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.
by Coreen Steinbach
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.