Chichester and Meyer win Niagara trail championships


The Ontario Summit Trail Half Marathon hosted the 2018 USATF Niagara Trail Championships on June 9. The race was was run at the half marathon distance in Ontario County Park and along portions of the Finger Lakes Trail.
Tim Chichester, 29, of Hornell and Andrea Meyer, 33, of Penfield ran to victory in the men's and women's races, respectively.  Chichester ran 1:36:32 to break the course record of 1:38:12 set last year by Chad Maloy.  Finishing second was Adam Pacheck, 26, of Ithaca in 1:41:33 (the third fastest time in race history).  EJ Boyce, 37, of Bergen rounded out the top three running 1:44:07 for the fourth fastest time in race history.  
In the women's race Meyer ran 2:15:59 for the victory.  Erica Mead, 31, of Buffalo and Colleen Magnussen, 58, of Buffalo finished second and third, respectively, running 2:32:47 and 2:36:34.
Mike Nier and Magnussen were the top masters athletes to finish and also had the top age-graded performances amongst the master athletes. Nier, 53, ran 1:59:07 to score 56:12% on the age grading tables.  Ron Wightman, 69, of Wellsville was not far behind with a score of 52.09% as he stopped the clock at 2:29:41. Magnussen's time of 2:36:34 scored 52.32%.
The trail championship was part of the USATF Niagara Runner Of The Year Series, next race in the series will be on July 28th YellowJacket Racing Battle Of Bristol 10 km which will be the USATF Niagara Mountain Championships.