Scott & Cox each win two titles at masters indoor championships in Maryland


Over the weekend fifteen (15) athletes from USATF Niagara competed in the USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in Landover, Maryland.  The championships were held in the Wayne K. Curry Prince George's Sports Learning Complex. Over 1200 athletes, the largest in meet history, ages 30-102 competed over the three days of competition.
Four (4) of the Niagara athletes won a total of six (6) national titles.  
Edward Cox (Binghamton / Syracuse Chargers TC) and Sascha Scott (Syracuse / Syracuse TC) each won two events to highlight the Niagara performances in Landover.
Cox, who turned 90 in October, ran to victory in the 60m and 200m.  His 60m time of 11.73 was just .10 seconds off the listed M90 U.S. record and his 43.83 was just 1.73 seconds shy of the record.  Both of his times scored over 93% on the performance tables where 90% and over is considered a world class performance.  Meanwhile Scott, 48 years Cox’s junior, ran to victory in the W40 800m and 1500m.  In the 1500m she ran 4:37.95 (90.34%) to win by over 26 seconds and in the 800m she stopped the clock at 2:17.72.
Ben James (Honeoye Falls, NY / Genesee Valley Harriers) won the men’s 60-64 title in the 400m for the second consecutive year.  His time of 1:00.69 was over 1.5 seconds ahead of David Schmanski of Tennessee.  “I was happy with the win but disappointed with the time,” stated James. “I was hoping to run faster.”
In the men’s 65-69 1500m Tim McMullen (Churchville, NY / Genesee Valley Harriers) ran to victory running 5:27.02. He defeated Alan Pemberton of Maryland by just .69 seconds.
Competing in her first masters national track competition, Caroline Bucci (Rochester, NY / Genesee Valley Harriers) finished third in the W45-49 3000m. Her time was 12:14.72.

To see the complete list of Niagara performances click here.

Looking ahead - are you ready to commit?
The 2018 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships will be held July 26-29 in Spoken, Wash.  Next year’s indoor championships are scheduled to be held March 1-3 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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