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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: A run for the ages

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Monday, October 15, 2007

A run for the ages

Masters runners take to Spa State Park
Age is nothing but a state of mind but on Sunday it was a determining factor in what national championship race you were competing in at Saratoga Spa State Park.

For the fourth consecutive year, Saratoga, has been the host of the USA Track and Field USA Masters National 5k championships and the harriers responded to the ideal conditions with several record setting times on the local course.

David Cannon made the most of his trip from Seattle to claim the 50-54 age group national championship with his 15 minute, 58 second run, besting the fastest time over the past four years at the Spa State Park course by almost 30 seconds.

Cape Elizabeth, Maine runner, Tom Ryan, set the mark at 16:25 with his win last year, breaking the two-time champion from Rochester James Robinson’s earlier time of 16:28 on the Saratoga course.

“Everybody was just into the race,” Cannon said. “At every turn there were people there cheering me on, telling me this was my race.”

The victory avenged his third place finish last year to Ryan by seven seconds.
“Last July I was injured,” Cannon said. “Since June of this year I’ve been running pain free, Kudos to my trainer and my therapist.”

The annual event had more than 250 runners registered, representing 34 running teams and 20 states.

The masters 5k is just another stop on Cannon’s running schedule. He plans on running through the winter in Oregon running indoors. He will then travel to Australia for training in January and February, preparing for the world championships in France in March.

Brattleboro, Vermont runner William Dixon took 39 seconds off the best masters time at the Saratoga park, covering the 5k course in 17:35, finishing more than minute in front of his closest competitor to claim the men’s 60-64 title. The previous local record time belonged to Bill Borla with a 18:14 set in 2004.

“I was second in 2004 and injuries kept me away since,” Dixon said. “I tried to maintain a good pace and have a good effort.
“I led into the woods and I could tell (Clifton Park resident) Pat Glover was right behind me,” Dixon said. “I could hear his crowd, they were into it.”

Dixon’s 5:50 mile pace allowed him to lead the race, wire-to-wire.

Pleasant Valley runner Marisa Hanson took advantage of two-time consecutive champion Carmen Ayala-Tronco’s absence due to injury to capture the women’s overall title for the first time since 2004. She repeated as the women’s 40-44 winner for the past three years in Saratoga.

On Sunday, she ran the course in 17:48 just one second slower than her winning time in 2004. She dueled Ayala-Tronco with a blistering pace in 2005, finishing second at 17:22 and finished second again last year in 17:57.

“I love Saratoga, I lived her in 1987, 1988, who couldn’t like Saratoga,” Hanson said. “It has a hometown feeling whenever I come back here. I see people from Albany when I’m out there. It’s a strong running community and they are out there cheering for me when I race here.”

Joan Hunter of Clifton Park was the top Saratoga County finisher in the women’s 40-44 division. She finished in fifth place at 18:49.

South Pasadena, California runner Pater Magill posted the fastest time in the masters competition on Sunday, running the 5k course in 15:17, just missing Schenectady runner Tom Dalton’s 2004 mark in 2004.

“I was here three years ago and in second place through the dip (finish stretch by the mall),” Magill recounted. “Tom Dalton caught me and put five seconds on me. It took me three years to get the guts to come back here.”

The annual event was created for older runner to compete for a national title and has created camaraderie among its competitors through the years.

“You get your socks blown off and then become life friends because of it,” Magill said. “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

The event also saw the return of two of the greatest role models in the sport of running, 80-year-old Regina Tumidajewicz from Amsterdam and 91-year-old Bob Matteson from Bennington, Vermont. Both returned to claim another national championship title in their age category. Full disclosure does require that I notate that they were the only competitors in their age groups.

But despite Regina's 5k time of 43:51 and Bob's 46:58, both were honored as they crossed the finish line, receiving applause and cheers from runners who have already finished the race. It truly is one of the greatest moments in sports that I have ever seen.

This was the last year that the event will be held in Saratoga, the event moves to Greensboro, North Carolina for the 2008 event. The Adirondack Region of the USA Track and Field has the option to bid for the 2009 date and have the event return to the Spa City. A bid would be delivered during the annual USTAF conference at the end of November.

