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USA Club Cross Country Championships in San Francisco

13 members of the Dukes Track Club competed at the USA Club Cross Country Championships in San Francisco this past weekend! The race was held at the beautiful Golden Gate Park and the course featured mud, grass, hills, and dirt! The Dukes were represented by eight men in the Men's Open 10k, five women in the Women's Open 6k, and Brant in the Master's 10k!

The Dukes men finished 23rd out of 59 teams and the A race had 411 runners! In addition, another ~150 runners and 11 teams competed in the B race! 346 women competed in the Women's Open race!

William Marquardt 82nd in 31:24
Tony Clement 85th in 31:26
Sal Perdomo 161st in 32:31
Timothy Gill 217th in 33:20
Phil Keller 231st in 33:29
Myles Kloer 247th in 33:47
Zach Chenoweth 374th 37:42
Jonathon Campbell 381st 37:51
Brantley Lutz finished 31st in 34:04 in the Masters race!
Arlene Espinoza 147th in 22:44
Madeleine Carey 188th in 23:13
Ashlee Smalley 212th in 23:44
Christine Garves 262nd in 24:48
Shihlin Lu 346th in 41:13
Post-race team…

3rd Annual Friendsgiving

Another year with the Dukes, another successful Friendsgiving. 57 people, including members of the Dukes and their families, attended the annual event to celebrate friendship, food, and other festivities.







Recent Happenings with the Dukes Track Club!

The Dukes have had a relatively quiet few weeks, while most people gear up for their respective Turkey Trots, marathons, and the USA Club Cross Championships in San Francisco. With this said, we have had some results, which include some local 5k and 10k victories and a full Ironman finisher!

Congratulations to Lauren Thompson for finishing her first full Ironman! Lauren was the 51st female to cross the line in 11:00:53!

Pedro Rodriguez and Chris Peverada took 1st and 2nd in the Camo Run 5k!

Shihlin Lu, Kathy Kirsling, and Chris Peverada competed in the Iron Horse 5k and Desert States Club XC Invitational at Albuquerque Academy!

Cheryl Serena was the 1st overall female in the 10K Soroptimist Club of Las Cruces Turkey Trot!

Welcome Emily Reese to the Dukes Track Club!

We would like to welcome Emily Reese to the Dukes Track Club! Emily comes to us from Georgia, by way of both Harvard and UNM. Emily competed at the NCAA West Regional Outdoor Track and Field Championships for UNM. She has speedy PR's of 16:29 for the 5k and 34:11 for the 10k. We are excited to have her on the Dukes!

USATF New Mexico Association Cross Country Championship

This past weekend, several members of the Dukes Track Club competed against the Sports Warriors Track Club for the USATF NM Association Championship. The race was held at the Run the Bosque 8k! It was a hard fought race on dirt and single track trails with sharp turns, but the Dukes came out on top! The Dukes beat the Sports Warrriors by a small margin - 26 to 29.

2nd - William Marquardt - 25:11
3rd - Tony Clement - 25:45
5th - Timothy Gill - 25:59
7th - Sal Perdomo - 26:19
9th - Kristopher Houghton - 26:40
11th - Justin Weins - 27:50
12th - Myles Kloer - 27:59
13th - Brantley Lutz - 28:22
14th - Jonathon Campbell - 29:35
16th - Andrew Marschall - 29:59
22nd - Mica Comstock - 30:46
23rd - Todd Hierlmaier - 31:04

Congratulations to Emily Reese and Dorota Gruca for winning the Open and Master's Division!
Emily finished in a time 30:02, while Dorota finished in 31:25!





Athens Marathon Champion!

Congratulations to Minori Hayakari, who finished 1st in the classic Athens Marathon this past weekend! Minori ran 2:52:05! The race starts in the Greek city of Marathon and finishes in the Olympic stadium - very historic competition!


Phoenix10k

William Marquardt, Tony Clement, and Sal Perdomo traveled to Phoenix to compete in the Phoenix 10k! The 10k was highly competitive with two runners breaking 30 minutes! Will ran a blazing time of 30:50, good for 7th place. Tony finished in 8th place with a time of 31:47, after helping crew for Pev's 100 miler the day before!

Duke City Marathon, Relay, and 5k

The Dukes had a great showing at the Duke City Marathon this year! The team was represented in the 5k, half marathon, marathon, and marathon relay (Thanks to Heart and Sole Sports, Matt Glasier, and Jon Hockerson for partnering with the Dukes and coordinating the teams!!). We had several wins across the board, while proudly sporting our new Adidas jerseys!

5k
Dorota Gruca - 18:09 (WIN)
Shihlin Lu - 32:05 (PR)

Half Marathon
Minori Hayakari - 1:23:12 (WIN)
Jaynee Hall (and Catherine) - 2:13:42

Elijah Kamermans - 1:29:40

Marathon
Tsailii Rogers - 3:40:31 (5th)

Solomon Kandie - 2:26:14 (WIN)
Kris Houghton - 2:32:59 (4th)

Marathon Relay
Heart and Sole Breakers - (Lauren Thompson, Ashlee Smalley, Kate Hockerson, Arlene Espinoza, Chloe Anderson) - 2:56:39 (WIN)

Heart and Sole Crushers - (David Bishop, Tony Clement, Lee Emanuel, Tim Gill, Sal Perdomo) - 2:20:39 (WIN)
Heart and Sole ConSHOEmers - (Dustin Hicks, Todd Hierlmaier, Brantley Lutz, Myles Kloer, Tim Butler)- 2:45:25 (2nd)


Ashlee and Kat…

Nick Kipruto places 2nd in the Army Ten Miler!

Congrats to Nick Kipruto for finishing 2nd in the Army Ten Miler in a smoking time of 48:19!

Chicago Marathon!

A few of the Dukes competed in the Chicago Marathon this weekend, one of the biggest marathons in the world! Masters runner Jesse Espinoza ran a huge PR to finish the race in 2:47:39 with a negative split! Ben Willis, repping our new Adidas jersey, finished in 3:03:34. Natty Plunkett and Sarah Willis finished in 3:05:19 and 3:29:08, respectively! Great job to all of our racers!

Our only West Virginian competes in the West Virginia Trilogy

Andrew Rhodes competed in the West Virginia Trilogy this weekend! A three day, 94 mile race which covers a 50k, 50 miler, and half marathon on separate days. Andrew finished 2nd place overall, finishing the 50k in 4:55, 50 miler in 9:03, and half marathon in 1:35. Andrew deserves a running break after completing that monster!

"I'm tired"

Christine wins the Canyon De Chelly 55k!

Christine ran and WON the Canyon De Chelly 55k this weekend, the only Navajo owned and operated ultra-marathon in the Navajo Nation! The pictures from the race are spectacular! Results are not available yet, but you can find them (and pictures) soon at: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=31364.

Christine is all smiles after her victory!


Myles needs a vacation partner!

Great job to Myles Kloer for winning the McLean 5k Race for the Warriors! Myles ran a time of 16:54 to take the title. The race did not have a prize purse, but instead gave an all expenses paid vacation to the winner! If you would like to join, he will be taking the highest bidder!


Smalley Breaks the Tape

Congrats to Ashlee Smalley, who won the YMCA of Central New Mexico Bosque Boogie AND $250 this past weekend! Ashlee ran 41:46 on a course that features single track trails through the Bosque!

Ashlee and former UNM runner Jake Shelley showing off their big checks!

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

Congratulations to all of the Dukes who raced at the Twin Cities Marathon!

Mbarek Hussein - 2:24:08 - 9th Overall - 2nd Masters
Brantley Lutz - 2:42:27 - 56th Overall - 17th Masters
Liz Turner - 2:54:12 - 20th Female
Rebecca Lilley - 3:22:52 - 152nd Female (PR)

Rebecca and Liz!


Arkansas Chile Pepper Festival

Will Marquardt and Tim Gill made the 12 hour drive to Fayetteville, Arkansas (Razorback Territory) to compete in the Chile Pepper Festival! The Chile Pepper Cross Country Race is a very famous race that features many of the top collegiate athletes in the country. Will and Tim represented the Dukes well, finishing 25th and 50th. Will ran a time of 24:27 on the 8k course, while Tim reached his goal of sub-25 with a 24:54!

Portland Marathon

Congrats to Justin Weins, who finished 2nd at the Portland Marathon with a PR of 2:31:10. Justin was the lone Duke representative in Portland, but didn't let this stop him from a podium finish at a major marathon!

Justin racing against a member of the Jacuzzi Boys Athletic Club

Cross Country Courage Classic

Shihlin Lu competed in the Cross Country Courage Classic at Albuquerque Academy last weekend! In her first race back after a 2 year racing hiatus, Shihlin ran 4-5 minutes faster than she previously ran on that tough course and finished 57th overall. Adjusting to altitude can be tough, but Shihlin is getting used to it after moving from San Antonio, Texas!

Results can be found here: http://kellydunbar.wix.com/crosscountry

Lobo Invite

The boys pre-race
The Dukes competed at the Lobo Invite in early September. The Collegiate race was unfortunately cancelled, thus forcing all non-high school runners into the Community Race. The race was held at the hilly UNM North Golf Course and was about 20-30 seconds longer than a 5k. Both the men's and women's race was won by a UNM runner, but the Dukes took many of the remaining top spots! We want to thank East Mountain High School for sharing their tent with us!

