Niagara members become National Champions, Again!

Jenn Suhr and Molly Huddle win National Titles – again

UB’s Jonathan Jones surprises with a 4th in the Shot

Niagara Athlete results from USATF Outdoor Championships, Sacramento, CA

Niagara Association members Jenn Suhr and Molly Huddle added to their impressive resumes by winning USATF National Championships in their specialties, Pole Vault and the 5000m Run respectively.   2012 Olympic Gold medalist and world indoor pole record holder,  Jenn Suhr (adidas, Churchville, NY) was the only vaulter to clear 4.60m to win the Women's Pole Vault National Championship once again. Now it’s off to Europe for the summer meet season (see quote below).  Women's American track record holder at 5000m and world record holder on the road at 12k, Molly Huddle (Saucony, Providence, RI via Elmira, NY), had a tougher time in winning the 5000m as she edged runner-up Shannon Rowbury by only 0.16 seconds.  (see quote below)

Women’s Pole Vault Final


Jenn Suhr











Sandi Morris











Becky Holliday

14-7 ¼








Medina resident, Janice Keppler, and former Buffalo area star Mary Saxer no heighted at 4.30m and did not score

Women’s Pole Vault winner Jenn Suhr

“I’m happy with the win. Each title has its own specialness. Now we go back and start training and get ready for our series in Europe. (Laughing) I think any time you can make bars on your first few attempts and walk away without an injury it’s a good meet.”

 Women’s 5,000m Run - Finals


Molly Huddle









Shannon Rowbury
Nike Oregon Project









Marielle Hall









Aisling Cuffe



 Women’s 5000m winner Molly Huddle

“The plan was to try and run easy the first two laps to see if anyone would try to take it and then stay in a comfortable spot on the outside for me. I tried to pick it up in the middle. I was starting to get a little nervous leading in the middle. I just tried to make sure I had enough left for a 100 kick because I knew Shannon is a great closer.

 “I tried to measure my kick a little better. I used to go all out at the bell but I went 80 percent at the bell because I knew the move would come at 200. Shannon went around me and I thought, ‘just go with her.’ We kind of were weaving all around. I was ready for a lean. I knew it was going to be close and I just went until my legs went numb.”

 University of Buffalo’s Jonathan Jones surprise 4th place finisher in the Men's Shot Put

After finishing in 11th place at the NCAA Division I Championships in Eugene, OR on June 11th with a throw of 19.26m, University of Buffalo’s and USATF Niagara Association’s, Jonathan Jones (Jr., Portville, NY) rebounded with an impressive personal best of 20.75m to grab 4th place at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, CA on June 25th. His throw was only 3 cm behind his idol Reese Hoffa and was a new MAC Conference record for the Shot Put. Jones, a 4 time NCAA All-American, was the top collegiate thrower at the meet.

Men’s Shot Put Finals


Jonathan Jones
University at Buffalo
Flight: 1



62-8 ¾
Rnk: 10

66-7 ¾
Rnk: 4

Rnk: 3


Rnk: 4

Rnk: 4


Rnk: 4

 Niagara - 3 of top 6 in Women’s 20k Race Walk

USATF Niagara was well represented in the Women’s 20,000m Race Walk at the USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento on June 28th with 3 of the top 6 finishers hailing from our area. Miranda Melville (Rush-Henrietta HS, Henrietta, NY) led the way taking home the silver medal in 1:37:59.83.

After winning the 2014 USATF Niagara Association Outdoor Track 5000m Race Walk at Penfield HS on June 21st, Katie Burnett, (unattached, Rochester, NY) used her $50 bonus for the top Open Women’s age graded performance to help her travel to Sacramento and finished 4th overall (1:40:01.16) on the national stage – well done!

Our own Niagara Board member and our Niagara Race Walk Chair, Erin Taylor-Talcott was 6th overall in 1:43:41.92.

Women’s 20000m Race Walk Finals


Maria Michta
Walk USA









Miranda Melville
New York Athletic Club (NYAC)









Erin Gray
Bowerman Track Club









Katie Burnett









Susan Randall
Miami Valley TC









Erin Taylor-Talcott
Shore Athletic Club




Other top finishers with Niagara connections include:

Lopez Lomong (Tully HS, Tully, NY) 3rd in the 1500m in 3:39.11.

Brycen Spratling (Webster HS, Univ. Pittsburgh) 7th in the 400m in 45.90.

Morgan Uceny (Cornell University) 12th in the 1500m in 4:24.01.

Freddie Crittenden (Syracuse University) 13th in the 110h in 13.79.

Donald Pollitt (Syracuse University) 19th in the 110h in 14.03.

