The US Half Marathon Championships on December 5th concluded the competition year for the On ZAP Endurance team. For Tristin Van Ord, it was yet another personal best performance to cap a breakthrough year.
The women’s race went out on American Record pace, and although the pace would slow in the 2nd half under the warm South Carolina sun it required patience from both Tristin and her teammate Whitney Macon. Both women moved their way through the field over the 2nd half. Tristin was in the mid-teens at the halfway mark and would work her way up to 11th place by the finish. Her time of 1:12:54 was a personal best by just over 1 minute, and comes out to 5:33 pace per mile.
Similar to Matt McClintock in the men’s race, Whitney, despite moving forward through 2nd half, had a challenging day finishing in 1:17:18.
Tristin’s personal best is the 3rd major PB of 2021. Her first came on the track at Raleigh Relay where she slashed 20 seconds off her best running 15:53. She followed that up in the summer at the Grandma’s Marathon where her 2:32:55 got her on the podium in 3rd place and slashed over 7 minutes off her previous personal best.
Tristin will be aiming to continue the positive momentum into 2022 where she will return to the half marathon distance at the Houston Half Marathon in January.
You can find the full results from the US Half Marathon Championships here.
Looking Ahead to 2022
Both Whitney and Tristin will be returning to the half marathon distance in early 2022 at the Houston Half Marathon where Josh Izewski will be returning to the full marathon distance. The On ZAP Endurance team will also be making some additional spring marathon announcements soon.
After 5 1/2 years as a member of the ZAP team Matt McClintock will be departing the program at the conclusion of the year. During his time at ZAP Matt set personal bests of 13:47 at 5,000m, 1:02:34 at the Half Marathon, and broke the club record this spring at 10,000m with his 28:13 PB. Matt also qualified for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials and ran 47:10 for 10 miles on the roads. We’re wishing him all the best as he continues to train and compete at the highest level.
Andrew Colley and Tyler Pennel both struggled with injuries for much of 2021, but have put together the most consistent training they’ve had in over a year the last few months and are looking forward to strong rebound years in 2022. Along with Andrew and Tyler, Joe Stilin will be making racing plans soon. He spent the fall rehabbing a lower leg injury that derailed his training for the New York City Marathon.
After running a personal best at the New York City Marathon in November Joanna graduated from NYU with her master’s degree in Scientific Journalism last week and is looking forward to building on her fall marathon success as she moves into the next phase of her professional career.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season,
On ZAP Endurance