Thursday, July 27, 2023

2023 USATF Masters Track and Field Championships--10,000 Meters & Steeplechase!

 July 24, 2023 Greensboro NC Take your choice-25 laps on the track or fewer laps but with barriers! Some chose both! Compared to Friday, the 10,000-meter run offered better weather conditions on Saturday morning, July 22, 2023. Temperatures were in the low 70's with dewpoint low 60's. The winds were at 5-6 mph under cloudy skies. By the time the first Steeplechase events were scheduled to be run at 10:50, temps had risen to the upper 70's and the dewpoint, at 62F, indicated it was just as steamy as earlier.

Greensboro Mural Photo posted by A Otstot on FB


Mixed Heat-Women 65 and up; Men 70 and up


85-89 Joyce Hodges-Hite Atlanta TC was unopposed, claiming the 85-89 Gold medal in 1:47:22.65.

80-84 No Competitors

75-79 Jeannie Rice set her 2nd World Record of the Meet, adding it to her 5000 Meter mark set on Thursday. The World mark was just over 50:00; that made pacing easy. Average under 2 minutes a lap for 25 laps and you had the record. Except for the first lap, which Rice ran in 1:46, she was a model of consistency, running every lap between 1:51 and 1:55, with most in the 1:52-1:54 range. She broke the World Record by over three minutes! She collected the US record along the way. 

Jeannie Rice, in World Record form, competing in the Women's 75-79 division of the 10,000 Meter Run at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships Photo posted by J Rice on Strava

Nancy Rollins ran strong as well; her time was 2:42.95 seconds under the US mark, but Rice was more than 8 minutes under the US record. It is not easy competing against a legend! Andrea McCarter ATC took the Bronze medal.

Jeannie Rice 46:53.07     Nancy Rollins 52:43.75     Andrea McCarter 1:27:22.13

70-74 ATC teammates, Francoise Levinson and Terry Ozell had this division to themselves. Levinson took it out strong and had a half minute lead by the first kilometer. In the next 1600 meters, she increased the lead to 52 seconds. Ozell matched Levinson's pace the rest of the way. Levinson took the win in 58:24.32 with Ozell claiming Silver.

Francoise Levinson 58:24.32     Terry Ozell 59:21.21

65-69 Patrice Combs ATC had a 6-second lead by the end of the first lap and kept adding to it. She had a 27 second lead by the end of the 4th lap and 58 seconds by the end of the 8th. There was no stopping Combs as she racked up the win in 45:46.85. Her teammate, Cynthia Williams, could not keep pace with Combs, but claimed the Silver medal, well ahead of third place finisher, Denise Smith Athens Road Runners (ARR).

Patrice Combs 45:46.85     Cynthia Williams 49:31.77     Denise Smith 55:23.95


85-89 Colben Sime, in his last year in the division, at 89, owned this race, taking the Gold medal in 1:24:48.34.

Colben Sime on his way to the Gold 85-89 Medal in the 10,000 Meter Run at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships Photo posted by Blake Wood on FB 

80-84 No Competitors

75-79 Gene Dykes Greater Philadelphia TC, the noted marathoner and ultra marathoner, was running in his first national championship since turning 75. Dykes entered knowing that he wanted to save something for his steeplechase effort later in the day. Dykes let Leon Cook Greenville TC set the pace through the first 9 laps. Cook had an 18 second lead. Dykes matched Cook's pace over t1he next lap and then gradually pulled him back, a second or two per lap. Dykes took the lead at the 19th lap but did not pass with the intent of 'burying' his opponent, just getting in front and staying there. Dykes was less than 2 seconds ahead with a lap to go. Often, in these circumstances it is the athlete in 2nd place who has the big kick. This time it was Dykes! He lowered his last lap by over 6 seconds to take the win by 8 seconds. Donald Loewe So Cal TC played no role in the duel for the Gold medal but stayed comfortably ahead of his teammate, Masters Hall of Famer, Gary Patton. Presumably Patton was running the 10,000 meters for team points and had no reason to deny his teammate the Bronze medal. In a bright note for his many friends and rivals, Lloyd Hansen Ann Arbor TC, former Chair of Masters LDR, competed as well. Battling a mesothelioma diagnosis for the past two years, Hansen has, nevertheless, been able to keep his training going despite that health problem. A gold medalist many times over, Hansen inspired many with his 6th place finish in 52:35.54.

Gene Dykes 48:11.05     Leon Cook 48:19.63     Donald Loewe 50:23.14

Getting the Field Lined up for the Men's 70-89 Division [along with the Women's 65-89 Division at the front waterfall start line] of the 10,000 Meter Run-- Lloyd Hansen facing camera--Robert Qualls, Gene Dykes, and Eugene Myers in Lanes 1-3--25 laps to go! At the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships Photo posted by L Hansen on FB

70-74 Robert Qualls River City Rebels, who had broken the 70-74 Road Mile record in Indianapolis at the end of June but did not have his eye on a record-breaking performance on Saturday. Like others, he had an additional event to run after this one. Qualls moved swiftly to the front when the gun went off. He had a ten second lead on Eugene Myers at the end of the first lap. No slouch, Myers took 2nd this year at the USATF Half Marathon Championships and currently sits in 2nd behind Qualls in the 2023 Individual Grand Prix standings. By the end of the third lap the lead was up to 17 seconds, and Qualls would widen the gap over the remaining 22 laps. Myers could not keep pace with Qualls but enjoyed a similar lead over Jerry Learned's ATC Bronze medal effort.

Robert Qualls 42:54.65     Eugene Myers 47:30.39     Jerry Learned 51:51.75

Mixed Heat-Women 30 and up; Men 60-69


60-64 Doreen McCoubrie Greater Philadelphia TC, who won the 60-64 5000-meter run Thursday evening, was back for an encore. She had two teammates to run with, and no one else. There was no pressure for a fast time. McCoubrie was running easily but still enjoyed a 15 second lead at the end of the first lap. McCoubrie extended that lead throughout the race, winning with a margin of over six minutes. Mary Swan was happy to let Lauren Siegel lead her through the first two kilometers. Swan passed at that point and created an 11-second gap over the next two laps. Swan added to the gap on most of the remaining laps but appeared to slow substantially every 4th lap, perhaps as a way of forcing herself to conserve energy for another future race. In the end it was McCoubrie-Swan-Siegel, all for GPTC.

Doreen McCoubrie 44:07.40     Mary Swan 50:29.61     Lauren Siegel 51:19.61

The Gun Is Up! Start of Women's 10,000 M Run 45-64 -Lanes 1-3 are: Perry Shoemaker, Abby Dean  and Lisa Veneziano at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships Photo posted by A Dean on Strava

55-59 Lisa Veneziano Pursuit of Excellence TC, the 12 Km American Record holder, had no trouble with this 10 Km run on the track. By the 4th lap she was over a minute ahead of the field; she added to it steadily. By the time she crossed the finish line, Veneziano was almost six minutes ahead. For the first 2 kilometers, it was close between Veneziano's teammate, Melissa Chiti, and Atlanta's Kris Huff. Through 17 laps Huff was one or two seconds ahead of Chiti. But then in lap 18, Chiti faltered and lost an extra second in each of the next two laps and then two seconds in lap 20. 

Melissa Chiti L and Lisa Veneziano R , Bronze and Gold 55-59 Medalists in the 10,000 Meter Run at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships Photo posted by L Veneziano on Strava 

By lap 21 the gap was up to ten seconds and the duel was over; Chiti did not recover. Huff took the Silver and Chiti the bronze. Chiti had almost two minutes on the 4th place finisher.

Lisa Veneziano 39:50.94     Kris Huff 45:48.76     Melissa Chiti 46:08.53

50-54 Abby Dean GPTC took the 10 Km national road title in 38:17 at Dedham at the end of April. Perry Shoemaker PVTC , claimed the division crown at the early June New York Mini 10K in 37:41. She bested Dean at the Masters Road Mile Championships. Whether Dean was still not fully recovered from a tough race at Grandma's Marathon at the end of June or she was just making the best of an off day, is unclear. What is clear is that Shoemaker was able to run away from Dean. She had a 6-second advantage at the end of the 2nd lap and ten seconds by the end of three laps. It never got any closer. In the end Shoemaker had nearly a three-minute margin on Dean. While Shoemaker enjoyed the Gold medal, Dean had no trouble staying ahead of Hilary Cairn, to claim Silver. 

Perry Shoemakeri 37:14      Abby Dean 40:33.47     Hilary Cairn 41:50.69

45-49 Central Park Track Club teammates, Rebekah Kennedy and Paige Yellen ran together, with Kennedy leading and Yellen following, for the first half of the race. Yellen took over at that point, leading the rest of the way. Yellen finished 19 seconds ahead of her teammate, in first. Jacque Hartley ATC finished 3rd.

Paige Yellen 41:09.77     Rebekah Kennedy 41:28.44     Jacque Hartley 41:51:18.90

40-44 April Lund GYS TC moved right to the front on her mission to win her 2nd Gold medal. She was 9 seconds ahead of the field at 400 meters and added to her lead on every lap. She crossed the finish line over three minutes ahead of the Silver medalist, Megan Hansen Shenandoah Valley TC. Lund had hoped to challenge the American Record but it was not in the cards.


65-69 In the battle of the two Timothy's, Timothy Conheady GPTC set off at the gun and had 7 seconds on Timothy Riccardi Genesee Valley Harriers by the end of the first lap. Conheady added two seconds on the next lap and stretched his lead until he took the win with well over a minute and a half to spare. Riccardi had a similar gap over the Bronze medalist, John Hadcock Greater Lowell Road Runners.

Timothy Conheady 41:23.56     Timothy Riccardi 43:07.77     John Hadcock 45:49.97

John Hadcock Left-Bronze and Timothy Riccardi Right-Silver commemorate their Podium Finish in the Men's 10,000 Meter run at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships Photo posted by J Hadcock on Strava

60-64 Rick Lee Shore AC shot out away from the starting line, as he had with the 5000-meter run, enjoying an 11-second margin over the field by the end of the first lap. He piled it on the rest of the way, crossing the finish line with a winning margin of well over four minutes. Lee also managed to provide some pacing, over the first half of the race, for April Lund's attempt on the 40-44 American record. 

April Lund & Rick Lee after their Gold Medal performances in the Women's 40-44 and Men's 60-64 divisions at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships Photo posted by R Lee on Strava

In contrast, three other runners had a heck of a tussle in sorting out 2nd through 4th. Among those three, Robert Whitaker Colonial Road Runners had the early lead, followed closely by GPTC teammates, Keith Davies and Chuck Shields. Between laps 14 and 15, Davies moved into the lead with Whitaker dropping into 2nd a stride ahead of Shields.  After holding the lead for two laps, Davies gave way to Whitaker, who picked up his pace to move to the front once again. Shields bided his time. Davie held the lead until there was a lap to go. In the meantime, Shields had passed Davies and was lurking in second, just off of Davies' shoulder. Shields kicked past with authority and claimed the Silver medal with 5 seconds to spare. Davies, too, was able to get past Whitaker to nail the Bronze medal with a margin of just 3 seconds. Whitaker had done his best to push the pace and try to drop the two Philadelphians, but to no avail. Charles Justice closed strongly over the last 4000 meters, coming from 29 seconds back to finish within two seconds of Whitaker in 5th. Lee had a magnificent victory, adding it to his 5000 Meter win; the division had the tightest 2nd through 5th contest in the event.

Rick Lee 37:22.29     Charles 'Chuck' Shields 41:56.10     Keith Davies 42:01.45

Men's Heat 25-59

55-59 Over the first 4 laps, Scott Siriano ATC created a gap of half a minute back to Miguel Sanchez Ruano El Salvador. Sanchez Ruano was able to match Siriano's pace and keep the gap under 20 seconds until the 8th lap. After that, he could no longer match the pace and Siriano pulled gradually away, adding a second or a two to the lead on each lap. Siriano enjoyed a victory margin of over 50 seconds when he crossed the finish line in first. Sanchez Ruano was not closely pressed for the Silver medal; David Powers Dayton TC earned the Bronze.

Scott Siriano 39:24.74     Miguel Sanchez Ruano 40:17.97     David Powers 43:06.16

50-54 Allen Baddour Bull City TC stayed close to Craig Woshner for the first lap. By the end of the 2nd lap, Woshner was up by 5 seconds and there was no stopping him. Woshner won the Gold with well over a minute and a half to spare.  

Allen Baddour #11 M50 about to be lapped by Craig Woshner #24 M50 , Joshua Whitehead #22 M40 and Adam Otstot #23 M40 in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships Photo posted by A Baddour on FB-Credit to Clint 'Flash Santoro

Baddour won the Silver medal with more than 3 minutes on Ignacio Moore Blacksburg Striders.

Craig Woshner 34:10.26     Allen Baddour 35:54.70     Ignacio Moore 39:14.49

45-49 Since joining GVH this spring, Randall Howard had a Silver medal at the Masters Half Marathon Championships and a 4th at the 10K Masters Championships. This would be his first shot at Masters TF hardware. Reginald Cross stayed close for the first two laps, but a 1.6 second margin ballooned to 8 seconds by the end of the third lap. After that, Howard pulled steadily away, taking the Gold medal with a margin of more than 3 minutes. Cross had almost two minutes on Jordan Eison ATC who finished 3rd.

Randall Howard 35:53.14     Reginald Cross 39:07.59     Jordan Eison 41:00.04

40-44 Adam Otstot Colonial Road Runners, who finished 4th in the Masters race at Cross Nationals in Richmond, was going up against Josh Whitehead who ran 1:12:38 at the Oak Barrel Half Marathon in early April and a 33:52 10K in June. Otstot moved to the front after the first lap and held the lead, with Whitehead right on his heels, until the 1600-meter mark. Otstot slowed his pace markedly at that point, presumably to encourage Whitehead to take the lead. Whitehead was reluctant. But after 2 laps of looking over at Otstot on occasion and glancing over his shoulder to see if the others in the field were gaining on them at this slow pace, Whitehead surged into the lead just after they finished the 6th lap. Matthias Wilder, who had been 22 seconds back in 3rd at the end of the 4th lap was, after the 5th lap, only 16 seconds back, and after the 6th, only 9 seconds back. Whitehead led through 4800 meters when Craig Woshner, from 50-54, joined them and started taking laps at the front. Despite what the Mile Split results say, Woshner stayed in the lead for the next 4800 meters. Whitehead was quite content now to run in front of Otstot as Woshner set a very nice pace for both. As they headed up the backstretch on the final lap, Whitehead made his move to the front; Ostot went with him and Woshner settled in right behind. Midway around the final turn it looked like Woshner might be able to move in front of Otstot but that possibility closed down fast. Whitehead was sprinting at the head of the final straightaway, in the lead, when Otstot found his other gear and zoomed past to take the win with less than 2 seconds to spare. Whitehead was 2nd. Woshner, as noted, despite losing out to these two, enjoyed a fine 50-54 victory! I assume that both Otstot and Whitehead thanked Woshner for his excellent pacing services. Had Woshner not inserted himself, the race would have been more tactical and, almost surely, slower. Wilder had no trouble staying in 3rd, well over a minute ahead of Eric Heintz ATC, Director of High Performance for ATC. Heintz also serves as Race Director for the USATF Masters 5 Km Championships, held in Atlanta as part of the PUBLIX Marathon weekend. Heintz impacts the sport at all levels!

