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.

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

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