Andrews, Scott, Carlstrom lead Niagara athletes at National Masters Championships


The USATF Masters 5 km Championships were held on Sunday, October 2 in Syracuse, N.Y.  The championships were part of the Syracuse Festival of Races which has hosted the championships on ten different occasions including the last nine years in a row.  A total of 276 athletes from 27 states competed in the championships with 83 competitors from the Niagara association.
Winning individual national titles from the Niagara association were Mark Andrews, 45, of Rochester, David Rider, 86, of Brantingham, and Willis Moses, 90, of Vestal, N.Y.  Andrews (Yellowjacket Racing) took the men’s 45-49 title running 15:39 to outrun Greg Putnam of Massachusetts by 14 seconds.  Rider (Syracuse Chargers TC) ran 35:43 to defeat Edward Doucette of Vermont by 22 seconds. Moses, 90, the oldest competitor in the championships by four years, captured the men’s 90-94 division running 39:13.  Picking up bronze medals for their third place finishes were Casey Carlstrom (Finger Lakes Runners Club) of Ithaca in the men’s 55-59; Jim May (Genesee Valley Harriers) of Williamson in the men’s 70-74 division;  Sam Graceffo (Syracuse Chargers TC) of Fayetteville in the men’s 80-84 division; and Sheldon Kall (Syracuse Chargers TC) of Manlius in the men’s 85-89 division

The top performance by a Niagara woman was the second place finish (overall and in the M40 division) turned in by Sascha Scott, 41, of Syracuse who competes for the Syracuse TC.  She ran 17:45 to trail division champion Janet McDevitt of Washington by four seconds.  Scott’s age-graded score of 85.96% was the the top women’s score of the 26 Niagara women that competed in the championships.  Heather Webster (Genesee Valley Harriers), 42, of Honeoye Falls stopped the clock at 18:04 scoring 85.00% on the age graded tables; the second best age-graded performance for a Niagara woman.  She finished fourth in the 40-44 division.  Fran Rowe (Checkers AC), 76, of Niagara Falls and Estelle Hahn (Syracuse Chargers TC), 76, of Janesville finished second and third in the women’s 75-79 division.  Also, picking up a third place finish was Mary Casey (Syracuse Chargers TC), 70, of Fayetteville in the women’s 70-74 division.

Four Niagara men turned in age-graded performances over 90%.  Scores of over 90% are considered to be world class while scores over 80% to be national class.   The top mark was turned in by Carlstrom, 57,  who ran 16:59 and scored 91.75%. Andrews scored 90.81% for the second best age-graded performance while Michael Kent (Triple Cities 
Runners Club), 51, of Conklin and Charlie Andrews, 59, of Rochester scored 90.73% and 90.41%, respectively.  Kent ran 16:23 to place fifth in the 50-54 division while Andrews ran 17:31 placing ninth in the 55-59 division.
A total of 26 Niagara men and four (4) women scored over 80.00%.
Winning national team titles were; Syracuse Chargers TC women’s 70+, Genesee Valley Harriers men’s 70+, and Syracuse Chargers TC  men’s 80+
The Syracuse Chargers 70+ women’s team defeated association rival Checkers AC 1:30:07 to 1:52:38.  The scoring athletes for the Chargers were; Sue Gardinier, Mary Casey, and Rosemary Laquidari.  
For the men’s 70+ competition the threesome of Jim May, Jim Glinsky and Liam Finnigan lead the GVH team to victory in a close three team battle.  Their winning score (combined time of the top three finishers) of 1:08:24 defeated the Shore AC (New Jeresey) and New England 65 Plus RC who scored 1:09:35 and 1:09:49. respectively.
The Syracuse Chargers TC men’s 80+ team lined up four athletes over the age of 80 to win the team title.  They were led by 86 year old David Rider who ran 35:43.  He was closely followed by Sam Graceffo, 80, just 6 seconds later.  Fritz Schlereth, 83, rounded out the scoring for the team running 42:11.
Other Niagara teams to reach the awards podium for top three team finishes were; Syracuse TC M40+ (3rd place) and Genesse Valley Harriers W40+ (3rd place).

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