The USATF Masters 5 km Championships
were held on Sunday, October 4 in Syracuse, N.Y. The championships were part of the Syracuse Festival of Races which has hosted the championships on nine different occassions including the last eight years in a row. A total of athletes 199 athletes from 20 states competed in the championships with 74 competitors from the Niagara association.
Winning individual national titles from the Niagara association were Karen Simmonds-Brady, 41, of Auburn, N.Y. and Willis Moses, 89, of Vestal, N.Y. Simmonds-Brady took the women’s 40-44 title running 18:00 to outrun Renee Tolan of Clifton Park, N.Y. by three seconds. Moses, the oldest competitor in the championships by six years, captured the men’s 85-89 division running 35:01.
Based on age grading scoring, Genesee Valley Harriers (GVH) teammates, Charles Andrews, Mike Nier, and Alan Evans turned in the best overall performance by Niagara athletes. Andrews, 58, of Rochester, N.Y. ran 17:17 which scored 90.89% on the age grading tables. Nier, 50, of Rochester, N.Y. ran 16:39 (88.60%) while Evans, 52, of Beaver Dams, N.Y ran 16:58 (88.29%). Scores of over 90% are considered to be world class while scores over 80% to be national class. The top women’s age graded performance were turned in by two more GVH runners; Cindy Ingalls, 64, of Pittsford and Sharon Moore, 61, of Rochester, N.Y. Ingalls ran 22:44 which scored 85.73% while Moore ran 22:04 and scored 85.04%. A total of 19 Niagara men and 7 women scored over 80.00%.
Picking up silver medals for finishing second in their divisions were:
W50-54 Karyl Sargent Lafayette, NY 19:58
W55-59 Colleen Magnussen Geneseo, NY 21:59
W70-74 Sue Gardinier Verona, NY 27:48
W75-79 Estelle Hahn Jamesville, NY 35:42
W80-84 Edna Hyer South Wales, NY 38:21
M50-54 Mike Nier Rochester, NY 16:39
M80-84 Fritz Schlereth Syracuse,NY 37:48
Third place finishes were earned by Charles Andrews in the men’s 55-59 division and Doc Rappole of Bemus, NY in the men’s 65-69 division.
Winning team titles were:
GVH women’s 40+
GVH women’s 60+
Checkers AC women's 70+
The GVH 40+ team defeated association rival Syracuse Track Club 55:24 to 1:01:59. The scoring members for the GVH were Karen Simmonds-Brady, Heather Webster (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.), and Melissa Senall (Fairport, N.Y.). The GVH 60+ team of Sharon Moore, Cindy Ingalls, and Jeanne Herrick (Pittsford, N.Y.) defeated the Shore Athletic Club (New Jersey) 1:10:44 to 1:32.43. The Checkers AC women’s 70+ team members were Mac Mackenzie (Jamestown, N.Y.), Fran Rowe (Niagara Falls, N.Y.), and Edna Hyer (South Wales, N.Y.).