Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Kevin Clinefelter, R.I.P.

Kevin Clinefelter
R.I.P. December 27, 1955 - July 13, 2019

Kevin Clinefelter is the third Masters Runner to pass, unexpectedly, this year while still in the prime of a Masters Running career. Mark Richtman and Jeff Salzman died earlier this year, Richtman from a kayak misadventure and Salzman from a stroke. It is a reminder to all of us to take nothing for granted, to cherish our teammates and fellow runners, to enjoy the camaraderie of running, and to relish the gift that we receive with every workout and race we engage in. Our hearts are filled with sorrow and we reach out to Clinefelter's family, friends and teammates to ease their pain. Those who knew him as a runner will remember him with joy and think of him at his best, whether running for his team in National Championships, or just running for the sake of running.

First a tribute from his coach and friend, Mike Reif, and then a brief Race-ography below.

Tribute from Coach Mike Reif,  Genesee Valley Harriers on July 13, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that we lost Kevin Clinefelter today. This was due to sudden cardiac failure during or shortly after running most of the Shore Line Half Marathon this morning. Indeed it was a total shock and with great sadness when I heard the news a short while ago. I am deeply saddened as I am sure all who knew Kevin are. He had not been feeling well the week before and he knew he was doing the race because of his passion just to run. Running gave Kevin great peace and comfort.

As many of you know, Kevin was a dedicated runner with the Genesee Valley Harriers Running Club (GVH) for the past 4+ years. He had his own unique style for sure and he made friends with everyone. He helped everyone pursue their dreams, ran many phenomenal times, paced races, had a unique sense of humor, listened to whatever you had to say and was just an all around great guy. Kevin was serious about all he did and he did it with passion and precision. No doubt about that, for he and I had detailed discussions before and after every workout regarding the plan, the pace, the strategy, how it went . . . the ups and downs of injuries . . . and life. I enjoyed our conversations because they were serious, fun and always thought provoking. He almost always listened to my suggestions and thanked me often.

Kevin made some dramatic improvements over the time period he was with GVH. He worked extremely hard. He followed with precision the workout plans, paces and input I provided him and he was not only pleased with the results but deep inside he was ecstatic with his accomplishments. We, his team captains, team mates and I lured him into running USATF National Championship events around the country, despite some initial reticence on his part. Before you knew it he was hooked and eventually Kevin was the deciding runner in winning several first place team National Championship titles. He qualified and ran the Boston Marathon several times during his tenure with us and he loved it.  We were proud of all of his efforts, contributions and successes. His times and places in national events were phenomenal, especially for someone who took up the sport or running later in life. He befriended runners from across the country and enjoyed the camaraderie of his team-mates and fellow runners whether they were with GVH, Fleet Feet, Medved, Rochester Running Company or whoever he was with.

We will miss Kevin immensely and he will be remembered as a very fast National Champion level runner, who was a friendly dude and who’s passion for life and running was intense.

Once I hear any details about services and celebrating Kevin's life I will share them with you.

RIP Kevin.

Coach Mike Reif


USATF National Masters 10k Dedham Ma.                   USATF National Masters 5KXC Team Champs


Kevin and Meb                                                                 Kevin - helping everyone - a great pace setter
[Pics above from Mike Reif's tribute to Kevin Clinefelter]


The earliest Athlinks entry I can find for Kevin Clinefelter is the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge 2007. It was a 5K run at the end of May when Clinefelter was 51. He ran 33:51. Like many of us busy with career, family and such, he probably trained when he could but that was not central. His running  improved massively in just a few years. He ran the same race two years later and his pace was still over 10 minutes per mile. But something happened over the next two years. By 2011 when he was 56, he was running well under 7 minutes per mile for a 5K and right around 7 minutes per mile for a 10K. He had found himself as a runner, and improved rapidly from there. 

