Where Your Dreams Become Reality
Hansons-Brooks athletes sweep top six in AT&T Austin Half Marathon; Brian
Sell named Honorary Texan by Governor Rick Perry; Sheehan just shy of top
twenty at USA Cross Country Championships
The newly minted Texan covered the hilly half marathon
course in 1:04:11 for his second victory of the Olympic year, in as many
attempts. His strongest challenge came
from teammate Mike Morgan, who led early in the race before Sell dropped him
near halfway. Morgan faded to third on
a series of late hills, behind a late-charging Todd Snyder. Snyder ran 1:04:58almost a minute better
than his personal best from the ING Miami Half Marathon last month. Morgan stopped the clock at a respectable
1:05:10, with Luke Humphrey (1:05:22), Mike Reneau (1:05:25) and Patrick
Moulton (1:07:17) completing the six-deep sweep for Hansons-Brooks.
During their training stint in Austin, they also had the privilege of touring the Dell Childrens Medical Center, where they visited with children, played a few games of bingo, and distributed marathon finishers medals on behalf of the Medals for Mettle program. The organization collects donated medals from marathoners and distributes them to people who have demonstrated similar mettle, or courage while dealing with disease, disability, or other challenges. You can find more information about the program at www.mettles4medal.com.
USA Cross Country ChampionshipsFebruary 16
At the USA Cross Country Championships in San Diego, Hansons-Brooks athletes Ryan Sheehan, Paul Jellema, and C. Fred Joslyn placed 22nd, 28th, and 52nd, respectively. Dathan Ritzenheim of Eugene Oregon covered the 12k course in 35 minutes, 3 secondsa twenty-six second advantage over runner-up Jorge Torres (Boulder).