Adam Otstot 34:04.03     Josh Whitehead 34:05.90     Matthias Wilder 35:07.35

35-39 Kevin Kuhn 35:29.52     30-34 Jesse Jones 35:09.04     25-29 Mike Vaz 36:16.19


Note: Men under 60 run the steeplechase over 3000 meters, the same as in Open competition; all others run it over 2000 meters. Each circuit of the track includes 4 fixed barriers and 1 water jump. 

Women 70 and up 2000 Meters

Women's 70 - 89 Field for the 2000 Meter Steeplechase at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships Photo posted by N Hudnall on FB

85-89 Florence Meiler Sprinticity, in her last year in the 85-89 division showed she still has what it takes. Meiler established an early gap of 25 seconds on the first lap and grew that lead the rest of the way to claim the 85-89 Gold medal. Tami Graf Potomac Valley TC, who has won more than her share of Gold had ot be satisfied with Silver this time.

Florence Meiler 20:35:18     Tami Graf 22:02.26

80-84 No Competitors

75-79 Nancy Berger took it out strong and enjoyed a lead of 26 seconds at the end of the first circuit. The gap was up to 44 seconds by the end of the 2nd circuit and grew the rest of the way. Berger claimed the Gold medal with almost two minutes to spare. The duel between Andrea McCarter Atlanta TC and Mary Trotto TNT Internation TC was much closer. McCarter steadily built up a gap over Trotto, from 3 seconds at the end of the first circuit to 23 seconds by the end of the 4th. But Trotto had a kick and took ten seconds out of McCarter's lead on the final circuit of the track, finishing just 13 seconds back in 3rd.

Nancy Berger 15:17.16     Andrea McCarter 17:09.29     Mary Trotto 17:22.65

70-74 Norma 'Nonie' Hudnall Atlanta TC and Hannah Phillips Potomac Valley TC battled over the barriers for the win. Phillips, the taller of the two, had an advantage over the barriers where she would sometimes jump onto the barrier and push off forward and sometimes, like Phillips, climb over the barrier. Over the first couple of laps the hurdling made enough difference to keep Philips in the lead by a few seconds, although Hudnall would typically close down the lead between barriers. After they cleared the first barrier on the 4th lap, Hudnall saw an opening to pass Phillips on the inside as Phillips swung out around a slower runner. Once Hudnall took the lead, she did not let go. Her greater leg speed between the barriers worked in her favor and Phillips, having tired, was now climbing over most of the barriers as well, so gained less advantage from them. Hudnall pushed the lead to 7 seconds on that lap and grew it a little more on the last lap. Hudnall took Gold with Phillips in the Silver medal position ten seconds back. Freddie Braxton Trojan Masters TC was not able to keep pace with Hudnall and Phillips but created a solid gap between herself and Kathleeen Allen ATC, claiming the Bronze medal with 14 seconds to spare.

Norma Hudnall 12:03.93     Hannah Phillips 12:13.33     Freddie Braxton 13:36.89

Men 70 and up 2000 Meters

85-89 New England 65 Plus teammates, Joe Cordero and Jerry Levasseur, had this division to themselves. Cordero took it out hard and had over a half minute on Levasseur in the first lap. After that, Cordero was able to build his lead each lap until he took the Gold medal with a 2-minute victory margin. Levasseur could not match the Gold medal he won at the 10 Km road championships in Dedham MA at the end of April but was happy, no doubt, to take home a Silver steeplechase medal from a national championship! The steeple is a special event!

Joe Cordero 17:41.66     Jerry Levasseur 19:41.15

80-84 No Competitors

75-79 As noted above, Gene Dykes GPTC ran the 10,000 meters earlier this same morning and tried to save something for the steeplechase. And he would have a serious challenger. Five years ago in 2018 when these championships were held in Cheney WA, Tim Wigger So Cal TC won the 70-74 2000-meter steeplechase in 9:24. Two years ago when the Championships were in Ames, IA, Dykes won the 70-74 2000-meter steeplechase in 9:22. Enough said! Both had good form over the barriers, but Dykes was just slightly smoother, at least in part because of a longer frame. I believe Dykes ran some hurdles in high school. Neither Dykes nor Wigger were hurdling the barriers though. But they were using the lead foot to the top of the barrier and push off, landing on the opposite leg. Dykes always seemed to clear the hurdle with just a little more momentum than Wigger. After each barrier, though, Wigger would close up on Dykes. The result was that Dykes led Wigger by 2-4 seconds on each of the first 4 laps. The same story played out on the final lap through the Water Jump. 

Gene Dykes #1 and Tim Wigger clear the Water Jump in the 75-79 2000 Meter Steeplechase on their way to a 1-2 Finish at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships Photo posted by T Wigger on FB

Dykes had 3 seconds on Wigger who started to close the gap before they reached the last barrier, about 120 meters from the finish. Once over the last barrier, Dykes picked up his pace, but Wigger got his arms pumping and knees lifting to kick for the finish line. Dykes had just enough to outlast him as Dykes took the Gold medal with just a fraction of a second between them. Kudos to Wigger for sticking to Dykes all the way and making a race of it. Kudos to Dykes for lasting all the way to the finish line, especially with a 10,000-meter run in his legs from a couple of hours earlier in the day. Wigger's teammate, Donald Loew, was well back from those two but a good 45 seconds ahead of Harold Nolan who took 4th.

Gene Dykes 9:51.11     Tim Wigger 9:51.26     Donald Loew 10:34.92

70-74 Manuel Barnes took it out hard and had a 7 second lead after the first lap. Barnes could not sustain that pace though, giving it all back and more on the second lap. William Moore Potomac Valley TC passed him and never looked back, eventually winning the Gold medal by over a minute. Phillip Ozell ATC finished third behind Barnes.

William Moore 10:14.60     Manuel Barnes 11:19.16     Phillip Ozell 11:44.37

Women 55-69 2000 Meters

65-69 Debbie Lee So Cal TC had no problem in this division. Thirteen seconds ahead after the first lap, Lee added to her margin each lap until she won, at the finish, by 45 seconds. Although she could not stay with Lee, Mary Lowe Mayhugh Potomac Valley TC grew an even bigger gap back to the third place finisher. Mayhugh claimed the Silver medal by a minute and a half over her teammate, Liza Recto.

Debbie Lee 10:32.44     Mary Low Mayhugh 11:17.89     Liza Recto 12:46.47

60-64 Cheryl Bellaire GPTC, the defending champion from 2021 and 2022, got the job done, and then some, on her last year in the division. She was 26 seconds ahead of the field after the first lap and claimed the Gold medal with a winning margin of a minute and a half. 

Cheryl Bellaire, cooling off at the Water Jump on her way to the 60-64 2000 Meter Steeplechase at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships Photo posted by C Bellaire on FB

Joanne Shabelski Potomac Valley TC took 2nd; just over a minute later, her teammate, Emilie Class claimed Bronze. 

Cheryl Bellaire 9:56.13     Joanne Shabelski 11:27.80     Emilie Class 12:40.66

55-59 Rachel Hopkins Sirius Athletics, who finished 3rd at the highly competitive Club Cross championships last December in 50-54, set out on her first try at a 55-59 national steeplechase title, with Judy Stobbe CPTC in hot pursuit. Stobbe was within a second after the first circuit. Though she hung on gamely through the 2nd, Hopkins stretched the lead to 4 seconds. Stobbe never gave up but could not quite match Hopkins over the barriers and kept losing time. Stobbe claimed the Gold medal; a half minute later, Stobbe had Silver. Gina Witcher finished third, closing to within 21 seconds of Stobbe by the end.

Rachel Hopkins 8:35.29     Judy Stobbe 9:04.05     Gina Witcher 9:25:36

Men 60-69 2000 Meters

65-69 Jeffery Barros El Paso Flames finished 3rd in 2021 and 5th last year. This year he was in a new age division and made it count; Barros led from wire to wire. He was closely tracked for the first two laps by Mike Selmer Potomac Valley TC in 2nd and Elliott Drumright in 3rd. Selmer dropped back on the third lap but Drumright was tight on Barros, trailing by less than a second. Barros decided to go for it on the 4th lap, increasing his pace and dropping Drumright 7 seconds back. Barros took the win with a margin of 12 seconds. Leo Murillo CPTC passed Selmer on the last lap to claim the Bronze medal, a minute back from Drumright.

Jeffery Barros 9:10.30     Elliott Drumright 9:22.98     Leo Murillo 10:25.97

60-64 As usual at these championships, Rick Lee Shore AC went right to the front of the pack, leading them over the barriers. 

Rick Lee clearing a barrier in the 2000M Men's 60-64 Steeple on his way to Gold at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships Photo posted by R Lee on Strava

Phil Roberts, who finished 4th last year in 55-59, was trailing Lee by a second and change at the end of the first lap. Jeff Soares Santa Cruz TC, who finished two places ahead of Roberts last year, was another couple of seconds back. By the end of the second lap, Roberts was still tight on Lee but Soares had fallen back. He had a minor stumble coming out of the water jump and did not close the gap that emerged. Over the next lap, Roberts continued tracking Lee but Soares fell 8 seconds back. On the 4th lap, Roberts stayed tight on Lee but after they both cleanly cleared the Water Jump, Roberts decided it was now or never. He surged past Lee and had the lead at the bell. Lee patiently tracked Roberts over two barriers. As they approached the Water Jump, Lee accelerated and closed most of the gap. But Roberts was still ahead and cleared the final barrier just ahead of Lee. It was down to the final kick to the finish; Lee's leg speed was too much for Roberts! Lee had the win by less than a second and a half, his toughest Gold medal of the meet. It was hardly surprising considering that Lee had the 10,000 meter run in his legs. Soares finished in 3rd, 25 seconds later.

Rick Lee 7:33.36     Phil Roberts 7:34.58     Jeff Soares 7:59.29

Women 25-59 2000 Meters

50-54 Idalma Melendez Barrera had the division to herself. 

Idalma Melendez Barrera 17:13.85

45-49 Euleen Josiah-Tanner T.H.E. TC, who won the Bronze medal at the World Championships last year and followed that up with a win at the National Championships, was back to defend her title. Despite this being her final year in the division, Josiah-Tanner had no equal in the division. leading wire to wire, her lead increased from 8 seconds on the first alp to almost 45 seconds by the finish. Shannon Florea BLUEgrass Runners could not match Josiah-Tanner but stayed well ahead of the third-place runner, Sara Schwendinger So Cal TC.

Euleen Josiah-Tanner 7:58.96     Shannon Florea 8:42.06     Sara Schwendinger 9:28.97

40-44 Alex Dietrich So Cal TC entered the race as the defending champion but her teammate, Caroline Cobb went right to the front of the division and enjoyed a 14 second lead over Dietrich after the first lap. Cobb never looked back, enjoying a winning margin of over a minute. Dietrich ran 18 seconds faster than last year but had to settle for 2nd this time. Elizabeth Hymer GYS TC was almost another minute back in 3rd.

Caroline Cobb 9:08.64     Alex Dietrich 10:12.29     Elizabeth Hymer 11:06.56

35-39 Carrie Murthy 8:39.04     30-34 No Competitors     25-29 Rebecca Entrekin 8:15.63

Men 50-59 3000 Meters

55-59 Scott Siriano ATC finished 2nd in 50-54 in 2021 and 2nd last year in 55-59. Why not complete the trifecta with a first place this year? Like Dykes, Siriano had competed in the 10,000 meter run earlier that morning. Siriano was content to let Christopher Yorges Venezuela move to the front and set the pace. Yorges bult up a 14 second lead over the first 2000 meters. But the 6th lap was his downfall. I am not sure if Yorges had trouble at the Water Jump or a barrier or fatigue set in. But Siriano, by keeping to his 1:43 per lap pace, was able to turn a 14 second disadvantage into a ten second advantage over that lap. Siriano stretched his lead on the final two laps, taking the Gold medal with a gap of over a minute back to Yorges. What a nice double gold! Greg Hales Santa Cruz TC was 45 seconds behind Yorges at the 2000-meter mark but 6 seconds back at the finish!

Scott Siriano 12:39.97    Christopher Yorges  13:42.46     Greg Hales 13:48.23

50-54 Robert Dinterman led for the first 2400 meters, with Jose Gregorio Yanes Quijada Venezuela  4-8 seconds behind at the end of each lap. On the next to last lap, Quijada accelerated into the Water Jump; his momentum carried him past Dinterman into the lead. Quijada powered away from Dinterman, hurdling the next barrier as Dinterman used the jump-land-push technique. There was no stopping him; Quijada had stretched his lead to 18 seconds by the time he crossed the finish line! Dinterman took 2nd, 25 seconds ahead of Charlie Coe.

Jose Gregorio Yanes Quijada 11:58.83     Robert Dinterman 12:16.05     Charlie Coe 12:41.56

Men 25-49 3000 Meters

45-49 Trent Bryson Cal Coast TC, who finished 5th at the Masters Road Mile Championships in Indianapolis at the end of June, continued his return to serious competition after an absence of 25 years. Bryson moved quickly to the front and no one from his division followed. The only competition he found came from the 40-44 division. Leading wire to wire he finished well over a minute ahead of the field. 

Clint Bryson right leading the 4th place competitor, Filip Janku, on his way to the 45-49 Gold medal in the 3000-Meter Steeplechase at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships Photo posted by C Santoro on FB

Clint 'Flash' Santoro Arizona Pacemakers, who delights fellow competitors with his photos, nailed the Silver medal with a late push. At 1400 meters, Santoro was in 4th, a second behind Aaron Hale Bull City TC, but 11 seconds back from Robert McRae So Cal TC. McRae's race ended abruptly. His pace ballooned by 15 seconds; Santoro took advantage by passing not only McRae but Hale as well. Hale was just a second back with 3 laps to go. But Santoro pushed to widen the gap, cruised for a lap and then crushed the last lap, taking the Silver medal with 17 seconds back to Hale.

