’s race, the temperature was right around 100 degrees.)

“Given the last couple weeks,” Willis McCloud, 53, of Woodbridge, VA, said, “a lot of us were really apprehensive about what the conditions were going to be like today – so this was perfect.”

McCloud ran last year’s Marine Corps Marathon and now is training for a Tough Mudder competition, he said. And after finishing the race in 24:36, he cheered on other runners entering the final stretch – his way of returning the favor.

“There was a lot of fan participation during the race,” he said, “which for me always helps. I like when there are a lot of people on the sides, cheering, holding signs up.”

Fellow Marine Corps Marathon finisher Crystal Douglas, 47, who ran the race with her husband, Lewis Douglas, 45, also enjoyed the atmosphere, she said.

“It was very lively,” she said. “Plus, we’ve never done a night race – so that was cool.”

Cool, indeed.

“Compared to last year,” DeVar said of the weather, “this was perfection.”

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By James Moreland
Crystal City, VA
July 23, 2011
For the Washington Running Report

A look at the start before the runners lined up.

This race is an event. Wandering around the center you could easily see this event was fully prepared with food and drink, from Budweiser to Muscle Milk with a side of ice cold water in between. Some of the other events closed up shop with the record heat wave this week but Pacers knew that runners are a tenacious bunch.

They knew they would be coming in record numbers. Some would be reveling in the fact that it was so hot. Last weekend Rockville Rotary Twilight 8k proved that a well planned can handle just about anything. Those who did not know they could not handle it… handled it. Michael Wardian coming off a treadmill marathon the night before was all smiles before launching into a solid 16:24 that made him the top submaster.

Wardian, (left) among a long list of Chuck Moeser fans, echoed his credo that anything is possible just go after it was zest. Mega mile Mike has already qualified for the Olympic Trails qualifying PR at Grandmas (2:17:49). Still, he was justly even more proud of his third place finish at the where few dare to tread Bad Water Ultra Marathon where he ran 135 miles in 26:22.

Steve Hallinan, winner of last fall’s Capital Running Company Veterans Day 10k in 29:54, was the clear favorite as the massive field pressed across the starting line. Make no mistake even with tough conditions; this field like past years is packed with elite runners.  Last year was nearly as hot as Julius Kogo hosed the field with an incredible 14:03. This year while much of the field was winding past the finish line at the halfway of the double out and back course, Hallinan was easily winning in the 11th time in the first four years that was faster than 15:00.

Seventy meters back Birhanu Feysa glanced nervously over his shoulder like he was making a jail break. Then he turned back realizing that he had number two in the bag with a swift 15:02. The next three came in with a rush, led by Fasil Bizuneh of Flagstaff, AZ.  Frank Devar had his fastest time of three races in 15:10 though the first two years was a slightly different course that was perhaps slightly hillier.

This course is pancake flat though runners seem pleased by the downhill (maybe a foot) in the first mile versus the dreaded last mile (maybe two feet up hill). Maybe there were just a little more heated then ya think?

Fifth place Andrew Dumm may have felt the heat even more as the last two years he had been well under 15:00. His time of 15:13 was just ahead of Bert Rodriguez who had been faster than 15:00 when he won it all at the Clarendon 5K last fall.

The top master was no surprise though it was well off Edmund Burke’s overall win at the Crystal City Friday race in the spring. Anytime you have 25 men faster than 17:00 who know you have a competitive race.

For the women, before the race Alisa Harvey, 45, was alluding to how hard hot weather can be on racers. Modest but realistic, when she is not expecting to be the overall winner, you know you have a tough field. Last year another masters runner Elena Orlova won it all in 17:20, and she was 20th overall. Did we mention that it was hot this year? After the race Harvey was asked if she saw Orlova. Her answer was “Briefly at the start and then whoosh!”

Tezata Dengarsa has been dominating all year winning the spring rankings. She raced Pike’s Peek in 33:59 while Orlova has been regrouping for the first six months of the year and had a tepid race there in 38:12. Last week she ran the Twilight 8K to a masters victory in 29:36 but Dengarsa had a 5K victory in June at 16:42. At the gun Dengarsa pulled away to win in 17:11. That was the same time that Orlova ran in 2009 to finish third overall.

