By Jake Hamilton and Zander Kessler
June 7, 2018
Photos by Kevin Morris
CONCORD, Mass. — Not quite TrackTown USA, but tonight Concord was mile central and home to the 10th annual Adrian Martinez Classic. Hosted in historic Concord center, “The Adro” as it is known around town, is a festival of miles in honor of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School alumni Adrian Martinez, who passed away suddenly a year after he graduated college. The event features a number of different events for people of all ages, abilities, as well as a number of high-performance races. While the venue is no Hayward Field, it still manages to produce some incredible times. The meet is located at Emerson Playground in Concord where the track only has six lanes. You don’t have to buy a ticket for admission because there are no stands nor any security. Still, the meet hosted some crazy fast times tonight.
Full results can be found here. http://lancertiming.com/
A video of the meet can be found here. https://baystaterunning.com/
Here are highlights from the elite races:
Women’s Mile: Marta Freitas runs 4:25.84
Portugal’s own Marta Freitas set the meet record in the mile with 4:25.84. Freitas threw down a nasty kick to defeat a competitive field in the marquee event edging Dom Scott and Helen Schlachtenhaufen for the top spot atop the podium. She told LetsRun that she’s not planning on doing all that much in the near future, just laying low and training at home after an upcoming race in Germany.
UPDATE: Initially this article said that Freitas’ time is a world leader, but that actually belongs to Jenny Simpson at 4:25.71.
Women 1 Mile Run Adro HP
Event 3 Women 1 Mile Run Adro HP ================================================================ Meet: M 4:29.43 Name Age Team Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Freitas, Marta Portugal 4:25.84M 4:09.34 1500m 2 Scott, Dom adidas 4:26.63M 4:09.33 1500m 3 Schlachtenhaufen, Helen Saucony Freedom TC 4:27.09M 4:09.57 1500m 4 Johnson, Lauren B.A.A. 4:28.16M 4:10.71 1500m 5 Tully, Nicole Hoka One One 4:30.20 4:11.67 1500m 6 Brown, Sarah New Balance 4:31.22 4:12.61 1500m 7 Mansy, Megan Hoka One One 4:32.01 4:12.96 1500m 8 Osika, Shannon Nike 4:32.43 4:11.47 1500m 9 Piccirillo, Angel Usa 4:32.74 4:13.52 1500m 10 Wilson, Heather Hoka One One 4:34.78 4:14.72 1500m 11 Gerlach, Tori Reebok 4:37.29 4:18.51 1500m 12 Van Pelt, Stephanie Hoka One One 4:37.71 4:18.55 1500m 13 Saunders, Claudia District TC 4:38.82 4:19.29 1500m 14 Schappert, Stephanie Hoka One One 4:41.07 4:20.11 1500m 15 Aragon, Dani Hoka One One 4:42.78 4:21.22 1500m 16 Sisson, Annika Usa 4:51.77 4:29.46 1500m -- Brown, Ce'Aira Hoka One One DNF -- Barowski, Cecilia Hoka One One DNF
2) Men’s Mile: Drew Piazza wins in 3:56.86
With fans mimicking the days of Bannister lining the track in lane three, Piazza barely outkicked Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano and David Timlin. Piazza told us in an interview that he had “literally no idea” he was going to win until he crossed the line. Piazza is also a big LRC fan and asked us if we like to troll the boards a lot. 3:56 is a three-second PR for the VT Tech Elite. He will be running the 800 at USAs.
Editor’s Note: This was the first time Manzano had gone sub-4 in 15 tries and is a very encouraging run.
Before the race, meet director Steve Lane and Trevor Dunbar, who competed in the 3000m, led the fans in a moment of cheering in memory of last year’s mile champion, David Torrence, who unfortunately passed away last summer. Lane and Dunbar believed that Torrence was the type of guy who would have appreciated a moment of raucous fun rather than a moment of silence.
