July 23, 2021. The 10,000 Meters is scheduled for Saturday morning. Fifteen women from Age Divisions 55 to 89 are scheduled to toe the line at 7:30 AM, joined by 17 Men in Age Divisions 70 to 89. At 8:45 AM 16 women from divisions 30 to 54 are joined on the track by 17 Men from ages 60 to 69. At 9:30 the 27 men entered from divisions 30 - 54 are scheduled to be on the track. I follow the Masters LDR tradition and only report on athletes 40 years of age and older.
W70 & W85 Nancy Rollins and Tami Graf are the sole entrants in their division. Once they finish, they have the Gold Medal. See earlier posts for discussion.
W65 It seems likely based on earlier analysis that Amy McCormack and Terry Ozell are essentially in non-competing ranges of performance. Barring surprises, it should be 1-2 in the order listed.
W60 Five women are entered, four with no seed time. The one seed time listed, at over an hour, is not likely to be competitive for the top spot. Suzanne Cordes ran a 20:56 5K at the 2018 National Championships. That is now three years ago but I would be surprised if she is fit, that Cordes would not be able to run a 5K on the track in something like 45 minutes.
W55 Kathy Wolski and Lisa Veneziano should be in the mix for the win. Unless there are two Kathy Wolski's, it seems odd to see a 1:15 seed time next to her name. Perhaps she has never run a 10,000 meter event on the track. Wolski has clocked just under 40 minutes for a series of road 10K's over the last couple of years, including a 39:13 on May 29. Veneziano has been a factor in the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships in Flint MI. In the final edition of that race in Flint in 2019, Veneziano ran 5:35 to take 5th Overall and finished 2nd to Fiona Bayly in W50. This spring Veneziano ran 18:22 and 18:07 in two 15K's. It should be close!
W50 Jill Vollweiler typically runs her 10K's in something like 43 minutes. In September 2019, Parker clocked 38:16 at the MDRA Victory 10K. Elizabeth Guarini of the Virgin Islands has a 38:00 seed time; if accurate, she and Parker should have quite a race!
W45 Melissa Gacek Run N Fun has the top seed time in this division of 38:01. Gacek has not run a recent 10K, but she did clock an 18:34 5K in May. Gacek should take the win.
W40 The only Masters LDR athlete known to national audiences, Laurie Knowles, has scratched, leaving the race to athletes who have not participated regularly in MLDR National Championships,
M85 Colben Sime is unchallenged.
M80 There are 4 athletes in this division; Andrew Sherwood, a mainstay of the Atlanta Track Club's veterans cohort, scratched.. All four who are still in were entered in the 5000 meters. See the July 23 post for details. John Becker Unattached had the top seed time in the 5000 meters so is perhaps the favorite for the 10,000 meters as well. It looks like my quick research into Becker's recent record may have been too cursory. It appears that Becker has run between 43 and 46 minutes for the 8K/5 Mile distance or 8:46 to 9:15 per mile. That suggests a time around 55:00 might be in the cards for Becker. John Elliott Potomac Valley ran a 54:42 5-miler in May so will not be likely to challenge Becker. Roland Cormier Shore AC ran a 48:42 8K at the USATF XC Championships in San Diego. Considering the terrain and surface, it seems he could run a bit faster on a smooth surface. It will be interesting to see if he can keep up with Becker. Norm Goluskin must also be considered; his seed time of 57:33 should get him on the podium, and could have him battling the other two for second, or even first.
M75 I would have thought Gary Patton So Cal TC was a lock for first if he chose to actually run the 10,000. His seed time of 45:36 is only 16 seconds faster than the 2nd best seed time of Ross Bolding Unattached. Although we have not seen Bolding at MLDR National Championships, he appears to be competitive. He ran 57:12 at the Big 12 12K in Kansas City. That suggests a 46:00 or better 10K is in his wheelhouse. It should be a fun race to watch. Unless Bolding has an unusually strong kick himself, he will need to take the race out strong and lose Patton before the last lap. Patton is famous for his kick. It is possible Patton might decide to save his energy for the 1500M on Sunday,, but if he runs, I expect him to win.