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September 2012 Track Talk


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September 2012 Track Talk

  1. 1. Track Talk The Spiked Shoe Society at the College of William and MaryAugust 2012 http://www.spikedshoesociety.orgDear Friends of Track & Field and Cross-Country,William and Mary track and field athletes have much to beproud of in this Olympic year. At the NCAA meet in June, tive at the top of Division I, it is essential to travel to such meets toElaina Balouris and Brandon Heroux earned All- get the experience and garner at-large points to make it to theAmerica honors. The men’s team’s fifth-place finish at NCAA Championships in November.”indoor IC4As was the squad’s best showing at the meet We hope to see as many of you as possible at Homecoming week-(indoor or outdoor) in over a decade. Also, seven mem- end (October 25–28) and encourage all alumni to come supportbers of the W&M family competed at the U.S. or Canadian the Tribe as William and Mary hosts the 2012 CAA XC Champion-Olympic trials. ships at the Eastern State cross-country course on Saturday, Octo-The upcoming cross-country season promises to be an ber 27. Coach Walsh reports that “the men will be going for theirexciting one for the Tribe as well. Here’s a preview, cour- 13th consecutive CAA title and the women will be looking to knocktesy of Coach Stephen Walsh: off a very talented JMU squad.”“This year the women have a large group of upperclass- Go Tribe!men as junior Elaina Balouris and senior Sara Laskerreturn to lead the team. The men will be a bit younger withnine freshman led by seniors Josh Hardin and AlexMcGrath. We will be traveling to two major meets inhopes of seeing top competition: Paul Short hosted by Randy HawthorneLehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, and Pre-Nationals atthe University of Louisville. Because traveling to bothmeets brings with it a large financial cost, we would like tothank our alumni and friends whose support makes it pos- Ken Hallasible for us to compete with the top teams in the nation.The cross-country season alone will hit our budget forover $40,000 in travel expenses. In order to stay competi- Juan Conde Emily FuriaThe Spiked Shoe SocietyBoard of Directors VolunteersCo-Chairs Website videos and pictures NewsletterRandy Hawthorne ’67 Coach Emil Davis ’85 Harald Anderson ’89Juan F. Conde ’86 Coach David Fritz Emily Furia ’01 Randy Hawthorne ’67 Tim O’Dowd ’80Committee Rick Platt ’72Glenn Crafford ’77 Podcasts Ali Henderson ’04 Jason Schoener ’07 (mens write-ups)Jacob Frey ’04Ken Halla ’86 Jennifer Svan ’93 (womens write-ups)Sue Haynie ’88 Facebook (Type in “Spiked Shoe Society”)Ali Henderson ’04 Kristyn Shiring ’07 Special thanks toMarcie Homan ’95 Alumni Team Organizer Bob Keroack ’79Brian Hyde ’96 Tim O’Dowd ’80 Ken Halla ’86Ron Martin ’74
  2. 2. Find us online at2012 Men’s Track & Field SeasonIndoorAt the IC4A meet, the Tribes fifth-place finish was the best recorded at either the indoor or out-door championships since 2000. Sophomore Josh Hardin (Sterling, VA) won the 5,000m with alifetime best of 14:04.12. He’s the first Tribe runner to win the IC4A indoor 5k since Kevin Krause’94 in 1991. Finishing second was junior Alex McGrath (Marlborough, NH) with a personal-besttime of 14:07.65. In the 3,000m, McGrath and sophomore Rad Gunzenhauser (Pittsburgh, PA)each ran a lifetime best to earn All-East honors. McGrath placed fourth in 8:10.41, with Gunzen-hauser just behind in 8:10.64. Also running a lifetime