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Syracuse University's Lowry wins NACAC XC Championships

jace_lowry_headshot.pngPORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – Team USA athletes ran away from the competition at the eighth annual North American, Central America, and Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships at Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain, Trinidad by sweeping the team gold medals. USA athletes also struck gold in three of four individual competitions under the hot, humid conditions.

The NACAC Championships contested races for the Open men's 8 km, Open women's 6 km, Junior men's 6 km and Junior women's 4 km.

Team USA’s sweep of the team titles at this event marks the first time a country has swept the team titles since Team USA first accomplished this feet during the meet’s inaugural year in 2005.

Team USA’s Junior Men followed conservative tactics given the warm, steamy conditions, temperatures were in the upper 80’s and low 90’s with high humidity, and were content to run with the pack -- ignoring early breakaways by athletes from Jamaica and Costa Rico -- through most of two circuits of the three loop course before the red-white-and-blue clad athletes began to assert themselves. USA Junior Cross Country Champion Jace Lowry, a freshman at Syracuse University, surged away from the field over the final six hundred meters to win in 18:51.

“It was me and a Canadian who took the lead and worked until a kilometer to go, when I just took the lead and brought it home,” said Lowry.

Augustana’s Adam Braun claimed silver for the U.S. in 18:55 and combined with Adam Zutz, fourth in 19:02, and Aaron Bartnick, fifth in 19:02 to give Team USA a team total of 12 pts., ahead of Team Canada’s 29 points and Puerto Rico’s 68 pts.

Lowry qualified for the US Junior team (ages 19/under) with his win at the USA Cross Country Championships on February 11th in St. Louis, MO.

Jace Lowry Bio:

Syracuse University, Freshman

Paragon, Ind.

Martinsville High School

High School: Two-time Indiana All State XC, Member of Indiana All Star XC Team

2011 HS Personal Bests: 3200m (8:58), 1600m (4:13), 800m (1:54)

Photo and Bio courtesy of www.suathletics.com


2011 Niagara Association USATF Open Cross Country Championships
Sunday November 20th 2011
Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, NY
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pdf the open and masters level athletes have also seen success. A power house Niagara Association club Genesee Valley Harriers (GVH) Masters team has won 22 Cross Country National Championships since 1998. Most recently in February of 2009 the GVH men’s masters team of 50 + captured the Cross Country Winter Nationals in david_okeffee__scott_bagley_2005_usatf_club_xc_nationals.jpgDerwood, Maryland. There have been many individual master champions in cross country most notable David O’Keeffe (pictured leading on right) who captured Nationals Titles in 45+49 age division in 2005 and 2006. O’Keeffe was named 2005 and 2006 Cross Country Masters Runner of the Year, which is a great accomplishment. Another notable performance by a Niagara masters runner was in 2005 when Scott Bagley of Rochester seen here finishing 2nd overall in a very scott_bagley_2005_usatf_club_xc_nationals.jpgtight Masters 10 km Club National Championship race in Genesee Valley Park in Rochester, NY. Bagley was out kicked by less than a second to Champion Pete Magill of California. Anyone who witnessed the event at Genesee Valley Park that day said it was one of the most exciting finishes they have ever seen. In the Open division the Niagara Club that placed the highest at a Cross Country National Championship was the Open GVH men’s team in 2006 in San Francisco. The GVH men’s team finished 12th out of 42 clubs from around the United States. Brockport Distance Project led by Vanessa Martell, who placed 32nd overall, won Women's Open team honors at the 2009 USA XC Championships, in Deerwood, MD.

p_glavin_2008_mendon_ponds_xc.jpgThe sprit of cross country continues to grow in our region do in part to Pete Glavin’s (pictured left) effort in hosting the annual Upstate New York XC Series. This event series gives area clubs teams from all over western and central New York the opportunity to compete in cross country each fall.

