Packed weekend! We had longer distance road and trail races from several members of the Collective, as well as fast track and field championship results from high school athletes under their charge.
Peyton had the highlight of the weekend with a breakthrough performance and huge personal best at the St. Michaels Running Festival Half Marathon in Maryland. His 1:08:12 (5:12 pace) was good for a 1st place finish (over prolific racer Michael Wardian) and a 1:04 personal best. Amazingly, Peyton has dropped his half marathon time by about 2:00 in three races over a six month period. Wow. Check out The Running Syndicate for more info on this self-coached runner’s training ideas.
Down in Pisgah National Forest, Javan and Dave took on the Cradle to Grave 30k. Javan had a strong effort to finish second in a distance that is 20 times longer than his current focus - the 1500m. Dave came across the line as the first master and fourth overall. Nice running, guys.
In Asheville, Chass toed the line at the Biltmore/Kiwanis 15k/5k Races 15k in his first race following his April marathon. 52:46 was good enough for second place and a solid day of work.
As many of you know, the Asheville Running Collective is flush with coaches. We have athletes at a wide range of ability levels and ages. Often some of our proudest athletic moments come from these athletes, not ourselves. Peyton had his star Watagua High School distance runner take 2nd place in the very competitive 4A (large school) division of states. Next, Phil’s Swain County HS girls took 3rd overall and earned the win in the 4 x 800m relay at the 1A division. Finally, Mark’s Carolina Day School girls team won their first state title since 2002 with three girls winning a combined five individual state titles.
St. Michael’s Half Marathon - St. Michael’s, MD
Peyton Hoyal - 1st - 1:08:12 PR
Cradle to Grave 30k - Cradle of Forestry, NC
Javan Lapp - 2nd - 2:14:26
Dave Workman - 4th - 2:21:08
Kiwanis Biltmore 15k - Asheville, NC
Chass Armstrong - 2nd - 52:46
NCHSAA 1A State Championships - Greensboro, NC
Swain County High School Girls - 3rd
4 x 800 relay - 1st (9:50)
Emma Pindur - 1600m 3rd
NCHSAA 4A State Championships - Greensboro, NC
Kathleen Mansure - 3200m 2nd
Michael Holland - 3200m 12th
NCISAA 1A / 2A State Championships - Greensboro, NC
Carolina Day School Girls - 1st
Ralene Kwiatkowski - 1st 800, 1st 1600, 1st 3200
Mikayla Ray - 1st Shot Put, 2nd Discus
Hallei Gillis - 1st Discus, 2nd Shot Put