Boulder, Colorado. October 22, 2022.
Temperatures climbed and the sun blazed forth at Harlow Platts Community Park. It was a great day for spectators. The Cross Country course was an honest one, with your classic sharp, short up- and downhills, technical sections, and some cross-slope running. The warm temperatures, dry conditions and high altitude made this day of racing a challenge. Some were able to overcome the challenges brilliantly, while others had less success, and were left shaking their heads, wondering how they could have managed to run as slow as they did. But most vowed it would make them stronger so they could rebound and fight another day. Lee Troop and his T.E.A.M. Boulder crew provided great organization of the Event; they also arranged for Award presentations by some of the many Olympic athletes who make the Boulder area their home. To the delight of the winning Masters athletes, Olympic athletes, Colleen De Reuck, Benji Durden, Adam Goucher, Kara Goucher, Joe Klecker, Alicia Monson, and Jake Riley presented the medals.
OVERALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Women’s race went off first. The top contenders appeared to be Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, Kathryn Davis, Melody Fairchild, Jessica Hruska, Ann Kirkpatrick, Shelly McDonald, Katherine McGee, and Trina Painter. The gun sounded, the runners streamed down the slope toward the first short climb up and across slope to the right. Kirkpatrick, who finished 27th in the Women’s Open Championships at Tallahassee last December, was in the lead, with McDonald running beside her. McDonald finished 3rd this year in the Equinox Half Marathon in 1:20:58, a serious rival no doubt. Tucked in behind those two was Hruska, who took the 5K Masters Championship on the roads last February. Fairchild, who had competed for Team USA in the World Mountain Running Championships in 2012 and won the Overall Masters title at the 2017 USATF Cross Country Championships in Bend, Oregon, was a few strides back. Off to her right was Cherobon-Bawcom the 2012 Olympian in the 10,000 meters.
|The Early leaders in the Women's race-From left: Janet Cherobon-Bawcom #43, Melody Fairchild #79, Rochelle Persson #284, Ann Kirkpatrick #303 and Shelley McDonald #146|
Photo Credit: Dave Albo Lane 1 Photos
The others fell in behind in the pack and bided their time. As they cruised around the lake for the first time, Kirkpatrick, McDonald, and Hruska were leading the field, with Cherobon-Bawcom 50 meters back and Fairchild another 20. Cherobon-Bawcom, an Olympian in 2012, had run a 16:38 5 K a couple of years ago. Since that time, she has focused on her 'real job', a nurse testing for Covid at the Grand Canyon, and has devoted less time to training. Nonetheless, she has the talent and enjoys running with her team! But today was not her day. Fairchild passed Cherobon-Bawcom on the latter part of the first loop. Once McDonald fell back from the stiff early pace that Kirkpatrick was setting, Fairchild passed her as well and found herself in third as the leaders headed back around behind the starting area at the end of the first big loop. From there it was just a question of whether Hruska could stay with her or not. In the end, Kirkpatrick had a little more to call on and pulled away from Hruska over the second loop. Kirkpatrick was home with the win in 19:21, with Hruska a half minute back in 2nd.
|Ann Kirkpatrick heads to the Finish Line where she takes First Place in the Women's race at the 2022 USATF Masters National 5 Km Cross Country Championships at Boulder CO|
Photo Credit: Dave Albo Lane 1 Photos
Fairchild, a very determined runner, was able to hang there in 3rd the rest of the way, finishing just ten seconds back from Hruska.
Kirkpatrick did not compete in college, starting serious training only after starting a career and having two children. Nonetheless, she was able to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta and finish in the top 30 at the USATF Cross Country Open Championships in 2021, at the age of 39! Winning a Masters National Championship in her first outing seems only fitting!
Hruska did her best to stay with Kirkpatrick but was delighted to claim her first Silver Medal this year at a National Championship, adding to the Gold she earned at the 5 Km in Atlanta and the Bronzes in the Half marathon in Syracuse and the 10 Km in Dedham, MA. As one might guess, with that record, she was even more delighted at her ability to close out the 2022 Masters National Grand Prix in style. The 90 points from this contest gives her 445 points and a dominant Grand Prix win in the 40-44 age division. Fairchild, who focuses primarily on Coaching her Boulder Mountain Warriors, was, no doubt, pleased to podium at the age of 49.
Painter, who competed for Team USA in the 1998 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and raced in four different Olympic Trials, in events from the 3000 meters to the Marathon, was able to pull away from the rest and finish strong in 4th at 20:45. Painter, 56, like Fairchild, focuses primarily on Coaching but apparently stays in top condition to inspire her charges. Davis, an Ultra Runner, was just three seconds back in 5th. McGee took 6th and McDonald 7th.
Ann Kirkpatrick 19:21 Jessica Hruska 19:52 Melody Fairchild 20:02
In the Men’s Overall Championships, it was a Marathoner, Anthony Bruns, vs. a trail runner, Chris Gomez, vs. a smoking fast 5K road specialist, Adam Rich. All sorts of runners have done well in Cross Country. Marathoners took the top two spots, for example, at the 2018 Club Cross Championships in Spokane. Fast Miler and 5K specialist, Neville Davey, won the 2017 Club Cross at Lexington KY. Simon Gutierrez, the 2005 USA Mountain Runner of the Year, was on the podium at Cross Nationals in Boulder in 2015.
Bruns ran 2:25:35 for a Masters win at the 2021 edition of the California International Marathon CIM and finished 3rd overall at the Denver Colfax Marathon this past May in 2:32:48. Known primarily for his trail running, Gomez has won the Soulstice Jackie Weintraub Mountain Trail Run over 11 miles in Flagstaff the last two years. He also finished 2nd Masters this September at the Imogene Pass Run over 17.1 Miles. The race has a mile of elevation rise in the first ten miles and then falls 4300 feet over the next 7 miles. No doubt a 5 Km XC race would feel short after that kind of Mountain Race. He also found time to win 1st Masters at Flagstaff's Pride 5K in early October, clocking 16:39. Rich, on the other hand, took 1st masters at the Cookie Chase 5K in Denver in July with a 15:40, and at the Evergreen Town Race 5K in August with a 15:19, and won the Golden Gallop 5K Overall in 15:49 in September in Golden CO, all at altitude.
There were plenty of others with strong credentials, even after star Open Runner, Fernando Cabada, had to withdraw from his first Masters National Championships due to work conflicts. Ryan Baker entered the race with credentials in the ballpark of his rivals. Baker took first Masters at the 18th Annual Pat's Run in Flagstaff over 4.2 miles, roughly equivalent to a 16:45 5K. Then he won the Masters race at the Flagstaff Mile in 4:43 on the 4th of July. Anthony Gallo, in a similar vein, lacked truly impressive credentials coming in. He ran 17:47 at a 5K in June and 16:55 at the Pride 5K in early October, finishing 16 seconds behind Gomez. Both were at altitude, so more impressive, but all of the times mentioned here, except CIM, were at altitude. Neil McDonagh brought in a strong and broad road runner's resume, from a 1st Masters, 2nd Overall 4:36 at the Mile High Mile this summer, back to a 15:46 5K and a 33:07 10K, both at altitude in 2021, to a solid 2:41:59 at Grandma's in 2019.
