Morgan 5th in Decathlon at USA Championships

The USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships for open and junior (ages 20 & under) athletes began Thursday on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon and will run through Sunday.  Eight (8) open athletes and five (5) junior athletes from the Niagara association are entered in the championships.  

OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Day 2 Recap - Mike Morgan
(Ontario, NY / SUNY Buffalo) highlighted Friday’s performances with a fourth place finish in the men’s decathlon. Morgan was only 130 points shy of earning a spot on the World Championship team.

Day 3 Preview - Saturday's competition includes Donald Pollitt (Syracuse, NY / Syracuse) and Freddie Crittenden (Syracuse, NY / Syracuse) in the men’s 110m hurdles, seeded #21 and #27 respectively.  

JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 
Day 2 Recap - 
In the junior championship on Friday, Mitchell Moore (Jamestown, NY / SUNY Buffalo) finished 10th in the men’s 400m hurdles with a time of 54.58 seconds. Devon Patterson (Buffalo, NY) finished 13th in the shot put with a throw of 18.57 meters. 

Day 3 Preview  - Heading into the final day of the junior championships, Tyler Ranke (Rochester, NY / SUNY Albany) and Dan Huben (Williamsville, NY / Cincinnati) are seeded #4 and #5 in the men’s junior 3000m steeplechase finals.

Huddle Claims First 10,000m National Title on Day One of USA Championships in Oregon

The USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships for open and junior (ages 20 & under) athletes began yesterday on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon and will run through Sunday.  Eight (8) open athletes and five (5) junior athletes from the Niagara association are entered in the championships.  

American 5,000m record holder Molly Huddle (Providence, RI / Saucony), surged ahead in the final lap to win her first 10,000m track title running 31 minutes, 39.20 seconds. On switching running the 10,000m on the track, Huddle stated, “I felt good during the 10k’s I did on the road, but they’re a little more intense on the track. I’m happy with how it went. I was pretty confident in my kick.” The Elmira, New York, native (Notre Dame HS) will represent Team USA at the IAAF World Championships in late August in Beijing. On Sunday, she will attempt to also make the national team in the 5,000m. She is the defending champion in the event.   10,000m women's video

Jesse Garn (Marcellus, NY / SUNY Binghamton) ran 1:48.59 in the 1st round of the 800m but failed to advance to the semi-finals. After the first day of the Decathlon Mike Morgan (Ontario, NY / Buffalo) is currently in 5th place with 3999 points, 488 points behind leader Jeremy Taiwo. Morgan will finish up competition this afternoon with five events remaining.

Open Championship Results Summary

Place  

Athlete             

Event     

 

City                 

Affiliation                  

 Performance  

1.

Molly Huddle

10000m

 

Providence, RI

Saucony

31:39.20

18.

Jesse Garn

800m

 

Marcellus, NY

SUNY Binghamton

1:48.59

TODAY IN EUGENE

Today three Niagara athletes will compete in the junior championships with Mitchell Moore (Jamestown NY / SUNY Buffalo) leading the charge with the #11 seed in the 400m hurdles. Devon Patterson (Buffalo, NY) and Michael Egotanda (Vestal, NY / University of Colorado) are both scheduled to complete today with #12 seeds in the shot put and long jump, respectively.

 

Athlete

Event

City   

Affiliation      

Event TIme # 

 

Devon Patterson

Shot Put 

Buffalo, NY

 

1:05 PM PT

 

Mitchell Moore

400m Hurdles    

Jamestown, NY    

SUNY Buffalo

1:45 PM PT

 

Michael Egotanda

Long Jump

Vestal, NY

Colorado

2:00 PM PT

 

 

