Olson Runs US ‘B’ Standard at Payton Jordan Invitational

Erik Olson of Stanford (Novato)  runs a PR of 13:46.12 to place 7th in the Men 5000 Meter Run Section 2 at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford University on Sun. Apr. 28. This time will put Erik in the top 20 on the  2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Qualifying List for the 5000m. See below for update from Stanford’s website.

“One race later, it was Erik Olson’s turn. The junior from Marin County also earned a PR, with a 13:46.12 while placing seventh in the second section with a U.S. `B’ standard time. It was an eight-second improvement from his best at a February indoor meet, and an indication that Olson has made his way back from a series of injuries that hampered his cross country campaign last fall.

“The plan was to compete,” Olson said. “I like that. Compete, rather than place.

“Coach Milt’s been saying, `You’ll get your kick when it matters,’ meaning in regionals and nationals. He’s progressed me through injuries in cross country by keeping the pressure off and the miles low, and not taking time off. And now it’s starting to pay off.

“My confidence has grown and my trust in him has grown too.””


2013 MCAL Track and Field Championships


TRIALS Thurs  May 9        FINALS Sat. May 11

All event competitors should report 30 minutes before scheduled start time.

THURSDAY TRIALS: Running events start at 3:00   pm. Time schedule will be provided once entries have been received and seeded.


  • 1:00 PM Boys Long Jump
  • 1:30 PM Girls Long Jump
  • 1:00 PM Girls High Jump
  • 1:30 PM Boys High Jump
  • 1:00 PM Girls Shot Put
  • 1:30 PM Boys Shot Put

Running Events: Finals    Saturday, May 11


12:00 PM Girls 4×100 Meter Relay

12:07 PM Boys 4×100 Meter Relay

12:14 PM Girls 1600 Meter Run

12:24 PM Boys 1600 Meter Run

12:34 PM Girls 100 Meter Hurdles 33″

12:42 PM Boys 110 Meter Hurdles 39″

12:50 PM Girls 400 Meter Dash

12:57 PM Boys 400 Meter Dash

1:04 PM Girls 100 Meter Dash

1:09 PM Boys 100 Meter Dash

1:14 PM Girls 800 Meter Run

1:21 PM Boys 800 Meter Run

1:28 PM Girls 300 Meter Hurdles

1:35 PM Boys 300 Meter Hurdles

1:42 PM Girls 200 Meter Dash

1:49 PM Boys 200 Meter Dash

1:56 PM Girls 3200 Meter Run

2:11 PM Boys 3200 Meter Run

2:26 PM Girls 4×400 Meter Relay

2:36 PM Boys 4×400 Meter Relay


Field Events: Finals (Saturday, May 11

9:00 AM Girls Triple Jump

9:30 AM Boys Triple Jump

9:00 AM Boys Discus Throw

9:30 AM Girls Discus Throw

9:00 AM Boys Pole Vault

9:30 AM Girls Pole Vault

Note: The subsequent field events will begin 30 minutes after the event beforehand is completed, not the actual time shown.


Interview with Alex Varner

Alex Varner started competing in cross-country and track at Branson. He ran cross-country for 4 years and competed in track as a senior.

Alex Varner     Davidson College
Alex Varner Davidson College

After graduating from Branson Alex attended Davidson College where he continued to compete in cross-country and track.

In recent years Alex has continued to train and excel in races while he holds down a full-time job. I caught up with Alex after the Boston Marathon.

By Liz and Linda Gill

LG:  I know that you had to drop out of Boston last year. What is your history with the marathon? Was Boston your first complete marathon?

AV: In 2012 I dropped out of Boston at mile 14. I had been dealing with a foot injury for the previous 6-7 weeks and I just didn’t have the fitness to run any farther so I treated Boston like a long run. That being said, I was really happy that I had planned to stop at mile 14 because the temperature was 85 degrees and the conditions were miserable.

Alex Varner Boston 2013

Alex Varner Boston 2013

I have run two previous marathons, both times I ran the San Francisco Marathon to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The first one was in July of 2011 when I finished 2nd in 2:35.00. The second one was in July of 2012 when I placed 2nd in 2:27.15.

Last monday I ran the 2013 Boston Marathon and I finished in 26th place in 2:21.40, the 14th US runner and the 4th California runner.

LG: You recently ran a PR in the 10km at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival placing 8th in 29:53.34. What was your previous 10km PR?

AV:  My previous PR was 30:53 at the Marin 10km in 2012. I had not run a 10km on the track since college and I knew I was in shape to blow my old mark out of the water.


Alex Varner Dipsea 2012

LG: You have had a lot of success at the Dipsea race.  How many times have you won the  Dipsea Fastest Runner Award ? What is your best time?

AV:  My best time in the Dipsea is 48:54 from  2010. I have been the fastest finisher for the past four years. (2009-2912)

LG:  What is your next race before the 2013 Dipsea?

AV:  My next race will be the Bay to Breakers and possibly the Marin 10km.

LG:  What do you attribute for your improvement since college and your success in the last few years?

AV:  My improvement since college and my success in the last few years is mainly due to consistency, as well as mentality. I didn’t run very well in college because I was injured a lot, but once I graduated and I was able to start running more for myself, I found a lot more freedom in the training I could do. I was able to experiment with different things and figure out what worked for me. The most important thing has been that I have stayed consistent and healthy. I took time off immediately if I felt something was wrong. I think I’ve been injured once, for 5-6 weeks with a foot issue, in the last 5-6 years. Being able to put together such a solid body of work has really helped me. It has tought me about my physical limits as well as my mental limits. Since college, I have also found that my enjoyment of the sport has increased greatly. I run because I want to and because I love it. In college running was a chore at times, something that I had to do which made me resent it from time to time. Now that I am training on my own and with others who are no longer in school, I have noticed that we are all doing it because we want to be out there and there is no resentment or sense of obligation. I think that has made a huge difference as well.

LG: What are your running goals in the next few years?

AV:  This year I am planning on running the Cranmore Hill Climb in July in an effort to qualify for the US Mountain Running Team which will compete in Poland this fall. I have also signed up for my first 50k (Headlands 50k) in August. This will be my first attempt at the distance so I am treating the race as a learning experience but I hope to run well. After running a 2:21 at Boston my longer term goal would be to take a shot at qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the marathon.

Ranmarin would like to thank Alex Varner for taking the time to answer our questions. We wish Alex continued success with all of his running goals!

Kissin to Compete in Dlll Nationals

Peter Kissin of Haverford (Redwood) competed in the Mens 5km race at the Larry Ellis Invitational on Friday, Apr. 19. Peter placed 10th in a PR of 14:25.42. According to Roy Kissin, “He (Peter) currently sits #5 on the DIII 5k list and #8 on the 10k list”. Peter will compete in the Dlll Track and Field National Championships in 5 weeks.

Peter Kissin Haverford

Peter Kissin Haverford