Rich took it out hard, daring the others to go with him! Up the short hill and around the lake, Rich held the lead for the first loop. Gomez, Bruns, McDonagh and Gallo formed a chase pack that was a good 50 meters behind Rich. Neville Davey, Masters winner of the 2017 Club Cross Country Championships in Lexington KY, was just 20 meters back from the chase pack at that point. Gomez and Bruns were able to drop McDonagh and Gallo. They then passed Rich and gapped him on the last loop. Gomez had just a little more in the tank over the finishing half mile, pulling away for a three second victory over Bruns in 16:35!
|Chris Gomez Enjoys the Overall Win in the men's race at the 2022 USATF Masters National 5 Km Cross Country Championships in Bouder CO|
Photo Credit: Dave Albo Lane 1 Photos
Rich claimed 3rd in 16:48. McDonagh closed strong but could not quite catch Rich, finishing two seconds back in 4th. Gallo was 5th in 17:05, five seconds ahead of Baker, who moved up strongly over the 2nd loop of the course.
Chris Gomez 16:35 Anthony Bruns 16:38 Adam Rich 16:48
AGE DIVISION NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
40-44 It is not always this way, but everyone mentioned in the Overall race came from the 40-44 division. It was Gomez, Bruns and Rich on the podium with McDonagh, Gallo and R. Baker in 4th through 6th.
Chris Gomez 16:35 Anthony Bruns 16:38 Adam Rich 16:48
45-49 This division was packed. Neville Davey, winner of the 2017 Masters Overall Club Cross Championship and current holder of the Masters Road Mile record at 4:22 was, arguably, the headliner. If one focuses on Open Cross Country credentials, Clint Wells comes to the fore. A three-time member of Team USA at the World Cross Country Championships, Wells also enjoyed success on the roads, with Masters wins in 2016 at the UA NYC Half Marathon in 1:06:47 and at Boston with a 2:24:55. Mike Madsen lost by a whisker at the 2019 Masters Road Mile Championships in Flint to Chuck Schneekloth (now also the 2022 Fifth Avenue Mile Masters Champion). Todd Rose won this division at Club Cross in Tallahassee, getting a rare win over Jacques Sallberg. Julian Marsh did not compete at Tallahassee last December but was just outside the top ten Overall in the Masters Race at Club Cross at Lehigh. Aaron Kleinman entered with a 2:38:33 at the CIM last December, a 2:57:47 at Boston and a 36:44 at the Bolder Boulder 10K. On a warm, humid day in Tallahassee last December, Brantley Lutz found himself finishing almost two minutes behind Rose. He was looking forward to a better day in the mountains. Lutz had also built a base last winter, prepping for a 2:50:21 Marathon in Rome, Italy in March. [It may not have the prestige of a Berlin or a London, but it sounds like a heck of a destination race, starting and ending at the Coliseum!
When the gun sounded, Davey shot off like a bolt! He positioned himself, in the first quarter mile, off of McDonagh's left elbow, slotted in right behind Rich. By the time they were headed around the lake for the first time, Davey was leading the division, but Lutz was moving up through the pack. Madsen and Wells were biding their time behind Lutz, with Rose, and then Marsh, tracking them. Lutz eventually passed, and pulled away from Davey, enjoying a 14 second gap by the time he crossed the finish line 1st in the division! Rose, in the meantime, had been closing on Davey over the second loop of the course, and nearly nipped him. Davey's strong finishing kick served him well as he edged Rose by a single second in 17:37! Then they came pouring in! Kleinman at 17:44, followed 5 seconds later by Wells, Madsen at 17:52, and Marsh six seconds further back. What a race! Lutz certainly enjoyed that one more than Tallahassee!
Brantley Lutz 17:23 Neville Davey 17:37 Todd Rose 17:38
50-54 Mark Yuen was the King of this division last winter, taking the division crowns at both Tallahassee and San Diego. His teammates, Ivan Lieben and Charles Mullane, were not far back. Yuen did not participate in the roads portion of the Masters National Grand prix, but Lieben and their West Valley teammate, Mark Callon did. Callon took the Half Marathon title at Syracuse with a fine 1:15:43, edging his Central Mass Striders rival, Gregory Putnam by just 5 seconds. Lieben, meanwhile, gathered in points at the 10 Mile, 10K, and 12K Championships, entering the final Championship in 2nd place in the Grand Prix, just twenty points back from Putnam. Chris Grauch, Glen Mays, and Flavio De Simone were prepared to defend the home turf of the Boulder Road Runners. In August 2021, Grauch took 2nd Masters, behind Max King, at the USATF Mountain Championships at Mt. Hood, Oregon. Mays clocked 1:20:21 at the Bar Harbor, ME Half Marathon in mid-September. De Simone, who provided videos of the course for the benefit of out-of-state runners, was just 49 seconds behind Callon in Tallahassee. Chokri Dhaouadi, who finished 4th overall at Cross Nationals in San Diego in 2020, made the trip up from another mile high city, Albuquerque, to try his luck. Dhaouadhi took it out hard, running with the second Overall chase group for the first part of the race. Then the Mountain King, Grauch, took over. Grauch came in at 17:18, a whopping 45 seconds ahead of Dhaouadhi. Dhaouadhi made the trip from Albuquerque worthwhile, though, managing to hold off Lieben by a single second for the Silver medal. Lieben's 18:04 gave him his 3rd consecutive national Cross Country podium, to go with Tallahassee and San Diego. Twelve seconds later, Callon took 4th, with Mays 5th in 18:23, and Mullane just 3 seconds back. Putnam finished 7th in 18:44, followed by Yuen and De Simone.
Chris Grauch 17:18 Chokri Dhaouadhi 18:03 Ivan Lieben 18:04
55-59 Christian Cushing-Murray aged up after claiming the 5 km national 50-54 title in Atlanta with a 16:45 and finishing 3rd at Cross Nationals in San Diego behind Yuen and Lieben. Craig Godwin won the 50-54 division at Highlands NJ in the 12 Km in September 2021 with a nifty 41:23. He took 6th in that division at Tallahassee and followed it up with a 1:18:52 Half marathon at the Eugene marathon in April and clocked 16:30 in a September 5K. David White would be a formidable Cross Country opponent. He finished 2nd at Tallahassee and took the division crown at San Diego. Rick Granquist took top Masters honors in 47:15 at the CMRA South Seven Trail Run. That would only be equivalent to a 41:29 10K but was on mostly gravel trails with a fair amount of up and down and, of course, at altitude. In some sense, you never know what to expect from Francis Burdett. You will always get top effort, but Burdett often runs with injuries that would sideline others. He had a great outing at the Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth Maine in early August, taking the division prize in 37:03. A month later, he ran with a minor injury at the 12 km Championships in Highlands NJ, still managing an 8th place finish in the division in 46:40, equivalent to a 38:28 10K. Mike Nier finished off his hamstring rehab and would, presumably be at full strength. He finished 4th at the 5 Km Championships in Atlanta with a 17:43 but was back in 13th at Dedham at the 10 Km Championships with a 38:48, in the early stages of rehabbing the hamstring. Would he be ready for Cross Country? He had a good outing at the 3rd of the Pete Glavin XC Series on Oct 9th, with a 16:05, and was only 19 seconds out of first in the division.
