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News and Notes - August 31, 2016


Four Rio 2016 Olympic medalists, 12 U.S. Olympians to compete in New Balance 5th Avenue Mile on USATF.TV

NEW YORK CITY -- Looking for her fifth straight title, Jenny Simpson leads a strong women’s field that also features Rio Olympic medalist and training partner Emma Coburn on Saturday at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile in NYC, while Rio gold medalist Matt Centrowitz heads up a men’s field that includes 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano.

In total, a dozen U.S. Olympians will take to 5th Avenue on Saturday afternoon and fans can tune in live around the world on USATF.TV. The free webcast begins at 12:30 p.m. ET with the elite races beginning at 1:15 p.m. ET. All on-demand video from the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile will be available on USATF.TV +PLUS.

Fans can get in on the action by following USATF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #NB5thAveMile.

For the full release from NYRR, click here.

Diamond League will crown 16 winners Thursday in Zürich

Zürich, Switzerland -- Sixteen Diamond League winners will be named Thursday at the Weltklasse Zürich, airing live on beIN SPORTS USA and streaming live on beIN SPORTS CONNECT.

Olympic gold medalist Kerron Clement leads the men’s 400m hurdles race in this year’s Diamond League, and needs to win in Zürich to claim his first Diamond League trophy. Other U.S. leaders in the 2016 Diamond League standings are Justin Gatlin (men’s 100m), LaShawn Merritt (men’s 400m), Christian Taylor (men’s triple jump) and Keni Harrison (women’s 100m hurdles).

A full list of entries and the meeting schedule can be found here. Fans can follow along on the action in Zürich by following USATF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ZurichDL.

Roche, Reed capture USATF 50K Trail Titles

MUIR BEACH, California -- Megan Roche and Cody Reed reigned supreme Saturday at the USATF 50K Championships, as the duo took home the titles in Muir Beach, California as part of the Tamalpa Headlands 50k.

Roche set a course record Saturday, finishing in 4:20:51 en route to her third career national championship. Roche is also the two-time winner of 2015 and 2016 editions of the Way Too Cool 50K and has a course record of 3:41:56 to her credit in Cool, California as well. Kasie Enman and Caitlin Smith turned in podium finishes as well, recording times of 4:23:47 and 4:34:06, respectively.

Reed, who won the Miwok 100K this year in 9:04, cruised through the finish in Tamalpa in 3:43:51. Reed crossed just ahead of Roche’s husband, David, who finished in 3:44:27 to improve upon his third place finish from 2015. Dylan Bowman rounded out the podium on the men’s side with his finish of 3:48:54.

Tamalpa Runners, Marin’s largest running club, presented the Tamalpa Headlands 50k trail race. Designated for the second year in a row as the USATF 50K Trail National Championship and the sixth time in race history, the event attracted an outstanding elite field. The race also serves as a Team USA qualifier for the IAU/IAAF 2017 Trail Running World Championship.

The Tamalpa Headlands 50K starts and finishes at Santos Meadow, located between Muir Woods National Monument Park and Muir Beach. The course takes the 250 entrants over some of Marin’s most rugged and scenic trails, including Pirates Cove, the Miwok trail, the Dipsea, Coastal, and Steep Ravine. With 7,300 feet of challenging and technical elevation change, the race is as challenging as it is beautiful.

Gardiner and Nowik take gold in USATF Masters 1 Mile Road Championships

FLINT, Michigan -- It was a warm summer evening in Flint, Michigan, the site of the 2016 USATF Masters Mile Championships and the HealthPlus CRIM Festival of Races. On a challenging 1 mile loop with significant elevation changes, Cal Coast Track Club teammates, John Gardiner and Jerome Vermeulen came across the line 1-2 in the Men’s Race in 4:33 and 4:39. Third place overall went to a Central Michigan runner, Rob McConnell, in 4:43. Vermeulen, 49, also took the top age-grading spot, the measure of best relative performance across all age groups, from Nat Larson, 54, Greater Springfield Harriers, by two one hundredths of a point, 91.75 to 91.73. California’s Tom Bernhard, 65, took the 3rd age-grading place with a 91.56 score.


The women’s race was even tighter with Tammy Nowik of Michigan’s Patient Endurance Racing team, overtaking New York’s Marisa Sutera Strange in the last 200 meters to win by a single second in 5:26 and with Strange only a second ahead of the fast-closing third place finisher, Melissa Gacek, from Minnesota. Strange, 53, took the age-grading title with a much more comfortable margin at 91.27. Local runner, Lisa Veneziano, 51, who apparently lives just a few blocks from the race, but has speed to burn, took 2nd in 86.35, followed by the Athena Track Club’s Lorraine Jasper, 54, at 85.99.


Some of the notable men’s age division winners were New York’s Joseph Mora, Georgia’s Ken Youngers, Iowa’s Gary Patton, and 76 year-old Sandy Scott from Florida who took his age group in 6:53.

On the women’s side, swift age division victories were recorded by Michiganders Erin Larusso, Maryellen Stornant, Ruth Thelen, and Ellen Nitz. Jill Miller-Robinett and Donna Chan traveled from California to capture their Age Division crowns.


Women’s team wins were earned by Michigan teams, Performance Endurance Racing (40+), and Playmakers Elite/New Balance (70+), Pennsylvania’s Athena Track Club (50+), and the Atlanta track Club (60+). For the men, Playmaker’s Elite took the closest team race of the day to win the 50+ title with just an average of a single second per runner between them and the 2nd place Genesee Valley Harriers. The Cal Coast Track Club (40+), the Atlanta Track Club (60+) and New Jersey’s Shore Athletic Club garnered the rest of the team wins.


Overall Women’s winner, Tammy Nowick noted that “The race started a little fast so I laid off the pace. I didn’t catch the leader until there was about 200 meters to go. There was another girl right on my shoulder but I found another gear and was just able to catch the leader in that last little bit, so that was fun!” Men’s winner, John Gardiner said “I was very happy to run a 4:30 on a tough course like this with lots of turns and a little bit of hills. But the temperature was perfect, not too hot and not too cool. And it was a nice crowd that really brought us through—a very nice event!”


Contributed by Paul Carlin, USATF Masters LDR Media Chair



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