Simmonds-Brady and Moses Win Titles at National Masters 5 km Championships


The USATF Masters 5 km Championships were held on Sunday, October 4 in Syracuse, N.Y.  The championships were part of the Syracuse Festival of Races which has hosted the championships on nine different occassions including the last eight years in a row.  A total of athletes 199 athletes from 20 states competed in the championships with 74 competitors from the Niagara association.
Winning individual national titles from the Niagara association were Karen Simmonds-Brady, 41, of Auburn, N.Y. and Willis Moses, 89, of Vestal, N.Y.  Simmonds-Brady took the women’s 40-44 title running 18:00 to outrun Renee Tolan of Clifton Park, N.Y. by three seconds.  Moses, the oldest competitor in the championships by six years, captured the men’s 85-89 division running 35:01.
Based on age grading scoring, Genesee Valley Harriers (GVH) teammates, Charles AndrewsMike Nier, and Alan Evans turned in the best overall performance by Niagara athletes.  Andrews, 58, of Rochester, N.Y. ran 17:17 which scored 90.89% on the age grading tables.  Nier, 50, of Rochester, N.Y. ran 16:39 (88.60%) while Evans, 52, of Beaver Dams, N.Y ran 16:58 (88.29%).  Scores of over 90% are considered to be world class while scores over 80% to be national class.  The top women’s age graded performance were turned in by two more GVH runners; Cindy Ingalls, 64, of Pittsford and Sharon Moore, 61, of Rochester, N.Y. Ingalls ran 22:44 which scored 85.73% while Moore ran 22:04 and scored 85.04%.  A total of 19 Niagara men and 7 women scored over 80.00%.
Picking up silver medals for finishing second in their divisions were:
W50-54  Karyl Sargent            Lafayette, NY       19:58  
W55-59  Colleen Magnussen  Geneseo, NY        21:59  
W70-74  Sue Gardinier            Verona, NY          27:48  
W75-79  Estelle Hahn              Jamesville, NY     35:42
W80-84  Edna Hyer                  South Wales, NY  38:21
M50-54 Mike Nier                    Rochester, NY      16:39
M80-84 Fritz Schlereth             Syracuse,NY         37:48
Third place finishes were earned by Charles Andrews in the men’s 55-59 division and Doc Rappole of  Bemus, NY in the men’s 65-69 division.
Winning team titles were:
GVH women’s 40+
GVH women’s 60+
Checkers AC  women's 70+
The GVH 40+ team defeated association rival Syracuse Track Club 55:24 to 1:01:59.  The scoring members for the GVH were Karen Simmonds-BradyHeather Webster (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.), and Melissa Senall (Fairport, N.Y.). The GVH 60+ team of Sharon MooreCindy Ingalls, and Jeanne Herrick (Pittsford, N.Y.) defeated the Shore Athletic Club (New Jersey) 1:10:44 to 1:32.43.  The Checkers AC women’s 70+ team members were Mac Mackenzie (Jamestown, N.Y.), Fran Rowe (Niagara Falls, N.Y.), and Edna Hyer (South Wales, N.Y.).

Bello Wins National Title at 24 Hour Championships

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On September 19-20 three (3) Niagara members competed in the USATF 24 Hour Championships in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kathy Bello, 62, of Rochester placed 17th in the open women's division and won the masters 60-64 division.  She ran a total of 55.8961 miles over the 24 hours.

Placing second in the masters 70-74 division was Bello's husband Joseph Bello.  Bello, 70, ran 70.3081 miles.  He placed 35th in the open division.

Richard Simon, 41, of Baldwinsville finished 21st in the open division and seventh in the masters 40-44 division.  He ran a total of 92.2102 miles.

Tierney, Kemmerer, and Cross Recognized

On Sunday, September 13, 2015 at the Niagara Association Annual Meeting three awards were presented to individuals in the Association for their outstanding contributions as Officials.

This year the “USATF National Track & Field Officials Committee Service Award”, which is based on dynamic officiating, contributions to the Niagara organization and support of athletes were presented to LuAnn Tierney and Bryan Kemmerer.
The 2015 “Niagara Official of the Year” was presented to Jo Cross in recognition of her dedication, outstanding effort, contribution and positive accomplishments as an official to the sport of track & field.
Congratulations to all three outstanding officials!

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