After the gun sounded and the field was 200 meters out, one naturally looked for Cushing-Murray, who often gets out fast with the Overall leaders. In contrast, he was more restrained this time, going out with the 50+ leaders but keeping himself in check. Godwin was a few strides back, and Burdett, off to his right. Godwin pushed the pace from there, with Cushing-Murray a few strides back, and Burdett back a few more. The rest could not be picked out but were, no doubt, there in the mix. When they headed up the hill at the end of the second loop, White was able to pass Godwin, who appeared to be having breathing difficulties. White's hopes of a big win were soon dashed, however, as he had trouble catching his breath on the downslope, and Godwin went roaring past. Godwin said, after the race, that until he got to the final few hundred meters, he doubted if he would finish. But finish he did, clocking 18:54 to take the division win with 9 seconds to spare! White did eventually find his breathing again and was able to stay ahead of Cushing-Murray. Granquist had been right behind Cushing-Murray on the way up the final big hill on the second loop. But, by the end, Cushing-Murray nailed third in 19:15 with Granquist ten seconds back. Nine seconds later it was Burdett in 5th, with Nier claiming 6th just three seconds later.
This Cross Country win was sweet for Godwin; he has had medical issues over the last few years but has not let it slow him down. His first national Masters Cross Country outing seems to have been at Cross Nationals in Bend, Oregon in 2017, where he finished 4th in 45-49. It has been up and down ever since. At Club Cross in Lexington later that year, he was 15th in 50-54, and the following year, 13th in Spokane. He had his best Club Cross finish at Lehigh, claiming 3rd in 50-54. Right before Covid hit, Godwin had his first national Cross Country win, taking the 50-54 crown at Mission Bay in San Diego in early 2020. But then at Tallahassee last December, he was back to 6th. Coming into Boulder, up against so many top runners who train at altitude, must have seemed daunting. Nonetheless, at the end, he was atop the podium.
Although he was not able to claim the top prize, White has a nice XC trifecta, with a 2nd at Tallahassee last December, a 1st at San Diego a month later, and another 2nd here in Boulder. Cushing-Murray was happy to return to a Cross Country podium, especially in a race at altitude! Cushing-Murray has been on Cross Country division podiums many times and won the whole show at Cross Nationals in 2012 in St. Louis! His most recent division podium was at Tallahassee Cross Nationals in 2018 where he took Silver in 50-54. Granquist salvaged some of the hometown pride for this division, while Burdett and Nier enjoyed a return to form and helped themselves out a bit in the Individual Grand Prix contest.
Craig Godwin 18:54 David White 19:03 Christian Cushing-Murray 19:15
60-64 All eyes were on Dan King. He was winning everything in sight, on the track, coming out of Covid in 2021. He ran faster than the 60-64 American Mile record and faster than the 1500 Meter record. He set the 60-64 Road Mile Record at 5:00 flat in Lincoln, Nebraska. Coming off the track season, he went on a tear on the turf! He has won the last three 60-64 Division Cross Country crowns, at Boston last November, at Tallahassee last December, and at San Diego in January of this year. Could he win 4 in a row? There was some doubt as 2022 has been more up and down. A Master at rehab, he still did get injured and however good you are at rehab, it will, necessarily, slow you down for a period of time. His most recent injury was to his knee. That rehab was coming along, but he was not far enough along to win the 60-64 division at the Fifth Avenue Mile, as everyone expected. He did still come second. And he was able to run a 37:55 10 Km at the Boulderthon 10K on October 9th. At Tallahassdee last December, Tim DeGrado and Roger Sayre finished 2nd and 3rd, well back from King. Mark Tatum finished 7th and Joe Mora 12th. Would they all move up on King? If King's knee held up, it appeared his chances for a 4th straight win were good. DeGrado had a tough outing at the BOA Chicago Marathon 2 weeks before this race, running a good bit slower than he anticipated. That would work against him perhaps. Sayre is in the last few months of his time in the 60-64 division; he ages up next year. Tatum might be the more dangerous of those three Boulder Road Runner teammates. He won Dipsea in 2021. He did not win this year but did very well again. He had no known weaknesses coming into the race. Mora has not been quite as strong on the turf as he has been on the track and on the roads. And he was coming to altitude from the flatlands of Upstate New York.
When the gun went off, King left little doubt that the knee was fine. He mentioned to me that one of the secrets of altitude running is to be cautious at the start so you can make a strong move over the 2nd half of the race. DeGrado pushed to the front of the field. That had worked well for him in the 10 Km Championships at Dedham, where he went out hard and was never headed. Despite employing his conservative strategy, King was not far back. He was followed by Tatum and the others. King started to move up on the longer uphill in the second half of the 1st loop, and really extended himself on the downslope. King's knee held up, his strategy worked, and he had another big win on the turf! He crossed the finish line in 1st at 18:57. DeGrado probably felt a bit of the Marathon in his legs. In any case, this time he could not hold off a challenge from Tatum, who claimed second in 19:58. De Grado was 7 seconds back in 3rd. Considering the altitude and the warm, dry day, Mora did well, claiming 4th in 20:19. He was followed 7 seconds later by Daniel Greer, primarily a Trail Runner, with Sayre in 6th at 20:35.
King had his 4th straight win on the turf. More than one athlete was wondering if anyone, in any Masters division, had ever accomplished that feat before. My guess is that it is quite rare. But, in one of the ironies of sport, immediately before King did it, Joe Sheeran did it, and in the same 60-64 division, winning at Tallahassee in February 2019 (Cross Nationals), at Mission Bay in San Diego in October 2019 (5 Km Masters Cross), at Lehigh in December 2019 (Club Cross), and at Mission Bay again in January of 2020 (Cross Nationals). To be accurate, Sheeran actually got the 5-peat, because he also took the division win at Spokane in December 2018 (Club Cross). He did not go to Buffalo, NY in October of 2018 however, so it stops at five. And yes, King was second to Sheeran at the last three of those. Sheeran has not competed nationally since that last win in San Diego. A snowstorm kept Sheeran from catching his flight to San Diego in 2022. It would have been fun to see that race; King was at the top of his game. Either way, King has one more to go to match Sheeran. Will he get it at San Francisco?
Dan King 18:57 Mark Tatum 19:58 Tim DeGrado 20:05
65-69 This division looked, initially, like it would have one of the most competitive fields. Jacob Nur has been setting records left and right on the roads. He currently holds the American Records at 10 Km 35:42, 10 Miles 58:34 and the Half Marathon 1:18:29. Rick Becker is one of the finest XC runners of his age and a 3-time USATF Masters Harrier of the Year. Last year he broke the 5000 and 10,000 65-69 American Records on the track at the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships. Ken Youngers had had a remarkable 12 months, starting with a 12 Km American 65-69 Record at Highlands, NJ in September 2021, and including a 37:46 10 Km at the National Championships in Dedham MA. That established the 65-69 Course Record. That possibility vanished when Youngers had a nasty fall at Highlands this year when his hamstring gave out in mid-stride. Of course, it still looked like Becker and Nur might have a rematch. Becker took their meeting in Spokane in 2018 and Nur had the edge in San Diego last January. Then that fell apart, too, when Becker came up with a calf strain heading into the race. That meant it would be up to one of the high-altitude guys to try to rein in Nur. It was good to see Dan Spale running well again. In 2016 and 2017, he was a 60-64 podium regular on the Masters National Grand Prix circuit, whether Club Cross at Tallahassee or a 15K in Tulsa or an 8K in Virginia Beach. He ran 41:43 at Bolder Boulder this year and followed that with an 18:53 5K in August, and a 1:34:02 Half Marathon on Labor Day, all at altitude. Kansas City is not high altitude, but Stan McCormack should also be a podium contender. He took 7th in the 5K National Championships in 65-69 at Atlanta in 19:22. Others in the hunt included Normand Guilemette, Jack Pottle, and Jerry Blair.
