Club Update: March 2019

It’s Spring… almost!  The past few days have been so warm in Mammoth Lakes and especially down in Bishop where we have been training on the regular the last 12 weeks.  The break from the cold, snowy winter just warms my heart… and skin… and joints… and blood! This year has started off pretty well for the Mammoth Track Club elite team.  Here are some of the top results and racing accomplishments by a few of our athletes… CROSS-COUNTRY - Reid Buchanan (26) placed a solid 8th at our National Cross-Country Championships in Tallahassee, FL.  Two years ago Reid finished a disappointing 36th place in this same event in Bend, OR.  Reid has been “Mr. Consistent” by placing 8th or better at multiple U.S. Championship races in the past 18 months. TRACK - In her rookie year as a pro, Grace Barnett placed 8th in both the 1-mile (4:33) and 2-mile (9:50) at the U.S. Indoor Championships on Staten Island, NY.  Just 23 years old, Grace is moving up quickly in the National rankings and currently sits 20th on that list. MARATHON - At the beginning of March, Deena Kastor (46) competed under rainy skies and cold temps in the Tokyo Marathon.  While it was her slowest marathon finish to date, she continues to work towards becoming a very rare “WMM Eight-Star” finisher having competed in the World Championships Marathon and Olympic Games Marathon in addition to all six Abbott World Marathon Majors (Tokyo-Boston-London-Berlin-Chicago-NYC).  *Only the Berlin Marathon remains!  This September, maybe? HALF-MARATHON - Last, but certainly not least, Nico Montanez (25) won the San Diego Half-Marathon in a new course record of 1:04:50 (4:56 mile pace).  His season has revolved around preparing (115-mile weeks) for the 2019 Zurich Marathon at the end of April. Open Track Practice to soon begin! The adult membership will start up its weekly track workouts on Tuesday April 9, 2019.  I'll have membership forms for you to sign up.  The cost hasn’t changed since 2012, still $50/year, a heck of a deal for an official Mammoth Track Club t-shirt and coached workouts! Contact Coach Kastor with any questions or comments.  Andrew @ Coach Kastor . com

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