Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Athlete of the Month - October

The month of October could be described as the fastest month of racing in the history of the Nike Fleet Feet Racing Team  as there were so many victories, state records and personal best times.

After reviewing race results and blog posts for the month of October here are the top Nike Fleet Fleet Racing Team athletes of the month. Included are the events that earned each athlete this distinction. Athletes of the month are slightly different than top performances, as these runners had great showings at multiple events in the month. The top athlete of each month will be honored at the year end Christmas Party.

The top performer of the month of October is shared by Brandon York and Candace Jacobs.  In the end, our selection committee determined that they were equally outstanding and instead of declaring one over the other, decided to award both of them.  Brandon started off the month by winning the Fleet Feet Monte Sano 15km in a stellar time of 50:04, which was the fastest 15km on the team this season.  He went on to "train" through Liz Hurley in 15:44 for 2nd place and then in the speed showdown with Josh Whitehead and Blaise Binns at Spooktacular 5km, Brandon  won in another team season best time of 15:19.  Candace ran the same three races as Brandon, except she was the top overall female in all three races, setting state age records in in the 15km (by over 5 minutes) and then in the 5km at Spooktacular (by 5 seconds).

These performances have earned Brandon and Candace the distinction of the Athlete(s) of the Month for October.

Athletes of the Month

Brandon York
  • 1st overall Spooktacular 5km - 15:19 (Team season best)
  • 2nd overall Liz Hurley 5km - 15:44
  • 1st overall Fleet Feet Monte Sano 15km - 50:04 (Team season best)

Candace Jacobs
  • 1st female overall (13th overall) Spooktacular 5km - 17:34 (State age record & Team season best)
  • 1st overall Liz Hurley 5km - 17:55
  • 1st female overall (12th overall) Fleet Feet Monte Sano 15km - 58:37 (State age record & Team season best)

Other Nominees for Athlete of the Month

Brad Schroeder
  • 3rd overall Fleet Feet Monte Sano 15km - 53:59
  • 3rd overall Liz Hurley 5km - 16:09
  • 56th overall Army 10 miler - 55:31
  • 4th overall Spooktacular 5km - 16:08
Eric Charette
  • 2nd overall Life Without Limits 1/2 marathon 1:15:32 (Team season best)
  • 1st overall Xterra 5km - 18:50
  • 7th overall Liz Hurley 5km - 16:36
Donald Bowman
  • 6th overall Spooktacular 5km - 16:59
  • 8th overall Liz Hurley 5km - 16:58
  • 4th overall Fleet Feet Monte Sano 15km - 54:32
  • 1st overall Toray/Rebuilding Together 5km - 17:10
Rob Youngren
  • 5th overall Spooktacular 5km - 16:53
  • 3rd overall Xterra 15km - 1:14:04
  • 10th overall Liz Hurley 5km - 17:16
  • 2nd overall Arsenal 10km
    Team members that look to be on the rise for October include Tim Vinson, Marty Clarke and Blake Thompson.