Nur, as it turned out, ran splendidly and no one in the division could keep him in sight. He clocked 19:13, finishing 1st by well over a minute. His time was also faster than all of the 60-64 year-olds except for Dan King. Despite McCormack's best efforts to stay close, Spale was able to pull away on the second loop, claiming the Silver medal in 20:53. McCormack earned the final podium spot with a 21:37, holding off Guillemette, who was just six seconds back in 4th. Pottle finished at 22:06 in 5th place, with Blair in 6th at 22:30.
Jacob Nur 19:13 Dan Spale 20:53 Stan McCormack 21:37
70-74 In a 12 Km Road matchup in Highlands, NJ in September, Robert Qualls, the 'new kid on the block' in the age division, was able to beat Gene Dykes. For those who do not know Dykes's recent history, he came within a whisker of breaking the World Marathon 70-74 record of the legendary Ed Whitlock in 2018, clocking 2:55:22. Dykes was winning everything in sight in 2018 but is now looking toward the 75-79 division. Essentially injury-free in 2018 and 2019, the last two years have seen more injuries for Dykes. He always seems to come back strongly, though.
But Qualls is formidable right now. At the WMA Championships in Finland this summer, he came home with a Gold Medal from the Cross Country, a Silver in the 10 Km Road Championships and a Bronze in the 1500! He kept that rolling with his win at the 12 Km Championships. Not to ruin any suspense, but Dykes, it turned out, was not ready for the altitude or just needed more recovery time from the London Marathon on October 2nd and the Indiana Trail 100 Miler on the 9th. He was not in the race after the first mile.
No one else had a chance of staying with Qualls, who ran a superb race, taking the win in 20:50. Doug Bell is a tough customer on the turf. He was upset at Boston in October, finishing 2nd in the division. But he righted the ship and took 1st at Club Cross in Tallahassee. He had run well this summer, with a 44:33 at the Bolder Boulder. He could not stay close to Qualls, but had everyone else beat, clocking 23:08 to enjoy a margin of over 40 seconds back to his teammate, Carl Mohr. Perry Linn who had a good outing at Ames this summer, with a 21:04 5,000 meters and a 44:23 10,000-meters, was just off the podium at 24:09. Jerry Learned had another fine outing; he is has had a very consistent year. He edged Pablo Vigil, taking 5th place in 24:18, with Vigil three seconds back. It is very tough to take a place away from Learned in the final stages of a race; he can always find a strong kick!
Robert Qualls 20:50 Doug Bell 23:08 Carl Mohr 23:51
75-79 The big question in this division was whether Dave Glass could come into Gary Ostwald's home territory and keep his amazing season going in style. Last year at Tallahassee, Glass finished 2nd to Ron Wells at Tallahassee but had an off day at San Diego. Ostwald came in 12 seconds ahead of Glass. And, of course, Ostwald should have the advantage from this race being at altitude. In the interim, Glass bounced back to beat Ostwald by 44 seconds a month later at the 5 Km Road championships in Atlanta and went on to win every national championship from 10 Km up in 2022. To say the least, he was coming in on a roll! Ostwald went out strong and led for most of the first loop. Glass was able to move past Ostwald as they passed the Tennis Courts on the way out to begin the second loop. Glass never looked back and took the win in 23:57. Ostwald claimed 2nd 45 seconds later. His teammate, Jeffrey Dumas, took 3rd in 26:42, a minute ahead of the pair from the Genesee Valley Harriers, Keith Yeates and Jim May, who took 4th and 5th.
Dave Glass 23:57 Gary Ostwald 24:42 Jeffrey Dumas 26:42
|Dave Glass #96, eventual winner of 75-79, and Brian Cloherty yellow singlet work their way back around the lake at the 2022 USATF Masters 5 Km Cross Country Championships|
Photo Credit: Dave Albo Lane 1 Photos
80-84 I did not know what to make of Richard Zerbe's credentials. What I could find on Athlinks was that he has competed regularly in the race walk at distances up to 1500 Meters. This past summer, he clocked 11:37 for the 1500 Meter Race Walk. The track races I could find topped out at 400 Meters. But I should have looked more closely at the times to figure out that Zerbe is quite an athlete. And maybe I should also have remembered that Michelle Rohl who is setting records as a distance runner had a career as a race walker before that. Stan Edelson looked like the favorite. He took first in Rochester at the Road Mile Championships with an 8:38 and also claimed the division title at Boston in the 5 km XC Championships last autumn, with a 30:47. But once the gun sounded, it was Zerbe's day! He had no trouble covering the course in a fine 31:49, over two minutes faster than Edelson. Edelson was not ready for Zerbe but was ready for everyone else, claiming 2nd in 34:03. Andrew Sherwood had his fourth podium finish of the year, adding to his win at the 10 Mile Championships and thirds at Club Cross and the 1 Mile at Rochester. Shenk was not far off, finishing in 4th a half minute back from Sherwood.
Richard Zerbe 31:49 Stan Edelson 34:03 Andrew Sherwood 39:50
40-44 The top runners in this division either made the podium or were just off. Kirkpatrick took the win, followed by Hruska. Fairchild is from the next division and Painter from the 55-59. But Kathryn Davis who finished 5th Overall, claimed the final spot on the Division podium. Shelley McDonald was 4th, followed by Katie Famous in 5th.
Ann Kirkpatrick 19:21 Jessica Hruska 19:52 Kathryn Davis 20:48
45-49 Melody Fairchild, a Boulder native, took 3rd Overall and, in passing, won the 45-49 division. Katherine McGee, who also trains at altitude in Flagstaff, AZ, could not stay with Fairchild but distanced all others, claiming 2nd in 21:02. Two low-altitude runners, Sara Girotto, out of Philadelphia, and Liz Gottlieb of Impala Racing, battled for the final podium spot. Girotto has taken wins at the 5 Km, Half Marathon, and 12 Km national championships this year, but was untested on the turf. Gottlieb did not compete on the national circuit this year. Her times were not as impressive as Girotto's but, unlike Girotto, she could draw on recent Cross Country experience. In 2018 she competed at both Spokane for Club Cross, and at Buffalo NY for the Masters 5 Km Cross Country Championship. She finished 7th overall and 3rd in 40-44 in Buffalo. It turned out that the faster times mattered more than the Cross Country experience. Girotto took 3rd in 21:38, with Gottlieb over a minute back in 4th.
Melody Fairchild 20:02 Katherine McGee 21:02 Sara Girotto 21:38
50-54 Samantha Forde had the strongest credentials based on road racing. She finished 4th in 50-54 at the 5 Km National Championships in Atlanta in 20:22, and 2nd at the 12 Km in 50:19, age-grade equivalent to a 41:30 10K effort. The one worry was the lack of any Cross Country experience in the last few years. Road runners do not always adapt easily to the turf. Her teammate, Jennifer Bayliss has plenty of Cross Country credentials but has not raced as much recently on the national level. In 2018, Bayliss took the overall Masters win at both the Cross Nationals in Tallahassee and the 10 Km Championships in Dedham, where she clocked 37:19. She competed in two events with her teammate, Forde, a 5K and a 6-Miler. In both cases, Forde was the faster. Both, of course, would have to overcome the altitude to make the podium. Marcey Cote, of the Boulder Road Runners, Jennifer Lee, of Fort Collins Running, Rochelle Persson, of Colorado Springs, and Sara Wagner, of Team Run Flagstaffwere high altitude trainers who would try to defend the home turf. Cote had finished 5th in 50-54 at San Diego Cross Nationals and clocked 45:56 at the Bolder Boulder. The only race I could definitely identify as this Jennifer Lee's was a 5:49 at the Mountain Avenue Mile 5 years ago. Persson dropped down to Pittsburgh this year to test herself at the Liberty Mile. A 2nd place finish in 50-54 at 5:41 showed she has good speed. A 26:24 in the 5 Km Rim-to-Rim Royal Gorge runs shows that she is fit and unafraid of challenging herself with a trail run with elevation change, first down, then up. Wagner ran a 47:38 10K in Flagstaff this August and won her division and finished 3rd Masters at the Soulstice Jackie Weintraub Memorial 11 Mile Trail Run in 1:18:07. Persson's combination of speed and trails did the trick. She crossed the finish line in first in 21:31, thirteen seconds ahead of Wagner, giving the high-altitude runners 1-2. Bayliss used her Cross Country savvy to close well and claim third, just 6 seconds back from Wagner. Lee, Frde and Cote had quite the battle for 4th, 5th and 6th over the last half of the final loop. Lee took 4th in 23:24 with Forde just 8 seconds back, edging Cote for 5th by three seconds!
