Bauhs Wins PA Champs

Bauhs Wins PA Champs

By Scott Bauhs

I came into this cross country season determined to get my beat-up legs back up to speed. The plan was lower than normal weekly mileage, a renewed focus on strength training with coach Tim Bayley, and some racing-into-shape over the PA XC circuit. This meant a lot of humbled beatings, mostly at the hands of the venerable Will Geiken, on courses that don't suit my strengths. Coming into the PA Champs I was excited to increase the distance to a 10k, and to have long straight sections to get into a rhythm. I used these sections to gain the lead that turned into my win. It is wonderful to see my strategy work out and I'm excited to take this fitness to Kentucky.

Shoes: Prototype of the HOKA ONE ONE Evo Jawz. (These shoes will launch in March.)

No rhythm...

No rhythm...

Rhythm!

Rhythm!

McManus Crushes 50+, Contests 40+ at PAs

McManus Crushes 50+, Contests 40+ at PAs

By Mike McManus

This was my first race as an Aggie! It only took me 30 years as a post-collegiate athlete to make it happen! I was super pumped to be part of the HOKA ONE ONE Aggies crew, and to help the Aggie Masters team at the PAUSATF Championships.

The race itself quickly turned into a dual meet between the Aggies and a loaded West Valley TC squad. We held our own through 2 laps (4 miles) before the depth of WVTC became too much for a "less than full strength" Aggie Masters team. 

I fought for the minor places (4th-7th) with 3 WVTC runners and ended up 6th. This was good for the top 50+ finish, but not enough to help us top WVTC on the day. Still, I was encouraged that our team has 3 weeks to get everyone healthy, and to prep for Club Nats on Decmeber 9th...

PA Results: https://www.pausatf.org/data/2017/XCChamps2017.html

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Shoes: HOKA ONE ONE EVO flats

Geiken, Bauhs One-Two at Lawson Memorial XC

Geiken, Bauhs One-Two at Lawson Memorial XC

By Gordon Abbott

Cool and sunny weather following a couple of days of light rain made for perfect racing conditions in Marin County today. The HOKA ONE ONE Aggie Open Men's Team took full advantage at the John Lawson Memorial cross country race at China Camp by the San Francisco Bay. 

The course is a test. A fairly tight fire road start gives way to rolling single track after a quarter mile. A mile of that takes you to a quarter mile of blacktop and a sharp left back onto up-and-down single track which lasts until the finish. To quote the great beer miler Brandon Shirk, "You gotta get out." A slow start can leave you struggling to pass on the twisting trail. 
 
Will G and Scott got out hard, taking Johnny Lawson Jr. of Tamalpa with them. Although an out of shape Johnny faded a bit, Will and Scott rolled to a one-two finish to lead a winning Aggie squad. Mark (5th), Derek (7th), and Aric (11th) filled out the scorers, with Neil, Tyler, and Brent right behind. It was a great day for Derek, who is clearly on an upward trajectory.
 With wins at Santa Cruz, GGP, Garin Park and the Matt Yeo meet, only the PA championships on November 19th remain in the quest for a perfect PA season. After that it's on to Lexington for Nationals.

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In addition to the fine showing by the Open Men's team, some of our veteran Aggies XC runners answered the call as well. We were just one geezer short of a team: Doug, Roger, Jeff, and Ernest acquitted themselves well, finishing within about 30 seconds of eachother. Along the way, Doug won the over sixties by a comfortable margin.

Ryan Gustafson elected not to run but showed up with his camera to be our photographer. Thanks for that and to Amanda from HOKA ONE ONE for showing up to keep us all in line...

When you race in Marin, a post race lunch stop at Marin Brewing Company has become a tradition. That was fun as always. If you haven't witnessed it yet, these are great times for our club. We will be in full force at PA's. Don't miss it!

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Phillip Reid Rocks Thrilling United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon

Phillip Reid Rocks Thrilling United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon

A group of elite runners cut through and battled for a podium finish. The first person to cross the finish line on the 13.1-mile course was Phillip Reid of San Luis Obispo, California. The 31-year-old champion clocked one hour, five minutes and 51 seconds. Not far behind was second-place finisher, Sergio Reyes who was a mere nine seconds behind. Third place was awarded to Isidore Herrera (1:06:32).