On December 5, 2009 Peter Glavin of Greece was awarded the 2009 USATF Cross Country Council Award in recognition of his efforts, service, and support of cross country. The award was presented by 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Dan O'Brien, decathlete, and Mike Scott, Cross Country Council Chairman, at the 31st Annual Meeting of USATF in Indianapolis, IN. Glavin has conducted the Upstate NY Cross Country Series for 20 years, for several years he has directed the McQuaid XC Invitational, directed the 2005 USATF Club Cross Country Championships at Genesee Valley Park, and is a founding member of the Genesee Valley Harriers.

On March 20, 2010, 180 Friends of Pete Glavin held an informal run in his honor to support glavin_run_group_copy.jpgPete and the Glavin Family. The 5 km run started at Irondequoit High School at 260 Cooper Road and finished at Sunset House at 3746 St. Paul Boulevard. Run participants visited with Pete after the run. Please read the Messenger Post tribute to Pete:
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Steve Mangan nips HF-L teammate Deir to capture 2009 McQuaid XC Invite title.
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Alex Deir of Honeoye Falls-Lima dominates high school cross country.
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243 teams set to compete at McQuaid Invitational.
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USATF Niagara Association
Open Men’s & Women's Cross Country - Individual Champions


Date
Site Dist. Men's Champion
Dist. Women's Champion
11-15-10 Centre Park,
Fairport
8 km Kyle Heath,
Syracuse
6 km Amanda LoPiccolo,
Syracuse Chargers TC
11-15-09 Finger Lakes CC,
Canandaigua
8 km Kyle Heath,
Syracuse
6 km Cait Bradley,
Syracuse Chargers TC
11-16-08 Finger Lakes CC,
Canandaigua
5
mile
Neal Holtschulte,
Genesee Valley Harriers
3.92
mile
Katie Aldridge,
Genesee Valley Harriers
11-18-07 Finger Lakes CC,
Canandaigua
5
mile
Scott Shaw,
Syracuce Track Club
3.92
mile
Allison Carr,
VM Project
11-19-06 Genesee Valley Park,
Rochester
8 km Ryan Pauling,
Genesee Valley Harriers
6 km Amanda Laytham,
Syracuse Chargers TC
10-9-05 Genesee Valley Park,
Rochester
8 km Ryan Pauling,
Genesee Valley Harriers
6 km Allison Carr,
Checkers AC
11-14-04 Genesee Valley Park,
Rochester
8 km Ryan Pauling,
Genesee Valley Harriers
6 km Jennifer Rettke,
Genesee Valley Harriers
10-12-03 Black Creek Park,
Chili
8 km Mark Andrews,
Syracuse Chargers TC
5 km Jennifer Patruno,
Syracuse Chargers TC
10-13-02 Black Creek Park,
Chili
8 km Anthony Gallo,
Syracuse Chargers TC
5 km Jennifer Patruno,
Syracuse Chargers TC
10-7-01 Black Creek Park,
Chili
8km Mike Melfi,
Syracuse Chargers TC
5km Becky Heuer,
Checkers AC
10-8-00 Genesee Valley Park,
Rochester
8km Mike Melfi,
Syracuse Chargers TC
5km Mickey Kelly,
Syracuse Chargers TC
10-10-99 Genesee Valley Park,
Rochester
8km Derek White,
Genesee Valley Harriers
5km Kristin Schiesswohl,
Syracuse Chargers TC
9-26-98 Ontario County Park,
South Bristol
8km Jim Nicholson,
Syracuse Chargers TC
8km Linda Grossman,
Genesee Valley Harriers
9-27-97 SUNY at Cortland 8km Matt Annabel,
Genesee Valley Harriers
5km Heather Swarts,
Syracuse Chargers TC
10-12-96 RobertsWesleyan,
North Chili
8km David O’Keefe,
Checkers AC
5km Heidi McMillan,
Syracuse Chargers TC
10-15-95 Finger Lakes CC,
Canandaigua
8km Kevin Collins,
Syracuse Chargers TC
5km Loren Mooney,
High Noon AC
9-24-94 Stuart Park,
Newark
8km Ray Appenheimer,
Buffalo
5km Beth DeCiantis,
Rochester
9-26-93 Stuart Park,
Newark
8km Jim Nicholson,
Syracuse Chargers TC
5km Loren Mooney,
Ithaca Women

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