Tisia and Davidson take 10k Titles at Lilac

Roadkill Racing

Kiplangat (Kip) Tisia, 29:56, (M26, Rochester, NY) and Hannah Davidson, 34:58, (F28, Fayetteville, NY) captured USATF Niagara Association 10k Championships at the Highland Hospital Lilac Run in Rochester, NY on a beautiful Sunday morning (5/17/15). Kip’s sub-30 minute effort was the 2nd best Lilac 10k time in the last 18 years and earned him $1000 in prize monies. That breaks down to $600 for winning the race, $250 as the top Niagara runner and $150 time bonus from Niagara. Runner-up Sam Morse, 30:35, )M31, Camden, NY) won $700 - $400 from the race, $150 from Niagara and $150 time bonus. Sam Morse led the Syracuse Track Club to the Open Men’s team title ($500) over the up and coming Roadkill Racing A team ($300) led by Dave Rapplyea, 33:47, 7th overall, (M29, Henrietta, NY) and a 90 second team grouping. The Roadkill Racing B Team ($150) led by top Master Derrick Jones, 33:59, 9th overall (M43, Henrietta, NY) edged GVH for 3rd by only 12 seconds. Derrick Jones was the top age-graded Master runner at 83.48%.

Local radio personality Bob Lonsberry, 1:03:50, 722nd overall, (M55, Mt. Morris, NY), graciously emceed the awards ceremony and opined that his 5k split was exactly the same as Kip Tisia’s winning time and that was a 5k personal best for Bob – who ran with his daughter Hannah Lonsberry, also 1:03:50, 721st overall, (F24, Geneseo, NY). It is believed that Bob was joking about his 5k personal best but we’re not sure.

Laurel Leone, 36:43, 24th overall, (F30, Minoa, NY), was the runner-up in the women’s race but never challenged Hannah Davidson. Heather Webster, 39:47, 51st overall, 10th woman, (F41, Honeoye Falls, NY), took the top Master’s award for the women. Carolyn Smith-Hanna, 50:56, 253rd overall, 69th woman, (F64, Pittsford, NY), was the top age graded master woman at 80.70%.

The Brockport Distance Project ($300) squad led by Trisha Byler, 37:37, 29th overall, 3rd woman, (F31, Rochester, NY) topped he GVH A ($180) and B ($90) teams for the win in the Open Women’s team competition. Roadkill Racing also took top honors in the M40+ team competition while GVH swept all other Master team titles; M60+ and W40+, W50+ and W60+. There were 1035 total finishers in the 10k while 928 finished the earlier 5k race.

Thanks to the Monroe County Parks Department, the Lilac Festival Committee, Highland Hospital and Dan Medved of Medved Sports Apparel for supporting the Niagara 10k Championships. Special thanks go to Niagara Men’s LDR Chairman, Eric Boyce for all his hard work. Eric hopes to see everyone at the Niagara 5k Championships on August 8th in Bergen, NY.

Complete race results are found at Leone Timing at: http://www.leonetiming.com/2015/Lilac15.htm

 

 

 

Not sure how we missed it…

Sorry to report on the passing of the great Norm Frank of Rochester on April 21, 2015.

Norm was 83 and had been in declining health since a series of strokes in 2008-09.

A one-time World-record holder for the number of marathons completed, Norm Frank finished 965 Marathons. He is still ranked 4th in North America. His first marathon was Boston in 1967 at age 35. After that he averaged 23 marathons a year including 39 in 1993. He ran 30 consecutive Boston Marathons and 37 consecutive Rochester Marathons.

 

Norm Frank receiving Special Recognition Award from USATF Masters LDR Sports Committee Vice-Chairman, Bill Quinlisk.

Norm's obituary can be found at:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/sports/2015/04/22/norm-frank-marathon-running-brighton-world-records/26176753/






Sad to report the passing on April 17th of Jerry Bisson, longtime Syracuse Charger, after a brief fight with cancer.
The obituary can be found at:

http://www.scheppfamily.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1563216






Spratling Sets 500m World Record at Millrose Games

Brycen Spratling (22, Webster, NY, Webster HS, Univ. Pitt.) set a new 500m Armory record, an American Indoor record and an all-time world best, finishing in 1:00.06 to bring down the 28-year-old U.S. record of 1:00.17, set by Ken Lowery in 1987. Spratling recently won the USATF Niagara Association's Indoor T&F Champs. 400m on December 27, 2014 setting an RIT Gordon Field House record of 47.96. On Feb. 7th he won the 400m at Notre Dame's Mayo Invitational in a very fast 45.90.

I didn’t know I was on pace [for the world best],” Spratling said. “Early on in the race, I really wanted to go :59, but if that’s the best time ever in the 500m, then I’m okay with it.”

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