Morse, Davidson, and Andrews Shine at Niagara 5 km Championships


The USATF Niagara Association 5 km Championships were held on Saturday, August 8 in Bergen, N.Y.  The championships were part of the Jenny Kozma Memorial Bergen 5K.  A total of 109 Niagara members participated in the championships.
The open men’s and women’s champions were Sam Morse, 31, of Camden and Hannah Davidson, 25, of Saratoga, N.Y.   He won $650 for winning and picked up an additional $150 in performance bonuses (Morse for breaking 14:50 and Davidson for breaking 17:00)
Morse ran 14:44 to win by 15 seconds over Omar Boulama of Walworth.  His time was over 20 seconds faster than he ran here in 2014 (on a slightly different course).  Third place was Alex Brimstein of Plattsburgh in a time of 15:09.
Davidson, successfully defended the title she won last year, as she ran 16:03 to win  by over 1 minute.  Laurel Leone (Minoa, N.Y.) finished second for the third consecutive year as she crossed the line in 17:04 and Julianne Quinn (Bedford, NH) finished third just six seconds behind Leone.
The open team competition were both very close battles.  In the men’s division the Syracuse Track Club and Bergen Road Race Elite both placed five runners under 16:00 but Sam Morse’s 14:44 up front was the difference for the Syracuse TC to edge out Bergen RRE by 21 seconds; 1:17:23 to 1:17:44 (the top 5 cumulative times determine the team score).  The scoring members of the winning team were: Sam Morse (14:44), Jared Burdick (15:20), Andrew Dionne (15:31), William Hoyne (15:49), and Chris Raulli (15:59). In the women’s division the margin of victory was also 21 seconds as the Brockport Distance Project out ran the Genesee Valley Harriers 52:38 to 52:59 (the top 3 cumulative times determine the team score). Both teams had all three of their scoring athletes run under 18:00.  The scoring members of winning team were: Trisha Byler (17:24), Kristen Hopfinger (17:35), and Karen Blodgett (17:39).
In the masters competition Mark Andrews, 44, of Rochester and Sharon Moore, 61, of Rochester had the best male and female performances on the day (based the age graded performance tables).    Andrews ran 15:44 to score 89.67% while Moore ran 22:41 to score 82.73%.  Other notable masters performances (over 85%) were turned in by: Scott Weeks, 43, of Groton (15:51, 88.36%); Mike Nier, 50, of Rochester (17:02, 86.61%); and Derrick Jones, 43, of Henrietta (16:28, 85.06%)
The masters age division champions were:
Men 40-44       Mark Andrews     Rochester   15:44
Men 45-49       Jeffrey Young      Bergen       22:01
Men 50-54       Mike Nier            Rochester   17:02
Men 55-59       Mike Sayers        Brockport    20:29
Men 60-64       Brian Cummins    Cortland        19:36  
Men 65-69       Jim May             Williamson      20:44 
Men 70-74       Dwight Rogers    Churchville     25:44
Women 40-44  Heather Webster Honeoye Falls 18:33
Women 45-49  Martha Doody     Shortsville       25:46
Women 50-54  Karyl Sargent      Lafayette        20:32  
Women 55-59  Marie White        Henrietta        24:45  
Women 60-64  Sharon Moore     Rochester       22:41  
Women 65-69  Lynda McGuire    Scottsville       25:35 
In the masters team completion the winning teams were: Roadkill Racing (M40+), Genesee Valley Harriers (M50+), Syracuse TC (M60+), Genesee Valley Harriers (W40+), and Genesee Valley Harriers (W50+).

Almond native John Tuttle Elected to Masters Hall of Fame

Almond native John Tuttle has been selected for induction into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame. Tuttle, a 1977 graduate of Alfred-Almond High School where he was a standout athlete went on to compete collegiately at Auburn University in Alabama and then had a successful professional career including making the 1984 Olympic Team in the marathon based on his third place finish at the Olympic Trials held in Buffalo.

Following his professional running career Tuttle continued to flourish as a masters athlete including the following highlights:

  • Five time Age Division Runner of the Year from 1999 to 2010, 
  • U.S. M40 5 km record - 14:19
  • U.S. M40 8 km record - 23:25
  • 10 km in 29:27 at the age of 40 (96.47% age graded score)
  • 15 km in 45:19 at the age of 40 (95.30% age graded score)

Tuttle was inducted with fellow Olympians and masters stars - Joan Benoit Samuelson and Colleen DeReuck.

The primary criterion for selection into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame is the production of at least 25 outstanding races over an athlete’s career as a master (age 40+). The standard is determined in terms of age-grading [AG] standards. AG is a measure that indicates how fast an athlete is running compared to the fastest time an athlete of that age and sex has run. Attainment of a 90% AG in a race is considered to be a ‘World-Class’ performance. Active Runners must have at least 10 years of Masters running performance. While no specific honors are required, most of the runners have received many honors and accolades in their day.

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