best was senior Chris Tyson (Arlington,VA), who placed third in the mile in 4:06.57). Sophomore David Gunnerson (Yorktown, VA)placed 10th in the 1,000m, while junior Ben Katz (Manakin-Sabot, VA) took ninth in the long jump.OutdoorWilliam and Mary placed third at the CAA meet behind George Mason and UNC-Wilmington, earn-ing four individual titles and 11 all-conference (top 3) finishes. Senior Brandon Heroux (Westfield,NJ) became the first athlete to win the javelin four years in a row.Alex McGrath won the 5,000m by four seconds in 14:24.92. Josh Hardin was third, freshman WillBass (Nashville, NC) was sixth, and sophomore Andrew Ryan (Gloucester, MA) was seventh.W&M dominated the 10,000m, taking the top two spots and placing five athletes in the top seven.Sophomore Joshua Mercado (Citrus Heights, CA) claimed his first conference crown in 30:50.25,just a step ahead of classmate Rad Gunzenhauser. It’s the 10th year in a row a Tribe runner haswon the event, and both men qualified for the IC4A meet in their first collegiate 10k races. SeniorTyler Jones (Chalfont, PA) was fourth, and Alex McGrath doubled back to take fifth. Senior ZachGates (Fishers, IN) placed seventh.Chris Tyson won the 1,500m in an easy 3:49.98, while junior John Muller (LaGrangeville, NY),redshirt-sophomore Zach Tennant (Fairview, WV), and freshman Ian MacFawn (LaVale, MD)placed second, fifth and eighth, respectively. Will Bass placed second in his first-ever steeple-chase race, while sophomore Jack Anderson (Pfafftown, NC) took third.On the field, freshman Brian Waterfield (Chesapeake, VA) placed third in the shot put, seventh inthe hammer throw, and eighth in the discus. Ben Katz took his third All-CAA award by placing sec-ond in the high jump.At the IC4A Championships, Joshua Mercado was 17th in the 10,000m with a time of 31:11.06,while Rad Gunzenhauser took 21st at 5,000m in 14:34.15.In the first round of the NCAA championships, Chris Tyson placed seventh in his heat of the1,500m. He graduated this year as the sixth-fastest W&M 1,500m runner in history. Josh Hardinand Alex McGrath placed 21st and 25th in the 10,000m.After placing third in the East semifinals, Brandon Heroux advanced to the NCAA finals in DesMoines, Iowa, where he broken his own school record in the javelin with a throw of 73.55m (241-4)and took eight place. He’s the first All-American in a field event for the Tribe since Monk Little (’35)accomplished the feat in the broad jump in 1934 and ’35. It was the end of a fantastic collegiateseason for Heroux, who also took second at the Penn Relays and was named the CAA Scholar
  3. 3. www.spikedshoesociety.orgAthlete of the Year for the second time.During the postseason, Heroux threw 70.02m (229-8) to finish fourth at the NACAC U-23 Champi-onships in Irajuato, Mexico–two weeks after placing sixth at the Canadian Olympic Trials.“I truly feel blessed to have been able to compete for the Tribe over the past four years, and evenmore so to have been able to return from injury as quickly as I did to compete this year,” said Her-oux of the Tommy John surgery that prevented him from competing at the 2011 NCAA Champion-ships. “I’d like to thank all of my coaches, doctors, athletic trainers, family, and friends for all oftheir help and support! I couldn’t have accomplished any of this without all of you.” !2012 Women’s Track & Field SeasonIndoorWilliam and Mary tied for 36th place at the ECAC Championships. Sophomore Elaina Balouris(Allison Park, PA) earned All-East honors in the 5,000m, placing eighth in 17:11.46. In