A Strong December to end the 2018 Season

01/04/2019

December is a typically short race month in the North East.  Still, that doesn’t mean the racing is any less great and impressive.

The month started off with Annie Ball who was at it again racing for the 3rd time in the last 6 weeks.  This time it was the Jingle Bell 5k in Dansville, NY.  Annie set a PR for the 5k distance crossing the line in 20:08 to take home an age-group win and some hardware.  Awesome job Annie!

Also racing the first weekend of the month was Emily Lesher.  Em ran a great time of 21:04 at the Reindeer 5k in Beverly, MA.  She placed 1st overall in her age-group and was the third overall female.  Not bad for deciding to run the race at the last minute.  Well done Emily!

Annie was back at it the next weekend (12/8) at the It’s a Wonderful Life 5k Run in Seneca Falls, NY.  This is one of the biggest races volume wise in the state.  Nearly 5,000 runs take to the streets in Seneca Falls for this fast 5k run.  Annie took home another age-group win in a time of 20:54 which was also good enough for 18th in the female overall category.  It sounds even more impressive when you see that she was 18th out of 3,181 female finishers.  Elyssa Rosenbaum was shortly behind Annie when she crossed the line in 23:22. That was good enough for 13th in her age-group and 48th female overall. Not bad for recently coming off an illness the previous week.  A short time after Elyssa finished, Chelsea Parkes, who was running her first race as a part of Migonis Multisport, broke the tape in a time of 25:43.  Her time was good enough for 10th in her age-group and 109th female overall. Chelsea is in her first year back racing after some time off, so it was great to see her dust the rust off.  Great job ladies!

Annie closed out the year with another great race at the Upstate NY Holiday Classic indoor track meet at RIT in Rochester, NY on 12/29.  Annie ran a great time in her debut indoor 5k event posting a time of 20:22. Her late season performances are hopefully going to lead to even more PR’s and lifetime bests in 2019.  Well done this season Annie!!!

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Strong November

12/02/2018

November started off with some great and tough performances from Sami Riegel and Elyssa Rosenbaum.  Sami raced in her third trail race of the season at the Hidden Valley 15k, which is part of a three race series in Washington, CT that goes from September to November.  Sami rolled her ankle in the first half of this race but found a way to tough it out the second half and cross the finish line with her head held high.  It wasn’t the day Sami wanted, but it showed her grit and determination along with her willingness to not let an injury ruin all the hours of hard work she had put in preparing for this event.  Well done Sami!

Elyssa ran very well at the Burn Run 5k in Syracuse, NY taking home an age-group win.  While this was a fantastic result for Elyssa, it was even more impressive to think that she ran this at the end of a 13 mile long run and had no plans of doing the race until that morning. Elyssa’s time of 23:29 was also good enough for 6th overall female.  Awesome job Elyssa!

The second weekend of the month saw some more great racing.  Annie Ball and Brandi Brown raced at the incredibly competitive Syracuse ½ Marathon in downtown Syracuse.  Annie had a great race running a new 13.1 mile distance PR in a time of 1:36:28 which was good enough for 4th in her very tough age-group.  Brandi, who is just coming back from an injury that kept her out of her fall marathon, ran smart and steady and clocked a solid 1:53:36 time.  Well done to both of you!

 

Matt Ryan also raced this weekend.  He ran at the Stockade-athon 15k road race in Albany.  The 33 degree temps and light snow didn’t stop Matt from having a very good day, especially since he had only run a handful of times since his marathon in early October.  His time of 1:17:33 was nearly a minute per mile faster than his marathon pace just four weeks before.  Awesome job Matty!

Elyssa was at it again the weekend of the 17-18th.  This time she was running the Philadelphia ½ marathon and rather than race an all-out effort she instead ran the whole 13.1 miles with her two sisters.  They ran a smart, efficient race and crossed the line in a time of 1:51:51.  Good enough for an 8 minute PR for one of the sisters.  Great job Elyssa!

The next day Ryan Meek ran the Philadelphia Marathon.  Ryan was shooting for a Boston Qualifying time and was well on his way to doing just that until an old knee injury reared its ugly head at the 19 mile mark forcing Ryan to back off the pace.  He still fought his way to a strong time of 3:27:34. Well done Ryan and congratulations on a great 2018 season!

Sami Riegel finished off her busy Fall of trail racing this weekend in easily the hardest of the four races she started and finished in 2018.  13.1 miles through snow, mud, water and just crazy conditions.  Even with a sore ankle and a tough course, Sami fought her way to another great day which showed in her great post-race smile.  Times don’t mean much in races like this, just effort and Sami put forth a huge effort once again.  Great job Sami!