Trent Bryson 10:52.03 Clint Santoro 12:13.68    Aaron Hale 12:30.94

Clint Santoro clearing the barrier on his way to the Silver medal in the 45-49 3000-Meter Steeplechase at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships Photo posted by C Santoro on FB

40-44 It was a tight battle for the win between Jesse Rappole and Joshua Sanders, who finished 2nd in this race in 2022. Sanders led for the first 200 meters but was then content to let Rappole lead for the next two laps, as he slipped in behind. Sanders took the lead back after the 4th lap, but Rappole stuck to him for that lap and the next. With two laps to go, Sanders picked up the pace and Rappole could not answer. When he took the bell lap, Sanders had an 11 second lead. Sanders cruised to the win! At the end, Rappole was 16 seconds down in 2nd, with Bryan Brander Bull City TC in third.

Joshua Sanders 10:55.35     Jesse Rappole 11:11.80     Bryan Brander 11:26.46

35-39 Chris Hopkin 12:52.50     30-34 No Competitors     25-29 Lynn Hackett 11:48.79


The 800 Meter event, held after the Steeplechase on Saturday afternoon, will be covered in the next recap, with the 1500 Meter Run ('metric mile') which was held on Sunday.

Saturday, July 22, 2023

5000 Meters in the Hot! At the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships

July 22, 2023 Greensboro, NC. On Thursday, July 20th, the temperatures were in the low 70's for the Women's 60 and up and the Men's 80 and up at 7:15 AM. By the time the Women's 45-59 races were scheduled to start, it was already over 80 F.  By the time the Men's 45-49 race went off, 40 minutes late, at 11:30, it was 85F with a dew point of 71 degrees, definitely dripping weather. Somehow the athletes all managed to adjust; times were probably a bit slower than they would be had the temperatures and humidity been less extreme. They did have a table set up on the backstretch with water. Several runners took advantage of it. Note: Team affiliation is listed in a small font after the athlete's name; athletes with no team listed are racing as  'Unattached.'

World Record

Women 60 and Up

75-79 The big news from the early Women's 60 and up heat was that Jeannie Rice, the USATF 2019 Masters Athlete of the Year, broke the Women's 75-79 World Record. Seven seconds ahead at the 400 meter mark, she added to her lead throughout the race, clocking 22:41.46, seven seconds under the existing World Mark. Nancy Rollins and Andrea McCarter Atlanta TC (ATC) chased her around the track, finishing 2nd and 3rd. Rollins ran more than 20 seconds under the American Record with her 26:32.39. But, of course, Rice will have the AR as well as the WR. 

Jeannie Rice 22:41.46     Nancy Rollins 26:32.39      Andrea McCarter 39:58.01

Rick Lee left & Jeannie Rice right warming up for their 5000 M races at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships in Greensboro NC Posted by Rick Lee on Strava

85-89 Joyce Hodges-Hite ATC took the division title unopposed in 51:04.91.

70-74 Francoise Levinson ATC trailed her teammate, Norma Hudnall ATC, for the first three kilometers, but had taken a two second lead by the 3800 meter mark and did not relinquish it. Their teammate, Terry Ozell, was close to Hudnall for the first two kilometers but fell back after that.

Francoise Levinson 27:14.41     Norma Hudnall 27:25.02     Terry Ozell 27:58.02

65-69 Patrice Combs ATC was 5 seconds ahead of the field by the second time they passed the (eventual) finish line--only 11 laps to go. Combs added to her lead steadily, taking the win with over a minute to spare. Her teammate, Cynthia Williams, trailed Debbie Lee Southern California TC (SCTC) for the first 1400 meters but took the lead on the next lap; she held the 2nd place position the rest of the way to the finish.

Patrice Combs 22:33.52     Cynthia Williams 23:48.71     Debbie Lee 24:35.28

60-64 Doreen McCoubrie Greater Philadelphia TC (GPTC) was just a second ahead of Deb Torneden at the 1 kilometer mark; a lap later, that lead had ballooned to 9 seconds. McCoubrie had no trouble the rest of the way. Torneden took second, well ahead of Robin Tanner ATC.

Doreen McCoubrie 21:07.61     Deb Torneden 25:30.74     Robin Tanner 26:17.52

Men's 80 and Up 

85-89 Robert Randall New England 65+ Runners Club (NE 65+) led through 600 meters. Colben Sime SCTC took over at that point and held the lead all the way to the finish.

Colben Sime 37:48.79     Robert Randall 39:44.58

80-84 Jim Assal GPTC took the title in this division with no opposition, winning in 29:04.78.

Men's 70 - 79

75-79 Gene Dykes GPTC, the celebrated marathoner and ultra marathoner, enjoyed his first USATF victory as a 75 year old. Dykes led Leon Cook Greenville TC by a fraction of a second at the 600 meter mark. Two laps later, Dykes had stretched the lead to 9 seconds. Cook fell back but had little difficulty staying ahead of Richard Weinberg, who finished 18 seconds back in 3rd.

Gene Dykes 22:07.44     Leon Cook 23:03.61     Richard Weinberg 23:21.82

70-74 Eugene Myers Potomac Valley TC finished ahead of Kirk Larson ATC earlier this year on the turf at Club cross in San Francisco and at Cross Nationals in Richmond VA. Once the Grand prix turned to the roads it was another story as Larson came in ahead of Myers at the 5 Km and 10 Km Championships. It was the same story on the track. Myers stayed in touch with Larson through the first three kilometers but slowed over the next two laps. Larson enjoyed a 12-second lead at 3800 meters and cruised the rest of the way, taking the win with a half minute to spare. He enjoyed some friendly sparring with Dykes, in his first track competition in his new 75-79 age division. Both pushed toward the finish line together, as they did at the 5 Km road championships in Atlanta. The honors went to Dykes again, but Larson still had the gold medal for 70-74! Interestingly enough, both had been trailing Perry Linn River City Rebels over the first two kilometers. Linn had taken it out hard; he had a 13 second lead at 600 meters, and two laps later it was 17 seconds but then things started to fall apart. Larson caught Linn at the 3-kilometer mark and two laps later, Linn was a half-minute behind Myers. At that point, John Roeske Boulder Road Runners (BRR) was 47 seconds back. But, as Linn continued to struggle, Roeske closed in. But Linn persisted to the end, just outlasting Roeske for the bronze medal by a fraction of a second.

Kirk Larson 22:12.39     Eugene Myers 22:43.46     Perry Linn 24:04.80

Men's 70-74 5000 Meter Podium- From Left: Perry Linn Bronze Kirk Larson Gold Eugene Myers Silver at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships in Greensboro NC Posted by Kirk Larson on FB 

Men's 60 - 69

65-69 Fred Torneden let Timothy Conheady GPTC set the pace, staying within a couple seconds until making his move with a lap to go. Conheady had no answer as Torneden sped out to a twelve second margin of victory. Robert Reynolds GPTC was not far back, in contention but unable to move up.

Fred Torneden 19:19.82     Timothy Conheady 19:32.14     Robert Reynolds 19:51.65

60-64 Rick Lee Shore AC, known for racing everything from a leg of a 4 x 400 m relay to a six-day race across the Sahara Desert, shot out from the starting line when the gun went off. When he was around the first turn, he checked his watch and found a more reasonable pace. Mark Neff Shadow Project TC  matched that pace for the first 600 meters. Lee was two seconds ahead at that point and added a second per lap to the lead until the 1400-meter mark. Lee doubled his lead in the next lap and Neff was done; he focused on staying ahead of Jeff Mann all the way to the finish.

Rick Lee 18:00.35     Mark Neff 18:21.77     Jeff Mann 18:51.74

Rick Lee leading the field on his way to a 60-64 Gold medal at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships in Greensboro NC Posted by Rick Lee on Strava 

Women 45 - 59

55-59 Michelle Rohl GPTC, the American record holder for this division in the 800M and 1500M, had a twelve second lead on the field by the 600 meter mark. She added to that lead the rest of the way, cruising to a win with a 1-minute margin. Kris Huff ATC could not stay with Rohl but led the rest of the field around the track. Melissa Chiti Pursuit of Excellence Track Team (POETT) kept within striking distance of Huff for the first half of the race but then Huff pulled away.

Michelle Rohl 21:09.97     Kris Huff 22:11.98     Melissa Chiti 22:48.78

50-54 Sonja Friend-Uhl Florida TC East returned to a national Outdoor Track championship after a period of rehab and reset. She returned in style. Friend-Uhl took off with the gun, running with the 45-49 leaders as she covered the first 200 meters in 42 seconds. If she had kept that pace up, she would have run 17:11. Of course, that was not to be. As Friend-Uhl returned to a more reasonable pace, Hilary Cairns gradually closed the 7-second gap Friend-Uhl had opened up in the first 200 meters. By the 1800-meter mark, less than 2 seconds separated the two leaders. Another two laps and Cairns inserted herself in front. Friend-Uhl did not give in. She stayed close; with two laps to go, Friend-Uhl made a decisive move, turning a 2-second deficit into a 4-second lead. Adding to the lead in the final lap, Friend-Uhl had the victory with fifteen seconds to spare. Cairns had the silver medal by 2 minutes and the satisfaction of knowing that she had made Friend-Uhl earn her gold medal. Yuko Whitestone PVTC claimed the bronze.

Sonja Friend-Uhl 20:11:29     Hilary Cairns 20:26:32     Yuko Whitestone 22:28.18

Hilary Cairns leading Sonja Friend-Uhl in the 50-54 5000Meter Run at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships in Greensboro NC Photo by Clint Santoro posted by S Friend-Uhl on FB

45-49 Jennifer Sober took the early lead, establishing a 5-second gap back to Euleen Josiah-Tanner in the first 600 meters, and another 4 second gap back to Rebekah Kennedy Central Park TC (CPTC+). The gap between Sober and Josiah-Tanner grew gradually to 8 seconds by the 1800-meter mark. Then Josiah-Tanner started to reel Sober in, cutting the 8-second gap to a 2-second gap by the 3800-meter mark. Josiah-Tanner had spent a lot of energy closing the gap. Sober fought to stay in the lead. Josiah-Tanner stayed two seconds back for a lap. But then Sober accelerated just before the bell rang and kicked it in for a 7-second victory. Kennedy had no trouble keeping the rest of the field at bay, claiming the bronze medal with 40 seconds to spare.

Jennifer Sober 18:59.38     Euleen Josiah-Tanner 19:06.35     Rebekah Kennedy 19:48.91

Teammates, Jennifer Sober left and Sonja Friend-Uhl right celebrate their 45-49 and 50-54 Gold Medal performances at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships in Greensboro NC Posted by S Friend-Uhl on FB

Men 55-59

55-59 This was the most competitive division at the top. Karl Welke led at the 600-meter mark, with Mike Nier Genesee Valley Harriers (GVH) tucked in behind in 2nd, followed by John Borthwick and Scott Harmon, running shoulder to shoulder, in third, a second back. Borthwick took over the lead on the next lap, followed by Welke, Harmon and Nier, with less than 2 seconds of separation. They remained in that order until the 3400-meter mark when Welke fell back behind Nier. On the next lap, Nier surged into the lead. Borthwick was just two seconds back, with Harmon and Welke right behind. Nier was able to keep his next lap under 91 seconds and opened up a ten-second gap back to the three chasers. Nier was tiring but was still able to add another 5 seconds to his lead. It is a good thing because the three chasers all had plenty of kick left. With a sub-85 second last lap, Harmon went from 18 seconds down to just 7 seconds behind Nier. He did not threaten Nier but stayed a second ahead of Borthwick and Welke, who finished 3rd and 4th, separated by a fraction of a second!

Mike Nier 18:35.14     Scott Harmon 18:42.25     John Borthwick 18:43.15

Mike Nier far right leading John Borthwick, Scott Harmon, and Karl Welke in the Men's 55-59 5000 Meter Run at the 2023 USATF Masters Outdoor TF Championships in Greensboro NC Posted by M Nier on Strava

Men 45-54

50-54 Allen Baddour Bull City TC sped to a 5 second lead in the first 600 meters and doubled that lead on the 2nd lap. No one could stay with him; Baddour took the win with well over a minute to spare, lapping every runner except the silver medalist. It was much closer between Jeffrey Townsend Athletics East TC (AETC)Jason Newport Indiana TC (ITC) and Guian McKee. Newport and McKee stayed within a few seconds of Townsend up through the 1800-meter mark. Over the next two laps, Townsend grew that gap to 9 seconds. At the same time, McKee took over chase duties from Newport. With a lap to go, Townsend had 18 seconds on McKee and 21 on Newport. Newport turned in a blazing 80.06 last lap to pull within 6 seconds of Townsend, while leaving McKee 6 seconds back in his wake.

Allen Baddour 17:22.56     Jeffrey Townsend 18:42.54     Jason Newport 18:48.73

45-49 David Angell, fresh off his 45-49 win in the USATF Road Mile Championships in Indianapolis, sped off to a 5-second lead at the 600-meter mark. In the next two laps he increased it to 13 seconds and was never headed. Angell claimed the gold medal with over a half minute to spare. There was an even greater gap between 2nd and 3rd. Christopher Wolf create a gap of a few seconds in the first 600 meters but grew it steadily after that, claiming the silver medal with a minute gap back to 3rd. Tommy Boles and Brian Bramer Twin Cities TC (TCTC) battled for the bronze. After the first kilometer, Bramer tucked in behind Boles, staying there until two laps to go. Bramer surged past Boles with two laps to go and Boles could not answer.

David Angell 16:38.68     Christopher Wolf 17:13.93     Brian Bramer 18:18.89

Women 25-44

Note: USATF Masters Track and Field includes athletes from 25 to 39 in their championships. USATF Masters LDR, consistent with practice in the road racing industry, defines 'Masters' as 40 and up. Since I focus on Masters LDR, I will report the 25-39  winners with no commentary.

40-44 April Lund GYS TC won the overall Masters race at Cross Nationals in Richmond VA and earned a Team Silver and a Women's 40-44 Gold at the initial WMA XC Championships in Bathhurst Australia. She would match up against Jennifer Pesce Garden State TC (GSTC), the Overall women's winner at the USATF Masters 5 Km Championships in Atlanta. Pesce led for the first 5 and a half laps, with Lund content to run just off her pace. On the lap after the 2200-meter mark, Lund cut her lap time from 1:28 to 1:23 as she surged past Pesce. Pesce was not able to recover; Lund upped her lead from 2 seconds to 8 seconds on the next lap. Lund won by over a half minute. Pesce had over a minute and a half lead over the third-place finisher, Emily Boles.

