2018 NOVA Running Club Selected Individual Awards

By | January 9, 2019

Congratulations to the 2018 NOVA Running Club Individual Award Winners: Evan Fallor, Dawn Gillis, Frank Rocha and Ann Pohlers. NOVA Coach Jerry Alexander provides his breakdown of the four award winners below.

NOVA Running Club 2018
Men’s MVP - Evan Fallor
Evan's 2:37:35 at the New York Marathon was a new NOVA club record, and was unquestionably one of the greatest performances in NOVA history at any distance. That run was the culmination of months of hard work, and Evan's huge PR was well-earned. Evan had other outstanding performances in 2018, including 15:36 for 5k, and 26:05 for 8k. With Evan's combination of strength and speed, we're going to see more big PRs in 2019.
NOVA Running Club 2018
Women’s MVP - Dawn Gillis
Dawn had another great year in 2018, with strong performances across an array of distances. Dawn showed great range by running 19:41 for 5k, 40:57 for 10k, 1:08:47 for 10 miles, 1:34:15 for the half marathon, and 3:22:37 for the marathon. Dawn personifies consistency in training and racing, and her steadfast dedication to her running has allowed her to maintain a high level of performance during her lengthy NOVA career.
NOVA Running Club 2018
Coach’s Award - Ann Pohlers
Ann's enthusiasm and perseverance has been a source of inspiration to the team. Ann's hard work allowed her to run numerous PRs throughout the year, and her steady improvement will continue in 2019. On a personal level, I have truly enjoyed working with Ann. I have coached so many former Division I All-Americans that I long ago lost count, but I've never worked with an athlete who brings the pure joy to running that Ann does, and I'm looking forward to more of her exuberant updates.
NOVA Running Club 2018
Rookie of the Year - Frank Rocha

Frank made amazing progress in his first full year with NOVA. When Frank joined the team, his PRs were 1:49 in the half marathon, and 4:30 in the marathon. In 2018, Frank raced an impressive 18 times, and by the end of the year he lowered his PRs to 1:34:58 in the half, and 3:29:49 in the full. Frank also ran 44:12 for 10k, and 1:13:26 for 10 miles. With his admirable work ethic and dedication, Frank will continue his rapid improvement.