The results below do not include the unattached college runners who competed:


William Marquardt - 1st - 15:49
Kris Houghton - 2nd - 16:03
Sal Perdomo - 3rd - 16:03
Tim Gill - 4th - 16:06
Justin Weins - 6th - 16:52
Phil Keller - 8th - 17:26
Zach Chenoweth - 9th - 17:45
Brant Lutz - 10th - 17:49
Myles Kloer
Andrew Marschall - 16th - 18:24
Jonathon Campbell - 19th - 18:36
Tim Butler - 25th - 19:20

Chloe Anderson - 1st - 18:54
Christine Garves - 3rd - 20:44
Ashlee Smalley - 5th - 20:50
Rebecca Chow - 12th - 22:16

Uber Rock 50k

Stephanie Ward competed in the Uber Rock 50k in Auburn, California last week! She finished 9th overall, and 2nd female finisher. Stephanie completed the race in 5:03, and although she would have liked to be under 5 hours, it was her best 50k yet! The heat really took a toll on the runners, reaching a high of 92 degrees! Congrats to Stephanie for a job well done!

Tour Des Fleurs 10k

Tony Clement, Ben Fletcher, and Sal Perdomo traveled to Dallas, Texas to race the Tour Des Fleurs 10k! Tony went out to defend his title and came out with the victory! Ben finished in 2nd, while Sal came through in 4th. The guys battled through the humidity, a condition the Dukes of Albuquerque are not used to!



OSU Cowboy Jamboree

Tim Gill and Will Marquardt traveled to Stillwater to compete in the Oklahoma State University Cowboy Jamboree, one of the oldest cross country races in the country! The guys competed against solid NCAA runners and finished very strong! Will finished 17th in 25:44 and Tim was 24th in 25:56. For those who don't know, that is very fast for this course!

Look for their results at the Arkansas Chile Pepper Festival this weekend!

STUDS!

OGM 10M and 5k / USATF NM 10 Mile State Championships

This past weekend, the Dukes competed at the OGM 10M and 5k / USATF NM 10 Mile State Championships.

The race was held in Albuquerque and featured some moderate hills. The course started at the Journal Center and went down to the Diversion Channel. Runners completed 2 loops around the Vista Del Norte neighborhood and Diversion Channel before heading back up the hill toward the finish.

Kris Houghton (53:25) and Sal Perdomo (53:43) took top-5 finishes in the 10 Mile race, while Arlene Espinoza won the 5k! Brantley Lutz finished 2nd in the 10 Mile Masters race! Mica Comstock was unfortunately misguided at mile 8 and therefore did not get a result.

T-Man Races at the Gateway Brookhaven 5k

Tony Clement took 2nd place at the Gateway Brookhaven 5k in Norman, Oklahoma earlier this month! Tony ran a blazing 15:03. The race was won by former D3 standout John Crain, who also recently competed at the USA Track and Field Championships in the 10,000m.

The results are located here: https://results.chronotrack.com/event/results/event/event-14883?lc=en

2015 La Luz Trail Run

Another great finish at the La Luz Trail Run by the Dukes! This year, the team had 11 members compete with most finishing in the top-10 of their respective genders.

The La Luz Trail Run is one of the most historic races in New Mexico and has been ranked one of the hardest trail races in the country! The race takes its victims slowly, climbing from around 6,000 feet to over 10,000 feet over the course of 9 miles, an average grade of 12%!

2015 Dukes Finishers
1st - Jeremy Johnson - 1:24:55
3rd - Jesse Armijo - 1:32:55
4th - Sal Perdomo - 1:33:29
7th - Aaron Padilla - 1:37:15
8th - Andrew Rhodes - 1:38:50
14th - Paul Specht - 1:41:06
30th - Madeleine Carey - 1:51:36
37th - Lauren Thompson - 1:53:25
88th - Lauren Patton - 2:08:49
113th - Stephanie Latimer - 2:14:21
143rd - Lynette Padilla-Orpinel - 2:21:10

The Dukes Track Club's Official Nutrition Sponsor - Honey Stinger!

The Dukes Track Club is proud to announce Honey Stinger as our 2015 official energy and nutrition sponsor!!!

Honey Stinger, founded in 2002 by Ralph and Luella Gambler, provides a wide range of energy foods, including Classic and Organic Energy Gels, Energy Chews, Energy Bars, Protein Bars, and Organic Stinger Waffles. The Dukes will promote Honey Stinger and use their products before, during, and after workouts and races.

Indoor Action!

On January 24th, Tony Clement, Sal Perdomo, and Myles Kloer competed in the UNM Lobo Collegiate Open! Tony Clement ran 1:52.34 in the second heat of the 800, coming in 4th overall, beating several runners from the first heat. Sal Perdomo and Myles Kloer placed 4th and 6th in the Mile, running 4:19.86 and 4:30.86, respectively.

On February 13th and 14th, Tony Clement and William Marquardt competed in the UNM Don Kirby Elite Indoor meet! Tony Clement placed 5th in the Mile with a time of 4:14.35. William Marquardt placed 5th in the 3000 Meter with a time of 8:38.14.

The UNM indoor track is located at the Albuquerque Convention Center and sits at about 5,000 feet above sea level. Typical altitude to sea level converstions give 5.5 seconds in the Mile and 12-13 seconds in the 3000 Meter.