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.
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!