Rochelle Persson 21:31 Sara Wagner 21:44 Jennifer Bayliss 21:50
55-59 Trina Painter who took 4th overall out of this age division took this title with almost a minute to spare. She moved up into 5th early on and no one from the division gave her a serious challenge the rest of the way. As noted, she was able to claim 4th in the end. It was a different story for Kristine Clark, Allyson Serrao, and Lisa Valle. They were well matched. Clark had taken 1st in 55-59 at the Bolder Boulder with a 43:11 and dropped down in altitude to take a division first in the Alameda 10 Miler in Oakland CA in 1:10:24. Serrao had a slight edge on the roads. She ran two 10K's in February and march, one just under and one just over 42 minutes. She also took a 55-59 1st place at the Pearl Street Mile in Boulder at 6:08. Her hometown is apparently Golden CO now, but she is listed in Athlinks for Houston. She ran 1:06:50 in the Space City 10 Miler. In the summer of 2021, Valle took 3rd in the 55-59 division 1500M event at the Masters Outdoor Championships in Ames, clocking 5:08. According to milesplit.com, that converts to a 5:33 mile, but was not at altitude. She also ran a 33:23 8K in May, in Albuquerque at altitude, which is age grade equivalent to a 41:58 10K. After they crested the first short hill and started circling the lake, with painter out in front, Clark settled in ahead of the rest. Valle was right on her heels and Serrao was 15-20 meters back, but well in contact. As the race progressed, Serrao found herself falling back from those two. Eventually Clark was able to pull away from Valle as well, clocking 21:39 to take 2nd place 17 seconds ahead of Valle. Serrao was almost a minute back in 4th. After trailing Lydia Dissly for most of the race, Lesia Atkinson was able to surge past her in the end to claim 5th place by 4 seconds in 23:58.
Trina Painter 20:45 Kristine Clark 21:39 Lisa Valle 21:56
60-64 This division had a loaded field. Lorraine Jasper, who would ordinarily have been one of the favorites, was injured and in Boulder strictly to score points for her team. Jasper had taken first in the division at Club Cross in Tallahassee last December. Stella Gibbs must also be in the same boat as she was not competitive either. Gibbs took 2nd earlier this year at Cross Nationals in San Diego. Hall of famer Carmen Ayala-Troncoso won the 60-64 division at Club Cross in Lehigh after winning the 60-64 race at the Masters 5 Km Championships at Mission Bay in San Diego. She competed in the 1500 Meters at the WMA Championships this summer, taking 7th in 5:54 (equivalent to a 6:23 Mile). She also clocked a 20:44 5K at the Austin Marathon. Mary Swan tends to have the role of solid supporter to Jasper and their teammate, Doreen McCoubrie. With McCoubrie not able to make the trip and Jasper injured, Swan was expecting to step up; she is a very strong runner. She finished 4th last year when this event was in Boston and followed that up with a 4th place at the highly competitive Club Cross Championship in Tallahassee. At the WMA Championships in Finland this summer she finished 4th in the 6 Km XC race. Suzanne Cordes finished 3rd in 60-64 at Club Cross in Tallahassee, finishing 12 seconds ahead of Swan. She then took 3rd in the division at cross Nationals in San Diego. She has not participated in National Championships since then and her Athlinks account is not public. Two of the local runners, Lisa Mills, a Trail Runner, and Judy Chamberlin, who ran 52:31 at Bolder Boulder, would try to break up the trio of outsiders, Ayala-Troncoso, Cordes, and Swan.
In the early going, Cordes moved to the front of the division field, with a gap back to Jasper, who was clearly running with pain. After another gap, Ayala-Troncoso came next, but Swan was tracking her just a few strides back. Eventually Jasper had to fall back, but never gave in, finishing just inside the top ten in the division. Cordes proved to be the strongest on the day, claiming the win in 23:16, almost 40 seconds ahead of the field. Swan, in the end, was able to pass Ayala-Troncos. By the time she crossed the finish line, Swan had an 11-second gap on Troncoso, who had to fend off a strong finish from Mills, edging her by just three seconds! Chamberlin was another 7 seconds back in 5th. It was a great day for Cordes and Swan could hardly have been happier with her performance. You do not beat a Hall of Famer every day! And she had a Silver Medal at a National Championship; those have been hard to come by!
Suzanne Cordes 23:16 Mary Swan 23:55 Carmen Ayala-Troncoso 24:06
65-69 Abbie Wade looked to be the class of this field. She won her age division at Boston in October of last year, clocking 3:26:53. She proved that was no fluke by taking the division title at the Slacker Half Marathon in 1:42:10. The race is in Georgetown, Colorado at over 8,000' of elevation. Mo Bartley was returning to a National Championship for the first time in a few years. She won the 8K Championship in 2017 with a 35:23. This past year she has focused more on Trail Runs, which seems to be good prep for Cross Country. She also clocked 22:55 in a 5K road race last November. Christine Rodriguez ran a 52:14 10Km at altitude in the Evergreen Town Race. Sharon Vos lives in Denver but her top road-running credentials came on trips to the East. Vos ran a 50:46 at the Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine and clocked 1:23:41 in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten-Miler. Those are impressive road credentials, but will they transfer to the turf? Cindy Williams is a mainstay of the Atlanta Track Club's 60+ team. When this event was in Boston last year, she finished 3rd in 65-69 and when Clubs were at Tallahassee, she improved to 2nd. Coming up to Boulder would have additional challenges. The race unfolded with Wade moving to the front of the division field and never being challenged. She took the title in this strong field of runners with a minute and a half to spare. Each runner found their pace and had a fine race. Bartley enjoyed a 2nd place finish in 26:55, with Rodriguez 24 seconds back in 3rd. Vos missed the division podium by just 19 seconds. Williams, running for team points as well as individual objectives, took 5th in 28:25.
