2019 Clash of the Clubs Awards

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A NEW TRADITION IS BORN

133 runners came out Tuesday night for the first ever Clash of the Clubs. 11 local clubs assembled teams, and added a new chapter to the legend of Ferry Field.

Before we get to the awards, here are a few memorable moments from some very special clubs.

ANN-HUA RUNNERS

No one brought more enthusiasm (or percussion) than Ann-Hua.

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Despite being one of the newest clubs to the Ann Arbor running community, Ann-Hua has had strong representation at DXA2, Gallup Gallop, and nearly every group run they host.

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There was not a single group that had more fun on Tuesday night than Ann-Hua Runners.

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BAD DECISIONS TRACK CLUB

Fueled by nihilism and alcohol, Bad Decisions Track Club is clearly doing something right.

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Aside from being impressively fast, BDTC has the strongest Instagram game of any club in town.

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These guys may have sick jokes, but they are not f—-ing around when their spikes hit the track.

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PR RUN CLUB

No club has more group runs in Ann Arbor than these guys. That’s probably why their members get faster after they join!

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RED CEDAR RUNNING CLUB

Hands down, Lansing’s dopest running club. Thanks for making the trip, gang!

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ANN ARBOR TRIATHLON CLUB

One of the country’s largest clubs for triathletes, they always manage to put together a strong team for AATC events between BRICK workouts.

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NORTHVILLE ROAD RUNNERS

This group knows how to put on a race! Check out their Northville Road Runners Classic on 06/29!

https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Northville/NorthvilleRoadRunnerClassic

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FROG ISLAND TRACK CLUB

The pride of Ypsilanti Running Company, Cam & co. make it look easy, even when sprinting to a 4:44 photo finish for 2nd place in the mile!

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WOODWARD TRACK CLUB

No strangers to starting new traditions, WTC is kicking off their Black Toe Nail Half Marathon this Black Friday. Gnarly race concept! https://runsignup.com/RaceGroups/28493/Groups/575877

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LILLIE PARKRUN

Timed 5Ks every Saturday in Lillie Park- all for love of the sport! Parkrunners across the world are the most welcoming bunch, and Lillie’s crew is no exception. Check them out!

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WOMEN’S 5000M

  1. ARIEL ANDREWS // AATC // 18:29*

  2. MOLLEE SHULTZ // AATC // 19:14

  3. LINDSAY MAHAKIAN // Woodward Track Club // 19:55

  4. BOYOUNG KIM // AATC // 20:44

  5. JENNY JUNG // AATC // 21:03

*ARIEL ANDREWS smashed the Women’s Summer Meet record (19:57) despite tacking on an extra lap. We have estimated her finish line crossing time using raw data from Garmin and video footage from the meet. Something tells me this record will fall next year if Ariel decides to do this again.

ARIEL ANDREWS // AATC - BAD DECISIONS - PR RUN CLUB - AARC // Unofficial Clash of the Clubs MVP, Ariel divides her loyalties between houses

ARIEL ANDREWS // AATC - BAD DECISIONS - PR RUN CLUB - AARC // Unofficial Clash of the Clubs MVP, Ariel divides her loyalties between houses

MEN’S 5000M

  1. IAN HANCKE // Ann Arbor Running Co. // 16:23

  2. MIKE ANDERSON // Bad Decisions Track Club // 16:25

  3. NICHOLAS BUDZYN // Bad Decisions Track Club // 16:28

  4. CAMERON TRINH // Frog Island Track Club // 16:43

  5. BEN FULTON // Red Cedar Running // 16:55

IAN HANCKE // Ann Arbor Running Co. // All this guy does is win.

IAN HANCKE // Ann Arbor Running Co. // All this guy does is win.

WOMEN’S 4 x 200m

  1. PR RUN CLUB // 2:08 // Shannon Kohlitz, Colleen Stone, Kathryn Drugal, Emily Wee

  2. ANN ARBOR TRACK CLUB // 2:12 // Madeline Abbot, Boyoung Kim, Jenny Jung, Lauren Kucharzyk

  3. BAD DECISIONS TRACK CLUB // 2:24 // Christine Rygiel, Kari Neier, Lucia Laguoy

  4. LILLIE PARKRUNNERS // 2:29 // Barbara Thompson, Lorriane Horwitz, Amanda Photenhauer, Leena Jong

  5. NORTHVILLE ROAD RUNNERS // 2:41 // Amy Masternak, Beth Olko, Brenna Baron, Beth Quinn

  6. ANN-HUA RUNNERS // 2:49 // Yang Liu, Meng Liu, Xiaomei Cai, Ying Li

PR RUN CLUB WOMEN // Pro Tip: Thursday night interval workouts pay off!

PR RUN CLUB WOMEN // Pro Tip: Thursday night interval workouts pay off!

MEN’S 4 x 200m

  1. ANN ARBOR TRACK CLUB // 1:40 // Andrew Schofield, James Edwards, Cameron Lampkin, Earnest Clearly

  2. MOTOWN FRONT RUNNERS // 1:41 // Anton Darby, Joe Smith, Aaron D, Matt L

  3. WOODWARD TRACK CLUB // 1:50 // Josh Lumley, Scott Wagner, Jason Mahakian, Travis Lacross

  4. FROG ISLAND TRACK CLUB // 1:55 // David Anderson, Mike Howell, Charles Green, Cameron Trinh

ANN ARBOR TRACK CLUB // Is a 3:40 pace even legal???