This year Erin Koch moved ahead at the finish in 17:36 to edge Orlova (17:38) and hard charging Lisa Thomas (17:41). Thomas had been third overall last week in Rockville with 28:47 so it is clear that Orlova is making her way back to the full speed that earned her the highest ranking for a master runner in 2010.

Alisa Harvey (left) is at her best in the first mile of a race with world class middle distance speed. Still her masters win in 18:34 would have made all but seven of the women jealous. She had been third overall in the inaugural year with 17:42.

For the grandmasters, Jean Christophe Arcaz continues to make it look easy with a blazing 18:25. Heather Sanders, 56, whipped all the runners 50-59 by at least a minute, and there were appropriately fifty of them.

Before the race runners were continuously warned about the heat. There were two water stations on the course as well as and sponge station and a mist making machine. We all sweated copiously anyway. At the finish there were many barrels of iced water bottles. Eager runners clustered around the first couple of barrels which were refilled a number of times. Smarter, stronger runners moved past them to the still full and ultra chilled barrels further back.

Just past the liquid was the food tent. After runners walked through grabbing chips and fruit there was a Muscle Mile stand. Following that was the McCafe truck and then the King of Beers as runners circled back around to their bag check area. Hundreds hung around listening to the invigorating music. Now the breeze seemed almost cooling in the shaded park in the middle of the square. That is where the awards started promptly at 9:30.

With plentiful free parking and all these amenities, it is no wonder why this twilight race continues to grow.

AWARDS LIST 

                         FEMALE OVERALL RESULTS

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time Net Time 
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ======== ======== 
    1  2653 Tezata Dengarsa        29 Arlington          VA 17:10.40 17:10.40 
    2    16 Erin Koch              23 Chevy Chase        MD 17:35.79 17:35.79 
    3  2109 Elena Orlova           41 Gaithersburg       MD 17:38.00 17:38.00 
    4  2075 Lisa Thomas            35 Alexandria         VA 17:40.69 17:40.69 
    5  2375 Stefanie Slekis        23 Dumfries           VA 17:58.69 17:58.69 

                           MALE OVERALL RESULTS

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time Net Time 
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ======== ======== 
    1    11 Steve Hallinan         25 Washington         DC 14:50.08 14:50.08 
    2  2650 Birhanu Alemu Feysa    29 Silver Spring      MD 15:01.32 15:01.32 
    3  1153 Fasil Bizuneh          31 Flagstaff          AZ 15:06.21 15:06.21 
    4  1152 Frank Devar            23 Washington         DC 15:09.45 15:09.45 
    5    67 Andrew Dumm            26 Arlington          VA 15:12.84 15:12.84 

                         FEMALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 5

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1607 Ella Harrison           5 Falls Church       VA   44:43.6   42:20.0 

                          MALE AGE GROUP:  1 - 5

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1638 Alex Horowitz           5 Washington         DC   37:43.4   34:55.0 

                         FEMALE AGE GROUP:  6 - 10

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2122 Anissa Cheikh          10 Annandale          VA   30:45.5   30:30.4 
    2  1759 Michelle Emery         10 Arlington          VA   34:11.9   32:53.5 
    3  2364 Olivia Nammo            8 Arlington          VA   36:37.1   35:16.7 

                          MALE AGE GROUP:  6 - 10

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1610 Rheinhardt Harrison     7 Falls Church       VA   24:27.3   24:13.2 
    2  1578 Blake Deterding         7 Alexandria         VA   29:48.4   29:00.4 
    3  2946 Michael Halpern         7 Anchorage          AK   32:50.4   32:19.1 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  11 - 14

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2005 Brenda Rosas           12 Silver Spring      MD   23:34.2   23:34.2 
    2  2035 Katie Rogers           13 Alexandria         VA   24:17.7   23:55.8 
    3  2451 Adriana Rosas          11 Silver Spring      MD   24:38.8   24:38.8 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  11 - 14

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2381 John Rangel            14                         19:43.0   19:42.4 
    2  1540 Alex Min               14 Burke              VA   25:05.7   23:21.2 
    3  1921 Lozie Goolsby          14 Alexandria         VA   24:03.5   23:40.9 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  15 - 18