April Lund 17:53.98     Jennifer Pesce 18:29.87     Emily Boles 20:19.31

35-39 Hana Baskin 18:40.34     30-34 Emily Maass 19:40.13     25-29 Sarah Kittle 19:54.62

Men 25-44

40-44 Josh Whitehead and Adam Otstot Colonial Road Runners (CRR) finished the first full lap in a virtual tie, with Ryan Mills one second back and Matthias Wilder another three seconds back. Whitehead had a two second lead by the end of the next lap. The rest of the way Whitehead carried a pace that added anywhere from one to five seconds to the gap. Otstot finished 17 seconds after Whitehead, with a half minute lead on Mills who took 3rd. Wilder was in 4th 15 seconds behind.

Josh Whitehead 15:36.95     Adam Otstot 15:54.23     Ryan Mills 16:24.43

35-39 Kevin Kuhn 16:42.25     30-34 Jesse Jones GPTC 17:26.47     25-29 George Carbaugh Sir Walter Running 16:16.4

First race in the books--Next up the 10,000 Meter Run on Saturday, July 22nd!

Thursday, July 6, 2023

American Records-Six of Them! The USATF Masters Road Mile at Indy

June 27 2023 Fleet Masters runners from coast to coast and in between converged on Indy. Some were middle distance specialists; many were running the short race to see what their fast twitch muscles could do or were simply there for the team. Whatever their motivation, with a warm, summer day and a flat, fast course in front of them, they were ready to roll.

The Finish Line at Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis, the morning before the 2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo from Beyond Monumental Facebook post

AMERICAN RECORDS Note: All American Records set are pending until they are ratified. The event must be USATF sanctioned and the course must be record eligible and USATF certified. Record eligibility requires a drop of less than a meter per kilometer and the distance from start to finish can be no more than half the distance being run. For Masters, the records are based on chip time. My preview suggested many American Records were possible; almost all toppled. WOMEN 55-59 Two runners who are old running buddies were primed to make it happen. Fiona Bayly New York, NY Unattached and Jennifer Harvey New York NY Central Park TC both competed for Urban Athletics a few years back. Then Harvey decided to dial down and focus more on the track and middle distances while Bayly kept up her running on the roads, from the Mile to the Marathon. Bayly set 55-59 American records at the 8 Km and 15 Km last summer and winter and won her division at the Fifth Avenue Mile in 5:19. Harvey ran a 5:29 at the Liberty Mile last summer, a 5:23 Indoor Mile at the NYRR Night at the Races meet and clocked an early 5:32 road mile at the Grand Blue Mile in Des Moines in April. If they could push each other, Marisa Sutera Strange's 5:27 AR from 2019 would be at risk. When the gun went off, the top 40's and 50's athletes took it out hard. Bayly went out with Harvey hanging back slightly for the first quarter mile. As they approached the half mile, Harvey crept up on Bayly's shoulder and then gradually eased forward until she had a lead of 2-3 meters. They both crossed the halfway mat in 2:42. They passed some 40-year-olds inside a quarter mile to go, and Bayly felt like she was starting to gain on Harvey, but if so, Bayly ran out of racecourse.

Jennifer Harvey Left and Fiona Bayly Right in a near dead heat for the 55-59 Win and the 55-59 American Record-Harvey won by a fraction of a second at the 2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo Credit: Terry Fletcher-posted initially at USATF-New York

Harvey held for the win and the Record at 5:24.99, by USATF Masters LDR rule, rounded up to 5:25! Bayly was less than half a second back. Such a tight race; the victory and the record tasted sweet, no doubt! 75-79 There was no doubt that Jeannie Rice Concord Twnshp, OH would run faster than Joann Hall's 8:36 American record, set just three years ago. After all, on this past Patriot's Day in Boston, she ripped off a 3:33:15 Marathon into a moderate northeast headwind. Anyone can see that is an amazing feat. But then do the math; that represents carrying an 8:08 pace per mile over the 26.21875 miles of a Marathon. Rice only had to run her Marathon pace to break the record easily. But, of course, she would run it much faster. Rice holds the 70-74 Mile record of 6:29, set in 2019 when she was 71. She would not run that fast now, 4 years later, but she would run plenty fast! Rice hit the half mile split in 3:21 and slowed imperceptibly over the second half for a 3:23 closing half and a new American Record for the Road Mile of 6:44! Rice had taken the Record down by almost two minutes! 85-89 The only thing more certain than Rice taking down the 75-79 American Record was Joyce Hodges-Hite Atlanta GA establishing a new American Mile Record for Women 85-89. With no record in place for that age, Hodges-Hite had to start, and then she had to run the course and finish. Whether she ran it in ten minutes, fifteen minutes or twenty minutes would not matter; she would have the new American Record. Of course, it is also true that the faster she runs, the longer the record is likely to last. Hodges-Hite kept to a pace she could easily manage, crossing the half mile mat in 7:29 (chip). Hodges-Hite closed off her race with a 7:56 second half to establish the record at 15:25. That will now be a goal for her peers to shoot at. 

Joyce Hodges-Hite finishes off her 1 Mile Run which established the new American Record for Women 85-89 at the 2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo Credit: Terry Fletcher, courtesy of Beyond Monumental

MEN 50-54 Mike Madsen's Flagstaff, AZ Team Run Flagstaff hometown is at nearly 7,000 feet. Madsen enjoys his altitude training. He dropped down to Indy's 732 feet above sea level with a glint in his eye. In 2019, he raced in Flint Michigan at the USATF Masters Road Mile Championships. Madsen was nipped at the finish line by Chuck Schneekloth, with a classic lean at the tape, for the Overall win. This time Madsen was after the 50-54 record of 4:40, held by Alan Wells since 2013. He had confidence in his training and knew, no doubt, that his 4:46 at the 2022 Flagstaff Downtown Mile converts, according to the NCAA, to a 4:36 at sea level. It looks like they were right! Madsen was aiming for a negative split, hitting the half mile in 2:22. He accelerated from there. David Angell who was closer to the front, said Madsen 'blew by me like I was running in place!' With a 2:16 second half mile, Madsen crossed the line at 4:38, with two seconds to spare! Madsen was the only Record breaker to negative split! 55-59 Perhaps the only entrant in the field who has a sub-4-minute mile in his running résumé, Christian Cushing-Murray Orange, CA Cal Coast TC arrived in Indianapolis knowing that he had run a 4:39.28 at the Portland Track Festival three weeks earlier. Nat Larson holds the current American Record at 4:49. Of course, track miles tend to be faster than road miles and LDR rules require that all road times be rounded up to the next whole second for record purposes. Still, having 7.71 seconds to play with, must have helped in terms of confidence. Cushing-Murray took it out hard but then settled in behind the faster 40's and Madsen. He crossed the halfway mat in 2:23 and brought it home in 2:24 for a 4:47 and Cushingg-murray had the 55-59 American Record! 70-74 In the summer of 2022, Robert Qualls, came storming back from a couple of uneven years of running. But he has been remarkably consistent since, taking the 70-74 division crown at almost every national Masters championship he has entered. He has competed on the track, on the turf, and on the roads. At the 2022 World Masters Athletics WMA Outdoor Championships in Finland, Qualls captured the Gold medal in the 70-74 6 Km Cross Country event, and the Silver at the 10 Km Road race. At the 2023 WMA Indoor Championships this past March, Qualls earned Gold in the 10 Km Road race. Silver in Cross Country and Bronzes on the track in 1500M and 3000M. In the meantime, it has been Gold Medals galore at Masters National Road Championships. The one gold medal that eluded him last year was where he finished 2nd to track legend, Nolan Shaheed in the Masters 1 Mile Championships in Rochester, running 5:39. That course was found to be short, but it was still likely, but uncertain, that Qualls (and Shaheed) would have been faster on an accurately measured mile course. This time, Qualls did not have to fret about Shaheed, who did not enter. Qualls knew he was fitter than last year. He just had to execute! Crossing the halfway mat in 2:45, Qualls had put himself in position for the Record! He slowed to 2:50 for the last half mile but held everything together for a record-smashing 5:35! Qualls was a good 8 seconds under the 5:43 established by Doug Goodhue in 2013. Good news! The Local Organizers reported on July 3rd that the course has now been post-verified by a WA 'A' measurer, in keeping with the requirements of the USATF Road Racing Technical Council and was found to be an accurately measured course. That hurdle has been cleared!

Those six record-breaking performances highlighted a morning of dramatic and competitive overall and age division races.

OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN My preview highlighted 7 contenders, in alphabetical order: David Angell Blue Ridge, VA UnattachedThomas Burns Westfield IN Indiana Elite AC; Mark Guyer Fishers, IN Indiana Elite AC; Jaret Herter Rochester NY Genesee Valley Harriers GVH; Bryan Lindsay Zionsville IN Indiana Elite AC; Madsen. I should have included Chris Bielsa-Brown Kansas City MO Kansas City Smoke. He got to fly in under the radar.

Angell took the bronze medal at the 2017 Masters Mile Championships in 4:39. His most recent 5K was a 15:48. At 46 he was a longshot for the podium but had a shot at top 5. 

Burns finished 2nd at the USATF Masters Indoor 1500M Championships, finishing just ahead of Herter with a time that converts, according to the MileSplit calculator, to a 4:38 Mile. 

Guyer's claim to being a podium contender relies on his outstanding 4:25 at last year's Monumental Mile. 

Herter, as noted, finished just behind Burns in the 1500M at the Masters Championships in March. Herter finished 3rd overall in the Masters Mile Championships last year in 4:35. Shortly after that he ran a 4:29 at the Main Street Mile in Pennsylvania. 

Lindsay, running for BYU, was a silver medalist at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor 1500M. He won the Masters 5 Km overall championships in 2022 with a 15:35 on a somewhat hilly Atlanta course. He is familiar with the setting; he ran a 4:21 6 years ago in the Monumental Mile to finish 9th in the Elite Wave. 

Madsen is focused on his record effort but anyone who can break 4:40 is a threat for the podium.

Ritter ran 4:44 on this course in 2021 but also ran a 15:58 5K in the Colts Back to Football 5K. That equates via age grading to a 4:42. 

Bielsa-Brown ran a 4:51 at the Grand Blue Mile in late April. I may have undervalued his 15:59 5K this May. But that, too, would have him only a little faster, age grade equivalent to a 4:43. Bielsa-Brown must be on an upward trajectory.

In the end, I picked Guyer-Linday-Burns and suggested that provided an incentive to Herter to break them up. Whether he read that or not, he apparently took it to heart as a challenge.

Herter took it out hard and dared everyone to go with him. Only two did. Herter passed the halfway mark in 2:14, with Guyer right on his heels at 2:15. Lindsay was on Guyer’s shoulder, also at 2:15. When Lindsay kicked, Guyer tried to go with him, but could not. Herter held Lindsay at bay as long as he could. In the end Lindsay had a strong win in 4:25! 

Bryan Lindsay Captures the Overall Win in the Masters (Road) Mile at the 2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo Credit: Terry Fletcher, courtesy of Beyond Monumental

Herter claimed 2nd in 4:30, with Guyer 3rd in 4:33. 

Mark Guyer finishing up his Men's Bronze Medal Overall Mile Run at the  2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo Credit: Mark Guyer-FB Post 

Madsen passed 4 runners in the final 500 meters, to take 4th overall in 4:38 with Bielsa-Brown 5th at 4:41. Angell was sixth in 4:41.1, with Burns at 4:41.3, and Dan Cleary South Boston MA Heartbreakers at 4:41.8

Bryan Lindsay 4:25     Jaret Herter 4:30     Mark Guyer 4:33

WOMEN Top contenders in this race included: 

Fiona Bayly New York, NY Unattached Second in the 2019 Masters Mile Championships, Bayly has continued at a high pace since then. She is now the American 55-59 Record holder at 8 Km 30:05 and 15 Km 58:55. She won the 55-59 division at the Fifth Avenue Mile last September in 5:19! She was on the Overall podium at the USATF Masters 10 Km championships with a 38:10. She would be firing on all cylinders in an effort to get under the 5:27 American 55-59 Record of Marisa Sutera Strange, set in 2019.

Hidi Gaff Ft. Wayne IN Three Rivers Racing Sixth overall at the USATF Masters 5 Km Championships in 18:39 chip, Gaff has also run some Indoor 1500M's. After running some longer, 10 Km to 25Km, races Gaff dropped back down to the Brian Diemer 5K, with a USATF certified course, and ripped a 17:58. The Diemer 5K has been one of the faster 5K courses in the Midwest. Still, taken all in all, it suggests Gaff could well run down around 5:20 or better and be in solid contention.

Angela Giuliani Irving TX Unattached finished 4th in the 35-39 division at the Fifth Avenue Mile last year in 5:16, three seconds faster than Bayly. This will be her first national championship race as a Masters athlete.

Jennifer Harvey New York NY Central Park TC Last July, Harvey ran a 5:29 mile at the Liberty (Road) Mile in Pittsburgh. She ran a 5:23 Indoor Mile in early March at the NY Road Runners 'Night at the Races.' She prepped further for this road mile by racing at the Grand Blue Mile in Des Moines IA. She had an off day, clocking 5:32. If she could run closer to her March Indoor time, she would be a threat! Like Bayly, she was gunning for Strange's 5:27 American 55-59 Record.

Katie Sherron Tallahassee FL Gulf Winds TC won the Masters Women's race overall at the 2021 USATF Club Cross Country Championships. Speedy cross country runners are not necessarily speedy runners on the roads. But Sherron showed she has that covered with a 17:34 at the Palace Saloon 5K, a certified course in Tallahassee. That is the fastest 5K time among these rivals for the Mile crown.

Perry Shoemaker Vienna VA Unattached Not known as a Miler, Shoemaker has plenty of credentials from longer races. Those include three consecutive wins at the USATF Masters 12 Km Championships in Alexandria VA from 2013-15 and three Masters Wins at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Miler in Washington DC in 2016, 2018 and 2019. More recently she finished 2nd in the 3000M event at the USATF Master1s Indoor Championships in 10:08 and ran a swift 18:08 5K. Both suggest a 5:20 or better Mile should be within Shoemaker's reach. McCoubrie's 5:18 American 50-54 Record from 2013 might be at risk.

Note: Abby Dean might have contended but made the age division podium at Grandma's Marathon in 3:05:56 7 days before. Adrenalin carried her through the first 600 meters, despite the marathon in her legs, but then reality kicked in.

Sherron left nothing to chance, getting out fast and hitting the halfway point in 2:34. Her closest rivals were 30 meters back. The others crossed the half mile mat in a bunch with just over a second separating 2nd through 6th. It was Shoemaker 2:40.5, Giuliani 2:40.9, Gaff 2:41.1, Bayly 2:41.4, Harvey 2:41.9. Sherron accelerated from there, more than doubling her lead, to take the win in a nifty 5:06! 