ANN ARBOR TRACK CLUB // Is a 3:40 pace even legal???

WOMEN’s 1 mile

  1. ABIGAIL BUSSE // AATC // 5:33

  2. LILLY MILLER // Unattached // 5:36

  3. ARIEL ANDREWS // AATC // 5:38

  4. MOLLEE SHULTZ // AATC // 5:46

  5. ALISSA FOLGER // Red Cedar // 5:53

  6. LINDSAY MAHAKIAN // Woodward Track Club // 5:55

  7. BROOKE KENNEY // AATC // 6:23

  8. MADELINE ABBOTT // AATC // 6:31

  9. CHRISTINE RYGIEL // Bad Decisions Track Club // 6:39

  10. KARI NEIER // Bad Decisions Track Club // 6:48

ABIGIAL BUSSE // AATC // 5 points for her 5:33 effort

ABIGIAL BUSSE // AATC // 5 points for her 5:33 effort

MEN’s 1 mile

  1. LARZ POPIELARZ // Ann Arbor Running Co. // 4:32

  2. CAMERON TRINH // Frog Island Track Club // 4:44.26

  3. CONNOR PLAGENS // Red Cedar // 4:44.50

  4. RYAN SHIELDS // Unattached // 4:45

  5. GABE K. // AATC // 4:51

  6. MIKE ANDERSON // Bad Decisions Track Club // 4:53

  7. NICHOLAS BUDZYN // Bad Decisions Track Club // 4:57

  8. JONATHAN MCBRIDE // AATC // 5:01

  9. JASON MAHAKIAN // Woodward Track Club // 5:03

  10. DAN SOWA // Northville Road Runners // 5:03

LARZ, CONNOR & CAM led a STACKED Men’s field. Thanks for the show, boys!

LARZ, CONNOR & CAM led a STACKED Men’s field. Thanks for the show, boys!

WOMEN’s 4 x 400m

  1. PR RUN CLUB // 4:57 // Shannon Kohlitz, Jen Fike, Kathryn Drugall, Abby Bussee

  2. ANN ARBOR TRACK CLUB // 5:13 // Madeline Abbott, Jenny Jung, Boyoung Kim, Lauren Kucharzyk

  3. BAD DECISIONS TRACK CLUB // 5:14 // Christine Rygiel, Kari Neier, Lucia Laguoy, Ariel Andrews

PR RUN CLUB // How did they sweep the Clash of the Clubs relays? Signature tempo runs every Tuesday

PR RUN CLUB // How did they sweep the Clash of the Clubs relays? Signature tempo runs every Tuesday

MEN’s 4 x 400m

  1. MOTOWN FRONT RUNNERS // 3:49 // Anton Darby, Joe Smith, Aaron D, Matt L

  2. ANN ARBOR RUNNING COMPANY // 3:54 // Ian Hancke, Larz Popielarz, Ian Hancke, Larz Popielarz

  3. WOODWARD TRACK CLUB // 3:57 // Travis Lacrosse, Joshua Lumley, Scott Wagner, Mahakian

  4. ANN ARBOR TRACK CLUB // 4:06 // James Edwards, Gabe, Jonathon Mcbride, Andrew Schofield

MOTOWN FRONT RUNNERS // Not f—-ing around with a 3:49!!!

MOTOWN FRONT RUNNERS // Not f—-ing around with a 3:49!!!

CLASH OF THE CLUBS CHAMPION

WOMEN

  1. ANN ARBOR TRACK CLUB // 23

  2. PR RUN CLUB // 10

  3. WOODWARD TRACK CLUB // 1

ANN ARBOR TRACK CLUB // Strong night for AATC women.

ANN ARBOR TRACK CLUB // Strong night for AATC women.

MEN

  1. ANN ARBOR RUNNING COMPANY // 13

  2. MOTOWN FRONT RUNNERS // 8

  3. ANN ARBOR TRACK CLUB // 5

  4. BAD DECISIONS TRACK CLUB // 4

  5. FROG ISLAND TRACK CLUB // 3

  6. WOODWARD TRACK CLUB // 2

ANN ARBOR RUNNING COMPANY // Ian and Larz were a TWO MAN WRECKING BALL. These monsters traded off legs during the 4 x 400 RELAY

ANN ARBOR RUNNING COMPANY // Ian and Larz were a TWO MAN WRECKING BALL. These monsters traded off legs during the 4 x 400 RELAY

LET’S DO THIS AGAIN!

We hope you’ll join us next summer for the 2nd Annual Clash of the Clubs. We’ll have some fresh tricks up our sleeves after learning in our inaugural year.

This was truly a pleasure to bring to the running community, and you guys brought your A-game to Ferry Field!

Let’s do it again next year!

In the meantime, sign up for the 2019 Gallup Gallop!

It’s directed by the same idiots that organized Clash of the Clubs.

Brent McDermott