Event 4 Men 1 Mile Run Adro HP ================================================================ Meet: M 3:53.21 6/1/2017 David Torrence, HOKA ONE ON Name Age Team Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Piazza, Drew VT Elite 3:56.86 3:41.67 1500m 2 Manzano, Leo Hoka One One 3:57.35 3:41.94 1500m 3 Timlin, David District TC 3:57.69 3:42.31 1500m 4 Napolitano, Rob Hoka One One 3:58.68 3:42.18 1500m 5 Simons, John Usa 3:58.95 3:42.94 1500m 6 Geoghegan, Will Nike 3:59.51 3:42.40 1500m 7 Palmer, Ford Hoka One One 3:59.93 3:44.11 1500m 8 Matthews, Julian Ocean State 3:59.95 3:43.38 1500m 9 Edwards, Jake Columbus Running Co 4:01.03 3:45.92 1500m 10 Gourley, Neil VT Elite 4:01.45 3:43.44 1500m 11 Tobin, Sean Ireland 4:02.69 3:46.24 1500m 12 O'Toole, Garrett Princeton 4:03.30 3:48.17 1500m 13 Nowak, Craig Asics Furman Elite 4:06.52 3:50.20 1500m 14 Penzenstadler, Sam District TC 4:08.74 3:50.03 1500m 15 Holt, Eric Usa 4:17.92 3:55.50 1500m -- Alexander, Colby Hoka One One DNF -- Garn, Jesse Hoka One One DNF
3) Women’s 3000m: Adidas BAA’s Sarah Pagano takes down four New Balance athletes for the win
Pagano did not lead any of the race except for the last 150 meters. She started at the very back of the five-woman field but looked very relaxed despite the fact that everyone else in the race were teammates. One by one, the New Balance athletes fell off the consistent pace and with 300 to go it was a two-person race between Pagano and Emily Sisson. Pagano started a wild kick with 200 to go and passed Sisson on the last turn en route to a 9:00.14 win. She will run the 10,000 at USAs.
Event 5 Women 3000 M Run HP =============================================================== Meet: M 8:55.55 6/1/2017 Marielle Hall, NIKE Name Age Team Finals =============================================================== Finals 1 Pagano, Sarah B.A.A. 9:00.14 2 Sisson, Emily New Balance 9:01.02 3 Garcia, Stephaine New Balance 9:06.84 4 Coogan, Katrina New Balance Boston 9:12.57 5 Durgin, Emily New Balance Boston 9:16.82 -- Cuffe, Aisling Saucony DNF
4) Men’s 3000: Tommy Curtin took the lead and didn’t look back
If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that Saucony Freedom TC’s Tommy Curtin was the pacer. Kemoy Campbell paced the race out much faster but nobody really went with the pacer and of the athletes competing, Curtin led the entire race. His 7:51.44 was in constant command over the field in a very tactical race and managed to fend off strong kicks from Julian Oakley, Reid Buchanan, and Trevor Dunbar. Though far from the meet record, Curtin was happy with his time, win, and impressive kick.
Event 6 Men 3000 M Run HP ================================================================ Meet: M 7:44.90 6/1/2017 Kemoy Campbell, New Balance Name Age Team Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Curtin, Tommy Saucony Freedom TC 7:51.44 2 Oakley, Julian Shore AC / N 7:52.36 3 Buchanan, Reid Skechers Per 7:52.52 4 Dunbar, Trevor B.A.A. 7:52.72 5 Fink, Willy VT Elite 7:53.35 6 Crawford, Graham Hoka One One 7:58.27 7 McEntee, Sam Australia 7:59.76 8 Mann, Jordan Ocean State 8:00.40 9 Tuntivate, Kieran Harvard University 8:00.61 10 Shrader, Brian Saucony Freedom TC 8:07.68 11 Doyle, Brian Unattached 8:13.02 12 Corcoran, Garrett University o 8:15.75 -- Campbell, Kemoy Reebok DNF
5) Women’s 800: Ce’Aira Brown defends her title and breaks her own meet record
Brown told us afterward that she was confident the whole race, and we believe her. She led almost from the gun to run her second sub-2:00 800m of the year. At 1:59.75 smashed her own meet record from last year of 2:01.10. Brown blew away her entire heat as the second place finisher, Meg Manley, was only 2:02.77. Out of the “slow” heat, Lauren Johnson and Cory McGee ran 2:01.22 and 2:01.61 to grab second and third in the combined results.