Thanksgiving usual sees Turkey Trot races that range from 1 mile to 10.  This year two MM athletes, Matt Ryan and Annie Ball each ran 5 mile, ultra-competitive Turkey Trot races and Chris Ogden ran the 5k at the most popular Turkey Trot in Central New York.  Matt’s race was in Glen Ridge, NJ.  The Ashenfelter 8k Classic sees one of the biggest and fastest fields for a Turkey Trot in the North East.  Matt ran very well and actually ran some negative splits crossing the line in a great time of 39:30. Not a PR for the race, but a very well run 8k and a very good result for just a few weeks into the new season.  Annie’s race, the 123rd Annual Delaware YMCA Buffalo Turkey Trot, was just as big and as fast as the Ashenfelter race.  Like Matt, Annie ran very well scoring a very strong result averaging under 7 minute pace for the 5 mile race (34:33).  Not her fastest time for this race, but close.  Chris also ran well and was just off his PR for the Baldwinsville Turkey Day 5k.  His time of 24:10 was an amazing performance, especially since he hadn’t been running much of anything the weeks leading-up the race.  It really shows his toughness to pull out a great race like this.  Well done Matt, Annie and Chris!!!

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October Team Racing

11/01/2018

October saw some very memorable race performances for several members of Migonis Multisport.

The month started off with Jaimee Balloni and Joan Kane racing at the Lake Placid Classic ½ Marathon on 10/6.  Jaimee scored a 1st place overall female finish and set a new PR in the process.  This was Jaimee’s first win of the season and was a personal best time for the 13.1 mile distance by over four minutes (1:26:57). This was a huge win for Jaimee who was racing for the first time since the Boilermaker 15k in July.  Joan had a solid run too despite some stomach issues that hindered her stride at several points in the race.  Still, Joan showed her true colors once again and fought through the pain and ran very well crossing the line in 2:15:04 for 13th in her age-group.  Great job ladies!

A week later (10/14), Ryan Meek toed the line at the Syracuse Empire State Half-Marathon in Syracuse, NY.  Ryan ran very well while dealing with a nagging foot injury.  He crossed the line 11th overall and 2nd in his age-group in a time of 1:29:45. Nice work Ryan!

Joan Kane was at it again this weekend racing her second of three races in three weekends.  This time is was a little shorter as she took to the trails at the Deerfield Skeleton Run 5k.  Joan ran strong once again over the hills, through the mud and up the trails.  Joan scored yet another age-group podium this time taking 2nd place in the 55-59 age-group in a time of 31:12. Way to go Joan!!!

Also racing that weekend was Lauren Pfendler in her new home state of California.  Lauren ran the City to the Sea 5k and finished 6th overall female and was second in her age-group in a time of 22:26. That performance was also a new PR for her in the 5k distance.  Awesome job Lauren!

Justina McConnell was in action this weekend too.  She ran the Humboldt Redwoods ½ Marathon in northern California, just missing a new PR for the 13.1 mile distance.  Justina’s time of 1:51:30 was only about a minute slower than her life-long best that she set two weeks earlier at the Leaf Peeper race in VT.  Great job Justina!

Joan Kane finished off her season with another fine performance in a very tough trail race in Newport, Connecticut on 10/21.  She ran strong finishing in 2:10:53 for the ½ marathon distance.  This marked Joan’s third race in the past three weeks, which I’m sure is a task that most athletes would shy away from.  However, Joan is resilient and strong, so who better to accomplish this feat than her?  Great job this weekend Joan and congratulations on a great season!

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September Racing Results

10/06/2018

September was another great month of racing for members of Migonis Multisport.  The month was full of triathlons, 5k’s, trail races and marathons.

September started off strong with Phil Sconzert putting a cap on a very impressive short course triathlon season.  Phil finished 15th overall and 4th in his age-group at the Hopkins Royal Triathlon crossing the line in 1:12:11. The race was held on September 1st, in Minnetonka, MN.  This was the first race of the season that Phil didn’t finish on the podium, but it was still a very strong performance to end the year.  Congratulations Phil!

On September 8th, Joan Kane raced at the Old Forge ½ marathon in beautiful Old Forge, NY.  Joan used this race as a good solid long run effort and approached it with no real goals or expectations, which is always an enjoyable way to race. She ran very well finishing in the top half of the female field and crossed the line in 2:15:13. The course was made up of gravel paths, woods trails and snowmobile trails.  A nice break from the roads.  Well done Joan!

Chris Ogden also raced his final triathlon of the season in September.  He toed the line at the Finger Lakes Triathlon on September 9th, in Canandaigua, NY.  The weather finally cooperated and wasn’t grossly hot and humid like it had been all summer, which made for great race day conditions.  Chris had a very good day breaking the tape in 2:30:00 for 2nd place in his age-group and 41st overall.  Now he’s on to run training with a few races on the calendar the rest of the year.  Great job Chris!

On September 16th, Samantha Riegel ran her first race as a member of Migonis Multisport.  She competed in the Macedonia Trail Race in Macedonia, CT.  This trail race is a 7.25 mile super hard event.  Sami had to cross streams, climb hills so steep you needed a rope to get up them and had to navigate over and through single track trails with a bunch of other racers.  Sami say’s it was one of the hardest thing she’s ever done, but surely ranks up there as one of the most rewarding as well.  Times don’t mean much in these races, but more so effort and Sami put in max effort for this race.  She plans on running three more trail races this fall including a 10k, 15k and half-marathon.  Awesome job Sami!