Katie Sherron Wins the Overall Women's Championship in the Masters (Road) Mile at the 2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo Credit: Terry Fletcher, courtesy of Beyond Monumental 

Shoemaker kept the pressure on and gradually created some space back to the others. Gaff was trying desperately to hold on but felt herself slipping almost imperceptibly back from Shoemaker. The other three were a meter back and then 2 meters back from Gaff but were giving no quarter to the other two! Shoemaker outlasted Gaff to take second in 5:20. Gaff crossed the finish line, less than ten meters ahead of the other three who were in a mad dash to the finish line! Harvey had the edge, getting the 4th place overall in 5:25.00, with Bayly 5th in 5:25.3, and Giuliani 6th in 5:25.4!

Katie Sherron 5:06    Perry Shoemaker 5:20    Hidi Gaff 5:23


WOMEN 40-44 Sherron, Gaff, and Giuliani are all 40-44 athletes. See Overall recap above.

Katie Sherron 5:06     Hidi Gaff 5:23     Angela Giuliani 5:26

Course/Event Records 40-44 Sherron, Gaff and Giuliani bettered the previous course and event record of 5:31, which are based on gun time. Sherron will now be listed as the Event and Course Record holder at 5:06.

45-49 Euleen Josiah-Tanner Atlanta GA T.H.E. Track Team and Julie Mercado Springboro OH Dayton TC seemed the two most likely to be in for the division win. Mercado's performances in the 2022 Dash for Cash Mile 5:33, a 5:13 in the 1500M at the 2022 MTF Outdoor championships, and a 19:28 5K this spring. It appeared she was competitive if the winning time would be in the 5:30's. Josiah-Tanner tends to run longer than Mercado, favoring the 3000 M indoors and the 5000 and 10,000 Outdoors. For the last two years she has also participated frequently in Masters LDR Road and Cross Country Championships. She took 3rd in 45-49 at Atlanta with a 19:20 5K on a rather hilly course. That equates, via age grading, to a 5:33 Mile. Her 4th place 3000M effort, 11:19, at the World Indoor Championships in Poland at the end of March, converts to a 5:35. That probably should have made Josiah-Tanner a slight favorite, although I picked Mercado to win in my preview. I expected Yasamin Dahlstrom Indianapolis IN Unattached and Hiroko Guarneri Villa Rica GA Atlanta TC to have a tight contest for 3rd. Dahlstrom ran 6:23 on this very course last year. Dahlstrom backed that up with a 26:35 for a 6K race, roughly equivalent to a 6:20. Guarneri probably had the edge on 5K prowess. She finished 10th in Atlanta with a 22:40 that equates to a 6:33. Because the Atlanta course is challenging it might be equivalent to a 6:30 on a flatter course. I felt the times were roughly equivalent, but that Dahlstrom had the edge with the0 faster recent mile and knowledge of the course, plus racing in her hometown. Theresa Hector, with a 5K time of 24:22 last year and a 1:24:14 15K this year, seemed likely to be a bit slower than the rest.

From the differences between chip and gun time, it appears that Mercado started in the first row and Josiah-Tanner the 2nd. Nonetheless, Josiah-Tanner was able to move to the front of the 45-49 field by the halfway mat. She crossed it in 2:46, with a 25-meter lead on Mercado. Josiah-Tanner continued to pull away over the last half mile, adding another 4 seconds to her margin. She crossed the finish line with the 45-49 win in 5:34, ten seconds ahead of Mercado. In this case, strength won over speed. Dahlstrom, it turned out, was able to get out fast and put some distance on Guarneri. Dahlstrom crossed the half mile in 3:05 with a 25-meter lead on Guarneri. At that point, Guarneri was struggling to get past Hector, who was a second ahead. Dahlstrom tired a bit but not as much as her two chasers. A 3:15 last half mile gave her a fasters time than last year and the bronze medal in a national championship! Guarneri righted her ship, caught Hector and created a gap of three seconds over the last half mile, finishing 4th in 6:42. Josiah-Tanner proved that she can run a fast road mile!

Euleen Josiah-Tanner 5:34     Julie Mercado 5:44     Yasamin Dahlstrom 6:21

Hidi Gaff Left and Julie Mercado Right Relaxing and Enjoying Friendly Rival post-race
Camaraderie at the 2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo courtesy of Beyond Monumental

Course/Event Records 45-49 Josiah-Tanner and Mercado both bettered the course record of 6:08. Josiah-Tanner lowered and Mercado matched the previous event record of 5:55. Josiah-Tanner will now be listed as the Course and Event record holder at 5:34

50-54 Shoemaker nailed 2nd overall so she took this division title as well. I initially thought that Abby Dean might press her in the overall competition. Dean finished 6th last year in the Mile Championships at Rochester in 5:33. As that course was more technical and had a few ups and downs, I thought Dean might break 5:30 on a flatter course with fewer turns. She validated that view with a 4:24 effort in May at the Main Street Mile in Pennsylvania. I was not aware until the event transpired that Dean had competed at Granma's Marathon on the 17th of June. Cassandra Crane Chittenango NY GVH, it seemed, could focus on doing well for her team. She would be likely to break 7 minutes but not 6. So she would likely claim the bronze medal. When the gun sounded, the fastest 40's led them out at a very fast pace. Shoemaker and Dean were a few yards behind them. It appears that Shoemaker was able to keep her cadence going but Dean started to slip back by the time they hit the first turn at about 500 meters. By the time they hit the halfway mat, Shoemaker was 5 seconds ahead and the gap was growing. Dean went as far as she could on adrenaline. Shoemaker took the win in 5:20, with Dean 2nd. Crane ran a solid race for her team and also captured the individual bronze medal.

Perry Shoemaker 5:20     Abby Dean 5:49     Cassandra Crane 6:49

Women's 50-54 Podium- From Left Cassandra Crane, Perry Shoemaker, Abby Dean at the 2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo posted on Strava by A Dean 

Course/Event Records 50-54 Shoemaker lowered both the course record of 5:51 and the event record of 5:42. Dean, despite the marathon in her legs, bettered the course record. Shoemaker is now the course and event record holder at 5:20.

55-59 As noted in the overall recap above, two of the competitors from this division, Bayly and Harvey, featured in the Overall competition. It was an epic race between these two former teammates. Bayly and Harvey are still friends, but when the gun goes off, the gloves come off; they are both fierce competitors. They were both chasing the Overall podium, the 5:27 American Record, and the division championship. Bayly went through the first quarter mile a few strides behind the leaders; Harvey was laying off the pace. At the half mile, Bayly was still ahead but could feel the presence of Harvey. Bayly clocked 2:41.4 to Harvey's 2:41.8. Harvey crept ahead of Bayly by 203 yards but could not make a decisive break. As they approached the finish line, Bayly felt she was gaining ever so slightly on Harvey, but, all of a sudden, lost some of her control and almost stumbled. Bayly kept herself upright and crossed the line a fraction of a second behind Harvey. Harvey had the division win and the American Record in 5:25. See coverage in first paragraph of this article. Bayly's time was rounded up to 5:26. Lisa Veneziano Fenton MI Pursuit of Excellence TC is usually a big part of the story in this division, often vying for the win. Among other accomplishments, Veneziano is the American 55-59 Record holder in the 12 Km at 46:13. She has earned Silver medals at the 2019 Masters Mile Championships in Flint and at last year's championship in Rochester. In this case, she did not get to mix it up for the division win, but she had no trouble landing on the podium in 3rd. She finished 22 seconds ahead of the 4th place finisher, Roxanne Springer.

Jennifer Harvey 5:25     Fiona Bayly 5:26     Lisa Veneziano 5:36

Course/Event Records 55-59 : Harvey, Bayly, Veneziano, Melissa Chiti Durham NC Pursuit of Excellence TC, and Brenda Osovski Candor NY GVH all ran faster than the existing Course record 8:46 and the Event record 7:33. Gail Geiger Davison MI GVH also broke the course record. Harvey is now the holder of the 55-59 Course and Event Record at 5:25

60-64 Suzanne La Burt Gr8eenwoood Lake NY Shore AC finished 3rd in Rochester last year in 5:57. Six weeks later at the Big Bang Mile, she ran 5:55. But in September at the Fifth Avenue Mile, she really got cranking, lowering her mile time to 5:41. The Fifth Avenue Mile is fast, but much of that 14-second improvement must be due to La Burt. Doreen McCoubrie West Chester PA Greater Philadelphia TC took 2nd in 60-64 at Rochester last year, clocking 5:50, seven seconds faster than La Burt. McCoubrie was cooking this spring at the Memorial Main Street Mile in Pennsylvania, running 5:38 in late May. She also had a 5:53 at the RUNway Mile. Deb Torneden Manhattan KS Unattached ran 6:01 at the Ad Astra Running Irish Mile in March. Her 60-64 win at 5:36 in the 1500M at the USATF Masters Indoor Championships this Marach is consistent with a 6-minute mile. McCoubrie and La Burt both got out fast. McCoubrie had the edge and through the first half mile it looked like things would go as they did last year in Rochester. La Burt was going faster than she did last year, carrying 5:40 pace through the first half mile. McCoubrie was 2 seconds faster, crossing the half mile mat in 2:48. Once they got inside a quarter mile to go though, something happened with McCoubrie, who faltered. La Burt had never been dropped and took advantage, passing McCoubrie and claiming the win in 5:46, with McCoubrie 2nd in 5:53. Torneden must have been behind the division leaders at the half, but has no split. Perhaps she swung wide around the 2nd turn. Crossing the mat was only handy, and not required, if you took that turn tight and were running on the lefthand side rather than down the middle of Meridian Street. Running down the center, you could still see your own split on the clock. Torneden took 3rd in 6:02, with Suzanne Cordes Alamo CA Impala Racing, who was not at full fitness, in 4th with a 7:10.

Suzanne La Burt 5:46     Doreen McCoubrie 5:53     Deb Torneden 6:02

Course/Event Records 60-64 : La Burt, McCoubrie, Torneden and Cordes bettered both the 7:16 Event Record and the 7:54 course record. Debbie Brathwaite Garfield NJ Shore AC bettered the course record with her 7:31. La Burt will now hold both the Course and Event 60-64 records at 5:46.

65-69 Carol Poenisch Northville MI Unattached is a strong long-distance runner who occasionally runs shorter distances. She has run three half marathons this year in times ranging from 1:54:44 to 1:56:08. Her chief rival, 2022 Grand Prix champion for 65-69, Susan Stirrat has run two half marathons, both at times a little over 2 hours. But this is a mile not a half marathon. Poenisch ran 7:20 to take the 60-64 Bronze Medal at the 1 Mile Masters Championships at Flint in 2018. She ran a 25:26 5K in March and a 24:21 in May. Stirrat finished 3rd in this division at the 2023 Masters 5 Km Championships at Atlanta in February with a 25:48 and ran a 26:05 this June. Poenisch appeared to have the edge. The third entrant, Cullison, has mostly run longer races also. She ran a 2:17 Half Marathon last October. This April she ran a 1:01:42 10K. In 2021, she ran a 25:27 5K but has no recent efforts at that distance or shorter. Poenisch lacks a split time also, but she was presumably in the lead. Certainly, she was in the lead at the finish line. She crossed in 7:13 to take the win by more than a half minute. It was closer between Stirrat and Cullison. But Stirrat had no problem building a ten second lead in the first half mile, going out in 3:48. Cullison was able to take 2 seconds out of Stirrat's lead in the last half mile but that was it. Stirrat took the silver medal in 7:48 with 25 meters to spare. Cullison was 8 seconds back in 3rd. 

Women's 65-69 Podium - From Left Linda Cullison, Carol Poenisch, Susan Stirrat at the 2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo posted on Strava by C Poenisch 

That gives Poenisch a Silver and a Gold medal in two tries at the Masters 1 Mile Championships-not a bad record for a long-distance runner! 

Carol Poenisch 7:13     Susan Stirrat 7:48     Linda Cullison 7:56

Course/Event Records 65-69: Poenisch, Stirrat and Cullison all came in under both the Course 11:35 and Event 7:59 Records. Poenisch will now be listed as the Course and Event 65-69 Record Holder at 7:13.

70-74 Since Suzanne Ray Jacksonville OR Team Red Lizard turned 70, Team Red Lizard has been tough to beat. She and her teammate, Jeanette Groesz Redmond OR Team Red Lizard almost always make the 70-74 podium, with Ray usually excelling at longer distance road races and Groesz excelling on the turf and at shorter road races. When one of them is out due to injury or other obligations, it is tough for them to field a complete team. That is why, at this race, having missed the 5 Km due to an elbow injury, Ray was running for the team despite a different injury. In between, Ray took 1st in 70-74 at the Masters National Half Marathon Championships in 1:51:48. Ray would take it easy, not aggravate her injury and finish the race so Red Lizard had a complete team finishing the race. Sabra Harvey Houston TX Team Red Lizard  ran in this race as Red Lizard's Outside Association athlete. Harvey, the 2017 Masters Athlete of the Year, is not training as intensively now as she did 6 years ago. In that year, Harvey set the 65-69 American Mile Record at 6:06. A recent 5K result suggested her current fitness would enable her to break 7 minutes but not necessarily by a lot. Groesz's performance in Atlanta, competing as an individual, suggested she too could break 7 minutes. Ordinarily Ray would be close to them in time, but not today. The strongest runner, otherwise, Hannah Phillips Alexandria VA Potomac Valley TC has no recent results to go by. I found a 26:05 5K in 2016 and a 28:08 5K in 2017. In short, there was nothing that suggested Phillips would break 8 minutes. The suspense in this division rested on whether Groesz or Harvey would win the division title and whether Ray's easy mile would be fast enough to come in ahead of Phillips. Neither Harvey nor Groesz had a halfway split. Like others they must have swung wide and been content to view their split on the clock as they raced past. It was close overall, but Harvey had a thirty-meter lead when she crossed the finish line in 6:52. Groesz took 2nd in 6:59. Ray was able to stay a good half minute ahead of Phillips, claiming third place in 7:57. 

Women's 70-74 Podium and Winning 70+ Team-From Left-Sabra Harvey, Suzanne Ray, Jeanette Groesz at the 2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo posted on Strava by J Groesz


Phillips finished 4th at 8:27.

Sabra Harvey 6:52     Jeanette Groesz 6:59     Suzanne Ray 7:57                                      

Course/Event Records 70-74; Harvey, Groesz and Ray all came home under the Course and Event Record of 8:06. Harvey will now be listed as the Course and Event Record holder at 6:52.