Abbie Wade 25:17 Mo Bartley 26:55 Christine Rodriguez 27:19
|Deb Cunningham Revolution Running #56 and Mo Bartley Impala Racing #20, with Sabra Harvey Team Red Lizard #111 competing at the 2022 USATF Masters 5 Km Cross Country Championships|
Photo Credit: Dave Albo Lane 1 Photos
70-74 Three of the four outstanding runners at the top of this field were from Team Red Lizard, Jeanette Groesz, Sabra Harvey, and Suzanne Ray. The 4th was home-grown Boulder Road Runner, Edie Stevenson. Harvey was the 2018 USATF Masters Athlete of the Year. In the years from 2016 to 2019, she would win her Age Division and stand atop the Age Grading podium. It did not matter if the distance was 800 Meters or 21.1 kilometers (Half Marathon). She was strongest at distances 10 Km and shorter, and, arguably, stronger on the track than the roads, but that was subtle. How as she at Cross Country. She was late to the turf in her running career but had no trouble. She was USATF Masters Harrier of the Year in 2018. Groesz has many of the same qualities as Harvey but is not quite as fast. Groesz's best surface is the turf; she is tenacious. Ray gives them depth on the turf, and a podium threat on the roads at any distances from the 15K up. In her last year in 65-69, Ray took the national title at Syracuse with a 1:49:32, and then finished 3rd at the 10 Mile Championships in Sacramento. After her 70th birthday, Ray went to Finland and came home from the WMA Championships with a Silver Medal in the Half marathon at 1:45:50. She followed that up with another win at the 12 Km Championships. Groesz finished a bit behind Ray in Sacramento and Highlands NJ, but when they take to the turf, their roles tend to be reversed. Groesz took the 70-74 title at both Clubs in Tallahassee and Cross Nationals in San Diego last winter before Ray aged up. But Groesz ran faster at San Diego. Stevenson is a terrific runner as well. Her 1:13:16 at the 15 Km National Championships in 2019 still stands as the 70-74 American Record. As I cannot find any Cross Country results for her, it is probably that Stevenson is better on the roads than the turf. There were no real surprises. Harvey went out strong and Groesz held on as long as she could. Harvey pulled away in the late stages of the race to win in 26:18. A half-minute later, Groesz finished second. Stevenson could not keep up with that pair but had a fine run, claiming 3rd in 28:36. Twenty-seven seconds later, Ray took 4th. Stevenson's teammate, Nancy Antos, took 5th in 32:11.
Sabra Harvey 26:18 Jeanette Groesz 26:47 Edie Stevenson 28:36
75-79 Everyone in this division finished on the podium. Irene Terronez added this gold medal to the one she earned at the 2019 Masters National 15 Km Championships at Tulsa, clocking 36:45. Andrea McCarter had taken 1st in this division at the Road Mile Championships in Rochester, and 3rd at Atlanta in the 5 Km Championships. She was happy to finish 2nd here, at altitude, in 41:05. Forty-six seconds later, Linda Yarr came across the finish line in 3rd, happy to close off the 70+ scoring for the Boulder Road Runners and finish on a national podium as an individual.
Irene Terronez 36:45 Andrea McCarter 41:05 Linda Yarr 41:51
Age-Grading is a statistical procedure that grades each the time of each runner against a standard for their age and sex. The anchor distances are 5 Km, 10 Km, Half Marathon, and Marathon. The World's Best times for Women and Men are plotted separately for each single age and a curve is fitted. That curve then predicts a 'World's Best' time for each age separately for women and men. If the standard is 14 minutes for a 5K, for example, and the runner in question runs 15:00, their age grade is 14/15 or 93.3%. Over the years, the convention has emerged to refer to scores at 90% and above as 'World Class', 80-89.99% as 'National Class'. These differences are institutionalized in the USATF Elite Performance medals awarded at Road Races which are gold for 90% and above, Silver of a high national standard, 85% and above, and a national standard, 80% and above. Like all such procedures it is not perfect. An athlete can run a better time on a challenging course and score a lower age grade than they did the week before when running less well on an easier course. When all runners are competing at the same time on the same course, they are a good measure of how athletes have run compared to the best for their age and sex. If cross country courses are measured accurately, the scores are typically lower than they would be on a road course, because of the challenge of running on grass rather than pavement, and with many sharp ups and downs and sometimes other challenges. The standards of 'World Class', etc. should not be applied to these races on the turf. A World Class run might grade well below 90%, as was the case in Boulder.
From the descriptions above, many may be able to guess which runners were atop the age grading tables. Trina Painter, whose 20:45 at age 56 allowed her to finish 4th Overall, scored the top Women's age grade at 85.06%. She was joined on the podium by Kristine Clark 59, whose 21:39 graded 84.45%, and Sabra Harvey 73, whose 26:18 achieved an 83.58%. Jeanette Groesz 73 and Suzanne Cordes 62 rounded out the top 5.
|Trina Painter crosses the Finish Line, 4th Overall, 1st in the Team Competition for Team Run Flagstaff and with the Top Age Grade at the 2022 USATF Masters 5 Km Cross Country Championships|
Photo Credit: Dave Albo Lane 1 Photos
Jacob Nur ran just as well on the turf as on the road. His 19:13 at age 67, merited the top Men's score of 87.92.
Dan King 63 was just behind at 86.05 with his 18:57.
|Dan King Powers Past David White on his way to the 60-64 Win and the Silver Age-Grading Medal at the 2022 USATF Masters 5 Km Cross Country Championships|
Photo Credit: Dave Albo Lane 1 Photos
Chris Grauch 50 joined them on the podium with his 17:18 scoring 84.51%. Robert Qualls 70 and Anthony Bruns 43 completed the top 5.
TEAM NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
40+ This division was for Club bragging rights along the Front Range. The West Valley Track Club, out of the San Francisco Bay area was the only team from the lowlands to enter. The home team, the Boulder Road Runners, fielded two. And the Boulder Track Club had a team. But they had to go up against strong teams from Albuquerque NM Dukes and Sports Warriors, Colorado Springs Square State Striders, Flagstaff AZ Team Run Flagstaff, and Fort Collins CO, Fort Collins Running Club. Adam Rich let everyone know that Square State was for real. Midway through the 1st of two loops, he had a gap on the field. His teammate, Neil McDonagh, was prominent in the chase pack. But leading the chase pack was Flagstaff's Chris Gomez and his teammate, Anthony Gallo, was there as well. Gomez, as noted above, caught Rich by the end. With Gomez 1st, Anthoy Bruns 2nd, and Rich third, Flagstaff, Square State and BRR were all on the board. McDonagh gave Square State a 2nd score, but then Flagstaff got #'s 2 and 3 in at 5th, Gallo, and 6th, Ryan Baker. Then the Dukes started to come in with Brantley Lutz 7th and Brett Winegar 9th, sandwiched around BTC's Jeff Schuler. West Valley announced itself next with Neville Davey and Todd Rose taking 10th and 11th. Up to this point, Flagstaff was clearly in the lead, but it was still anyone's game. But then the other shoe fell when Flagstaff's Dirk de Heer claimed 12th. That gave Flagstaff 4 runners in and just 24 points. No other team had their third runner in yet. The next four runners in tightened up the race. BTC had Aaron Kleinman 13th and Clint Wells 16th, sandwiched around Jesse Armijo, #3 for the Dukes, and Thomas French, #2 for BRR. Three seconds after Wells finished, Mike Madsen sealed the deal for Flagstaff, claiming 17th and giving them 41 points. No one could catch them-Flagstaff had the win!
