Lots of Winners at All Comers Meet
The evening of August 22 was the last of a string
of cloudy, drizzly and dark nights. But the stars were
out at the 4th Annual Wanderers All Comers Track
Meet at Roxborough High School. These stars were
not in the sky. They were running around the track.
It was a little hard to choose what was the best
performance. Ryan Fennely won both
the mile and the 3,000 meters. Mike Carriglitto absolutely
smoked a very strong field in the 5,000 meters. Meet
veteran Kevin Forde displayed his
national Masters championship form in the 800 winning
that event, and running in countless other races as
well. A.J. Lofton, who has always
been a meet favorite, ran in the mile, 800 meters and
400 meters. His junior running club teammate Jordan
May did one better by running in all these
events plus a leg in the medley relay.
Ryan Fennely started the evening
off with a blistering 4:29 run to win the elite division
of mile run over a strong field. Finishing second was Chris
Grace in 4:38, followed by Kevin Forde in
4:48. Rounding out the strong field were All Comers
Meet regulars from Center City John Wesner and Kevin
Gruenfeld finishing in 5:12:5 and 5:16:6 respectively
with Matt Bucklaw coming in sixth
in 5:22 and John Wheeler in 7th in
In the second heat of the mile, Chris Turk finished
first in 5:35.9 followed by Bill Burnett in
5:36.6, Jordan May in 5:38, Ambler
Running Club star Tom Jennings in
5:40, Wanderer Helen Cheung in 5:55,
Wanderer Irene Nagle in 6:04, Heather
Smith in 6:48, Jake Winters in
7:00 and A.J. Lofton in 7:46.1.
William White captured the 400 meters
in 55 seconds followed by Jordan May in
second in 62 seconds. Daniel Greeley ran
third in the same time. Fourth was John Wheeler in
68 seconds. Ilya Rakman finished 5th
in 1:15, with Josh Hulbert sixth in
1:20 and A.J. Lofton seventh in 1:30.
Ryan Fennelly pulled away from Neil
Clark in the 3,000 meters to win in 9:19.2
with Neil finishing second in 10:36. Rounding out
the field were Kate Bowser in 3rd
in 11:16.5, Heather Smith in fourth
in 12:06, Brian Reuter (no relation
to Wanderers chef bin Reuter) in fifth in 13:49,
Wanderer Dan Gordon in 14:06, and
Wanderer Ken Longo in 22:32.
Kevin Forde, fresh off a victory
earlier in the month in the Masters 800 in the 40-45
division, stormed to victory in the Wanderers 800 in
a time of 2:04.5. Chris Grace ran
second in 2:08.7, Ryan Doyle came
in third in 2:24.1. Tom Jennings took
fourth in 2:37 followed by Jordan May who
nipped Josh Hulbert for fifth. Irene
Nagle placed seventh in 2:44.9, while Will
White held off Jake Winters for
eight in 2:57 and A.J. Lofton ran
10th in 3:23.
Mike Carriglitto was simply too
strong in the 5,000 meters winning in 15:52.44. Rob
Shiff ran a super 17:19 to finish second in
his first performance as a Wanderer. John Wesner finished
third in 18:56 followed by Chris Turk in
19:13, John Wheeler in 19:22; Bill
Burnett in 20:22 and Ilya Rakhman in
Almost everyone got in the act for the medley relay
with the Drexel University team taking the title in
Certainly another star performer at the track meet
was chef Jan bin Reuter who served
up his trademark beef brisket and pulled pork. He received
rave reviews from meet participants. Race director Chris
Moore had the meet running like clockwork
with great support from Bob Reynolds and Chris
Verry. Lola and Melanie
Wright did a great job at the registration
table and did not abscond with the cash box at the
end of the meet. Jim Trainor, Fred
Kenney, Polly Jansen and Pat
Barrett brought food, helped out and generally
took care of business for the Wanderers at the meet.
It was a lot of fun!
Read Kevin Forde's blog entry about the event here
(additional photos Set
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Lola, on left, has everything under control at
as runners sign up.
Milers get their instructions from race direcor Chris
They're off in the Elite division of the mile run.
Chris Grace and Kevin Forde were a blur of motion as
timekeepers Bob Reynolds and Chris Verry.
Matt Bucklow and John Wheeler battle it out for sixth.
Ryan Fennely hits tape to win the elite division of the
Chris Grace grabs second
The second heat is off!
Melanie and Lola kept excellent guard of the
and did a great
job registering runners.
Chris Turk won the second heat of
the mile followed
closely by Bill
Wanderers Helen Cheung and Irene Nagle looked strong
at the finish.
Pat Barrett made sure there were no screw-ups at the
Neill Clark kept up a steady pace in the 3,000 meters
Dan Gordon hangs on for dear life in the 3K!
Kathryn Bower was the top women's finisher in the 3K.
Jonas Hardin, in the red jacket, started the races
and was lap counter
A strong contingent of Drexel University runners showed
up for the meet.
Runners await the start of the 800 meters.
Wanderer Ken Longo wraps up a great 3,000 meter performance.
Will White completes one lap of the 800 meters
with Tom Jennings and
Irene Nagle in hot pursuit.
Kevin takes first!
Additional photos: Set
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