the 1,000mrun, sophomore Christina Lee (Sterling, VA) ran a lifetime best to take seventh in 2:52.47, andjunior Katie Buenaga (Greenville, DE) placed eighth in 2:56.22.The Tribe’s 4x800m relay of freshman Maggie Gutierrez (Purcellville, VA), sophomore OliviaHarding (Roanoke, VA), Katie Buenaga, and junior Michelle Britto (Woodbridge, VA) also earnedAll-East accolades, placing seventh in 9:11.16, the ninth-fastest time ever run indoors at W&M.OutdoorThe Tribe placed eighth at the CAA Championships, earning one individual title and five All-CAAawards. Elaina Balouris won the 10,000m by more than 21 seconds, crossing the line in 35:57.92.Redshirt-junior Natalie Baird (Sterling, VA) placed second in the discus and third in the shot put.In the 1,500m, Katie Buenaga and sophomore Clarissa Schick (Richmond, VA) ran career-besttimes to take third and fourth. Michelle Britto was sixth, and senior Heather Beichner (Cary, NC)took 12th. Freshmen Jess Cygnan (Bethlehem, PA) and Dylan Hassett (Alpharetta, GA) placedthird and sixth in the 5,000m, qualifying for the U.S. Junior Championships.Sophomore Nicole Dory (Fort Worth, TX) tied for fifth in the pole vault, and freshman Nina Ullom(Chantilly, VA) was seventh. Dory also took seventh in the triple jump.At the ECAC Championships, Natalie Baird placed fifth in the discus, two weeks after taking fourthat the Penn Relays—where volunteer assistant coach Darcy McDonald won the Olympic Develop-ment 10,000m in 34:29.Elaina Balouris ran 33:56.26 for 10,000m–missing the school record by just one second–at the Mt.SAC Relays to qualify for the NCAA semifinals, where she ran 34:29.88 for eighth place to moveon to the finals. In the final round, she placed 19th in 34:41.97 and was named to the USTFCCCAHonorable Mention All-America team.“While the race didn’t play out ideally, as it went out extremely fast, it was a huge learning experi-ence and a crucial step for the future,” Balouris said. “I’ve watched some of these girls run thispast year, completely amazed by their speed, and last night, I had the opportunity to race againstthem. I’m looking forward to racing against them in Cross Country in the fall alongside my team-mates! Thank you to my coaches, family, teammates, and friends for supporting me every lap ofthe way.” !
  4. 4. Find us online atTribe Club DonorsBob and Diane Abdo Hugh DeSamper and Karin W. Hogge Scott and Julie HerlihyMaziar Abdolrasulnia Michael and Marikay DiVecchia Doug and Carmen HinkelJennifer Adams Mary Ann Wright Dodge Phil HoeyJoe and Eloise Agee Michael and Sheila Dominguez Lou Hoitsma (D)Trevor Albert Michael C. Dominguez Mike HollandMrs. Amanda Gomaa Allen Drs. Ladislav and Laurie Dory Joe HopkinsCraig Allen Pete and Kathy Dowd John and Jeanne Lull HopkeMr. and Mrs. William C. Allison IV Gary and Christine Doyle Andrew and Amy HorrocksWilliam C. Allison V Jon Doyle Steve and Diane HuebnerDr. Mark and Cindy Corlett Argen- Coach Richard Drake John and Nancy Hummel tine Terry and Susan Driscoll Rob and Sylvia HuntGeorge Ashton III Mr. and Mrs. John Drummond Bill HurleyDr. Nathan and Meredith Altshuler Capt. Tom and Jane Duffey Brian and Jen O’Connor HydeClyde Baker Steve and Barrie Durso Robert and Jennifer InsleyConstantine and Diane Balouris Bobby and Patti Dwyer Tom JensenRodger Bates Eastern State Hospital Kenny JohnsonDave and Diane Bechtol Marc and Kirsten Elim Mark and Joan JordanKeith and Ellen Childress Bechtol Kevin Ellis Jim and Jane KaplanLloyd Becker Deborah Farrell Marc and Sheelah KatzDr. James R. Bellor, Jr. Lloyd