75-79 Jeannie Rice, the 2019 Masters Athlete of the Year, ran a 3:33:15 Boston Marathon this year, averaging 8:08 per mile. As noted above, she had no problem demolishing the American Record. in the (Road) Mile. See coverage in first paragraph of this article.  It probably would have been a World Record, but WMA does not recognize the 1 Mile on the roads (Non Stadia) for record purposes. Rice crossed the halfway mat in 3:21 and went on to win the division in 6:44. She was well over 500 meters ahead of her closest pursuer. Andrea McCarter Duluth GA Atlanta TC and Carol Patterson Mount Ida AR Atlanta TC were primarily focused on finishing so their 70+ team could gain the Silver medals and earn 90 Grand Prix points. It appeared that McCarter and Patterson would likely finish close to each other. I gave McCarter the edge on the basis of her silver medal effort at the 5 Km Championships in Atlanta last February.  McCarter went past the half mile marker with a big half-minute lead. It looked like Patterson had the Silver medal in a waltz. But Patterson kept chipping away at that lead over the last half mile. By the finish it was McCarter 2nd in 10:43, with Patterson just 18 seconds back in third.

Jeannie Rice 6:44     Andrea McCarter 10:43     Carol Patterson 11:01

Course/Event Records 75-79; There is no course record for this division; no one 75 or over ran on this course last year. The Event record was set in 2019 on the straight-shot course at 9:52. Rice establishes the Course Record and takes over the Event Record at 6:44, records that are likely to stand for a very long time.

80-84 Vacant-No Entries

85-89 Joyce Hodges-Hite Millen GA Atlanta TC ran unopposed. She claimed her third division victory this year in 15:28. As noted above, that becomes the new American 1 Mile (road) record for 85-89. See coverage in first paragraph of this article. It also establishes a new Event and Course record for the Monumental Mile.

Joyce Hodges-Hite 15:28 

MEN 40-44 Lindsay, Herter and Guyer are all 40-44 athletes. See Overall recap above.

Bryan Lindsay 4:25     Jaret Herter 4:30     Mark Guyer 4:32

Course/Event Records 40-44 Lindsay, Herter, and Guyer bettered the previous course and event record of 4:35, which are based on gun time. Lindsay will now be listed as the Event and Course Record holder at 5:06.

45-49 The top contenders were David Angell Blue Ridge VA Unattached, Jonathan Bishard, Kansas City MO KC Smoke  Christopher Hernandez Charleston SC GVH, and Jasen Ritter Indianapolis IN Indiana Elite AC.Angell had a self-imposed break from racing last year to rehab some long-standing issues with ankle, foot, etc. After a nice outing in Richmond at the USATF XC as followed by a PRP shot and more recovery time. Ran a very nice 33:15 to take the Silver 45-49 medal at the National Masters 10 Km Championships in Dedham at the end of April. He followed that with a 15:48 5K at the end of May. He appeared prepped for upper 4:30's to lower 4:40's for a mile. Bishard ran a 4:36.95 Mile on the track at the Music City Distance Carnival last summer and a 4:26.4 indoor Mile at the Masters TF Championships in Louisville this past March. Three seconds slower than Hernandez in that race, Bishard did not have the kind of fitness he exhibited at MCDS in June 2022. But with three months prep time, those times should come down closer to 4:40. Hernandez, as just noted, finished 2nd in 45-49 at Louisville ahead of Bishard. He finished 3rd in the 45-49 division at the Masters 1 Mile Championships in Rochester last year in 4:48. Ritter ran 4:44 at the 2021 Monumental Mile and skipped it last year. In 2022, Ritter ran 16:02 to take 5th 45-49 at the Masters 5 Km Championships and in August, clocked 15:58 in a 5K. Mid- to upper 4:40's seemed very attainable for Ritter. When the gun sounded, Angell peeled out with only M40's ahead of him. It stayed that way through the first half-mile. Angell's clock read 2:18.4. Ritter was about 15 meters behind Angell, with Hernandez another 15 meters back from Ritter. Bishard was probably in the mix halfway but did not get a split time recorded. Angell slowed slightly in the last half mile but took the win, crossing the line in 4:41.07, rounded up, by rule to 4:42. Ritter slowed also, allowing Hernandez an opening. he took advantage of it with a strong negative split, his 2:25 half followed by 2:22 2nd half, for 4:47 and second place. Bishard was also able to edge Ritter by a fraction of a second at the line for third place. Trent Bryson Long Beach CA Cal Coast TC, running his first 'legit race' in 25 years, hung tight for the first half, solidly in the mix, between Ritter and Hernandez, caught by the clock at 2:23.7. Somewhere between there and the finish, things fell apart, and the hoped for 4:48 became a 4:58 and 5th place. To Bryson's credit, he let very few athletes pass him in that last half mile.

David Angell 4:42     Christopher Hernandez 4:47     Jonathan Bishard 4:49

Course/Event Records 45-49: A tale of two records. The Event Record of 4:21, set on the old course in 2015 will likely stand for many years to come. It certainly gives fast 45-49 year old milers a heck of a time to shoot for. The Course record, however, was set last year at 6:05, the first time the Mile was contested on the new record-eligible course. Not only did Angell, Hernandez, Bishard, Ritter, and Bryson better the record, but Chris White Granger IN Unattached, Rob Awe Carmel IN Indiana Elite AC and Matthew Di Pretore Newtown Square PA Greater Philadelphia TC did as well. Angell will be the 45-49 Course Record holder going forward at 4:42.

50-54 Mike Madsen lowered the American Record, pending ratification; he won this division as well with his 4:38. 2See coverage in first paragraph of this article. In my preview, I touted Jason Newport Avon IN Indiana Elite AC as one of the strongest contenders for 2nd behind Madsen. That was based on his 5:10 performance on this course last year. In late August last year he clocked 18:56 in a 5K. I should, perhaps, have given more weight to his 13th place finish in 45-49 at the 5 Km Masters Championships this past February. That might have been a sign that something acted up during the race or that he had lost some training time to rehab. Andrew Hector Indianapolis IN Indiana Elite AC ran an 18:26 5K last November but more recent efforts had been in the 19:14 to 19:30 range. Matthew Cutrona Wilmington DE Greater Philadelphia TC was ten seconds behind Newport in Atlanta but ran a fast 18:48 5K in March, followed by a 19:30 in mid-May and a 5:13.65 at the Memorial Main Streeet Mile in Yardley PA. A little uneven but Cutrona certainly had a reasonable shot at the podium. Fifteen seconds after Madsen scorched through the first half mile, Cutrona led a quartet of 45–49-year-olds through the half. Cutrona was at 2:37.2, followed a second later by Alonso Gonzalez Indianapolis IN Indiana Elite AC, with Christopher Rinaldi Berkeley Heights NJ Shore AC another second back and Hector, biding his time another two seconds back. Hector held some speed in reserve, the only one in this group, apart from Madsen to negative split the race. He passed Rinaldi and then started to close on Cutrona. Cutrona held tough, though, outlasting Hector. Cutrona had 2nd place in 5:21.4, rounded to 5:22. Hector took the Bronze medal in 5:22.3, rounded to 5:23, just under a full second behind. Rinaldi took 4th in 5:25. It was a tight race for 2nd through 4th! Newport, apparently on an off day, finished 6th.

Mike Madsen 4:38     Matthew Cutrona 5:22     Andrew Hector 5:23

Course/Event Records 50-54: Madsen beat the 50-54 Event Record of 5:07 and the Course Record of 5:11. Others were close but did not quite get there. Madsen will be listed as the new Event and Course Record holder at 4:38.

55-59 As noted above, like Madsen, Christian Cushing-Murray Orange CA Cal Coast TC lowered the American 55-59 Road Mile Record, breaking it by 2 seconds with a 4:46.4, rounded up to 4:47. See coverage in first paragraph of this article. That also got him the division win. Although not quite in record-breaking form at present, Todd Straka Broomfield CO Boulder Road Runners was viewed as a strong contender, likely to break 5:00. He finished 12 seconds behind Cushing-Murray at Portland in what must be viewed as an off day. In 2019 he took 2nd at the Masters (road) Mile Championships on a slower course in Flint Mi in 4:56. And Road miles tend to be slower than track miles. That year Jeff Conston Hopewell Jct. NY Shore AC finished 2 seconds behind Straka, with John Borthwick Dillon CO Boulder RR another 2 seconds back. Straka did not compete last year in Rochester, but Conston finished, again 2 seconds faster than Borthwick, that time in 5:05.  Nier is running better than a year ago at Rochester. Later in the summer, he finished 6 seconds behind Straka in the 1500M at Outdoor Nationals. He should be in the mix for the podium. Cushing-Murray led the field out, crossing the halfway mat in 2:22.3. Straka did not get a split time at the half mile, probably because he swung wide on the turn onto Meridian and was focused on running down Cushing-Murray if possible. Nier was next at 2:28.6 with Conston just 1.3 seconds behind. Borthwick, who went out more cautiously, was three seconds behind Conston. Straka stayed much closer to Cushing-Murray in Indy than he had in Portland. He zipped across the finish line in 4:51.4, claiming 2nd just 5 seconds back and with a comfortable lead over the third-place finisher, Conston, who closed rapidly, surging past Nier to claim 3rd in 4:59.4, breaking the 5:00 barrier as well! 

Jeff Conston sprinting for the finish and a bronze 55-59 medal at the 2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo posted on Strava by J Conston

Nier took 4th in 5:03.4, 7 seconds ahead of Borthwick in 5th.

Christian Cushing-Murray 4:47     Todd Straka 4:52     Jeff Conston 5:00

Course/Event Records 55-59: The existing 55-59 event record belonged to Tim Mylin (now in 60-64-see below) at 5:19, with the Course Record at 5:25. Cushing-Murray, Straka, Conston, Nier and Borthwick all came in under both the course and event records. Cushing-Murray will now be listed as Event and Course Record holder at 4:47.

60-64 This division this year has fireworks every time. Different contenders show up at different races. This time Nat Larson, Steve Schmidt, and John Van Danacker had other things that prevented them from competing in Indy. But Dan King Boulder CO Athletics Boulder, Rick Lee Bayville NJ Shore AC, and Joe Mora Rochester NY GVH were on hand. King has had an up and down last few months, but the holder of the American 60-64 Mile Record on the track, at 4:51.45, is always a threat. King had a good set of training coming into this race. As long as his hamstring did not act up, he felt confident of a competitive race at the front. The most recent edition of the Road Mile Championships, in Rochester last year, featured Lee and Mora. Lee was still learning how to race over short distances and Mora had the edge, as he did in Atlanta in 2022, when he could kick away from Lee to take the win. Last year it was Mora taking Lee in the mile by a fraction of a second in 5:04. Lee had the edge over King by 2 seconds in 4:57 at the Fifth Avenue Mile in September. King was looking forward to the rematch, as was Lee! They love competing against each other. Dave Bussard Elkhart IN CHT EliteTim Mylin Carmel IN Indiana Elite AC, and Mark Zamek Minneapolis MN Shore AC gained a mention as well. Bussard was a regular on national podiums when running for Playmakers Elite in the late teens. After taking time off for rehab, his times have come down significantly in the last year. Running mid-18's in 5K's last year, he turned in a 17:42 at the Brian Diemer 5K this spring. Mylin, one of the top runners int he Indianapolis area for decades, was running his 5K's well under 18 minutes up through his 50's. Two years ago he ran 5:21 in the Monumental Mile. Zamek, 55-59 winner at the 2019 Masters National Championships in 4:55, has been rehabbing off and on for the last year. He finished 3rd at Dedham in the 10 K Championships in 36:12 but suffered a setback in his rehab a week later. He was coming to Indy with the idea of running a 'tempo 5:20' to help his team.

Lee, with King right on his shoulder, led out the field. Bussard and Mora were hanging in right behind, crossing the half mile mat in 2:35.9 and 2:36.1! Then it was Chuck Bridgman Dayton OH Unattached, who came in under my radar to be right there at 2:38.8, a couple of strides ahead of Mylin at 2:39.6. Lee and King were speeding down Meridian Street stride for stride. Approaching the finish line, King was about to make a final push for the win, when his hamstring sent a message, 'Don't do it!'. Lee enjoyed a little more breathing space in the last few meters, gaining his second straight win over King, 5:05.73, rounded to 5:06, to 5:08.4 for King, rounded to 5:09. Mora made a good move over the last half mile but fell 5 seconds short of the two leaders as he claimed the Bronze medal. It was a good thing Mora was moving as fast as he was because Mylin, finishing off a negative split, was bearing down on him.

Men's 60-64-Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalists celebrater post race-From Left- Rick Lee, Dan King, Joe Mora  at the 2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo posted on Strava by R Lee

Mylin's 2:40/2:36 brought him within two seconds of Mora, 4th in 5:15.12, rounded to 5:16. Bussard was sixth in 5:16.28, rounded to 5:17. With just 12 seconds between 1st and 6th, it was another 'barn burner' of a show for the 60-64 crew!

Rick Lee 5:06     Dan King 5:09     Joe Mora 5:14

Course/Event Records 60-64: Mylin's 5:21 from 2021 is the event record; the course record is 6:51. Lee, King, Mora, Mylin, and Bussard came in under the event record, and Zamek tied it with his tempo. Those six and twelve other competitors came in under the course record.

65-69 It initially looked like this would be a battle between David Westenberg and Jacob Nur, with the winner coming home under the 5:18 record. First, I heard that Westenberg scratched due to an eye issue that came up and prevented him from running. Then when I saw Nur at Packet Pickup, he mentioned an adductor injury that kept him from training for the past week. He would be running and was optimistic the adductor would not act up during the race. There were plenty of other fast competitors who would push Nur or supplant him if it was not his day after all. Roger Sayre Golden CO Boulder RR. Second at the 5 Km Championships, he came back with wins from the 10 Mile and Half Marathon Championships this year. No stranger to the Mile, Sayre won the 60-64 title at the 2018 Masters Mile in Flint MI in 5:15. Last summer he ran a 5:43 mile in Greater Denver; the NCAA altitude adjustment puts that at 5:35 at sea level. That was his first race that short that I can find in the last several years. It may have been a test run; his second Mile might be faster. Fred Torneden's running history includes a 2:11:34 marathon in the 1984 Twin Cities Marathon. Inactive in Masters National Championships until recently, he ran a 5:07 1500M at the Indoor Masters Championships in Louisville this past March. He finished 7 seconds behind Westenberg in that race. A week later he ran 5:30 at the Ad Astra Running Irish Mile. Michael Lebold was able to defeat Westenberg in the 800 Meters at Louisville but the Mile is toward the outer edge of his high comfort zone. Dan Spale is a terrific runner who was a big factor in national podiums from 2017 through 2019. In 2017, Spale took 2nd in 60-64 at the 8 Km and 10 Km National Championships, and 4th in the Masters Mile. He ran 5:28 in 2017; normal aging would make that a 5:46, consistent with the 5:51 he ran last year in the Carnation Mile. Even though that converts to a 5:43 at sea level, I thought Spale would not be in the mix for the podium this time. Tim Conheady finished just 7 seconds behind Westenberg at the 1500M in Louisville. With Westenberg a scratch and Nur perhaps not at full fitness, Conheady and Spale might be vying for the podium.

