The Red Devil Harriers did not compete this weekend, electing instead to spend the morning in the beautiful and familiar environs of Waterfall Glen, running our favorite 9.5 mile loop (and then part of another, for many). We saw many friendly faces: the Lady Devils, the Hinsdale South boys XC team, and the DGN runners and coaches (including Coach Kupisch on his trademark roller-skis). However, there were plenty of former Red Devil’s in action this weekend. Here is a quick overview:
Kevin Huang (class of 2014) competed at the Stanford Invitational. Kevin finished 203rd out of 362, running the course in 25:56. He finished as the 8th man for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Kevin’s friend and former teammate Emmett Scully (class of 2014) also got his first taste of big-time Division 1 competition, as he competed in the “Battle of Beantown Invitational” against such powerhouse teams as Oregon and Wisconsin. The Boston College coaches ran the freshman down at the 5K level, and Emmett finished as the 2nd freshman on the team in 16:29, which placed him 18th of the 52 runners in the race. One highlight: he got out hard and was with the leaders when the following photograph was snapped and then tweeted out by flotrack:
Back here in the good old Midwest, three of our Alumni ran at the Brisman-Lundeen Invitational, hosted by Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Chris Kennedy and Ryan Somerfield came as part of a large Illinois Running Club Contingent. Ryan reported to me that this was his first race in quite a while and he was using it to get back into the racing mindset – he finished 295th of 532 total runners in a time of 29:25. Kennedy was not far back, finishing 384th in 31:04. He, too, was not satisfied with his race, but has already reflected on how to adapt for his next one.
Neil Pedersen made his season debut at Augy in style, finishing as the top runner for the Pointers and 20th overall in a personal best time of 25:41. UWSP ended 5th of 39 teams. Neil had to deal with much frustration when he missed most of track season due to injury, so it is great to see him running well again.
I actually ran this same invite all four years when I was in college. In fact, my senior year Augustana hosted nationals, so the pre-national invite was held there, and that was the race when I ran my Collegiate PR for 8K (25:39 – almost there Peds!). My other memory of that race was that I beat Jim Spivey, the former Olympian (he must have been in his mid 40s by that point) who’d jumped in as an unattached runner.
Bill Grimm (at Carleton), Billy Fayette (at Wake Forest), and Matt Kane (at Loras) did not compete this past weekend, but have run in meets earlier this season and should be back in competition soon.
One final result to announce: Pete Richard (class of 2008) finished 5th overall at the Park Ridge Charity Classic, covering 5K in 16:01. Pete won his age group. If I am not mistaken, he will be running in the Chicago Marathon two weeks from today.