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The AT&T Team was extremely successful at the 33rd Annual Corporate Cup Relays held in San Ramon,CA on July 24 – 25, 2010. The team tied for second on points with Lockheed Martin, but finished third based on the tiebreaker rule of head-to-head competition event by event! This is a significant improvement as last year we finished third, 51 points behind Lockheed Martin!
GE was first. AT&T
was followed by ExxonMobil and Boeing. A total of 12 teams participated in the
The team drew from employees across the country representing 11 business units and several retirees.
The AT&T team captured eight gold medals - four in the relays and four in the individual races. Breeanne Martin and Jenny Turner were new members of the team this year and played key roles in three of the gold-medal relay teams and one of the individual races. In addition, Jenny won the 5K cross country race (The road races were primarily on a trail which was very hilly).
The 4 x 100 team included Jacklyn Slaughter, Breanne Martin, Marcus Shute, and Alfonso Peterson. The 4 x 200 team was anchored by Alfonso Peterson and included, Charles Jordan, and Breeanne Martin.
Jenny Turner led off the Women's Relay gold medal team with a 2:18 800m followed by Kimberly Hatton and Jacklyn Slaughter who maintained the early lead from Jenny.
The President's Relay team captured the gold with Chris Boyer, Shams Vazri, and Paul Henry. AT&T had not won the President's Relay in many, many years.
In the Individual races we swept the women's 200m with Breanne Martin, Jacklyn Slaughter, and Cherylyn Gooch winning the open 200, the 40+ and the 50+ age groups respectively! Cherylyn also won the 40+ 400m Individual race.
In the road races Jenny Turner was first in the 25 to 29 age group in the 5K while Melissa Perkins-Banas won the 40-44 age group in both the 5K and the 10K. In addition she ran 800m in the Women's 800m Team Race on the track to enable us to finish fourth. This was Melissa's first track race ever.
You need four runners to count as a team in the women's road races. Three local women, Ann Marie Ayers, Linda Ottesen, and Claire Jordan came to the rescue to enable us to have full teams in the 5K and 10K and to finish third in both of them.
The men's road race teams also finished third in both the 5K and 10K. Steve Kohorst led the teams with a first-place finish in the 60 to 64 age group in both races. For scoring and depth the 5K and/or 10K teams included Joe Banas, Chris Boyer, David Leung, Steve McFadden, Lou Putnam, Bryan Quock, Bernard Siebenmorgan and Phil Torres. Local runners Pat Gorman and Jim Quesada enabled us to have a full team in the 10K.
In the field events Charles Jordan led the team by clearing 5'2" in the High Jump at age 54. This was an excellent jump scoring 898 points out of a possible 1000. The field events are age and gender adjusted and based on the world records for the specific event. Charles along with Breeanne Martin and Neville Christmas competed in the Long Jump. Breeanne and Neville also participated in the Shot Put.
Several athletes ran single or multiple events to score valuable points for the team. They were Belinda Blair, Derant Davis, Ken Gibbons, Phil Gibbons, Alvin Jackson, Herb Jackson, Steve McFadden, and Tony Pacheco.
Since the team did not have a lot of depth this year, Steve Kohorst, Phil Torres, and Bernard Siebenmorgan agreed to run on the track out of their comfort zone! They normally run road races only. These efforts enabled us to qualify for the finals or score points in the finals.The AT&T results were a total team effort! In addition to our stars, we needed the entire team to tie Lockheed Martin in points.
Four members of our team exemplify the commitment to the team and how much this meet means to them. The National Masters Meet was held this same weekend in Sacramento, CA. Marcus Shute, Reggie Duhe, and Cheryl Lynn Gooch competed in that meet but also made the trip to San Ramon to run in gold-medal relay teams for us. Jacklyn Slaughter went to the meet on Thursday and Friday but opted not to run because the finals in the 100m and 200m for the 45-49 age group were on Saturday.
Marcus Shute won the 400m 45-49 age group at the National Masters meet with an out of this world time of 52:04 seconds. He edged out the 2nd place runner by .02 seconds. He was also 7th in the 100 m with a time of 12.08. On Saturday night Marcus drove from Sacramento to San Ramon to compete in the 4 x 100 gold medal team for us on Sunday. He then drove back to Sacramento to run on the 4 x 100 gold medal team in the National Masters meet. He didn't get back in time to run in the 200m where he probably would have finished third or fourth.
Reggie Duhe' ran 12.8 seconds in the 50-54 age group finals. He also made the finals for the 200m and 400m but opted to come to San Ramon to run with us on Sunday.
Cherylyn Gooch made the finals in the 50 - 54 age group on Friday at the National Masters meet. She opted not to run in the 100m and 200m races because they conflicted with our national meet.
Another significant highlight of the weekend for AT&T was the Hall of Fame program. Both Jacklyn Slaughter and Paul Henry were inducted into the USCAA Hall of Fame. The award is based on excellent performance over a long period of time as well as significant contributions to the USCAA and track and field in general. Jacklyn and Paul both exemplify the true spirit of the USCAA.
This year the team meeting on Friday was held in an AT&T building and the team also got together for Saturday night dinner. Thanks to Ann Marie Ayers for coordinating both of these events.
Debbie Vandenbroek has been the AT&T coordinator for the Northern California area for many years. She was instrumental in supporting our team for this event.
Jerry Trapp continues his excellent work on maintaining our website that he developed.
Paul Henry once again leads the team in recruiting new runners. And finally, the team functions as a well oiled machine due to the significant efforts of Joe Hehn and Ken Gibbons.
I believe the team is poised for an excellent year in 2011.
The next two national events for the team are the Phoenix Rock 'n Roll Marathon and Half Marathon on January 16, 2011 and the Penn Relays on April 29, 2011. If you're interested in joining our marathon or half marathon team or to be added to our marathon distribution list, contact our marathon coordinator Chris Crawford at ChrisCrawford23@sbcglobal.net and Cc me. We can enter an unlimited number of runners in both of the Phoenix events.
National Captain - AT&T Running & Fitness Team