I did not get a full report but, at some point during the race, Nur's adductor issue asserted itself and Nur, wisely pulled up. That left the field clear for the others. Torneden pulled away from the field, crossing the half mile mat in 2:39.7. Sayre was just two seconds back at that point, still in the hunt for the win. Lebold was just off Sayre's shoulder at that point, in 2:42.6. Conheady was another 2 seconds back at 2:44.8 in 4th place. Spale was laying off the pace at 2:47.1. Sayre had plenty left for the last half mile; he ran a negative split, 2:41.6/2:39.4 to push Torneden. But try as Sayre might, Torneden had enough left to hold him at bay. Torneden came home with a 2:39.5 half, giving up only 0.1 seconds of his lead to Sayre. Torneden got the win in 5:19.3, rounded up to 5:20. Sayre claimed 2nd in 5:21. Sayre's push to catch Torneden left everyone else behind. Spale had kept plenty in reserve. He roared past Lebold and then Conheady. By the finish, Spale had created a six second gap, taking 3rd in 5:27, a second faster than his 4th place Mile finish in 2017! 

Men's 65-69 Podium From left Dan Spale, Fred Torneden, Roger Sayre at the 2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo posted on Strava by R Sayre

Conheady pulled well away from Lebold, claiming 4th in 5:33. Lebold finished 5th in 5:45.

Fred Torneden 5:20     Roger Sayre 5:21     Dan Spale 5:27

Course/Event Records 65-69: Event Record 6:07, Course Record 6:41 Torneden, Sayre, Spale, Conheady, and Lebold all broke both records, as did Kevin Dollard Hopewell JCT. NY Shore AC and Gary Passamonte Mount Morris NY GVH. In addition, Scott Linnell Colts Neck NJ Shore AC. and Reno Stirrat Rockaway NJ Shore AC also bettered the Course Record. Going forward, Torneden will be listed as the Course and Event Record holder at 5:20.

70-74 Robert Qualls, the 1500M Bronze Medalist in the 2022 World Outdoor Championships in 5:12.18, entered as the favorite and left as the new American 70-74 Record holder in the (Road) Mile. See coverage in first paragraph of this article. Three of the other competitors, Doug Bell, Doug Chesnut, and James Linn appeared to be closely matched. Bell finished 3rd last year in Rochester with a 6:06. His third-place finish in the 5K in Atlanta with a 20:51 confirms that he was in shape then to run a 6:05 or so Mile. Last year, Bell ran in the 10 Mile Championship in Sacramento, for the team, and then competed next at the 1 Mile. That was his practice this year as well. The lack of recent races did not seem to be a sign of any problem, just his approach to running a (road) Mile championship in the spring. Although I found no recent Mile efforts from Chesnut, he has been a step or two ahead of Bell a the 5 Km and 10 Mile road championships. Bell had the edge over 8 Km of turf at Richmond. Will that road edge for Chesnut carry over to a short race like a mile or does Bell have the edge there? Linn ran a 6:11 mile on Memorial Day an hour after running a 43:49 10K. A couple of weeks later Linn ran 6:02 at the RUNway Mile. In 2018, Kirk Larson was a Silver Medalist in the 65-69 Mile Championship. But, more recently, finished a half minute behind Chesnut and Bell in Atlanta. 

Qualls took off at the gun with the fast 60-year-olds; he crossed the half mile mat in 2:45, way faster than needed to take down a 5:45 record. Linn was six seconds back at 2:51, with Bell 11 seconds back at 3:01.81. It was close behind Bell. Larson was at 3:02.99, with Chesnut a couple of strides back at 3:04.3. Qualls held his lead and got the American Record, claiming the 70-74 win in 5:35. The torrid pace of the first half mile took its toll on James Linn as well. He came home in 3:01 over the last half mile, taking the Silver Medal in 5:52. Bell's 2nd half was 3:09. He did not close on J. Linn but had no trouble maintaining his position relative to the rest of the field. He finished 3rd in 6:11. Chesnut was able to move past Larson and move ahead ever so gradually. Chesnut maintained that slim lead all the way to the finish line, crossing it in 6:12.01 to Larson's 6:12.88. That fraction of a second gave Chesnut 4th to Larson's 5th. Perry Linn did not cross the halfway timing mat, so I am not sure where he was at the half, but he was not far behind those two at the end. P. Linn crossed the finish line in 6:14.2 in 6th place.

Robert Qualls 5:35    James Linn 5:52     Doug Bell 6:11

Course/Event Records 70-74: Event & Record 6:46 Qualls, J. Linn, Bell, Chesnut, Larson and P. Linn all crossed the finish line under the Course & Event record. Qualls will, henceforth, be listed as the Event and Course record holder at 5:35.

75-79 My own division can be tricky to preview but the only thing I thought would be tricky was the exact order of the top three. Dave Glass Glenville NY Atlanta TC, Jim May Williamson NY GVH, and Keith Yeates Fairport NY GVH have been running consistently ahead of everyone else who was entered; there seemed little chance that anyone else would wind up on the podium. But little chance is not 'no' chance and that is why we run races. Last year in Rochester, May almost pulled an upset, but Glass held on for 2nd behind Gary Patton in 6:37 (gun) to Jim May's 6:38 (gun). [Apologies to Glass; I misreported in my preview, relying on the order (by chip time as posted in Athlinks)] Yeates was a good few steps back at 7:04 with me, Paul Carlin Three Oaks MI, Ann Arbor TC, another set of steps back in 7:18 (gun times), Liam Finnigan Farmington NY GVH who edged me by three seconds a month earlier at the 10K championships, was further back. He was nursing an injury and running for the team score.  We did not compete head-to-head this year at Dedham or any other race, but his 5 Km times have been roughly comparable to the 24:48 I clocked in taking the Bronze Medal at the 5 Km Championships in Atlanta.  I gave us an equal chance for 4th place. Jan Frisby, who was a Miler before he was a long-distance runner, would have been a podium threat but he had to scratch for an inner ear problem that cropped up. As May had a faster chip time than Glass last year, I opted for him to come first with Glass and Yeates following. The tricky thing about that is that Yeates came in ahead of May at Cross Country Nationals in Richmond. Would Yeates be able to do that in the Mile? I guessed not.

By the time we passed the quarter mile where a volunteer was calling out times, I heard 1:42...1:43 so I knew I was going at a very good pace. But I could also see that May and Yeates were starting to pull away. At that point I could not see Glass nor Finnigan, but assumed Glass was out ahead, out of sight, and that Finnigan was behind me. It is not unusual for Glass to get out fast and disappear from my view at the start of races. As we made the 1st turn at the 500-meter mark, I could sense someone inside me on my left and it turned out to be Finnigan. Finnigan had the inside curve and gained a few steps as we made the 2nd and last turn onto Meridian. It was somewhere around the half mile mat that I passed Finnigan and did not see him again. He did not have a half mile split. Mine was 3:34.45. Neither May nor Yeates had splits either, but I can report that they were too far ahead of me for me to have much hope of catching them. I had not spotted Glass either but that did not surprise me. If he were ahead of May and Yeates he would be difficult to see from my vantage point. When I crossed the finish line, I figured I had 4th. Finnigan was behind me. I saw May and Yeats ahead of me beyond the finish line and assumed Glass had cleared the area already. Imagine my surprise when, a dozen seconds or so later, I turned and caught a glimpse of Glass crossing the finish line. It slowly sank in that I had landed on the podium. How did May and Yeates sort out? As the preview suggested, May can run a fast mile! This year he took the top prize with a 6:38.2, rounded to 6:39. Yeates finished much closer than in 2022! He has improved a lot this year. Yeates clocked 6:42.2, almost 20 seconds faster than last year, to land in second place. I was a distant third in 7:11.4 but was not closely pressed. Six seconds faster than last year cannot be a bad thing, even if it does pale in comparison to Yeates's improvement! Glass finished fourth at 7:28, with Finnigan 5th at 7:35. 

*Footnote: Glass confirmed that he is not injured and felt that he would be able to compete at his usual level. It just did not happen. He has some thoughts about why that might be but does not have an explanation at this point. He and I hope to see him back to his usual 'running' self very soon.

Jim May 6:39     Keith Yeates 6:43     Paul Carlin 7:12

Course/Event Records 75-79: Event Record 7:51 Course Record 7:57 May, Yeates, Carlin, Glass, and Finnigan broke both the Course and Event Records. Jim May will be listed going forward as the Event and Course record holder at 6:39.

80-84 Masters Hall of Famer, Doug Goodhue, Ed Bligh, and Charlie Patterson were expected to finish in that order and they did. Goodhue's motivation too come back from knee surgery was to win his 60th national age division championship. He accomplished that at the 5 Km Masters Championships in Atlanta. He won there, despite a hamstring issue. He took 8 weeks off after that to let it heal before resuming training. Nonetheless, he was a clear favorite. Bligh is the reigning 80-84 champion from Cross Country nationals but has rarely, if ever, been able to win when Goodhue is in the race. Goodhue went out fast, as he always does; his time at the halfway mat was 3:32; Bligh was at 4:09, and Patterson at 4:42. Goodhue's relative lack of conditioning showed over the second half, but he still won by a minute! Goodhue's winning time was 7:28; the 'Silver Bullet' was atop the division podium yet again!. Bligh claimed the Silver medal in 8:29, with Patterson, over a minute back, gaining the Bronze. That was #61 for Goodhue, not that he is counting, but I am.

Doug Goodhue 7:28     Ed Bligh 8:29     Charlie Patterson 9:46

Course/Event Records 80-84: Event Record 11:00 Course Record 15:13 Goodhue, Bligh and Patterson all broke both the Event and Course Records. Goodhue will now be listed as the Course and Event record holder at 7:28.

85-89 Adrian Craven, the reigning Masters National 85-89 Grand Prix Champion, was the sole entrant. Craven took the win in style, hitting the half mile mat in 5:42 and claiming the title at 11:31. That also establishes a new 85-89 Event and Course record for the Monumental Mile.

Adrian Craven 11:31  


Age Grading measures how well a given athlete's time stacks up to the estimated World's Best curve for an athlete of that age. The higher the percentage the better. Masters LDR has used the standard of referring to 90% and up as World Class, 80% and up as National Class. Some use the term Regional Class for 70% and above but that is informal. The Elite Performance Medals, awarded only at Masters National Road Racing Championships, recognize 85% - 89.99% as upper National Class which earns a Silver as opposed to a Bronze medal (for 80% -84.99%).

The winners of Championship Age Grading Medals are the fastest for their age across all age divisions. It can help settle discussions about which age division champion is most awesome among all! It can also provide recognition for an outstanding athlete in the last year or two of an age division, who may not win the age division but can out age grade younger athletes in the division who beat him/her to the finish line.

MEN The top age grading contenders were identified in my preview as: Christian Cushing-Murray, Dan King, Jacob Nur and David Westenberg. Westenberg was a scratch due to an eye issue that cropped up unexpectedly, and Nur showed up with an adductor issue that flared up during the race, causing him to exit the race. Cushing-Murray got his division win and the American 55-59 Record. Both eluded King, but the 64-year-old nipped Cushing-Murray, 55, for the top age grading prize, 93.6% to 93.4%. King's 5:09 rated slightly higher than Cushing-Murray's 4:47. With Nat Larson setting the 60-64 bar at 4:49 last year at USATF-NJ's Big Bang Mile, it is very tough for any 60-64 athlete to get the record. That said, it gave King some bragging points over Lee who won the division but finished 4th in age grading. Robert Qualls 71, Rick Lee 62, and Mike Madsen 50, rounded out the top 5. Qualls's 5:33, Lee's 5:06, and Madsen's 4:38 earned scores of 93.2, 92.9, and 92.7. Qualls has regularly won his division but this is his first age grading podium this year. Lee, not only had #4 in age grading, but got the 60-64 division win, never an easy task in that highly competitive division. Madsen got the American record as well as landing atop-5 age grade.

Dan King 64 5:09 93.6%     Christian Cushing-Murray 55 4:47 93.4     Robert Qualls 71 5:33 93.2

*Footnote: 8 others turned in World Class times: Todd Straka, Fred Torneden, Bryan Lindsay, Dan Spale, Tim Mylin, Roger Sayre, Mike Nier, Dave Bussard

WOMEN I wrote in the preview that it would be amazing if anyone other than Jeannie Rice would earn the top age grading score. The report above showed that her 6:44 (chip) broke the 75-79 record by about two minutes. Perhaps the only surprising thing about the outcome is that her score was only 96.21%. Rice thinks that she should run fast enough every time at every distance to earn a 100%! I listed Fiona Bayly, Sabra Harvey, Doreen McCoubrie,  Perry Shoemaker, Lisa Veneziano as the strongest additional candidates for the age grade podium. They all ran World Class times, but so did a couple of others. Sabra Harvey claimed Silver; her 6:52 at age 74. earned a score of 92.96. Like King in Men's 60-64, Veneziano could not quite keep pace, at age 58, with her two illustrious 55-year old competitors. But she nipped them in age grading and stood on the age grading podium at the end of the day. Her 5:36 at age 58 graded at 92.29. Harvey 55 5:25 scored a 92.12 for 4th place, with Bayly 55 5:26 at 91.84% for 5th place.

Jeannie Rice 75 6:44 96.2     Sabra Harvey 74 6:52 92.96     Lisa Veneziano 58 5:36 92.29

Footnote:Four others turned in World Class times: Suzanne la Burt, Doreen McCoubrie, Perry Shoemaker, and Jeanette Groesz.

Women's Age Grading Podium-From Left-Lisa Veneziano, Jeannie Rice & Sabra Harvey at  the 2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo posted on Strava by L Veneziano 

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS In road racing, team championships are determined by adding up the times of the first three finishers on each team, low score wins. Teams may declare up to 5 athletes.


40+ No entries

50+ The Pursuit of Excellence Track Club won the 50+ division prize in 17:46, an average of 5:55.3 per scoring team member. All three athletes, Lisa Veneziano, Roxanne Springer, and Melissa Chiti scored before any runners on the 2nd place team finished. The 2nd place team was the Genesee Valley Harriers GVH with a team total of 21:08 from brenda Osovski, Cassandra Crane, and Gail Geiger, for an average of 7:02.7.

