Championship Series Update 2016

Santana and Bertsch Go Back-to-Back in Championship Series

For the first time in seven years we have repeat champions. JJ Santana and Toshie Bertsch clinched their wins by both running the Holiday Half. JJ was first overall and Toshie finished third overall among the women.

Toshie had already clinched the title, but she added another 13 points with her third-place finish, giving her 119 points total. There was some drama after that, however, in determining the next four places among the women. With Charlene Ragsdale sitting this one out, Erica Schramm could have overtaken Charlene with a first place finish and 15 points. As it was she settled for 2nd behind fellow-Red Rock Racer Mercy Ray. Erica’s 14 points put her in a tie for second with Charlene, both ended up with 84 points. Charlene clinched the runner-up award based on the tie breaker of more finishes in the series.

There was also a tie for fourth and fifth among the women. Young Grace Edwards ran the Holiday Half, now that her high school cross country season is over, and finished fifth overall, resulting in 11 points. This propelled her from 32 to 43, jumping over a number of runners ahead of her who did not run the Half. Grace ended up in the tie for 4th with Jennifer Lee. She wins the tie breaker with four races to Jennifer’s three. She is the first high school runner to crack the top five overall since Katie Gorczyca won it all in 2010. Jennifer will settle for the 5th-place bowl. 

For the men, the top five did shuffle a bit. Kirk Buckley added 5 wild-card points for a marathon and then 12 more by finishing 4th Overall in the Holiday Half, giving him 116 points. Eric Hosafros had been in second but by sitting out the Holiday Half he remains at 105. So second and third place switch. Gerry Morgan, in fourth, added 10 points to his total, now at 64, based on winning his age group in the Half. Sergio Ibarra remains fifth overall with 51 points. (Sergio ran the Holiday Half but, unfortunately, was DQ’ed for a course violation.)

The rest of the top 10 played out as follows. On the distaff side it was Linda Williams in 6th with 40 points. Also with 40 points was Christana Jimenez, but Linda won on the tie breaker. Maria Riach finished 8th with 36 points and Teri Gamer placed 9th with 35 points. Amanda Henriques was 10th with 32 points. Teri was the only runner among the five who ran the Holiday Half.

For the men there was no change in the standings as none of the next five ran the Half: Terry Stockdale (49), Ryan Williams (44), Carl Wright (35), Casey Price (34), and Jeremy Wallace (33).

The 2016 awards will be given out at the Club Championship 10K race at Kellogg-Zaher Park on January 7th.

Phil Lawton, Championship Series Chairman



Championship Series Update 2017

JJ Santana and Braidynn Harchis Win 2017 Club Championship 10K

To begin the new year right, JJ Santana picked up where he left off in 2015 and ’16, winning and blowing away the field in a race! On a chilly day in January over the Kellog-Zaher Park 10K course, JJ’s winning time of 32:37 was more than two minutes faster than that of the next finisher, Andrew Duncan.  Andrew, the ageless wonder at 49, can still run with most anybody, as his time of 34:50 will attest, but JJ Santana is not just “anybody.”

                         JJ Santana                                                               Andrew Duncan

The next three runners were all within 21 seconds of one another: Ray Fong (35:06), Peter Downie (35:10), and Alejandro Belmares (35:27). Along with Fong (20-29), Downie (40-49) and Belmares (30-39), Ryan Williams (19 & Under), Sergio Ibara (50-59), and Brad Stewart (60 & Over) also took home a age-group trophies.

 Braidynn Harchis             Shelby Nelson

The first women to finish, 13th and 14th overall, were Braidynn Harchis (42:36) and Shelby Nelson (42:37), who train with LVTC member, Jeremy Wallace. The next three women to cross the finish line were Nicole Jewell (43:01), Bailey Gosse (43:19), and Tanya Carrier (43:37). In addition to Gosse (19 & Under) and Jewell (30-39), other AG winners were Tracy Aukamp (40-49), Toshie Bertsch (50-59) and Maria Riach (60 & Over).

In total there were 38 finishers in the 10K, all of whom collected points towards the 2017 Championship Series. Also handed out at the awards ceremony after the race were the bowls and medals earned by the top-10 finishers in the 2016 Championship Series.

1. Toshie Bertsch and JJ Santana (repeat winners from 2015)

                                JJ Santana with 2016 CS First Place Bowl

        Toshie Bertsch with 10K AG First Place and 2016 CS First Place Bowl

2. Charlene Ragsdale and Kirk Buckley
Charlene Ragsdale 2016 CS Runner-Up              Kirk Buckley 2016 CS Runner-Up

 3. Erica Schramm and Eric Hosafros
 4. Grace Edwards and Gerry Morgan
 5. Jennifer Lee and Sergio Ibarra
 6. Linda Williams and Terry Stockdale
 7. Christina Jimenez and Ryan Williams
 8. Maria Riach and Carl Wright
 9. Teri Gamer and Casey Price
10. Amanda Henriques and Jeremy Wallace

The next event in the Series will be the Celebrate Education 8K in April.

Coach Phil