Bello Wins National Title at 24 Hour Championships

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On September 19-20 three (3) Niagara members competed in the USATF 24 Hour Championships in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kathy Bello, 62, of Rochester placed 17th in the open women's division and won the masters 60-64 division.  She ran a total of 55.8961 miles over the 24 hours.

Placing second in the masters 70-74 division was Bello's husband Joseph Bello.  Bello, 70, ran 70.3081 miles.  He placed 35th in the open division.

Richard Simon, 41, of Baldwinsville finished 21st in the open division and seventh in the masters 40-44 division.  He ran a total of 92.2102 miles.

Tierney, Kemmerer, and Cross Recognized

On Sunday, September 13, 2015 at the Niagara Association Annual Meeting three awards were presented to individuals in the Association for their outstanding contributions as Officials.

This year the “USATF National Track & Field Officials Committee Service Award”, which is based on dynamic officiating, contributions to the Niagara organization and support of athletes were presented to LuAnn Tierney and Bryan Kemmerer.
The 2015 “Niagara Official of the Year” was presented to Jo Cross in recognition of her dedication, outstanding effort, contribution and positive accomplishments as an official to the sport of track & field.
Congratulations to all three outstanding officials!

Huddle Runs To Second Consecutive 20 km Title

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - On Labor Day in New Haven, Conn., Molly Huddle won her second consecutive USATF 20 km title as she became the sixth fastest U.S. performer in history over the 20 km distance.

Huddle broke away early and never looked back as she won her second consecutive USATF 20 km Championship title on Monday in New Haven, Connecticut. Huddle, who resides in Providence, RI, is a native of Elmira, N.Y. and maintains her USATF membership with the Niagara association

A near perfect morning of race conditions led to some fast times and great racing, but it was Huddle making a statement early on by pulling away from the field and running alone nearly the entire way.

The defending champion gapped the chase pack ever so slightly by mile two, putting a few strides on fellow Olympians Janet Bawcom and Amy Cragg. Each mile, Huddle put a few more seconds on the field and by 10 km, her lead had grown to nearly 75 meters on the rest of the field.

Huddle continued to push the pace, building a lead that grew to nearly 300 meters at the finish line. Her winning time of 1:06:26 was 1 minute ahead of second place finisher Janet Bawcom and makes her the sixth fastest U.S. performer in history. She trails only; Kara Goucher, Deena Kastor, Shalane Flanagan, Marla Runyan, and Amy Yoder-Begley on the all-time list. Additionally, her victory is the first women’s repeat win in USATF 20 km Championship history and the fastest winning time since 2003.

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