Pursuit of Excellence L Veneziano, R Springer, M Chiti 17:46

GVH B Osovski, C Crane, G Geiger 21:08

*Note: Following the event, a protest was filed that at least two of the athletes on the winning team were not eligible to compete. With no athletes on the Grandfather nor Moved lists, they are subject to rule 341.8 which allows only 1 runner from outside the association. That protest had not been ruled on, that I know of, at the time this article was posted.

60+ The Shore Athletic Club was the sole entry. They won with a cumulative team total of 21:05, from Suzanne La Burt, Debbie Brathwaite, and Susan Stirrat, for an average of 7:01.7. That gave Shore their 1st win this season after a 4th place finish at the 5 Km Championships in Atlanta.

Shore AC S La Burt, D Brathwaite, S Stirrat 21:05

70+ Team Red Lizard had no trouble taking the 70+ win, despite Suzanne Ray having to run a conservative race. All 3 of their scoring team finished before any of the Atlanta Track Club, their rivals, scored. Their team score was 21:48, from Sabra Harvey, Jeanette Groesz, and Ray, for an average of 7:16 per runner. Atlanta claimed the silver medals in 37:12, from Andrea McCarter, Carol Patterson, and Joyce Hodges-Hite, or an average of 12:24 per runner. That was the third win of the season in as many tries for Red Lizard.

Team Red Lizard S Harvey, J Groesz, S Ray 21:48

Atlanta A McCarter, C Patterson, J Hodges-Hite 37:12


40+ The Indiana Elite AC, the home team, seemed likely to dominate the division. They had 4 athletes entered, all of whom should break 5 minutes. GVH had a runner who could compete up front but did not have three runners likely to break 5 minutes. And the same was true for the Greater Philadelphia TC GPTC.  A bigger question was whether Indiana's 'B' squad could come in ahead of GVH and GPTC. As expected, Bryan Lindsay gave Indiana the early lead, with a 4:25, but Jaret Herter kept GVH close with a 4:30. But Indiana's #2 and #3 runners, Mark Guyer and Tom Burns, came in at 4:33 and 4:42, ahead of GVH's #2 runner and all of GPTC's runners. Just like that, Indiana 'A' had the win at 13:40, averaging 4:33.3. What about Indiana 'B'? The next runner across the line was Christopher Hernandez in 4:47, giving GVH 9:17 with 2 runners in. But then the 'B' squad was doing the scoring. Mike Olson zipped across the line in 4:53, with Brandon Daugherty just 6 seconds back. That brought them into contention at 9:52 with two runners in. The next two runners on the course were Indiana's Robb Awe and GPTC's Matthew Di Pretore, running stride for stride. In the end, it was Awe by a second in 5:04! That gave Indiana B a complete team score at 14:56. GVH needed their third runner to finish in the next 35 seconds to beat the B's. GVH would have to rely on one of their 60+ runners who dropped down to 40+. GVH made a strategic choice in the run up to the race. Once it was clear they would not have a complete 60's team they decided to put their low 5's 60+ guy onto 50+ where they had a shot at the win, and their upper 5-minute 60+ guy to the 40+ team where it was a question of 2nd or 3rd most likely. Gary Passamonte said, 'Put me where I can do the most good!' GVH knew that Passamonte could not run a 5:39, but hoped he could run fast enough to get them in ahead of GPTC. Di Pretore gave GPTC a 5:05, and when Matthew Cutrona turned in a 5:22 as GPTC's #2, that gave GPTC 10:27 on two runners in. Tim Conheady, also dropping down from the 60+ division, gave GPTC a 5:33 to bring their final total to 16:00. Passamonte only had to beat 6:43 to give GVH the bronze medals. He was more than up to the task, crossing the line in 5:56 to give GVH 15:26 and third place. GPTC would have liked to make the podium but was happy that they scored 70 Grand Prix points. After all, Di Pretore and Cutrona dropped down from the 50+ division and Conheady, as noted, from the 60+ division. That gave the 40+ team 170 points on two championships and moved them into 4th place in the Grand Prix, with two events to go. There is a good chance they can score good points at the 12 Km in New Jersey. They won it in 2021 and finished 3rd last year. Good points there mean they could wrap up a very good Grand Prix season at Boca Raton!! GVH is one of the teams ahead of them, though, and will try to keep it that way!

Indiana AC B Lindsay, M Guyer, T Burns (J Ritter) 13:40

Indiana AC 'B' M Olson, B Daugherty, R Awe 14:56

GVH J Herter, C Hernandez, G Passamonte 15:13

50+ This division would be highly contested, second only to the 60+ division. In the preview I had Boulder-GVH-Indiana Elite-Shore AC in that order. But that was based on the teams declared at close of online registration. At packet pickup, GVH moved Joe Mora down from the 60+ division. That move should have been worth about a half minute, enough to move GVH ahead of Boulder on paper. It is also true that I predicted a close race, with no more than a half minute, perhaps, between the top 4 teams. That means anything could happen! Boulder's Todd Straka drew first blood at 4:52, followed 8 seconds later by Shore's Jeff Conston and GVH's Mike Nier at 5:04. Seven seconds later, John Borthwick gave Boulder their 2nd score at 5:11, followed closely by GVH's Joe Mora. dropping down from 60+, at 5:14. Boulder was at 10:03 on 2 runners, GVH at 10:18 on two runners. Indiana was heard from next when Tim Mylin, like Mora, dropping down from 60+, clocked 5:16.  GVH's #3, Dale Flanders and Indiana's #2, Andrew Hector were on the course, neither giving an inch! With Flanders ahead by a stride in 5:22 and Hector at 5:23, GVH was closing in on the win! They had a complete team score at 15:40! That was an average of 5:13.3. Boulder's 3rd runner needed to crack 5:37 for them to get the win!  In the meantime, Hector's 5:23 gave Indiana 10:39 on two athletes. Chris Rinaldi was two strides back at 5:25, giving Shore 2 athletes in and 10:25, so 14 seconds ahead of Indiana. To take the victory away from GVH, Boulder needed their 3rd runner to finish under 5:37; Indiana and Shore could not catch GVH. Alonso Gonzalez closed off Indiana's scoring at 5:31; their total was at 16:10, an average of 5:23.3. The clock was ticking for Boulder and ShoreBoulder's 3rd runner had 35 seconds before it was too late to thwart Indiana but Shore had just 13! Thirteen seconds came and went with no one crossing the line from this division. Indiana would at least earn team bronzes! 

Indiana Elite's 50+ Team Bronze medalists From Left Alonso Gonzalez, Andrew Hector, Tim Mylin at the 2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo posted on Beyond Monumentqal FB page

As it turned out the #3 runners from both Shore. and Boulder crossed the line in sync at 5:52. Michael Di Leva gave it everything he had but Shore was seven seconds short. Their 16:17 was an average of 5:25.7. They would enjoy the 70 Grand Prix points nonetheless. Had Di Leva not stepped up, they would have gotten zero! They would move up from 7th into a tie for 5th in that GP race. Adam Feerst, still sore from a crash landing off of a road bike just days before the race, ensured that Boulder got the silver medals and the 90 Grand Prix points that go with it. Their 15:55 was an average of 5:18.3. They were now tied with Shore for fifth in the Grand Prix, moving up from 13th. GVH, by the way, got the full 100 GP points, moving from 2nd into first!

GVH M Nier, j Mora, D Flanders (M Mertens) 15:40

Boulder RR T Straka, J Borthwick, A Feerst 15:55

Indiana Elite AC T Mylin, A Hector, A Gonzalez 16:10

60+ As has often been the case this year, the 60+ division was the most hotly contested. Shore has been dreaming of a race day when their top three of Rick Lee, Henry Notaro and Mark Zamek would all step to the same line, healthy and hearty. It is still a dream. Notaro may still be injured I can find no races for him since Cross Nationals in Virginia. Zamek is also still working through issues. Zamek hoped his bronze medal effort at Dedham in the 10 Km would be a sign he could go all out today. But hsi issues reasserted themselves once he tried to enter a more intensive training block. He determined he would race for the team but hold himself back to what he referred to as tempo pace, around 5:20. They would still be a tough team to beat. Lee would be vying for the individual victory and Gary Wiesinger provided a very solid number 3. Uncertainties included whether Zamek's tendon would be up to the tempo effort and whether Lee might have some heaviness in his legs from his 55K trek in the Comrades marathon in South Africa. The CHT Elite team, which used to compete as Playmakers Elite, would bring a more tightly packed set of runners. Dave Bussard just ran a sub-18 5K but he still would not quite match up with Lee. If Tim Lambrecht and Eric Stuber could deliver times in the 5:20- 5:40 range, they would be dangerous. Boulder would have a solid 1-2 in Roger Sayre and Dan Spale. They are both now in the 65-69 division so not as dangerous in a 60+ team race as they were 5 years earlier. Their #3, Bob Cottrell, was new to me. Though he resides in Dillon CO, the most relevant performances I found were a 5K in Virginia, a 23:01, and a 65 second 400-M effort at the MTF Outdoor Championships last year. He finished almost 4 minutes behind Spale at the 5 Km XC in Boulder. All that suggested to me that there might be a pretty large gap, easily as much as a minute, between their top two and their #3. The fact that he attempted a 400M at the Outdoor MTF meet might be a sign that he is much faster at a mile than a 5K.

If Lee had any miles in his legs, he did not show it. Lee sped across the finish line in 5:06 to take the division victory and arrive first in the team competition. Bussard came next at 5:17, followed by Sayre and Zamek, true to his word, coming across the line at 5:21. Zamek's score gave Shore 'A' 10:27. Now they would wait to see when Weisinger would finish. Six seconds later, Spale was in and Boulder had 10:48 from 2 athletes. Five more seconds and Lambrecht was in and CHT was at 10:49. Eight seconds later, CHT was done. Stuber added 5:40 to bring CHTs total to 16:29. That represents an average of 5:29.7. Shore needed Weisinger under 6:02! Cottrell for Boulder had to be just a second back to move ahead of CHT but that was not to be. Cottrell ran faster than I had expected, clocking 5:47, but that still left Boulder at 16:35, six seconds behind CHT. Their 16:35 was an average of  5:31.7. And what about Weisinger? He still had 14 seconds of opportunity. It was enough; Weisinger crossed the line at 6:01, giving Shore the win by a single second over CHT! Their 16:28 was an average of 5:29.3. 

Shore AC Men's 60+ Team Gold Medalists From Left Mark Zamek, Gary Weisinger, Rick Lee at the 2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo posted on Strava by G Weisinger 

That was close, just seven seconds between Team first and Team 3rd. 

CHT Elite-Silver Medalists Men's 60+ Team From Left: Tim Lambrecht, Dave Bussard, Eric Stuber, Kerry Barnett, Jaime Hartges at the 2023 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships Photo posted on Strava by J Hartges

The Shore AC B team finished 4th in 18:29, with Kevin Dollard, Scott Linell, and Reno Stirrat.

Shore AC R Lee, M Zamek, G Weisinger 16:28

CHT Elite D Bussard, T Lambrecht, E Stuber (J Hartges, K Barnett) 16:29

Boulder RR R Sayre, D Spale, B Cottrell 16:35

70+ Boulder was the consensus pick, among the teams entered, for the win. With their top two, Doug Bell and Doug Chesnut contending for the team win, and Rick Katz providing solid support at #3, they would be tough to beat. Atlanta had Kirk Larson contending for the team win, and Dave Glass, likely not far back. But Jerry Learned, who has still been a steady #3 this year, although struggling a bit with health issues, was missing. When the Mile was scheduled for Rochester, he committed to an extended family gathering the weekend of the 24th.  By the time the Mile was firmly rescheduled to June 24th, it was impossible to change the date for the family event. They would not have the depth to contend for the win, but Morris Williams stepped up to ensure that they would have a complete team and would finish either 3rd or 4th and get the GP points along with it. GVH brought a very solid team but their top runners, now in the 75-79 division, are no longer threats at the front of the team 70+ division. The same thing could be said of the Ann Arbor TC although it is also true that the team, as a whole, is not as competition oriented as they were a couple of years back when they took the 70+ GP title in 2018 and 2019.

As expected, it was Bell, Larson and Chesnut, barreling down Meridian Street competing for the 70+ Team win. Bell got the win in 6:11 and, although Chesnut edged Larson at the line, their times were both rounded up to 6:13. Boulder had two in and a running total of 12:24. GVH was heard from next as May and Yeates sped across the line in 6:39 and 6:43; GVH had 13:22 from their first two. Glass, of Atlanta should have been mixing it up with those two but had the rare off day. Ann Arbor came next as Terry McCluskey clocked 6:56. Seven seconds later, Katz scored, giving Boulder a team total of 19:27 and the win! No one could catch them!  Another nine seconds passed and Paul Carlin That's me! finished at 7:12. Ann Arbor was at 14:08 with two athletes in. Glass and Ann Arbor's Doug Goodhue came next, with matching 7:28 finishing times. That gave Ann Arbor 21:36 for their complete total, and Atlanta had 13:41 with two in.  GVH's Liam Finnigan had to finish in under 8:14 for them to nail 2nd place. That was no problem for Finnigan! At 7:35, he was across the line, and GVH was in for the silver medals at 20:57. Williams needed a 7:55 or better for Atlanta to edge Ann Arbor for bronze medals. That did not happen, but Willams was across the line in 8:31. Atlanta was at 22:12; they had 70 GP points and that could be important as the GP is winding up this fall.

The turnout was a little smaller than last year, understandable with their late start on marketing. But they drew very competitive fields in almost every division, from the far corners of the nation. When you have six American records set at a Mile event, you know you have been able to attract some pretty speedy Masters runners! Athletes were enthused, saying it was a great event and they would love to return! A great airport to fly into, a quick ride to downtown and super-convenient layout made it easy. The hotel was a block from Monument Circle, the staging area for the race, with packet pickup, gear drop, uniform check in, and post-race beverage and food, hang out time, along with timing results, and awards. What could be better?! It would be interesting to see what kind of field they would draw if they had a longer marketing period in front of the race. Word of mouth would be a strong positive!

A few more shots of post-race celebration and camaraderie:

Posted on Beyond Monumental's Facebook site:

Carol Poenisch & Linda Cullison L to R 

Indiana Elite 40+ and 50+

Shore AC Men's 60's -L to R: Scott Linnell, Rick Lee, Kevin Dollard, Matt Di Leva + 1 AATC 70's ME

Posted on Strava:

Boulder Road Runners-50's through 70's

Day After the Race at the IU Track-Light Workout & Friendship L to R Jeanette Groesz, Suzanne Ray, Jeannie Rice, Sabra Harvey

'Selfie' with Monument Circle in Background-L to R Jacob Nur, Roger Sayre, Adam Feerst