Genesee Valley Harriers Win Two Team Titles at National Masters Cross Country Championships


Forty (40) athletes from USATF Niagara participated in the USATF Masters Cross Country Championships in Saratoga Springs, NY on Sunday.

The Genesee Valley Harriers (GVH) men’s squad won the M50+ and M60+ team titles while Carolyn Smith-Hanna, 65, of Pittsford and Mark Rybinski, 60, of Manlius had the highest age division finishes while Sascha Scott, 40, of Syracuse and Mike Nier, 50, of Rochester turned in the best age-graded performances.
In the M50+ team competition the Genesee Valley Harriers placed its five scorers in the top six to score 19 points.  The Greater Philadelphia Track Club was second with 58 points.  The scorers for the team were Mike Nier (Rochester), Carl Johnson (Pittsford), Theodor Schnaufer (Syracuse), Dale Flanders (Allegany), and David Bischoff (Fairport). The M60+ team won by just three points over rival Shore Athletic Club of New Jersey.  The final scores were 12 to 15.  After each teams top two finishers had crossed the line they were tied with 6 points.  The third and final scorers decided the title with Frank Gioia of GVH finishing three places ahead of the final scorer for the Shore AC to secure the win.  The other two GVH scorers were Mark Rybinski and Bill Beyerbach, 60, of Rochester.  The Syracuse Track Club finished fourth with 45 points.  Other team performances were: Genesee Valley Harriers (W40+ 2nd place) and Syracuse Track Club (W40+ 3rd place)
Individuals earning trips to the awards podium for finishing in the top three in their age divisions were: Carolyn Smith-Hanna (W65 2nd place), Sascha Scott (W40 3rd place), and Mark Rybinski (M60 3rd place).  Scott, who turned 40 in late September, ran 17:44 and was just 11 seconds off the winning performance of Janet McDevitt of Washington.  Her time scored 84.67% on the age-graded performance table which was the best of all Niagara women on the day.  Leading the men’s age-graded scores was Mike Nier who ran 16:25 to finish fifth in the M50 division.  His age-graded score was 89.86%.  Mark Rybinsk (86.16%) and Brian Cummins, 60, of Cortland (86.00%) had the next two best performances.
Other top performances, based on their age-graded scores, were: David Bischoff (5th M50-54; 17:50; 84.66%) and Sharon Moore (4th W60-64; 22:19; 83.78%).

Huddle Wins 10 km Championships in Boston

October 12 - On Monday morning, Molly Huddle won her fourth USATF national road title in six weeks as she won the USATF 10 km Championships in Boston. Her time of 31:21 was a career beast on the roads and set a new course record. In September she won the USATF 20 km and 5 km titles and on October 4 she won the 10 mile title.

Hannah Davidson (Fayetteville, N.Y.) finished sixth running 33:06.

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.).

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