What about the rest of the podium? Wells had given BTC 37 points from 3 runners; Armijo raised the Dukes' total to 30 from 3. No one else had three runners in. But now the runners from this division were pouring in with scores changing every few seconds! Four seconds behind Madsen was Square State's Vitaly Stepanov, and his teammate, Logan Wealing was just 4 spots back at 22nd. Those two gave BTC 47 points from 4 runners. West Valley's Julian Marsh, split those two, finishing 19th, as did Christopher Copenhaver, 22nd, who gave Fort Collins their first scorer. West Valley had 40 from 3 athletes. Behind Wealing was BRR's Kirk Anderson and Eric Monda in 23rd and 24th. BRR had 64 from 4 finishers. Which team would be the next to have 5 runners in? West Valley's John Montgomery took 25th, giving West Valley four runners and 65 points. Nine seconds later, jeff Maybach delivered the mail for BTC. They had 5 runners in and 83 points! But they did not have 2nd place yet. Square State could still salvage 2nd if their 5th runner finished in 35th place or better. Jon Teisher took care of business for the Striders, crossing the finish line in 34th. That gave Square State 81 points and 2nd place! BTC could not be too disappointed making the podium among such a strong field. BRR got their 5th score from Michael Kraus, who took 30th to give them 94 points, edging 4th place from the Dukes by a single point! Those teams had to wait for the Fort Collins train to pass. They had hoped to finish higher, but the tight pack of Florian Hild, Jason Toth, Juan Morales, and Nick Clark finished off Fort Collins with 27th, 28th, 29th and 31st place; Ft. Collins was 7th. West Valley took 6th; they came as emissaries as well as competitors. We have come up to the Mountains for your Championships; we hope we will see you in San Fran' for the Club Cross Championships in December! We will be ready for you!
Team Run Flagstaff 41 Chris Gomez Anthony Gallo Ryan Baker Dirk De Heer Michael Madsen Jason Troxler Will Dressler Sean Baker
Square State Striders 81 Adam Rich Neil McDonagh Vitaly Stepanov Logan Wealing Jon Teisher
Boulder Track Club 83 Jeff Schuler Aaron Kleinman Clint Wells Marty Stevens Jeff Mayback Chaiwat Engtrakul
50+ This was an exclusive division. Only West Valley that wanted to finish off their Grand Prix season in stye with a perfect 500 points, and the hometown team, Boulder Road Runners were entered. West Valley showed up big; most of their top finishers for their winning efforts at Tallahassee and San Diego were here. Their top runner at those Championships, Mark Yuen, must have had some hitches with his training, as he was a bit off his best. But the rest of the team stepped up. Only Chris Grauch from BRR could finish in front of them. After Grauch it was almost all West Valley, with Ivan Lieben, Mark Callon, Charles Mullane, David White, and Yuen in 2-3-5-6-7 for 22 points and the win. Glen Mays broke up the West Valley train by taking 4th. Flavio De Simone, Chris McDonald, and John Borthwick finished in 8th, 9th, and 10th, ahead of West Valley's #6 - # 8 runners.
West Valley Track Club 23 Ivan Lieben Mark Callon Charles Mullane David White Mark Yuen Russell Fairles Denis Glenn Matthieu DesJardins
Boulder Road Runners 32 Chris Grauch Glen Mays Flavio De Simone Chris McDonald John Borthwick
60+ This was more like 40+ in that there were 7 teams contesting the outcome. It helps that the minimum size for a Team is 3 for 60+ and higher, and for Women of all age divisions, while Men's teams in 40+ and 50+ use the traditional 5-runner minimum. The BRR entered two teams and there was one more from Athletics Boulder. Aurora, Colorado is the home for the Colorado Racing Club run by Darren and Colleen De Reuck. They were joined by the Atlanta Track Club, Cal Coast out of Southern California, Genesee Valley Harriers out of Greater Rochester NY, and the Kansas City Smoke. Dan King led the way for AB. A minute later, Mark Tatum crossed the line in 2nd, followed a few seconds later by his BRR teammate, Tim De Grado. Despite the altitude, Joe Mora snagged 4th for GVH, seven seconds ahead of Colorado Racing's Daniel Greer. Before they could get their hopes up, BRR's Roger Sayre came across in 6th, closing off BRR's scoring with 11 points and the win! Eighteen seconds later, Dan Spale came across as their 'insurance' runner. Had any of the top three run into problems, Spale would have been right there to mop up! Eighth place went to AB's Rick Bruess, giving AB 9 points from their first two runners. Jay Survil nipped Jay Littlepage at the tape. Survil gave the 'B' team of BRR their first scoring runner, but Littlepage gave AB their third scoring runner, 19 points, and the Team Silver medals! Stan McCormack gave the Kansas City Smoke their first scoring runner at 11th. Lester Dragstedt put Atlanta on the board with his 13th place finish. Three seconds behind Dragstedt, in 14th place, it was John Van Kerkhove giving GVH their 2nd scoring runner, leaving them as the tentative leaders for the final podium spot. Twenty-three seconds later, the suspense was over; Timothy Riccardi finished 15th, giving GVH their third scoring runner, leaving them with 33 points and the Team Bronze medals. The Smoke's John Blaser and Robert Harber took the next two spots, 16th and 17th, giving the KC Smoke 44 points and 4th place. The BRR 'B' team finished 5th, followed by Colorado Racing, Atlanta, and Cal Coast.
Boulder Road Runners 11 Mark Tatum Tim DeGrado Roger Sayre Dan Spale Adam Feerst
Athletics Boulder 19 Dan King Rick Bruess Jay Littlepage
Genesee Valley Harriers 33 Joe Mora John Van Kerkhove Tim Riccardi Mark Rybinski
70+ The Boulder Road Runners fielded three teams to fend off the invaders from the Atlanta Track Club and the Genesee Valley Harriers. When Doug Bell and Carl Mohr went 1-2, that pretty much settled things for the BRR 'A' team. Atlanta put up a good fight with Dave Glass and Jerry Learned taking 3-4. But BRR A's Gary Ostwald put an end to speculation 24 seconds after learned crossed the line. Ostwald's 5th place gave BRR 'A' 8 points and the win! Three of the next 4 runners in were BRR B team members, John Van Camp, John Trull, and Jeffrey Dumas, giving that team 6-7-9 and 22 points. Atlanta could still beat them for second place but would need their 3rd runner to finish 15th or better. Keith Yeates and Jim May took 12th and 13th for GVH. The places they didn't take were covered by BRR A insurance runners or 'B' or 'C' teams. The BRR B team's 22 points held up for 2nd. When Sam Benedict closed off their scoring, Atlanta had the final Team podium spot with 26 points, followed by BRR C in 4th and GVH 5th.
Boulder Road Runners A 8 Doug Bell Carl Mohr Gary Ostwald Rick Katz Rich Castro
Boulder Road Runners B 22 John Van Camp John Trull Jeffrey Dumas James Reynolds Dave Dooley
Atlanta Track Club 26 Dave Glass Jerry Learned Sam Benedict
40+ The Impala Racing Team came from the San Francisco Bay area to challenge 'Mile High' teams, Fort Collins Running Club and Team Run Flagstaff. As with West Valley in the Men's races, the presence of the Impala team was an invitation to the Mountain clubs to come to San Fran in December for Club Cross. But they also came to compete for the win! Trina Painter and Katherine McGee went 1-2 for Flagstaff before Ft Collins's Shelley McDonald claimed 3rd. Katie Famous, in 4th, gave the Impalas their first score. But it was not enough; Sara Wagner took 5th for Flagstaff, giving them an unbeatable 8-point total. After Flagstaff's insurance runner, Valerie Cross took 6th, Liz Gottlieb finished 7th, just 12 seconds ahead of Ft Collins's Janet Clemens. The Impalas and Fort Collins were tied at 11. Both teams needed their final scoring runner. The Impalas got one first; Alexandra Newman finished 10th for the Impalas, to the 11th place finish of LeAnn Williams of Ft. Collins. Impala Racing takes the Team Silver, and Ft. Collins the Team Bronze!