The first time I find him competing for GVH in a National Championship is the Club XC Championships at Tallahassee in 2016. He was the top runner on their 60+ B team and had a faster time than the 4th and 5th runners for their 'A' team. The following February, Clinefelter joined the crew that headed out to Bend, OR for Cross Country Nationals held on that punishing course on the side of an Oregon cinder cone. He was 3rd runner for the 60+  'A' team, coming in 5th; he enabled GVH to take the title away from the San Diego Striders by a single point! From that point forward he was always on the A team, sometimes as #3 sometimes #2, and at least once as the top runner on the A Team. Later that year he sandwiched a 3:49 Boston Marathon in between a 30:59 effort at the 8 Km Championships in Virginia Beach and a 39:52 at the 10 Km Championships in Dedham. As the #2 runner on the team at Dedham, he played a key role in their landing on the podium. 
Kevin Clinefelter #49-left, along with his teammates celebrating their 60+ 3rd place finish at the 2017 USATF Masters 10 Km Championships - To his left, our right, are Bill Beyerbach, Gary Radford, Mitch Moore, and Mike Reif
[Photo-USATF NE]

Although primarily a 5K to 10K guy, Clinefelter ran the Shoreline Half Marathon every July starting in 2015. He clocked 1:31:11 in 2016. When the call went out for 60+ athletes to run for the team in the 2018 Half Marathon Championships, he jumped at the opportunity. He ran a 1:34:42 as #2 runner for GVH. That fall, on the cross country turf, he was #3 runner on the GVH team that took the 5 Km Masters Cross Country title in Buffalo. As at Bend, he made the critical difference in GVH snatching the title from the Hartford Track Club, on the tie-breaker! At Cross Country Nationals this past February in Tallahassee, Clinefelter was the top finisher for GVH, leading the way for GVH to land on the podium! In March he did his usual fine job for the team, #2 runner on the GVH 60+ team that took 4th in Virginia Beach. No one would have thought that would be his final race for GVH.  

Tuesday, July 16, 2019


USATF Masters LDR awards prizes to the winners of its 2019 Masters Grand Prix series over 8 National Championship Races. There are prizes for both Individuals and Teams. Points from the best 5 Championships are summed to get the GP point total; 3 events are needed to qualify for a prize. Points in each Championship range from a high of 100 down to 5 points. 
Masters Grand Prix Rules and complete standings for the Individual (Women, Men) and Club Grand Prix contests can be accessed through:

Here is where we stand with half of the races completed, the Club Cross Country Championship (Club Cross), the Cross Country National Championship (Cross Nationals), the 8 Km (Virginia Beach, VA) and 10 Km Championships (Dedham, MA). Remaining races include the 5 Km (Atlanta, GA), the 1 Mile (Flint, MI), the 5 Km Masters Cross Country (Masters Cross), and the 15 Km (Tulsa, OK).