Abbott Reports From Up High and Down Deep at Matt Yeo XC

Abbott Reports From Up High and Down Deep at Matt Yeo XC

By Gordon Abbott

Somewhere Matt is smiling... This was the Aggies at our best: Organizing a race, racing and winning, throwing a party, and doing all of it with panache. The lasting impression that I'm left with is one of Aggies old and new coming together, contributing, and having fun.

Race set up on Friday had Nolin (13) joining his dad Kevin, along with Joe and me. The races on Saturday had Aggies Founding Father 'nut, and new member (for only a matter of days) Sarah Jonathon, bookended around Aggies competing in six divisions. The post-race picnic had Heather and Jameson's very young kids along with 1977 and 2010 National Marathon Champs, Ed Schlegel and Sergio Reyes.

The races themselves were about as good as it gets. For the Open Women, a win, plus two more in the top 10. Masters Men were 2nd, with three in the top five. Senior Men were 5th (Wow! So many fit 50+ men in the PA!). The Open Men went nuts: 1 through 5, with seven in the top 10, and 13 in the top 20!  Something's happening here. What it is is perfectly clear. (Sorry Steve Stills...) We have a talented, enthusiastic, and well coached bunch of athletes who also happen to be fun to hang out with.

You can find out who did what, names and times, etc., elsewhere (PA Matt Yeo XC Results), but I'd like to single out a few. Will Geiken, Open Men's winner, has been an Aggie since birth and is also doing a great job as Captain. Fellow Los Gatos Wildcat (how about that?) Danielle Katz was in just her third race for the HOKA ONE ONE Aggies. She has two seconds and now a win! Danielle runs with a quirky Mona Lisa smile. Don't be fooled. She is, in the words of team mate Courtney Moore, "a beast".  Will graduated from Harvard, Danielle from Stanford. Both graduated charm school...

These homilies are not complete without acknowledging the workers. Thanks go as usual to the Searls family, and coach Joe, all of whom were out there on Friday afternoon and back again, in the dark, shortly after 6:00 AM on Saturday. Julie, Dirk, and Nolin handled the lead and caboose bike duties. Stacy Geiken took all the great pics.

Team captain can be a thankless job. So, "Thanks!" to Doug, Jeff, Will, Liza, and especially to Heather Mora, who is quickly learning that organizing runners is like herding cats.

Anyone notice that I love the Aggies? 😎

 

Katz Wins at Aggies Matt Yeo XC

Katz Wins at Aggies Matt Yeo XC

By Danielle Katz

The 2017 Matt Yeo Aggie XC Open was my third race as a HOKA ONE ONE Aggie, and in typical newbie fashion, I got lost driving to the meet. I circled downtown Martinez a few times and was beginning to worry, but suddenly I saw the familiar blue tent, heard the classic rock blasting, and knew I was home.
 
Joining me in the women’s race were veterans Aeron Genet and Samo Michel along with fellow newcomers Allie Sulaitis and Sara Jonathan. Though many of us shook hands for the first time that day, we all chanted the Aggie mantra on the starting line like we’d been rehearsing all our lives. Since the course was new to me, I had planned to start out conservatively and follow the leaders. But the calm composure of my teammates during warm-up gave me confidence, and the sound of Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train immediately after the starting gun gave me an extra adrenaline rush.

I almost never go out in the lead, but I succumbed to that magical “home meet” feeling and let it buoy me forward. The first half of the race was a blur of sunshine and familiar faces on the sidelines. By the time I had a mile and a half left, I was alone but for the lead cyclist (I didn’t have the chance to meet him officially, but I seem to recall him turning around at one point and saying, “Come on, Danielle!”) 

Never before have I received such hearty encouragement throughout the entirety of a cross country race. Nor have I ever seen such a large, diverse group unite over a shared love for the sport of running. And never have I received such a resounding welcome into a new family. Though I’m a remote member, you could say I’m used to things long-distance, and my heart beats faster whenever I think about lining up alongside my fellow Aggie women again.

