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 usatf.org

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.

Niagara Masters runners honored by Runners World



3 USATF Niagara masters runners were recently honored by Runners World as National Caliber long distance runners.
In the Men's division 40-44 both Kevin Collins and Scott Weeks were selected as Honorable Mention for races in 2013.
In the Women's division 60-64, Coreen Steinbach was selected as Honorable Mention for races in 2013.

Each of the top 3 runners in each age group are listed with their top performance.
In addition, seven of those top performances came at the 2013 Syracuse (NY) Festival of Races 5k which served as the USA Masters 5k National Championship. The Festival will again host the USA Masters 5k National Championship on October 5th, 2014.

Read the full story here.
2014 USA Masters 5k National Championships

2014 USATF Niagara Championships Calendar

The 2014 USATF Niagara Championships Calendar is now available. We are proud to team up with these great races to help all of our members race their best to produce top times and recognize the best runners in Western New York. Look over the calendar and mark down where you want to race the best in our area. Facebook event pages have been set up to keep you up to date quickly. Join any event you are interested in, invite your friends. We'll share pictures, videos, and results afterward as well as recaps. Friend USATF Niagara on Facebook, follow USATF Niagara on Twitter for day of updates from the Championships. See you at the Starting line in 2014!




 

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