Feld, Esq. Charles and Diane KazubaJohn and Sandra Berger Walt and Joanne Fillman Beau and Maryann KealllyBaxter Berryhill Alice Findler and Family Lyman KelleyJames B. Berryhill, Jr. Stephanie Finelli Dr. Scott and Jean KirkBen Blanton Kent and Jennifer Horrocks Francois Dr. Robert and Patricia LandenKevin Bosma Tom and Dianne Frantz Dr. Stephen and Diane LandryWillie and Marsha Bost Dave and Catherine Friedman Elizabeth LaneWade Bourn Emily Furia Michael LangJim Goggin and Deb Boykin Jack and Dottie Gabig Steve and Helen LarsonBill and Barbara Brink Paul and Patricia Gaeto Sara LaskerBrooks Shoe Company Lary and Karen Garrett Terry and John LautzenheiserDr. Anne Larmore Bruehl Jonathan Andrew George, Esq. Lent & Hawthorne, PCPatrick Burke Ed Gibbons Bob and Bonnie LentMr. and Mrs. Bruce Burkett Dr. Karen Giles Todd and Heather LindsleyJim and Marty Callahan Jerry and Carol Gimmel Rod and Jodi MacklinCraig Carey Brian and Rebecca Goebel John and Nina MaloneRichard and Katherine Carling Green Leafe Café Fred and Sharon MaloneyTim Carroll Green Leafe New Town Rob and Barbara MarchbankKevin Clark Mike Gregor Hugh and Jannie MarthinsenMatt Clark Harry Groves* James and Janice Brown MartinHoward Cline Jay and Ann Marie Gsell Ron and Margaret Ann MartinColonial Sports Dick and Linda Sings Guilmart Brad and Barbara MassamCristobal Conde Ken and Debbie Halla Pam and Monty MasonJuan and Katrina Conde Roman and Mitzi Halla Massey’s Camera Shop, Inc.Pat and Kaydene Cousins Pete and Nancy Hammond Erin MastersonGlenn and Susie Crafford Randy and Shelby Hawthorne Pat and Regina McAuleyScott and Dr. Krista Marie Stimson Wendy Warren Heath James Francis McCarthy Crider Alex and Ashley Heacock James Thomas McCarthyCharles and Ginny Crone John and Marcie Homan Heil John McDonaldHiram and Grace Cuevas Daniel and Jacquelyn Henneberg Kelly McElroyTom Cuff Brandon Heroux Michaela McEloryPip and Meghan Kober Decker Paul and Linda Heroux Neil McFarlaneJason and Susan DeHaan Catherine Herrell Kevin McGettiganMr. and Mrs. Otis E. Denby
  5. 5. www.spikedshoesociety.orgChris McIntosh Billy and Suzanne Ricks Dale and Nancy ThomaDr. Rodger and Sheila McKain Riverside Farms Inc. Toano Contractors Inc.Keith McKellop David Rowley “Flip” and Terry ToepkeCharles McQuillan David Ryan Glenn TofilLeslie Minnix-Wolfe Eric Sandridge and Nicole Bost* Jim and Bobbie UkropWillie and Lynn Fitzgerald Mitchell Tilman and Betty Sandy Dan UsherDr. Ben E. Montgomery Jay Saunders Paul Verkuil and Judith RodinSidney A. Mook Charles and Cara Schefer John WaggonerTheresa Moore Herm Schmidt Jr.* Dan and Nancy WalkerDr. Michael Moran Gene and Dr. Karen Kennedy Schultz Michael WalshWilliam and Martha Muller Sentara Healthcare Stephen WalshJohn and Lenore Munger Paul Serra Ken and Nancy WardJess Muskey George Seward Louella Jane Crane WardKathy Newberry and Alex Gibby Gary Shelly and Elaine Carlson Kimberly WatsonMary Nixon Charles and Susan Shepard Brant and Cathy Sardo WeidnerMr. and Mrs. John P. Ottaway III Jack and Jean Smith Chris WenkDoug and Linda Pace Tommy (D) and Josie Smith Ken and Sandra WidellDana Pascarella Steve Snyder Brian WilberWilliam Patchak Solertium Corporation Dr. Rich and Carolyn WilfongPaul’s Deli Dan and Mary Stebbins JoAnn WilkinsRoss and Sylvia Payne Tyler Steel Monica WilliamsRick Platt Tom St. Germain Williamsburg Campground, Inc.Steve and Susan Policastro Dr. Jessica Stanek Bob and Louann WitcofskiFrancis Recchuiti Dan and Rosemary Stimson Ted and Diana WoodAlan and Nyla Reed Charles and Sheryll Strode Tuggy (D) and Ginny