Men’s MVP: Michael Naff
2014 was the best year of Mike’s running career, as he set PRs of 30:52 for 8k and 61:32 for 10 miles, barely missed his PR in the half marathon by running 1:23:38 on a very hilly course (which surely would have been a PR in a faster race), and ran three marathons, including an excellent 3:06:46. Mike’s consistently strong performances throughout the year were even more impressive given the fact that health problems curtailed his training and racing for the last two years. Mike was back better than ever in 2014, and his success will spur him on as he pursues his long-sought goal of breaking 3 hours in the marathon.
Women’s MVP: Erin Masterson
Erin arguably deserves the MVP award for the incredible amount of time and effort she puts in to her duties as NOVA President, but she unquestionably earned the MVP award with her running. After her banner 2013 in which she ran 30 races to celebrate her 30th birthday, Erin upped the ante in 2014 by running 31 races. And run them she did, setting PRs at 10k (40:05), 10 miles (65:47), and the marathon (3:14:21), and running her fastest 5k since her illustrious college career at William and Mary (19:28). Erin won several races, including each of the four Lost Dog 5ks, and ran consistently well over various distances throughout the year. Erin is looking for more in 2015, when she intends to break 3:10 in the marathon.
Coach’s Award: Mark Drosky
Mark has been a fixture at NOVA for years, which is only fitting for a man who has run every single day for the last 26 years. Mark, a past President of NOVA, continues to perform at a very high level. In 2014 he ran an excellent 1:25:53 for the half marathon, and 3:10:14 for the marathon, and he placed in his age group in even the most competitive local races. Mark brings a level of consistency and dedication to the team that is as instructive as it is inspirational, and his enthusiasm for and love of NOVA is contagious.
- Lisa McNichols 5:28 DCRRC Mile Championship
- Dave Wertz 15:11 Swarthmore Last Chance 5,000
- Katie Tomlinson 2:56:40 Philadelphia Marathon
- Dave O’Hara 32:18 Pikes Peak 10K
- Stephanie Lundeby 30:20 Alexandria Turkey Trot 5 Miler
- Cory Schwartz 2:52:23 Philadelphia Marathon
- Erin Masterson 3:14:21 Richmond Marathon
- Allen Denson 1:22:02 Wilson Bridge Half Marathon
- Dawn Gillis 1:31:04 Charlottesville Half Marathon
- Abhaya Menon 59:25 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile