May 05, 2011

Let the Races Begin

The spring racing season is now in full swing! So many races last weekend. Just in our little corner of the northwest we had the Tacoma Half, Eugene Full and Half, Pacific University Twilight, Bloomsday...and of course Oiselle had athletes in almost all of them.

Some of Oiselle Elite team showed up at the Pacific University Twilight to lay down these blistering times.
800m - Kayleen McDowell, 2nd - 2:12.48, Ashley Miller, 6th - 2:16.30
1500m - Kayleen McDowell, 3rd - 4:39.36, Ashley Miller, 9th - 4:45.47
5000m - Jessica Harper, 9th - 18:10.95
400m Hurdles - Emily McCutchan, 1st - 1:02.84 LIFETIME BEST
4x400m relay - McCowell, Miller, McCutchan, Harper, 3rd - 4:04.34

Meanwhile Andrija Barker-McCurry and Marci Klimek ran the Eugene Half, both setting LIFETIME BEST times. Andrija took second place with a time of 1:17:36 and Marci took third in 1:18:55! I was lucky enough to run this race (way back behind the speedsters), and see both girls in the finishers area. Both had huge grins after working so hard out there!

Andrija in Eugene Half

On the East Coast we had Allix Lee-Painter killing it in the 3000m Steeplechase at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford. She hooked second place in 10:22:17.

In the Tacoma Half, Sarah Kjorstad ran her fastest 13.1 yet and cruised across the line with a 2nd place finish! Go Sarah!

In the ultra distances, Brandi Bolli rocked a 50K! She was the fourth woman in her age group. Awesome!

It's so exciting to see these girls getting after their dreams, here's to an exciting spring and summer! Did you race this weekend? We'd love to hear about it!