Solid results at Coogan's 5K
PPTC had a good showing at Coogan's Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K on Sunday. 40 members braved the hour-long trip and chilly conditions to complete the first NYRR Club Points Race of the year. The PPTC men finished 16th overall, led by Keith Williams (17:23); this should be good for 4th or 5th in the B Division, to be confirmed. Matt Strawn (19:23), Tom Greene (19:27), Coach Tony Watson (19:40), and Gary Wang (19:50) rounded out the team scoring.
Nicole Importico (21:19) was tops for the female team, which placed 15th. Also scoring were Dominique Gagne (21:29), Susie Teal (21:48), Valarie Hing (23:31), and Yvetta Barner (23:35).
In the Masters (40+) division, Tom Greene and Coach Tony were joined by Tim Shields (21:08) to take 15th. On the women's side, Patty ChongTenn (24:13) scored with Valarie and Yvetta for 10th overall.
The Veterans (50+) men finished 10th, represented by Coach Tony, Tim Shields, and Ted Janger (23:07).
Full results are here.
This is a notoriously difficult course. The geography of upper Manhattan recalls the quick ups and downs of the Cyclone. (Note for next year: the hill after the turnaround is really long.) Fort Washington Avenue is narrow, often leaving runners - particularly those starting after the first two corrals - short of space to maneuver.
The next NYRR Club Points Race is the Scotland Run 10K on Saturday, April 6. After today, attacking Harlem Hill should be a breeze.
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