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Fast times, American record highlights USATF Masters 10K Road Championships


DEDHAM, Massachusetts -- With temperatures in the mid-50’s, but mostly sunny skies and a bit more wind than optimal, it was a good day for racing, made great by the individual performances. The Championship recorded 232 finishers, with 99 turning in a National Class performance or better.


The most impressive performance was that of Sabra Harvey, who broke her own W65 American record of 42:37, finishing in 42:04 for an age-graded performance of 103.56%. Other top age-grading performances were turned in by Jan Holmquist, 72, who ran 48:01 for a 96.59%, and Edie Stevenson, 67, who turned in a 44:20 for 96.56%. For men, the top age-grades were Nat Larson, 54, with 33:30 for a 92.80%, Kristian Blaich, 50, 32:58 for 91.13, and Derrick Staley, 58, a 35:51 for 89.84%.


The early stages of the men’s overall race was marked by a battle royale between David Angell and Derrick Jones. Angell would gradually create a small gap and then Jones would attack, surging up a hill to take a lead. But then Angell would gradually reinsert himself at the front and the process would repeat itself. After the 5-mile mark, Jones had little left, as Angell pulled away for a dominating win in 32:37, making this his second Masters Road Racing Championship in a row. Jones was unable to respond when Ryan McCalmon, Kristian Blaich, 2015 winner, and Frankie Adkins surged past on the run into the finish. In the shake-out over the last 200 meters, it was McCalmon taking second in 32:55 with Blaich taking the third spot on the podium in 32:58, as only 10 seconds separated second from fifth.


On the women’s side, newcomer Ginger Reiner was able to gradually pull away from Holly Ortlund to take the overall win by 18 seconds in 37:11. 2016 champion Marisa Sutera Strange won the duel with Cassandra Henkiel for the final spot on the podium, 37:55 to 37:58.


Athletes Harvey, 67, Holmquist, 72, Blaich, 50, Staley, 58, Angell, 40, Jones, 45, Reiner, 40, Strange, 53, and Henkiel, 47, mentioned above, also won their respective Age Division competition. Additional Age Division Champions included: Margaret Taylor, 61, 48:00; Tom Bernhard, 65, 38:17, Tony Gingello, 70, 44:55; Kathleen Scotti, 75, 1:25:33; John Noyes, 75, 47:55 and William Riley, 80, 53:04.


Next up on the Masters Grand Prix circuit is the USATF Masters Half Marathon Championships this coming Sunday, May 7th, from Newport Beach to Costa Mesa, California.


Contributed by Paul Carlin, USATF Masters LDR Media Chair

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