On September 22nd, Nikki Howard, who was also racing her first race as a member of the Migonis Multisport team, raced at the Teal Ribbon Run in Liverpool, NY.  She bested her time from the previous year by over a minute crossing the line in 39:40. It was also a huge improvement over her finishing time in a 5k earlier in the summer. Well done Nikki!

Joan Kane raced for the second time in September on the 23rd, but in a much more familiar and traditional race.  She competed at the Falling Leaves 14k Road Race in Utica, NY.  The Falling Leaves race is the “other” race in Utica and it is run a few short months after the world famous Boilermaker 15k Road Race.  Joan went into this race in even better shape than she was for the Old Forge ½ earlier in the month.  While she didn’t PR on the course she still ran very strong and came away with an 8th place finish in her age-group crossing the line in 1:24:40. Joan’s season isn’t done yet as she’s got a few more races on the schedule this fall including finishing off the season at the Philadelphia ½ Marathon in November.  Fantastic job Joan!

The final weekend of the month was chuck full of some great performances.  Sami Riegel was at it again with another great trail race.  Taking what she learned from the race earlier in the month Sami was able to push harder and handle to pain better. She finished 20th women overall at the Steep Rock 10k in 1:15:44. This race was the first in the series that has her racing trails in Washington, CT.  The next day Annie Ball ran her umpteenth Wineglass Marathon in Corning, NY.  We weren’t sure how this one was going to go for any Annie as she was still feeling the affects of racing an ironman in late July.  However, true to Annie’s nature and strength as a runner, she powered through and ran her second fastest marathon time ever in 3:18:41 (5th in her age-group).  That was just about a minute slower than what she did at Wineglass last year, but with as crazy as her season has been this was an amazing result for her.  That same day Justina McConnell raced at the Leaf Peeper ½ marathon in Waterbury, VT.  Despite dealing with a little bit of an illness, Justina pushed herself up and down the hilly course to clock a new PR for the ½ marathon distance (1:50:55).  That time put her 54th overall and 5th in her age-group.  A great day for Justina.  Steph Haddox raced her first ever 5k.  Despite all the usual first race nerves and worries, Steph came though with not only a new best time for the 5k distance (22:58), but also an age-group win and 12th overall placing.  An amazing performance for her first time out.  She’s already looking for her next race to do.  Truly an impressive weekend for these ladies and well done to all of you!

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August Racing Action

08/27/2018

The month of racing started off strong for the Migonis Multisport team.  On August 4, Annie Ball, who was just two weeks removed from her Ironman in Lake Placid, ran very well at the 27th Annual Jenny Kuzma memorial Bergen 5k in Bergen, NY.  Annie ran a strong 21:08, 6:49 per mile pace.  A great result after running very little the previous two weeks and a great indicator of her fitness moving towards her marathon in late September.  Chris Ogden was also in action the first weekend on August.  He raced at the Cayuga Lake Triathlon in Ithaca, NY.  Chris raced the sprint distance race and broke the tape in 1:30:18. His time put him 5th in his age-group and 50th overall in the race.  Chris has one more triathlon race this summer before putting a cap on the 2018 multisport season.  Well done Annie and Chris!

On August 19th, Elyssa Rosebaum raced Ironman Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada.  Elyssa was in the best shape of her life heading into this race.  She was fast, strong and confident.  However, as has sadly happened to so many athletes in the past, Elyssa was bitten by the sickness bug just a few days before race day.  Her breathing was so labored that come race morning she contemplated not even starting.  The race being delayed an hour due to fog made matters worse.  But true to Elyssa’s nature, she got herself into the water when her seed time came and got her Ironman underway.  The swim was tough, but she actually felt better afterwards.  The first 30k of the bike was full of worries and thoughts of dropping-out, but after she started eating some calories and caffeine things started to turn-around.  She got off the bike with a very strong time and while she was well on her way to a distance PR she was still just focused on finishing above all else.  She found an effort level that didn’t cause any coughing fits and she ticked off the k’s on her way to a 12:08:31. Her finishing time was a huge PR over her first ironman performance in 2015.  There is no-doubt that if she was healthy Elyssa would have been well under 12 hours for the race.  She has already signed-up for Mont-Tremblant 2019 and it very determined and hungry to get back there healthy and really throw-down a great performance.  Great job Elyssa!

On August 25th, Phil Sconzert raced the sprint distance race at the Maple Grove Triathlon in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Phil raced very well once again and kept his podium streak alive.  He finished in a time of 1:06:22 which was good enough for the age-group win and a 6th place overall.  His finish time was a big improvement over his result from last year.  Phil has raced four triathlons this summer and he has finished on the podium (age-group or overall) in all four.  Next week is Phil’s final triathlon of the summer and he’s looking to make it 5 for 5 on the age-group podium for the season.  Awesome job Phil!

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