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1281 Amanda Parker          18 Burke              VA   22:31.6   22:06.3 
    2  2053 Kendall Cowne          16 Chantilly          VA   24:00.3   22:22.8 
    3  2413 Nina Srikongyos        17 Springfield        VA   23:19.3   22:30.0 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  15 - 18

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2909 Lou Colson             15 Alexandria         VA   16:42.1   16:40.7 
    2  2048 Dagmawi Abebe          17 Gaithersburg       MD   17:09.1   17:09.1 
    3  2113 Luke Levan             18 Burke              VA   17:14.2   17:13.7 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  19 - 29

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2649 Keneni Chala           28 Washington         DC   18:24.4   18:24.4 
    2  2038 Erin Swain             29 Arlington          VA   18:38.4   18:38.4 
    3    68 Laurel MacMillan       21 Arlington          VA   19:07.5   19:07.5 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  19 - 29

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1    60 Will Viviani           29 Arlington          VA   15:24.0   15:24.0 
    2    57 Jeff Brannigan         22 Washington         DC   15:27.2   15:27.2 
    3  2356 Ryan Foster            26 Arlington          VA   15:33.4   15:33.4 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 39

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2040 Lindsay Wilkins        33 Arlington          VA   18:17.7   18:17.7 
    2  2929 Jackie Gruendel        36 Clifton           VA   18:52.6   18:52.5 
    3   100 Annie Grondin          38 Arlington          VA   20:22.6   20:17.4 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 39

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1807 Bert Rodriguez         31 Arlington          VA   15:18.4   15:18.4 
    2  2652 Tareku Bokan           30 Herndon            VA   15:30.4   15:30.4 
    3  2248 Michael Wardian        37 Arlington          VA   16:23.2   16:23.2 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 49

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1    18 Alisa Harvey           45 Manassas           VA   18:34.2   18:34.2 
    2    58 Kristi Markowicz       41 Arlington          VA   19:09.5   19:09.5 
    3  1682 Corky Sturtevant       41 Springfield        VA   22:51.7   22:36.3 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 49

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1    53 Edmund Burke           42 Burtonsville       MD   16:54.0   16:54.0 
    2  1446 Bill Pemberton         40 Alexandria         VA   17:17.5   17:16.0 
    3  2666 Derik Thomas           45 Alexandria         VA   17:38.6   17:38.6 

                        Female Age Group:  50 - 59

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2627 Heather Sanders        56 Mclean             VA   23:40.4   23:33.4 
    2  2010 Linda Kennedy          50 Alexandria         VA   24:52.0   24:08.7 
    3  2805 Dorothy Wright         53 Dumfries           VA   27:18.0   26:56.1 

                         Male Age Group:  50 - 59

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2613 Jean-Christophe Arcaz  50 Rockville          MD   18:25.1   18:25.1 
    2  1107 Peter Cini             53 Fairfax            VA   19:57.1   19:55.2 
    3  1141 Scott Livingston       51 Pittsburgh         PA   20:27.5   20:24.5 

                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 69

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1755 Mary Kessler           62 Wallingford        PA   26:41.9   26:30.4 
    2  1754 Melanie Brennan        61 Alexandria         VA   32:20.2   32:07.9 
    3  1932 Wilma Uribe            61 Alexandria         VA   35:48.4   34:49.8 

                         Male Age Group:  60 - 69

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  2209 Bob Hersh              60 Arlington          VA   25:20.9   24:39.6 
    2  1716 James Carey            60 Alexandria         VA   27:28.7   26:47.9 
    3  2698 Richard Turner         60 Washington         DC   28:25.7   26:49.9 

                        Female Age Group:  70 - 99

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1428 Frances Widmann        76 Chapel Hill        NC   32:48.2   31:52.6 

                         Male Age Group:  70 - 99

Place No.   Name                  Age City               St Gun Time  Net Time  
===== ===== ===================== === ================== == ========= ========= 
    1  1515 Ken Quincy             73 Vienna             VA   29:18.1   29:14.7 
    2  2134 Robert Gurtler         76 The Plains         VA   33:40.0   32:54.6 
    3  1251 John Finney Jr.        71 Arlington          VA   34:15.0   33:09.4

 

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