2007 USA Masters 5k
National Cross Country Championships
Saratoga Spa State Park
Men 40-44
1. Kent Lemme 15:39 2. James Derick 15:41 3. Francis Burdett 15:43 4. Scott Bagley 15:48 5. Andres Wright 15:49 6. Rod Viens 15:51 7. Brian Pope 15:53 8. Christopher Collins 15:53 9. Chris Mattingly 15:57 10. Mark Hixson 15:57 11. Armando Oliveira 16:05 12. John Cunningham 16:05 13. Robert Sweeney 16:11 14. Gladstone Jones 16:19 15. Christopher Gould 16:22 16. Ron Lombardi 16:22 17. Patrick McCarthy 16:27 18. Carl Johnston 16:35 19. Kevin Forde 16:56 20. Paul Fratini 17:00 21. Michael Wynn 17:01 22. 22. David Putney 17:05 23. Richard Cummings 17:10 24. Glen Carnes 17:11 25. Scott Bickham 17:18 26. Christopher Potter 17:29 27. David Poirot 17:29 28. Paul Humphrey 17:40 29. David Bosch 17:54 30. John Affleck 17:58 31. Gareth Bye 18:10 32. Brian Hill 18:26 33. Elvin Torres 18:34 34. Douglas Guertin 28:48 35. Joseph Skufca 18:55 36. David Carroll 19:18.
Men 45-49
1. Peter Magill 15:17 2. Pete Bottomley 15:50 3. Michael Trunkes 15:56 4. David O’Keefe 16:15 5. Charles Shields 16:17 6. Conor O’Driscoll 16:24 7. Chris Chisholm 16:30 8. Anselm LeBourne 16:31 9. Robert Underwood 16:33 10. George Buchanan 16:42 11. Robert Timkis 16:45 12. Jeffery Hayes 16:46 13. David Bisholl 16:48 14. Bill Thramann 16:59 15. Edward Lindo 17:00 16. Thomas Dalton 17:02 17. Derrick Staley 17:06 18. Anthony Vodacek 17:11 19. James Kempton 17:13 20. Jay Duggan 17:13 21. Daniel Predmore 17:16 22. Hank Berkowitz 17:17 23. John Noonan 17:28 24. James Fiore 17:42 25. Jim Amell 17:55 26. James Harkins 17:58 27. Keith Scott 18:11 28. Michael Morrow 18:52 29. Michael Massoud 19:11 30. Jay Ferrimani 20:43.
Men 50-54
1. David Cannon 15:58 2. Tom Ryan 16:33 3. Steven Calidonna 16:39 4. James Robinson 16:45 5. Richard Burns 16:45 6. Stephen Chantry 16:56 7. Dale Campbell 17:03 8. Bob Carroll 17:10 9. Dave Clingan 17:26 10. Stephen Blacklocks 17:28 11. Thomas Hartshorne 17:29 12. Mark Rybinski 17:31 13. Gary Radford 17:42 14. Bruce Roebal 17:46 15. Robert Kessler 17:50 16. Gary Moore 17:53 17. Robert Hintermeiste 17:54 18. Frederick Kitzrow 18:03 19. Edward Sparkowski 18:11 20. Michael Rogers 18;16 21. Jeffrey Juran 18:18 22. Tim McMullen 18:19 23. Robert Colborn 18;20 24. John Dowling 18;26 25. Louis Davidson 18:54