Individual Grand Prix

W40 The top 3 last year included, in order, Vanessa Lordi, Melissa Gacek, and Heather Webster. The 2019 leaders include newcomer, Jill Braley, with 185 points from two events, 185-2 hereafter, with Lordi 2nd at 155-3, along with Hiroko Guarneri, 140-2. Lordi is already entered in Atlanta and Flint, so is in the hunt for a repeat win. Braley is entered in Atlanta, and Guarneri, who also runs for the Atlanta Track Club, seem likely to enter the 5 Km. If they also compete in Flint, they could give Lordi a run for the money. W45 Impala teammates, Alexandra Newman and Nancy Thomas are currently 1-2 with Heather Webster and Murphee Hayes of the Genesee Valley Harriers in 3rd and 4th. Newman has a commanding lead at present with 325-4. If Webster and Hayes run in the next two events, in Atlanta and Flint, they will put some pressure on Newman. If Thomas, as seems likely, races in San Diego, she will move up to the 50-54 division with her points. W50 Leading the way are Mary Shah, Amy Fakterowitz, and Laurie Wharton. Shah, 305-4, has a slim lead over Fakterowitz, 285-3, but Fakterowitz has prevailed in recent head-to-head competition. Should she participate in both the 1 Mile (as she did last year) and the 5 Km (which she skipped last year), Fakterowitz could well overtake Shah. If Thomas comes east to run in the 5 Km at Atlanta, as she did last year, and competes in Masters Cross, she moves up to this division, and might overtake Shah and Fakterowitz. W55 Last year we had the unprecedented rivalry between Doreen McCoubrie and her teammate, Marisa Sutera Strange, where both accumulated a perfect 500 points and the decision went to McCoubrie on a tie-breaker. This year McCoubrie has been less active in the Championships and Strange, 300-3, has a narrow lead over Kris Huff, 275-4, winner of 50-54 last year, and Mary Swan, 245-3, who finished 3rd in 55-59. Strange typically races in the 5 Km and the 1 Mile Championships; if she does that and has her usual stellar results, she will capture the title with another perfect 500. But nothing is guaranteed in Masters GP competition. W60 Cynthia Williams, the defending Champion, at 295-4, her teammate, Margaret Taylor, 255-4, and Team Red Lizard’s Jennifer Teppo, 200-2, are 1-2-3 so far but Teppo has a substantial advantage in points per event. If her Portland, Oregon-based Red Lizard team competes in Masters Cross and Tulsa, Teppo is likely to be in the #1 spot at the end of the year. That will also depend on how many competitions Patrice Combs, 195-2, enters. Teppo is the only one in the division who has beaten Combs. Last year Combs ran 3 races and won them all; she finished 7th in the Grand Prix, behind athletes who ran in more championship events. Combs could well race in both the 5 Km and the 1 Mile. If so, she will be right up there close to Teppo. W65 Jeanette Groesz, 285-3, leads with Kathleen Allen, 255-3, and Cindy Lucking, 175-2, not far behind. But if Groesz competes in Tulsa, as she has regularly in the last few years, she moves up to 70-74. If Allen competes after August, she also moves up. That leaves Lucking in the driver’s seat, at least for now. Who else might be in the hunt? Suzanne Ray, 95-1, and Sharon Moore, 175-2, are probably the likeliest challengers. Ray won the division GP last year; she has only run in 1 event so far, a 2nd place finish at Dedham. Ray, who hails from Oregon, usually runs in Tulsa and will likely run at Masters Cross, as that is a West Coast race. If she comes east to run in either Atlanta or Flint, she would garner enough points to contend for a repeat win. Moore finished 2nd in 60-64 last year and is currently in 8th place in that division. Moore aged up over the summer so as soon as she runs in an event those 175 points accompany her to 65-69. That places her in a virtual tie with Lucking right now. In their one meeting this season, in Cross Nationals, Moore finished a half minute ahead of Lucking. W70 Carol Rhodes and Terry Foody finished 1-2 last year. Rhodes, 165-2, is currently in 3rd, with Foody further back. Sharon Gerl, 200-2, new to the Masters Grand Prix competition this year, is leading the way, ahead of Carolyn Mather, 195-2. In the one race all three competed in, Cross Nationals, Gerl, Mather and Rhodes finished in that order. That gives Gerl the upper hand. Her chief competition probably comes from her teammate, Jeanette Groesz, who ages up this fall, as noted earlier. Groesz, 285-3, has more points than Gerl right now, having competed in one more event. Groesz and Gerl have competed in the same event twice this year and Groesz came in ahead both times, although not by huge margins. Groesz is the favorite, with Gerl right behind. W75 Madeline Bost, 195-2, won this division last year after taking the crown in 70-74 four years in a row. She may have a battle on her hands. She currently trails Catherine Radle, 200-2. Radle came in well ahead of Bost at Club Nationals. That gives Radle an edge, but Bost travels well. As she herself has said, “I am not the fastest in the Age Division, but I compete.” Radle, who runs for the Atlanta Track Club, will likely run the 5 Km. Last year she also ran at Flint and Cross Masters in New York. If she is as active this year, it may be the end to Bost’s string of consecutive Grand Prix titles. But do not count Bost out until the last race has been run. W80 Tami Graf won the division last year, the only 80+ runner to compete in sufficient events. She is leading this year, at 200-2, with no competition in sight. W85 Edna Hyer leads with 100 points from the 10 Km Championship. Based on the recent past, Hyer is not likely to compete in three events, but there is a first time for everything.

