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Event Logo 2013 USATF Niagara Open Cross Country Championships
Sunday, November 10, 2013 - Sunday, November 10, 2013
Cornell University Golf Course
Ithaca, NY


ITHACA- Sunday, November 10th Cornell Golf Course held the 2013 USATF Niagara Open Cross Country Championships. The Championship race was held by the Pete Glavin Upstate New York XC Series race number 4.  Teams from all over the Niagara Association participated in the team style event.

The Women’s 6km race was up first with 73 taking to the starting line, 45 were also USATF Niagara members competing in the Championships.  Four USATF clubs sported complete teams; Checkers AC, Finger Lakes Running Club, Genesee Valley Harriers (GVH) with three, and Syracuse Track Club, with the Syracuse Chargers sporting an incomplete team.  The course started down the driving range, along the woods on the back side of the course, two loops around three short holes, back into the woods down a good decent, and then up a steep ascent with a 300 meter sprint to the finish. At the half way point of the race, GVH was in strong position leading 7 of the first 10 positions. Cresting up the hill of the final straight away you could see the maroon jersey of Karen Simmonds-Brady with a small lead on teammates Jessica Snyder in second place, followed by Kristina Maletz in 3rd, and Sarah Loerch in 4th place.  After a brief gap, the blue jersey of Syracuse Track Club’s Kaitlin O’Sullivan could be seen taking 5th place overall. Casey Moskel was unable to chase Kaitlin down to secure a perfect score for GVH, although a winning team score of 16 points is still excellent. Andrea Newton of the GVH B team finished in 7th place overall, Elizabeth Matthews of the GVH A team finished in 8th place, Kelsey Ryan of Checkers AC finished in 9th place and Melissa Senall of the GVH B team finished in 10th place.  The top 10 Niagara members each won medals for the individual portion of the XC Championships. GVH A team finished 1st in the team competition with their impressive 16 point total. Checkers AC finished 2nd in the team competition with a 67 point total behind Kelsey Ryan’s 9th place and a tight pack finishing 12th, 13th, 16th, and 17th overall.  GVH B team finished 3rd in the team competition with 77 points, scoring members finished 7th, 10th, 14th, 22nd, and 24th overall. Syracuse Track Club finished 4th overall in the team competition, Finger Lakes Running Club finished 5th, and the GVH C team finished 6th.

The Men’s 8km race was up next with 125 ready to blast off at the sound of the starting gun. 80 USATF Niagara members competing in the Open Championships were there to show off their speed.  The course was laid out similar to that of the Women, with just one extra loop included to pick up the additional 2k in the middle of the race. This offered three opportunities to check out the leaders of the race, with very little changing each time they came through. The leader of the race from about 1 mile on was Bill Way of High Noon (High Noon is not a USATF club). 2nd overall was Eddie Novara who ran unattached. 3rd overall was C. Fred Joslyn who recently joined the Syracuse Track Club. Ryan Millar of Syracuse Chargers took 4th place overall. Syracuse Track Club also took 5th place, Chip O’Hara, and 6th place, Andrew Dionne. Syracuse Chargers teammates and twin brothers Nick Guarino took 7th place and Josh Guarino took 8th place. GVH A team member Mike Kurvich took 9th place and Chris Mateer, also of GVH A took 10th overall. The team competition was a bit closer with Syracuse Track Club A team finishing with 29 points (Unattached runners excluded, Syracuse TC goes 1st, 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th). Syracuse Chargers finished 2nd in the team competition with 40 points (2nd, 5th, 6th, 13th, and 14th). GVH A team finished 3rd overall in the team competition with 52 points (7th, 8th, 9th, 12th, and 16th). GVH B team finished 4th with 121 points, Syracuse Track Club B team finished 5th with 154 points, Syracuse Track Club C team finished 6th with 207 points, GVH C team finished 7th with 210 points, and GVH D team finished 8th with 244 points. Also competing but with incomplete teams were RoadKill racing, Finger Lakes Running Club, Checkers AC, Greater Buffalo  Track Club, and GVH E team.

A very successful Championship from the point of view of USATF Niagara. 125 individuals competed for 8 different clubs as part of 21 different teams. The course was laid out well, the post race food was delicious, lots of medals and checks were awarded, everyone seemed to have a great time. For pictures of the event, please friend USATF Niagara and check out the event page.

Championship results