YoungScott and Debra Renn Jesse and Lavonne Tarleton Dan and Teresa ZarubaCharlie and Sally Rhodes Gregory Teal *Friends of Track and Field & Cross CountryScott and Catherine Richter Erik and Jacqueline Thamm Endowment Endowments Richard L. Baker Memorial Scholarship Kenny and Vickie Johnson Scholarship Joseph C. “Scrap” Chandler Scholarship Lyman M. Kelley, Jr. Scholarship Roy and Ethel Chernock Scholarship Patrick J. Lamb Memorial Scholarship Conde and Donos Scholarship Robert G. Langer Memorial Track Scholarship Glenn Crafford Scholarship Thomas George Langer Memorial Scholarship Charles and Ginny Crone Men’s Track Scholarship Men’s Track Fund Scholarship Jeff Drenth Memorial Track Scholarship Glenn Moore Scholarship Worth and Elizabeth Dunlap Memorial Scholarship Orange Kitty Catte Track Scholarship Arthur J.S. and Carolyn K. Eberdt Scholarship John P. Ottaway, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Jeanne B. Etheridge Memorial Scholarship Davis Y. “Pat” and Agnes W. Paschall Memorial Track Scholarship William E. “Bill” Findler Memorial Track Scholarship John Randolph Memorial Scholarship Katherine Kilcourse Furey Memorial Scholarship A.M. “Mac” and Isabelle P. Rucker Memorial Scholarship Harry R. Groves Track Scholarship Alan Arthur Sim Memorial Scholarship Dave and Barbara Harman Scholarship David M. Smith Memorial Scholarship Charles F. Harper Scholarship Spiked Shoe Society Scholarship Anne L. Hatcher Memorial Scholarship Nick St. George Athletic Scholarship Pete Jones Memorial Scholarship Dan Stimson Scholarship Randy and Shelby Hawthorne Head Coach Endowment Paul and Susan Turner Track ScholarshipAlexander B.F. “Farrar” and Norma Holden Memorial Scholarship Andrew V. White Memorial Scholarship Intercollegiate Track Scholarship Edward J. Willi Memorial Track Scholarship Warren Joblin Family Scholarship Women’s Track Scholarship
  6. 6. Find us online at www.spikedshoesociety.orgProvost Award WinnersOn March 15, the College recognized 81 student-athletes,including 15 from track and field, with the Provost Award, forachieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher.Men’s RecipientsWill Bass, Matt Clark, Zach Gates, Brandon Heroux, JacksonStone.Women’s RecipientsMelissa DiVecchia, Nicole Dory, Anna Rose Gellert, MaggieGutierrez, Olivia Harding, Casey Lardner, Sara Lasker, LeiaLautzenheiser, Grace Thomas, Kayla Trantham. !Alumni NewsJon Grey ’11 was recently awarded a Roads Scholar grantfrom the Road Runners Club of America. He is currently amember of Team USA Minnesota.Sonja Friend-Uhl ’93 took second place (28:19) at the Mas-ters USATF 8k Championship, which was held in Williamsburgin May.Ed Moran ’03, MPP ’05, MBA ’11 placed 17th at the New YorkCity Half Marathon in 1:02.51. !W&M at the Olympic TrialsThe men’s and women’s Olympic marathon trials took place inHouston, Texas on January 14. Keith Bechtol ’TK finished27th in 2:16.02, while Kathy Newberry ’00 was 16th in 2:36.18.At the track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, Christo Landry’08 finished 17th in the 10,000m with a time of 28:35.46. PatrickRoach J.D. ’12, a multiple-time All-American at D-III Messiah,competed in the quarterfinals of the 800m, running 1:50.11 tofinish seventh in his heat and 30th overall. Earlier this year,Roach broke the Colonial Relays 800m record, running 1:48.72.For the women, volunteer assistant Janice Keppler cleared4.25 meters (13-11.75) to tie for ninth place in the pole vault,and Betsy Graney ’11 placed 18th in the 3,000m steeplechase,running 9:59.76. !