26. Thomas Zarra 18:58 27. Rob Picotte 19:03 28. Gary Cohen 19:08 29. Christopher Murphy 19:10 30. Robert Haithcock 19:27 31. Richard Clark 19:34 32. Frank Quattrone 19:38 33. Brian Dodge 19:41 34. Ron Blackmore 19:46 35. Brian Cummins 19:52 36. Angelo DeCollibus 20:11 37. Jorge Ramirez 20:15 38. Fred Szczesiul 20:27 39. Michael Cicchinelli 20:56 40. Mitch Moore 21:00 41. Ronald Hulslander 21:28 42. Chester Tumidajewic 22:44.
Men 55-59
1. Richard Larsen 17:24 2. A Lee Pollock 17:48 3. Nabor Gomez 17:51 4. Dale Keenan 18:04 5. Sam Torres 18:13 6. Roger Price 18:16 7. Carl Matuszek 18:25 8. Joseph Porcaro 18:31 9. Richard Hoebeke 18:33 10. Tony Plaster 19:01 11. David Bowen 19:06 12. James Segal 19:25 13. David Blake 20:02 14. Bob Hermesch 20:08 15. Ricahard Henderson 20:26 16. Michael Reif 20:44 17. Joseph Brida 21:42 18. Larry Zygo 21:58 19. Carl Franck 22:13 20. Thomas Constantine 23:16 21. James Miner 24:18.
Men 60-64
1. William Dixon 17:35 2. JL Seymore 18:39 3. Harold Nolan 18:42 4. Terry Delph 18:43 5. Patrick Glover 18:44 6. Jim May 19:19 7. Thomas Lamme 19:40 8. Douglas Brown 19:58 9. Salih Talib 19:58 10. Rick Stetson 20:30 11. Brad Johnson 20:46 12. Robert Pratte 20:56 13. John Nowatkowski 21:49 14. Walter MacGowan 21:51 15. Ernie Paquin 21:57 16. James Glinsky 22:14 17. Stanley Westhoff 22:41 18. John Kuhi 22:53 19. Hector Roche 24:37 20. Peter Stasz 27:30.
Men 65-69
1. Thom Weddle 20:59 2. John Pelton 21:08 3. Joe Cordero 21:32 4. James Leitz 21:30 5. Kenneth Skinner 24:36 6. Jerry Brown 25:08 7. Raymond Lee 25:51 8. Ted Greve 29:14.
Men 70-74
1. John Leonard 22:11 2. Richard Hill 22:31 3. Frank Hurt 22:40 4. C. Christopher Rush 23:41 5. Michael McDonnell 24:58 6. Peter Hettrich 25:36 7. Robert Husted 28:46.
Men 75-79
1. Ted Sullivan 27:17 2. Richard Sullivan 27:34 3. Edward Doucette 27:46 4. Walter McConnell 28:49 5. Donald McBain 36:34.
Men 80-84
1. Michael Bartholomew 34:35. 2. Sandy Bueme 37:03
Men 90-94
1. Bob Matteson 46:58.
Women 40-44
1. Marisa Hanson 17:48 2. Emily Bryans 18:00 3. Rebecca Heuer 18:34 4. Anne Benson 18:45 5. Joan Hunter 18:49 6. Michelle Weiler 19:14 7. Mary Buck 19:29 8. Judith Guzzo 19:36 9. Susan Pearsall 20:30 10. Mary Misiaszek 20:43 11. Gail Geiger 20:54 12. Maureen Bischof 20:58 13. Leslie Golemme 21:17 14. Peg Bastien 21:17 15. Catherine Meyer 22:01 16. Antonia Hieronymus 22:04 17. Andrea Ostrowski 22:28 18. Mary Pat McFarland 22:38
Women 45-49
1. Charlotte Rizzo 18:27 2. Audrey O’Brien 19:57 3. Kathy Lynch 20:06 4. Trisha Kluge 20:24 5. Sarah Tabbutt 20:28 6. Abby Kingman 20:51 7. Nancy Nicholson 20:52 8. Margo Sheehan 22:01 9. Karen Lein 26:06 10. Susan Krogstad-Hill 28:46
Women 50-54
1.Sizamme Myette 19:53 2. Nancy Briskie 20:32 3. Audrey Balander 21:00 4. Christine Murphy 21:10 5. Jan Merrill-Morin 21:33 6. Theresa Marciani 21:35 7. Zsofia Franck 21:59 8. Micelle Marino 22:05 9. Sharon Moore 22:34 10. Wendi Glassman 22:48 11. Jan Farnung-Krause 23:22 12. Audrey Ging 23:45 13.Mary Diver 24:25.
Women 55-59
1. Kathryn Martin 19:00 2. Carolyn Smith-Hanna 20:19 3. Judy Phelps 21:40 4. Jeanne Herrick 23:30 5. Pamela Peterman 27:48.
Women 60-64
1. Sylvie Kimche 22:05 2. Judith 23:56 3. Sunny McDonnell 26:23
Women 65-69
1. Dorothy Little 24:58
Women 70-74
1. Edna Hyer 36:58
Women 75-79
1. Helen Bueme 36:44 2. Doris Schlamowitz 37:45
Women 80-84
1. Regina Tumidajewicz 43:51

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