M40 David Angell took the title last year with a perfect 500 points, and has a commanding lead this year at 380-4. Christopher Hernandez, 205-3, and Paul Jones, 185-3, follow in 2nd and 3rd. Sam Teigen, who finished 2nd last year, would be a threat for the podium, even though he is currently in 5th, but he ages up to 45-49 this summer. Jacques Sallberg, currently in 4th at 180-2, could also threaten Angell; they met twice on Cross Country courses and split the honors. But Sallberg will also age up after September; he will likely compete in Masters Cross in the 45-49 division and carry his points forward to that division.  Eric Blake celebrated his 40th birthday and competed in his first Masters National Championship in Dedham. He beat Angell in that race, albeit only by 5 seconds, so he has the potential to take the title. But if Angell runs even one more event, the only way Blake can beat him is to run every event and maintain his edge in head-to-head competition. M45 The defending Champion, Philippe Rolly, has not competed this year. Barring a surprise, we will have a new Champion. Brian Sydow, 295-4, leads the way. John Gardiner, who finished 4th last year after winning the year before, is in 2nd at 185-2. Gardiner has beaten Sydow twice but may not compete in enough events to pass him in the GP. Jonathan Frieder, who has finished 2nd the last two years, sits in 4th but has been rehabbing an injury. Greg Putnam, 170-2, currently in 3rd, could have an impact, but he would need to compete in more events this fall than his norm. His 50th birthday is after the 15K in Tulsa, so he is in the division all the way if he decides to make a run for the GP podium. Brent Fields, 95-2, finished 2nd last year but he had 4 events in already last year at this stage and this year has just two. M50 Kent Lemme has owned this division since turning 50 for the 2017 season and is well ahead this year despite dividing his focus between the Grand Prix and the Boston Marathon this winter and spring. At 330-4, Lemme has a 65 point lead over Mike Nier’s total, 265-4, from the same number of events. It would take a reversal of form for Nier to top Lemme this year. Nier, who finished 3rd in 2017, and Lemme, are both likely to compete in 5 events or more. Andy Gardiner, 195-2, and Christian Cushing-Murray, 180-2, who are in 3rd and 4th, are in Lemme’s league, but will probably not compete in enough events to head him off. M55 Nat Larson has won the division handily in each of the last two years and is ahead this year at 300-3. Alan Evans, who finished 5th last year, sits in 2nd with 185-2, followed closely by Gary Droze, 180-2, and John Van Kerkhove, 175-4, who finished 2nd last year. Droze only competed in two events last year but he is likely to compete in Atlanta for his 3rd event this year. If he also competes in either Flint, Masters Cross or Tulsa, he might well press Evans for 2nd. Van Kerkhove is a competitor and will be in the mix for another podium finish. M60 Ken Youngers who finished 3rd the last two years in this division has the lead at 350-4. Roger Sayre, who won the division last year, is in 3rd at 290-3. Norm Larson, in 2nd at 320-4, is in the mix for the podium and cannot be counted out for the win. Jeffery Dundas, 170-2, can factor in the podium race if he competes in at least 2 more events. Sayre is the favorite, followed by Youngers. M65 Kirk Larson put the final touch on a magic season by winning this division Grand Prix last year. At 345-4 he is in the lead again this year, but expects new entrants to the division to pass him. Reno Stirrat, 2nd in the standings at 230-4, and Joseph Reda, in 4th place at 190-2, are the prime candidates; both have beaten Larson this season. George Braun, 230-3, is another example. Others who could play a role include the 2017 winner, Tom Bernhard, 100-1, who missed races due to injury last year. If he competes in the remaining 4 events this year, he could claim another title. But that may be unlikely. Chuck Smead, 100-1, and Doug Bell, 85-1, two talented runners with the Boulder Road Runners, could also make some noise if they compete in at least 3 more events. But do not count Larson out; he is resilient. M70 Gene Dykes dropped down from his Marathon and Ultramarathon exploits to dominate the division in 2018. He won the 4 events he competed in as a 70-year-old and took 2nd in the 8K as a 69-year-old to take the Grand Prix title ahead of Lloyd Hansen and Dave Glass. This year Dykes is focusing on his longer races again; the leader is Hansen, at 390-4, looking to repeat his 65-69 GP wins from 2014 and 2015. After a 3rd at Club Cross, Hansen ripped off three straight wins. Jerry Learned, at 345-4, finished 4th last year. To overtake Hansen, he will have to find a way to beat him 2 or 3 times in the last 4 events. Jim May, at 300-4, and Doc Rappole, at 260-3, both run for the Genesee Valley Harriers and will likely increase their totals. That puts them in the hunt for a podium spot. Glass, at 240-4, with his 2nd place finish at Dedham, showed he cannot be counted out either. Terry McCluskey, though sitting in 6th at 175-2, could have some strong races this fall and affect the final standings at the top. M75 Doug Goodhue finally came all the way back from his leg injuries and took the title last year with a perfect 500 points. Goodhue is running even better this year but sits in 2nd, at 200-2, because he has been more selective in his Championship races thus far. Ed Bligh, who finished 3rd last year, sits atop the leader board at 265-3. Goodhue expects to run in Atlanta and Flint at least. If he is anywhere near his current level, he will win both. That would not guarantee another MGP win though, as Bligh could well amass over 400 points. Bligh’s teammate, Andrew Sherwood, is in 3rd at 170-2. It is hard to see anyone else currently in the division threatening the podium. Przemek Nowicki, at 115-2, will age up to M75 before the end of the year. He could easily take a few top places in the remaining four events and move onto the 75-79 podium. David Cohen and Charlie Patterson could figure into the contest, but Cohen has entered no contests yet this year, and Patterson has not competed since Club Cross. Cohen is regularly engaged in Marathons and Ultra Marathons around the globe; he helps his team by running in Championships whenever he can. M80 Jim Askew took this division in 2017 at 495-5 but he left us in 2018. No one accumulated the necessary three Championships last year. The leaders this year are: Harry Carter, John Elliott, and Richard Williams, all at 100-1. Norman Goluskin and Warren Osborn are tied for 4th at 95-1. Osborn aged up to 85-89 after Club Cross Country so he will either accumulate the three events needed for a prize in the 85-89 division or will not factor in either division. Williams and Osborn both run for the San Diego Track Club, but Williams is typically a bit faster. The team is likely to run at Masters Cross in their home city. If the team or any one of the 3 individuals still in the 80-84 division, James Kurtz and Sid Davis, in addition to Williams, also runs at either Atlanta or Flint, they could have the three events needed to win the 80-84 GP title. Tulsa would also be a possibility  for this trio, although that hilly 15K might be a bit more daunting event, though it is a shorter trip from Southern California. M85 Lawrence Cole is the sole contender thus far in this division. Based on past years, he is unlikely to compete in two added events, so this division is wide open. M90 Nathaniel Finestone and Richard Soller are tied for the lead at 100-1. Last year Soller, from Georgia, competed only at Atlanta so he is likely to race the 5Km again. If he also races the 1 Mile at Flint, that would give him the three races he needs for a prize in the Grand Prix. Finestone has announced his intention to run at both Atlanta and Flint. If he succeeds, he too, would have enough events to claim a prize. If both compete in both those events, Finestone would be a slight favorite. His performance in the 10K merited an age grade score of 73.52, over 7 percentage points higher than Soller’s score in the 8K. But at the 5Km last year, Soller’s performance earned a 68.26% score which is closer. It will be fascinating to see how this competition between our two oldest athletes unfolds!

