GVH squads win two team titles at National Masters 10 km Championships in Massachusetts


On Sunday (29-April) thirty four (34) athletes from USATF Niagara competed in the USATF Masters 10 km Championships held as part of the James Joyce Ramble in Dedham, Mass.  A total of 256 athletes from 20 states competed in the championships with $10,000 awarded in prize money to individuals and teams.  Other than New England, the host association, Niagara had the largest number of athletes of any other USATF association.
Last year the Genesee Valley Harriers (GVH) women’s 40+ and men’s 70+ squads each ran to team victories at this championship and both were coming off team wins at last month’s 8 km Championships in Virginia.  The story on Sunday was the same in Massachusetts as each squad again defeated tough competition to defend their 2017 titles and picked up their second national title in the past six weeks.
The trio of Heather Webster (44, Honeoye Falls, NY), Melissa Senall (46, Fairport), and Caroline Bucci (45, Rochester) won the W40+ team title for GVH. Their combined time of 2:10:23 was 3:29 faster than runner-up Western Mass Distance Project.  Webster finished third in the women’s 40-44 division running 39:43. Senall and Bucci finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 45-49 division.  Senall stopped the clock at 45:08 and Bucci followed closely in 45:32.  In the year-long USATF Masters Club Grand Prix, the team currently leads the Impala Racing Team from California 240 to 190 points.  
In the men’s competition the GVH men’s 70+ team successfully defended their 2017 title and picked up their third team title in 2018.  The trio of Jim May (71, Williamson, NY), Tony Gingello (71, Rochester, NY) and Liam Finnigan (71, Farmington, NY) ran a combined time of 2:20:02 to win the M70+ team title over the always strong Atlanta Track Club (2:22:25).  At last year’s championships the GVH squad’s combined time was 2:21:30.  This was the team’s third national title of the year, previously winning titles at the USATF Cross Country Championships in February in Florida and then the 8 km championships last month in Virginia.  They lead the year-long USATF Masters Club Grand Prix with 380 points with the Atlanta TC close behind with 310 points.
The Genesee Valley Harriers sent eight full teams to the championships with the men’s 50+ and women’s 60+ teams also earning trips to the awards podium.  The men’s 50+ squad finished second to the Greater Springfield Harriers. The scoring athletes for GVH were Mike Nier (53, Rochester, NY, 36:03), Dale Flanders (53, Allegany, NY, 37:01) and Theodor Schnaufer (54, Syracuse, NY, 38:11). The women’s 60+ team finished third as Sharon Moore (63, Rochester, NY, 50:07), Cheryl Guth (64, Rochester, NY, 51:27) and Cindy Ingalls (66, Pittsford, NY, 55:34) scored for the team.
The top individual performances on the day for the Niagara athletes were turned in by Mike Nier and Karyl Sargent, 54, of Lafayette, NY.  Nier’s 36:03 scored 85.48% on the age graded performance tables (where each athlete’s finish time is converted in a manner to allow for comparing performances of all competitors regardless of the age or gender of the athlete). Sargent, who runs for the Syracuse Track Club, ran 42:39 which scored 84.39%; placing 15th out of the 92 female competitors in the championships.  She finished sixth in the highly competitive women’s 50-54 division.

Scoring over 80% were:
Mike Nier, 53, (Rochester NY, Genesee Valley Harriers, 36:03, 85.49%)
Karyl Sargent, 54, (Lafayette NY, Syracuse Track Club, 42:39, 84.37%)
Mark Rybinski, 62, (Manlius NY, Genesee Valley Harriers, 40:01, 83.51%)
Dale Flanders, 53, (Allegany NY, Genesee Valley Harriers, 37:01, 83.26%)
Timothy Riccardi, 60, (Marietta NY, Genesee Valley Harriers, 40:09, 81.70%)
Theodor Schnaufer, 54, (Syracuse NY, Genesee Valley Harriers, 38:11, 81.42%)
Heather Webster, 44, (Honeoye Falls NY, Genesee Valley Harriers, 39:43, 80.97%)
Sharon Moore, 63, Rochester NY, Genesee Valley Harriers, 50:07, 80.86%)
Kevin Clinefelter, 61, (Rochester NY, Genesee Valley Harriers, 41:33, 80.42%)
Jim May, 71, (Williamson NY, Genesee Valley Harriers, 45:29, 80.41%)
The 2019 championships will return to Dedham.

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