Atlanta Track Club Mens Masters Racing Teams Run Well at 10km Championships

May 8th, 2014 | In Local Running News

2014 James Joyce 10km

From our Men’s 70+ Team Coordinator, Charlie Patterson (also the cross country coach at Piedmont College):

Greetings:

Our 70s Team competed in the USATF Masters 10K yesterday in Dedham, Ma.  Last year the Masters Men ATC 60s was the only ATC Team to compete in this Championship and won their division.  This year the ATC had Teams from 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.  The ATC Mens 40s Team finished 2nd only 3 seconds behind Boston Athletic Club.  The ATC 50s and 60s Teams won their divisions and the 70s Team finished 3rd.  ATC had 3 in the Top 10 Male Age Graded. 1st Ken Youngers (92.81), 2nd  Tom McCormack (92.68) and 7th Kristain Blaich (91.01).  Ken Youngers(45-49) and Tom McCormack(60-64) were National Champions with Chad Newton (40-44) and Kristian Blaich (45-49) silver medalists and Kirk (Larson (60-64) receiving bronze.  This is the first time I remember the ATC Men’s Masters having complete teams in the 40, 50, 60 and 70 Divisions with all teams finishing in the Top 3 of their Divisions.  Only 3 seconds kept us from having 3 Championship Teams.  Congratulations to our Team Coordinator, Kirk Larson, who continues to build our Team spirit.

 

The 70s Team finished 3rd despite several difficult circumstances.  We are finding that although we may have 7-8 on the 70s roster, it is hard to find 3 healthy available team members to compete to score as a Team in National Championships.  We were all saddened by the unexpected death on Cynthia Bowen, Kermitt’s wife, and we had a moment of silence prior to the race and we remembered Kermitt and family at that time.

 

Interestingly the Men’s 70-74 AG had the most competitors with 24.  Ed Bligh, Andrew Sherwood and I made the trip to give us 3 people for a scoring team.  I knew Ed was having some problems when I saw him start walking up the hill in mile 2.  Mile 3 was relatively flat and I was trying to hang on to Ed.  There were a couple of tough short hills in the 4th mile, and Ed walked the hills.  I passed Ed on the first hill and then Ed, sick, worked extremely hard staying close to me to finish the last 2 miles.  When I passed Ed in the 4th mile, I did not know how he would do on the last 2 miles and was very pleasantly surprised when he passed me at the finish line.  Ed finished 49:06 and I finished 49:07. They score clock time in USATF National Championships and total time for the Team members to determine score.

 

Ed and I then walked back to cheer Andrew to the finish.  We were expecting Andrew at about 55 minutes  based on his run at the Singleton 10K a week earlier.  At 55 minutes, no Andrew;  57 minutes, no Andrew;  59 minutes no Andrew; 59:30 and we see Andrew.

Andrew pulled a hamstring after the first mile and walked – jogged the rest of the way to finish in a remarkable 1:00:10.  Even with all our struggles, we were pleased to get 3rd place and finishing ahead on Clifton, who placed 2nd to Ann Arbor in the Grand Prix last year.  I personally commend Ed and Andrew for their tremendous Team effort in very difficult circumstances.

 

New England 65+ finished 1st in 2:21:19, 24 seconds ahead of Ann Arbor at 2:21:43.  We finished 3rd at 2:38:23 and Clifton 4th at 2:42:11.

Results here:

http://www.usatf.org/usatf/files/b3/b37b876f-6691-43d4-993c-34e5518fb2f3.pdf

 

 

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