Club Grand Prix

W40+ The main contenders last year were Atlanta Track Club, Impala Racing, and Genesee Valley Harriers, finishing in that order with 470, 440 and 430 points. This year Impala signaled its intent to take the crown by traveling east for the 8Km and the 10Km Championships. They lead with 355-4, leaving Atlanta and GVH to come from behind with 180-2 and 115-2 respectively. This year Impala can get their 5th event, Masters Cross, on the West Coast. If they win that one, it would give them 455-5, probably enough for the win. Tulsa becomes their insurance event; they competed last year and finished 2nd to LRC Racing, which had no other Championship events. The Impalas are the favorites; it is harder to judge between Atlanta and GVH as they have not competed against each other this year.

W50+ The Athena Track Club has an amazing streak; they have won every W50+ Club Grand Prix since its inception in 2012. Last year they scored a perfect 500 to defeat Atlanta, GVH, and Impala with 420, 400 and 250. Their streak may come to an end this year. Atlanta is leading with 310-4, followed by GVH, 250-4, and Athena, 200-2. Athena has had more difficulty fielding complete teams this year but the positive for them is that when they have fielded a team, it has won. It is not too late for Athena but they must field viable teams for at least 3 of the remaining 4 events to win. Atlanta will almost surely top 400 points, as they did last year. GVH will not be far back. Athena is probably the favorite to repeat for the 8th time, but it may be their closest contest yet. W60+ Team Red Lizard took the title last year in a tight battle with Atlanta and GVH, winning 490-470-440. Atlanta got off to another strong start this year. Standing at 360-4, Atlanta leads the Red Lizard team, at 290-3, by 70 points. But Red Lizard has time to come from behind. They are likely to compete at Masters Cross and in Tulsa. If they can win those two, they will have 490 points, which should be enough to prevail. But Atlanta will have something to say about it. Last year Atlanta nabbed 100 points each for taking 1st at the 5 Km and 1 Mile road Championships. If they do that this year, they too could have 490 points. Then it would come down to the tie-breaker. If it unfolds as indicated above, Team Red Lizard would win on the first tie-breaker, head-to-head competition, 2-1. If those top two teams stay healthy, it seems unlikely GVH can move up from 3rd. W70+ Last year Atlanta Track Club took top honors with 300-3. No other 70+ teams competed in 3 events. They appear bent on the same outcome this year; Atlanta is at 200-2, based on victories at Club Cross and Cross Nationals. The San Diego Track Club has 100-1. San Diego should compete at Masters Cross in their home city. If they can manage to travel to one other event, they can qualify for an award, most likely a 2nd place prize.