Team Run Flagstaff 8 Trina Painter Katherine McGee Sara Wagner Valerie Cross Janet Cherobon-Bawcom
Impala Racing Team 21 Katie Famous Liz Gottlieb Alexandra Newman
Fort Collins Running Club 22 Shelley McDonald Janet Clemens LeAnn Williams
50+ The Impalas from the West Coast and the Greater Philadelphia Track Club from the East Coast converged on Boulder to challenge Front Range teams from the Boulder Road Runners, Fort Collins Running Club, and Highlands Ranch Running Club, out of Greater Denver. Jennifer Bayliss, who took the overall title for the Impalas at the 2018 Cross Nationals in Tallahassee, showed that she can still motor om the turf, taking 1st in the 50+ Team competition. A minute later, Allyson Serrao took 2nd for BRR, followed by Jennifer Lee, of Ft. Collins in 3rd. The Impalas Samantha Forde nipped BRR's Marcy Cote by three seconds for 4th to give Impalas 5 points for their first two scorers compared to 7 for BRR. After Mary Swan claimed 6th for Greater Philadelphia's 1st score, Lesia Atkinson sped across the line in 7th to give BRR a chance. They had 14 points. If the 3rd scorer for the Impalas finished next, they would get the win. As it turned out, Kate Schulte, of Ft. Collins claimed 8th, with Patti Shore 9th for the Impalas. BRR and Impalas were tied at 14. The tie-breaker would determine who got Gold. The Old Rule up until a few years ago was head-to-head competition--compare #1's, then #2's and so on through the list of scoring runners, three for Masters Women and Men 60+, but five for Open and Masters Men 40+ and 50+. That rule always delivers a verdict if there is an odd number of scoring runners. If that were still the rule, Impalas would have won. But USATF changed the rule a few years back, if I understand correctly because in some of the either Junior or Youth Cross Country Championships, there are 4 scoring runners and there were too many instances where teams were still tied after applying the tie-breaker. So they adopted a rule saying that ties would be broken by comparing *only* the final scoring runner for each tying team. By that rule, which is the current Official Rule, BRR gets the Gold and Impalas the Silver.
Aside: Many people prefer the old rule. It seems you could have a two-part tie-breaker. Use head-to-head competition. If that does not resolve the tie, then go to the 'last scoring runner'.
The other three finishing places were clear-cut. After Michelle Bierstedt took 10th to put Highlands Ranch on the board, Tina Jones finished 11th for Ft. Collins. They had 22 points, and the Team Bronze medals. GPTC happily took 4th when Julie Pangburn took 12th and Lorraine Jasper 14th, giving them 32 points and 4th. Highlands Ranch took 5th with 44 points.
Boulder Road Runners 14 Allyson Serrao Marcy Cote Lesia Atkinson Katharine De Simone Jeannie Freis
Impala Racing Team 14 Jennifer Bayliss Samantha Forde Patti Shore Angela Longworth
Fort Collins Running Club 22 Jennifer Lee Kate Schulte Tina Jones Tina Duncan Heli Uusitalo
60+ In this division, it was again the Impalas from the West Coast challenging the Mountain squads, but this time it was Atlanta from the East. The Boulder Road Runners entered two teams as did Revolution Running, out of the west Denver suburbs. Suzanne Cordes went right to the front and was never headed, taking a solid first for the Impalas. Almost a minute later, Lisa Mills claimed 2nd for BRR, with Judy Chamberlin taking 3rd for RR seven seconds later. Eileen Brennan-Erler kept things going for Impalas with her 4th place finish giving them the lead with 5 points on two finishers. They just needed one more. Abbie Wade came 5th for RR-B. Apparently either by design or misjudging runner strength on the turf, RR split up its top 3 runners between A and B. BRR's Stephenie Scholl took 6th to give BRR 8 points on two runners, behind the Impalas but solidly in 2nd. The Impalas' Carol Keller was just 7 seconds behind Scholl. Her 7th place closed things off for the Impalas and gave them the win with 12 points. Four seconds later, Ellen Hart claimed 8th for BRR giving them 16 points and second place. Despite RR-B taking 5th form Wade and 9th from Trina Richey, RR-A was able to claim the third spot on the podium, with 29 points, when Christine Rodriguez finished 12th and Carol Breglio 14th. RR-B took 4th with 32, Atlanta 5th with 52 and BRR-B 6th. The efforts of Atlanta's Robin Tanner, Cindy Williams, and Margaret Taylor not only got Atlanta 5th place on the day, it enabled them to finish 4th in the 2022 Masters National Grand Prix!
Impala Racing Team 12 Suzanne Cordes Eileen Brennan-Erler Carol Keller Mo Bartley Stella Gibbs
Boulder Road Runners A 16 Lisa Mills Stephenie Scholl Ellen Hart Vicki Hunter Lynn O'Donnell
Revolution Running A 29 Judy Chamberlin Christine Rodriguez Carol Breglio Maureen Harvey Jill Fruhwirth
70+ Team Red Lizard was nationally competitive before this year. In 2017 they won 4 team Championships, finishing 3rd in the 60+ Grand Prix. The next year they won the Grand Prix and finished 2nd in 2019. As they transitioned from 60+ to 70+, they added to an already strong team by recruiting Sabra Harvey, out of Houston. Harvey was the 2017 USATF Masters Athlete of the Year and the 2018 Masters Harrier of the Year. By USATF rule, any team can have one team member who is not from their USATF Association and Harvey was it. They had come to Boulder with one aim in mind, to win the 70+ Championship! That would give them a perfect 500 points in the 2022 Masters National Grand Prix. The local BRR team and the Atlanta Track Club stood in their way. With just three runners making the trip to Boulder, Red Lizard had no room for error. Each runner had to deliver! BRR had a strong team, led by 15 Km American 70-74 Record holder, Edie Stevenson. Harvey and Team Captain, Jeanette Groesz, who took 1st in the Division at Club Cross in Tallahassee and at Cross Nationals in San Diego this past Winter, moved out to take positions 1 and 2 in the first loop around the lake. Stevenson was not too far back, and then the 3rd Red Lizard runner, Suzanne Ray was running behind Stevenson but ahead of Nancy Antos, BRR's 2nd runner. There were no surprises the rest of the way. Harvey took the win with Groesz 2nd for Team Red Lizard. After Stevenson claimed third for BRR, Ray took 4th for the Red Lizard team. That gave them 7 points and the win! And they had their 500 Masters National Grand Prix points, a perfect score! After Antos finished 5th and Lynn Hermanson 6th, BRR had 14 points and a firm hold on 2nd place. Atlanta was happy to take the final podium position after Kathleen Allen, Andrea McCarter and Mary Reed took 7th, 9th, and 11th, giving them 27 points and the Team Bronze medals. It also generated 80 Grand Prix points allowing them to solidify their hold on 2nd in the Masters National Grand Prix behind Team Red Lizard.
In general, the top Individual winners tended to be those who live and train at altitude; they defended the home turf well! A few athletes from lower elevations did surprisingly well!
Hats off to all of them!
This event concludes the 2022 USATF Masters National Grand Prix; Club and Individual Champions will be honored at an Awards Ceremony later in the afternoon, after the Club Cross Country National Championships in San Francisco on December 10th.
NOTE: Dave Albo's pictures are provided, compliments of Lee Troop and his T.E.A.M. BOCO organization which planned and conducted these Championships in Boulder.