  7. 7. www.spikedshoesociety.orgSee More Stories, Pictures, Videos, and Updates OnlineThis newsletter is just a snapshot of everything that has hap- To help you keep in touch with your friends and teammates, Thepened on the team over the past few months. By taking the Spiked Shoe Society has set up groups on several social net-Spiked Shoe Society online it is our hope that we can keep eve- working sites. In particular, you can find us on Facebook andryone up to date while simultaneously reducing paper mailings. LinkedIn by typing in “Spiked Shoe Society”Going online also allows us to take advantage of the many rich The most important thing about the Spiked Shoe Society is you.multimedia outlets available on the web. Let us know what you want to see on the website or in this news-Visit for regular updates on team- letter. Tell us what you’ve been up to since you’ve graduated.mates past and present. There you’ll find photographs and video Have you run in any interesting races (it doesn’t matter how fast, most of us are “retired” after all)? Any exciting life changes? We’llfrom races, radio-style interviews available for download as pod- put it up on the blog so your old teammates can catch up withcasts, meet results, and links to news stories covering current what you’ve been doing. The Spiked Shoe Society is here forstudent athletes and alumni alike. you so help us make it better by becoming an active partici-While you’re there, feel free to leave a comment on any story. pant!Let us know what you think! Plus you can sign up to receive If you’ve ever wondered what your old teammates have been upupdates by e-mail or in your favorite RSS reader. to, chances are good they’re wondering about you too! Be sure to include your full name and graduation year with any stories orLooking to get in touch with fellow classmates? You can find information you send information for old friends at the alumni database(, login: Please e-mail Ken Halla at if you havewmalumni and password: sunkengardens). While you’re there, any news, ideas, or thoughts so he can put them on the webpagetake a second to check your own email and mailing address. or in the newsletter. !Yes, I support Friends of W&M Track and Field and Cross-CountryYes, I support Friends of W&M TRACK AND FIELD & CROSS-COUNTRY. My gift is $ . Enclosed is my check, made payable to Friends of W&M Track and Cross-Country. Charge my MasterCard/Visa/Discover/American Express # Exp. Date: Security Code:Name: Phone (H) (W)Address:City, State, Zip: E-Mail:Does your firm match gifts? Please include matching gift form with your contribution.My gift is designated for: WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD & CROSS-COUNTRY (0758) MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD & CROSS-COUNTRY (0469) Endowment Name: FRIENDS OF TRACK AND FIELD & CROSS-COUNTRY ENDOWMENT ($2,500) NAME ON “FRIENDS” ENDOWMENT? DESIGNATION SPIKED SHOE SOCIETY ENDOWMENT/MEN’S TRACK WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD ENDOWMENT Please send completed forms to: W&M Tribe Club, P.O. Box 399, Williamsburg, VA 23187
  8. 8. Track TalkThe Spiked Shoe Society at the College of William and MaryAugust 2012 http://www.spikedshoesociety.org2012 Cross-Country Schedule Support the Tribe!Sept. 1 – at Richmond To make a contribution to the cross-country and trackSept. 15 – W&M Invitational, 9:45 a.m. and field teams, use the enclosed envelope or visitSept. 28 – Paul Short Invitational, Bethlehem, PA spikedshoesociety.orgOct. 13 – Pre-Nationals, Louisville, KYOct. 13 – Tribe Open, 9:45 a.m. If you would like to volunteer for the Spiked Shoe Soci-Oct. 27 – CAA Championships, Williamsburg (HOMECOMING) ety, please e-mail Ken Halla ( 2 – Massey Cancer Center 5K Run, WilliamsburgNov. 3 – UVA Open, Charlottesville, VA To get live updates from meets from Coach StephenNov. 9 – NCAA Southeast Regional Championships, Charlotte, NC Walsh, follow the team on Twitter: @wmxctf.Nov. 16 – ECAC/IC4A Championships, Bronx, NYNov. 17 – NCAA Championships, Louisville, KYThe College of William and Mary 1st Class MailPost Office Box 8795 U.S. Postage PaidThe Spiked Shoe Society Williamsburg, VAW&M Athletics Permit #26Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795