WINNING SHOES: HOKA ONE ONE Carbon Rocket (Prototype)

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Geiken Leads 1-5 Sweep at Matt Yeo XC

Geiken Leads 1-5 Sweep at Matt Yeo XC

By Will Geiken

The Matt Yeo Aggie XC Open was a banner day for the HOKA ONE ONE Aggies Open Men. For me, the highlight of the day was warming up with 20 familiar faces. I’m still a little amazed that we fielded the equivalent of three varsity teams for our home meet, and I would like to extend my thanks to my fellow teammates and the club as a whole for creating such an incredible environment.

Niceties aside, a race is a race, and another great part about our club is the fact that we know how to throw down when the gun goes off. Because I’ve been caught mid-pack in some important races, I’ve been making a point of getting off the line hard this season. On Saturday that left me at the front of the race with my teammate and counterpart from Chico, Will Reyes. We had just met each other before the race started, but I’d learned a little about him from race results and from others who know him a little better. What was important at that point in time was the fact that he has been on a tear lately. Based on what I’d heard, I was expecting either a hard effort from the gun and/or a massive surge during the second half of the race. Would it be the former, the latter, or both? After about a half mile, he moved commandingly into the lead and began pushing ahead, so that partially answered my question. Unsure about how soon to move, I decided to stay within striking distance without overdoing the first mile. That lasted for about 100 meters though, as Scott moved by me and bridged up to Will’s shoulder all in the span of a few seconds. At that point I knew that I needed to be right with that crew, or I was going to be left behind. A quick surge put me at the tail end of the pack, and that’s how we ran through the remainder of the first two mile loop.

Now, I’ve also known Scott to put the hammer down during the third mile on this course, so I was expecting something big to happen as we started the second loop. I think I was a little too ready for it though because I ended up being the one to jump to the lead and put in a hard surge that strung us out again. As a result of that move the race was left as a battle of the Will's (sorry, it’s too easy) and the two of us ran together into the start of the fourth mile. The other Will took the lead back before we went over the bridge that serves as the course’s only hill, and I proceeded to take it back as we headed into the single track section of the course. At that point I committed to staying awake and keeping the pace hard. As it turned out, this was a winning strategy on Saturday. I’m sure it’ll be a different story when we all race again at PA's, but, at least this time around, I heard the footsteps behind me begin to fade as I put the pedal down. From there I doubled down on keeping my turnover fast and efficient. Working through the remainder of the race, I was never sure exactly how much room I had, so when I turned onto the final stretch and heard the melodious voice of Pete Sweeney announce my name, my high school, my high school's mascot, and my entire family tree, I was finally free to breath a little easier.

After finishing I turned and quickly saw four Aggies round out the remaining spots needed for a sweep. (Last year I ended up placing 6th at this meet and blew the sweep, so it was nice to take part in a redemptive race this time around). Even more exciting, though, was the short amount of time it took to see each of the remaining Aggies cross the line. You know it’s a good day when you can remove your top five runners and still have a winning team. (Team results are here.

My thanks to all of the Aggies who helped make the meet possible. It was quite the day. And to all of the Aggies who raced on Saturday, congrats! We’re on our way to some exciting possibilities in the coming months…

WINNING SHOES: HOKA ONE ONE Carbon Rocket  (Prototype)

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Thorne Rejoins Aggies & Wins City to Sea

Thorne Rejoins Aggies & Wins City to Sea

City to the Sea Half Marathon is a local race, so my hubs, Joe, and I didn’t have to stress about the care of our two kiddos. My goal for City to the Sea was to have an enjoyable experience. The last half marathon I raced was in November of 2016 and I vowed not to race another one. I felt that bad. Having my long run top off at 9.5 miles (just the week before) surely didn’t help. This go around was quite different. My long runs and workouts have been solid since rejoining the Aggies.

Reid Beats Velociraptor at City to Sea

Reid Beats Velociraptor at City to Sea

The City to Sea Half Marathon has always been something I've wanted to do and I was super excited for the opportunity.  It was a lot of fun racing with my teammates.