Andrews Wins National 10 km Title in Massachusetts

On Sunday, nineteen (19) members of USATF Niagara competed the USATF Masters 10 km Championships in Dedham, Mass.  The event was part of the James Joyce Ramble which started and finished on the scenic Endicott Estate.  A total of 197 athletes competed in the championships.  
The story of the day was the return of Mark Andrews, 45, of Rochester to the top of awards podium as he won the 45-49 title and also was the first masters athlete to cross the finish line.  Andrews who has battled injuries over the last 4 years ran 32:45 to win by 2 seconds over Peter Hamer of Massachusetts.   This was Andrews third national masters title; adding to the M40 half marathon and 5 km titles he won in 2011.  “This was a huge victory for me...since 2012, I have been injured more than I have been healthy, and missed so many races, offered Andrews.  “This race means I am finally getting back to the fitness level I had in 2011, when I had my best year as a Master. It proves to me that I am still competitive at the National level, and my racing career is still going strong.”  Andrews’ upcoming racing schedule includes the Niagara 10 km championship (May 15 in Rochester).
Other top age division finishes were turned in by Gary Radford of Cicero (4th place M55; 39:20) ; Wakenda Tyler of Rochester (5th place W40; 40:56) ; Melissa Senall (6th place W40; 41:17) of Fairport; Colleen Magnussen of Geneseo (6th place W55; 49:01); Doc Rappole of Bemus (6th place M65; 43:47).
The top age-graded performances were (scores of 80% and over are considered to be national class performances):  Andrews (88:03%; 20th place); Mike Nier of Rochester (82.93%; 56 place); Radford (82.63%; 59th place); John Van Kerkhove of Rochester (81.74%; 67th place); David Bischof of Fairport (81.42%; 69th place); Dale Flanders of Allegany (80.97%; 74th place); Theodor Schnaufer of Syracuse (80.52%; 80th place); Frank Gioia of Batavia (80.31%; 83rd place); and Rappole (80.07%; 89th place).
The Genesee Valley Harriers had 4 squads compete in the championships with two of them earning trips to the awards podium for their top three finishes.  The top finishing team was the men’s 50+ squad that placed second behind the Greater Springfield Harriers; 1:45:01 to 1:51:54. The scoring members for GVH were Mike Nier (36:32), Dale Flanders (37:25) and Theodor Schnaufer (37:57).  The women’s 40+ team of Wakenda Tyler (40:56), Melissa Senall (41:27), and Gail Geiger finished third with a total time of 2:15:43.  The trailed the Atlanta Track Club (2:06:27) and the Western Mass Distance Project (2:08:12).  The men’s 60+ squad finished fourth and the women’s 50+ team finished sixth.
The next national masters road championship is the Half Marathon Championships in San Diego on June 5.  The USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships (open and masters) will be held June 4 in Ithaca, NY.

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