Chad Noelle (Green HS, Oklahoma St.) 9th best time in 1500m qualifying, but bumped from finals due to advancement procedures in 3:44.27

Mark Hollis (2013-14 Niagara Association Indoor Track Champion and RIT Field House record setter) 2nd in Pole Vault with a clearance of 5.70m

Michael Giuseppe Mannozzi (many time Niagara Indoor Track Champion) 7th in the Men's 20,000m Race Walk in 1:36:04.88

Complete meet results are available at:




World Masters Indoor Championships by Coreen Steinbach

The USATF-Niagara website has taken many roles over the years. We are always looking to make it a useful tool to each of the different types of constituents we have. I hope that in the future we can occasionally bring you a behind the scenes look from a different perspective. If you would like to share your story, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll discuss your thoughts. The following article is written by Coreen Steinbach about her recent trip to the World Masters Indoor Championships, held in Budapest, Hungary. I would like to compile a list of personal stories from the 2014 Boston Marathon. If you or someone you know would like to share their story, please share the above email with them.

Thousand of Masters athletes from around the world met in Budapest, Hungary to test themselves against the best in the world in their age group. This is the story of 3 time medalist, Coreen Steinbach of Pompey, New York.

"I recently competed in the World Masters Indoor Track Championships in Budapest, Hungary. It was a spectacular experience and one I will never forget. 
This was my 7th competition at the World level and probably the most positive from several perspectives. 
The meet itself proved quite a contrast to Outdoor Worlds which were held in Porto Alegre, Brazil this past October. We ran in the most severe weather conditions I have ever experienced in Brazil; lightning, torrential downpours. The meet went on despite these conditions. Athletes were throwing implements in dangerous lightning strikes; we were on the track despite it all. This would never happen in a meet in the US. There were a myriad of other technical problems at the meet as well. I tell people that the trip to Brazil was an education not a vacation. I won the gold medal in the 1500 so that was wonderful experience and certainly made the trip worthwhile.
Budapest was an entirely different experience. The city, itself, is magnificent. The architecture, history, culture, and lovely people are epic. The beauty is breathtaking.
The track meet took place at an awesome complex. There were two indoor tracks connected by a hallway; both excellent banked tracks. There was a beautiful outdoor warm up facility as well. This was a luxury; oftentimes you have to improvise somewhere to warm up. There was even lovely statuary gracing the infield in the warm up area. 
The meet was efficient, on time; clean bathrooms were abundant. You learn when you travel the world to compete that these things are rare and very appreciated! Even the awards ceremonies were handled in a timely manner.
I had a successful meet; actually beyond my expectations. I won the bronze in the 3000 and silvers in the 1500 and 800. I have never seen a higher level competition. Everyone wanted to visit Budapest, I guess!
Doping control was in full effect. This was not the case in Brazil.
World Masters competition affords an experience like no other. You meet athletes from every corner of the world. The energy and enthusiasm is incredible. You witness athletes competing at the very highest level challenging preconceived notions that we must slow as we age. Records are smashed. There is something so inspiring seeing people in the 90 or even 95 age group traveling to a far away country to put their foot on a starting line." 

by Coreen Steinbach

Four Niagara members compete at 2014 USA Indoor Championships

(Photo courtesy of Eric Boyce)

Four Niagara members travel to Alberquerque, New Mexico to take their chance at a National Championship

On the Women’s side, Jenn Suhr (adidas), Niagara’s most prominent member at the meet competed in the pole vault where she has won many National Championships and is the reigning World Record holder indoors. This year, Suhr just missed the mark at another National Championship but finished 2nd on misses at the 4.66m height over Kylie Hutson. The winner of the pole vault is a native of Western New York, Mary Saxer (NYAC), who won her first National Championship with a PR vault of 4.71m.

Also a native of Western New York, Miranda Melville (NYAC), finished 2nd in the 3000m Race Walk in 12:59.75.

On the Men’s side, Brycen Spratling (Pittsburgh), had the best finish placing 6th overall. Spratling won his heat on the first day in 46.72, and cruised to a 46.41 finish in the finals.

Nick Guarino (Syracuse Chargers), led virtually his entire heat of the 800m until Nick Symmonds unleashed his kick to take away the automatic Qualifier. Guarino finished in 1.48.99, just .55 away from earning a berth to the finals event. Josh Guarino (Syracuse Chargers) also competed in the 800m, not having as much success in a later heat, Guarino finished with a time of 1:57.59.

Tully’s own Lopez Lomong (Nike) competed in both the 1500m and 3000m. Lomong won the 1500m in 3:43.09 just edging Will Leer, and finished 4th in the 3000m in 7:56.65.

In addition, competing at the 2013 USATF Niagara Indoor Championships hosted by the Upstate Holiday Classic and friends of USATF Niagara, Men's pole vault winner Mark Hollis is the new National Champion clearing 5.55m. Michael Mannozzi finished 5th in the 3000m race walk in 13:00.66 and Katie Burnett finished 5th in the 3000m race walk in 14:38.42.

For complete results check

Follow along on Twitter representing Team USA at the IAAF Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland #Sopot2014 will be Jenn Suhr @JennSuhr, Mary Saxer @SaxDefyGravity, Lopez Lomong @LopezLomong, @usatf and @usatfniagara for updates.

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