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News and Notes - October 7, 2014


Updated USARC Standings Ahead of .US National 12K

INDIANAPOLIS -- With one race remaining on the 2014 USA Running Circuit, the .US National 12K, the women’s standings are especially close with Sara Hall leading the way on the women’s side with 47 points. She’s closely followed by reigning .US and USARC Champion Molly Huddle and Brianne Nelson, with 45 points apiece. Nelson utilized her third-place finish at the USA Marathon Championships to near the top, while Huddle has three wins to her name on the 2014 circuit, including most recently at the USA 5K Championships. All three athletes are slated to compete at the 2014 .US National 12K.

On the men’s side, recent USA Marathon Champion Tyler Pennel has closed the gap on USARC leader Christo Landry. Landry has three victories and two runner-up finishes to his credit, totaling 76 points heading into Alexandria and the close of the 2014 USARC season. Pennel has 49 points and USA 20K champ Girma Mecheso is third in the standings with 30.

USARC Top 10 - Men

Pl Name

1 Christo Landry

2 Tyler Pennel

3 Girma Mecheso

4 Sean Quigley

5 Chris Derrick

   Luke Puskedra

   Diego Estrada

8 Shadrack Biwott

   Jared Ward

10 Tyler McCandless


USARC Top 10 - Women

Pl Name

1 Sara Hall

2 Molly Huddle

   Brianne Nelson

4 Mattie Suver

5 Kellyn Johnson

6 Amy Hastings

7 Esther Erb

8 Janet Bawcom

9 Amy Van Alstine

10 Heather Lieberg

2010 USATF Male Masters Athlete of the Year Ralph Maxwell passes away at 94

RICHVILLE, Minnesota -- Ralph Maxwell died Sept. 28 at his home in Richville, Minnesota, surrounded by family. He was 94. A retired judge who set many records, Maxwell holds the M90 outdoor world records in the 80mH, 200mH, decathlon and pentathlon, as well as indoor world records in the 60mH and pentathlon.

Even more impressive about Maxwell’s masters career is that he did not pick up the sport until age 74 and, at one point, held 17 concurrent world and U.S. masters records. Read more on Ralph from

Syracuse Festival of Races Record Parade Continues

SYRACUSE, New York -- The annual rewriting of U.S. masters (40+) long distance running records continued at the Syracuse Festival of Races (SFoR) on Sunday, October 5, with three athletes improving upon current age-group marks.

Tom McCormack, 61, of Jonesborough, TN, covered the Bankers Healthcare Group Men’s 5K course in 16:58, improving by two seconds the men’s 60-64 5K record that was set by Jim O’Neill in 1986 and has stood for 28 years.

Sabra Harvey, 65, of Houston, TX, ran the MVP Health Care® Women’s 5K in 20:27, dramatically lowering the previous record of 21:16, which was set by Margret Betz at the Syracuse Festival of Races in 2001.

Jan Holmquist, 70, of Burlington, MA, also racing in the MVP Health Care® Women’s 5K, crossed the line in 22:16, clipping 61 seconds from the previous record, set by Marie-Louise Michelsohn at the Syracuse Festival of Races two years ago.  Holmquist’s mark is actually a “third-generation” U.S. women’s 70-74 age group 5K record for the SFoR, as Michelsohn’s record had been preceded by Margret Betz’s having set the prior record of 24:02 at the 2007 SFoR.

Falling slightly short in her attempt to break the 5K record for women over 40 was Jennifer Rhines, of Boston, MA, who finished second overall in the MVP Health Care® Women’s 5K in 15:58.  Running with her Boston Athletic Association teammate for much of the race, Rhines passed the halfway point in 7:48, well under Colleen DeReuck’s masters women’s 5K record of 15:48.  A headwind for much of the final two kilometers slowed the pace, but Rhines’ time of 15:58 ranks as the third fastest 5K in history by a woman age 40 or older.

Complete results for the 2014 Syracuse Festival of Races are available at:

Contributed by Dave Oja, Festival of Races Race Director


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