M40+ Garden State Track Club New Balance got off to a great start last year, earning 245 points by the end of April. They went on to win the 40+ Grand Prix crown with 480-5, twenty points ahead of Atlanta and 235 ahead of the Genesee Valley Harriers. This year is a different story; Garden State did not field teams for Cross Nationals nor at Dedham. They are in 6th at 135-2. Atlanta and the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) are tied with 190-2 and 190-3 respectively. Atlanta will go on to compete in the 5 Km at least but perhaps also the 1 Mile Championship. Time will tell. Based on past participation, the BAA is likely done; except for Club Cross, it is rare for the BAA to travel much outside New England for Masters LDR Events. Cal Coast Track Club sits in 3rd at 155-2, followed by Genesee Valley Harriers at 150-2, and Willow Street Athletic Club in 5th at 150-2. Atlanta is now the favorite to take the 2019 MGP crown. Cal Coast will almost surely run Masters Cross and, perhaps, Tulsa. That would be enough to put them in the hunt for a podium spot. Garden State, GVH, and Willow Street all have the potential to be on the podium. It will depend on athlete availability and willingness to travel. M50+ The Greater Springfield Harriers (GSH) are going for a three-peat this year. Last year they bested the Genesee Valley Harriers and the Atlanta Track Club with a perfect 500 to 450 to 395. In 2017 GSH started slowly and finished with 4 straight wins. Last year they were quick out of the gate with 4 straight wins at the start of the season. This year is somewhere between. They have 280-3. After winning at Club Cross, they skipped Cross Nationals, won the 8 Km, and then fielded a team for the 10 Km that was missing two of their usual top 3. They picked up a third place finish, which may prove valuable if they struggle to field teams at some of the remaining events. GVH will offer no quarter, however. They lead currently at 315-4 and are likely to score well over 400 again by the end of the year. Atlanta is in 3rd at 180-2. Cal Coast has some strong 50+ runners but it does not appear they will mount a challenge this year. Two of their 50+ runners competed with the 40+ team at Cross Nationals. Their 5th place finish at Club Cross gives them 60-1. M60+ Last year this was the tightest division contested, with the Atlanta Track Club winning, at 490-5, over Boulder Road Runners, at 480-5. Although it was tight, Atlanta won their home city race in mid-August to close out any possibility that Boulder could beat them. They would love to do that again, but it will not be possible. Atlanta leads this year at 370-4, with Boulder 2nd at 295-4, GVH 3rd with 230-4, and Shore Athletic Club 4th at 210-4. Atlanta can lock it up with good showings at both the 10 Km and 1 Mile Championships. But Boulder can deny them; it depends on which of their strong runners are able and motivated to make the trips. GVH and Shore will likely engage in their tight contests in each Championship to battle for the remaining podium spot. M70+ Atlanta Track Club, Ann Arbor Track Club, and Genesee Valley Harriers finished 1-2-3 in that order in 2017. In 2018 it was Ann Arbor, GVH, and Atlanta finishing 1-2-3. This year GVH leads at 385-4, with Atlanta 2nd at 325-4 and Ann Arbor 3rd at 200-2. With 4 events left, Ann Arbor has the firepower to pull out the GP win. They will need to win at least two of the final 4 events and score well in a 3rd one. Nothing comes easy in this division; GVH and Atlanta will make them earn it! M80+ There have been teams who have competed in a single Championship but never yet has an 80+ team garnered the three events needed for an Award. That could change this year. It seems highly likely that the San Diego Track Club who have 100-1, will compete in Masters Cross in their home city. They would make history by traveling and scoring in one additional Championship, either Atlanta, Flint, or Tulsa. They would be the first club to win the 80+ division in the USATF Masters Grand Prix competition! Stay tuned for the exciting second half of the season!


Masters Grand Prix Rules and complete standings for the Individual (Women, Men) and Club Grand Prix contests can be accessed at: