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.

Nier, Rappole, GVH M60+ Win National 1 Mile Titles in Michigan


The 2015 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships were held on Friday, August 21 in Flint, Michigan. Twelve (12) Niagara athletes, all members of the Genesee Valley Harriers (GVH), competed in the championships which were hosted by the Crim Michigan Mile.

Winning national titles were Mike Nier, Doc Rappole, and the GVH men’s 60+ team.

Nier, 50, of Rochester ran 5:52 to capture the men’s 50-54 division and his first national title.  Second place was Ruben Henderson Jr of Michigan, seven seconds back. Nier’s time was four seconds faster than last year when he finished fourth in the 45-49 division. “The mile race has that sudden-death winner-take-all aspect that requires total concentration and commitment that we had as kids when we first raced for the pure thrill of it,” Nier offered following the race. Nier’s time scored 88.58% on the age grading tables; where scores in the 90s are considered to be world class and scores in the 80s are considered national class.

Rappole, 66, of Bemus, NY won the 65-69 division running 6:02 to finish 19 seconds ahead of Jerry Learned of Georgia. His age graded score was 81.42%. "“What fun to be at a great running event with a terrific club team like GVH," stated Rappole.  "Awesome team support and great weather plus a well run event made for an old runners high.”

Second place finishes were turned in by Mark Rybinski in the men’s 60-64 division and Colleen Magnussen in the women’s 55-59 division. Rybinski, 60, of Manlius, NY and eventual winner Tom Bernhard of California both came to the finish line together and recorded the same finish time of 5:21. His age graded performance (87.06%) was the second best of all of the Niagara athletes. “With 400m to go I was in 3rd and then moved into 2nd with 200m to go. In the end I needed one more stride to catch Tom. It was tough loss but it was to a fine runner who ran through the finish line,” offered Rybinsk.

Magnussen, 55, of Geneseo, NY ran 6:47 to win her championship silver medal. She trailed Maryellen Stornant of Michigan who ran 6:11.

In addition to Nier, Rappel, and Rybinski the following athletes turned in age graded performances over 80.00% - Josh Harter (81.68%), Dale Flanders (82.20%), and Gary Radford (80.02%).

In the team competition, the GVH M60+ team of Rybinski, Bill Beyerbach, and Rappole defeated the Ann Arbor Track Club by 39 seconds to win the team title; 17:14 to 17:53. “For at least the past seven years we’ve been watching Ann Arbor win all the M60+ team championships and today we were able to finally defeat them in their own backyard,” offered an elated Rybinski”

The GVH women’s 50+ team placed second. The scoring team members were Carol Bischoff, Magnussen, and Gail Geiger. The GVH men’s 50+ team of Nier, Flanders, and Radford placed third in a very competitive division.

Morse, Davidson, and Andrews Shine at Niagara 5 km Championships


The USATF Niagara Association 5 km Championships were held on Saturday, August 8 in Bergen, N.Y.  The championships were part of the Jenny Kozma Memorial Bergen 5K.  A total of 109 Niagara members participated in the championships.
The open men’s and women’s champions were Sam Morse, 31, of Camden and Hannah Davidson, 25, of Saratoga, N.Y.   He won $650 for winning and picked up an additional $150 in performance bonuses (Morse for breaking 14:50 and Davidson for breaking 17:00)
Morse ran 14:44 to win by 15 seconds over Omar Boulama of Walworth.  His time was over 20 seconds faster than he ran here in 2014 (on a slightly different course).  Third place was Alex Brimstein of Plattsburgh in a time of 15:09.
Davidson, successfully defended the title she won last year, as she ran 16:03 to win  by over 1 minute.  Laurel Leone (Minoa, N.Y.) finished second for the third consecutive year as she crossed the line in 17:04 and Julianne Quinn (Bedford, NH) finished third just six seconds behind Leone.
The open team competition were both very close battles.  In the men’s division the Syracuse Track Club and Bergen Road Race Elite both placed five runners under 16:00 but Sam Morse’s 14:44 up front was the difference for the Syracuse TC to edge out Bergen RRE by 21 seconds; 1:17:23 to 1:17:44 (the top 5 cumulative times determine the team score).  The scoring members of the winning team were: Sam Morse (14:44), Jared Burdick (15:20), Andrew Dionne (15:31), William Hoyne (15:49), and Chris Raulli (15:59). In the women’s division the margin of victory was also 21 seconds as the Brockport Distance Project out ran the Genesee Valley Harriers 52:38 to 52:59 (the top 3 cumulative times determine the team score). Both teams had all three of their scoring athletes run under 18:00.  The scoring members of winning team were: Trisha Byler (17:24), Kristen Hopfinger (17:35), and Karen Blodgett (17:39).
In the masters competition Mark Andrews, 44, of Rochester and Sharon Moore, 61, of Rochester had the best male and female performances on the day (based the age graded performance tables).    Andrews ran 15:44 to score 89.67% while Moore ran 22:41 to score 82.73%.  Other notable masters performances (over 85%) were turned in by: Scott Weeks, 43, of Groton (15:51, 88.36%); Mike Nier, 50, of Rochester (17:02, 86.61%); and Derrick Jones, 43, of Henrietta (16:28, 85.06%)
The masters age division champions were:
Men 40-44       Mark Andrews     Rochester   15:44
Men 45-49       Jeffrey Young      Bergen       22:01
Men 50-54       Mike Nier            Rochester   17:02
Men 55-59       Mike Sayers        Brockport    20:29
Men 60-64       Brian Cummins    Cortland        19:36  
Men 65-69       Jim May             Williamson      20:44 
Men 70-74       Dwight Rogers    Churchville     25:44
Women 40-44  Heather Webster Honeoye Falls 18:33
Women 45-49  Martha Doody     Shortsville       25:46
Women 50-54  Karyl Sargent      Lafayette        20:32  
Women 55-59  Marie White        Henrietta        24:45  
Women 60-64  Sharon Moore     Rochester       22:41  
Women 65-69  Lynda McGuire    Scottsville       25:35 
In the masters team completion the winning teams were: Roadkill Racing (M40+), Genesee Valley Harriers (M50+), Syracuse TC (M60+), Genesee Valley Harriers (W40+), and Genesee Valley Harriers (W50+).

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