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:
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:
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.”