Event 1 Women 800 M Run HP ================================================================ Meet: M 2:01.10 6/1/2017 Ce'ira Brown, HOKA/NJNY TC Name Age Team Finals ================================================================ Section 1 1 Brown, Ce'Aira Hoka One One 1:59.75M 2 Manley, Meg Cptc 2:02.77 3 Kopp, Maddie District TC 2:04.15 4 Iyevbele, Kenyetta Hoka One One 2:04.67 5 Krumpoch, Megan New Balance Boston 2:04.99 6 Barowski, Cecilia Hoka One One 2:05.73 -- Chambers, Kendra Oiselle DNF -- Teal, Jessica Saucony Freedom TC DNF Section 2 1 Johnson, Lauren B.A.A. 2:01.22 2 McGee, Corey New Balance Boston 2:01.61 3 Bouchard, Mattie Athlétisme S 2:04.37 4 Gallagher, Kieran Usa 2:05.84 5 Herrick, Stephanie Cptc 2:06.10 6 Ayers, Kate Speed River TC 2:07.21 7 Tate, Alaine Cptc 2:11.92 -- Ross, Cydney Usa DNF
6) Men’s 800: Ibadin edges Ellison by .02 seconds
By the time the field came around the last bend, it was anyone’s guess who was going to pull out the win. Enter: Nigeria’s Edose Ibadin. Ibadin’s final push in the last ten meters had him breaking the tape and taking home the win in the fast heat. Just behind him, Sam Ellison dropped a 1:46.73 after battling the entire way with Ibadin. Although not able to break the meet record, Ibadin’s finish was still one of the most exciting of the day
Like we said before, not TrackTown USA, but still, home to a world #2 in the women’s mile. Pretty good stuff. All and all, the meet did an amazing job honoring the life and spirit of Adrian Martinez and his love for his community and distance running.
Event 2 Men 800 M Run HP ================================================================ Meet: M 1:46.03 6/1/2017 Ryan Martin, ASICS Furman Name Age Team Finals ================================================================ Section 1 1 Ibadin, Edose District TC 1:46.73 2 Ellison, Sam B.A.A. 1:46.75 3 Giesting, Chris Hoka One One 1:47.62 4 Prince, Quamel Nashville TC 1:47.65 5 Abda, Harun Nike Oregon 1:47.69 6 Martin, Ryan Asics Furman Elite 1:47.92 7 Garn, Jesse Hoka One One 1:50.48 -- Livingston, Terrance Cptc DNF Section 2 1 Alexander, Colby Hoka One One 1:48.47 2 Henderson, Blair District TC 1:49.77 3 Reyes, Tayron Dominican Republic 1:49.98 4 Simmons, Paris Top5 Sport 1:51.00 5 Looney, Billy B.A.A. 1:51.17 6 Minors, Dage Bermuda 1:51.18 -- Tugumisirize, Emmanuel Cptc DNF -- Rollo, Patrick Usa DNF
Guy dives at line but comes up short of sub-4
Editor’s note: We were looking at Kevin Morris’ stunning photos and saw this one:
And tried to figure out what race it was. It was the “B” mile and it was Marquardt trying to go sub-4 for the first time. He came up just short.
But what an effort (he has run 3:39 for 1500 before). Discuss: Dude dives at line to go sub 4 for the first time and comes up …. short
Event 14 Men 1 Mile Run HP ================================================================ Name Age Team Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Marquardt, Charlie Bryan Mawr R 4:00.38 3:43.67 1500m 2 Carleo, Nick Providence College 4:02.61 3:46.71 1500m 3 Brown, Spencer Georgetown U 4:02.64 3:46.54 1500m 4 Ross, Nick NE Distance 4:03.66 3:46.16 1500m 5 Gregory, Patrick Dartmouth College 4:04.47 3:47.10 1500m 6 Salisbury, Jack Georgetown U 4:05.95 3:49.42 1500m 7 Crimmins, Brian NE Distance 4:08.28 3:51.48 1500m 8 McGowan, Tim Usa 4:08.63 3:51.87 1500m 9 Palumbo, Victor Cptc 4:09.58 3:51.98 1500m 10 O'Leary, Michael Providence College 4:09.89 3:52.20 1500m 11 Greene, Kevin Battle Road TC 4:10.93 3:50.26 1500m 12 Irish, Miles Dartmouth College 4:11.08 3:52.48 1500m 13 Johns, Jacob University of Maine 4:11.83 3:53.76 1500m 14 Reck, Connor B.A.A. 4:14.57 3:54.81 1500m 15 Cooper, Kevin Ocean State 4:18.29 4:00.34 1500m 16 Donnelly, Jordan Heartbreakers 4:22.08 4:01.59 1500m -- Bosworth, Ben Hare AC DNF
There was also a series of all-comers miles before the elite races. ESPN sports business reporter/Twitter personality Darren Rovell competed in one of them and ran 7:39.
— Luke Maher (@LWarrenMaher) June 7, 2018
Zander Kessler and Jake Hamilton are both seniors at Concord-Carlisle High School and LetsRun.com fans. Zander plans to compete at Middlebury College next year and is excited to try the 5k and 10k on the track. Jake wants to run XC and track at Chapman University, despite the fact that the mile race he ran at Adrian Martinez was his first race ever over 800m. Congrats to Zander for winning the high school mile at the Adrian Martinez meet.