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Record Number of Runners Make Competitive Races at 2019 USATF Masters 10 Km Championships


DEDHAM, Massachusetts – The windy conditions of Saturday abated to 9-10 mph by the start of the Masters 10 Km Championships hosted by the Joyce James Ramble under cloudy skies and low 50’s temperatures. The largest Championship field in recent history, over 260 Masters athletes toed the line and sped off over the rolling hills of the picturesque New England town of Dedham, outside Boston.


Overall Race Championships. The 2017 USATF Men’s Masters Runner of the Year, Kevin Castille, as expected, dominated the Men’s Championship, racing to a 30:27 time and a 90 second victory. Eric Blake and defending Champion, David Angell, battled for second, with Blake edging Angell for 2nd by 5 seconds! The 2nd and 3rd place performances would have won most of the previous Championships! It was much closer for first on the Women’s side, Melissa Hardesty pulled away to win with an 11 second margin at 37:06. She was followed by Karolyn Bowley, and 10 seconds behind her, Jennifer St. Jean.


Age-Grading symbolizes the top performance relative to age across all age divisions. Jan Holmquist, 74, repeated as the Women’s Age-Grading Champion; her 50:01 age graded at 95.81%. Marisa Sutera Strange, 55, clocked 38:35 for 94.44, with Nora Cary, 64, turning in a 43:40 for 94.13. Prizes went 5 deep; Sharon Gerl, 71, and Karen Durante, 68, rounded out the top 5 at 48:58 and 47:24 for 93.22 and 91. 95. Castille prevailed on the Men’s side with a 95.19% score. Ken Youngers, 62, and Andy Gardiner,53, rounded out the podium with times of 36:19 and 33:44 graded at 92.02 and 91.36. Norm Larson, 63, and John Barbour, 65, finished 4th and 5th with their 37:13 and 38:39 grading at 90.63 and 88.95.


Age Division National 10 Km Champions were crowned: Women 40-44 Hardesty 37:06 45-49 Bowley 37:17 50-54 Hronn Gudmundsdottir 38:51 55-59 Strange 38:35 60-64 Jennifer Teppo 43:13 65-69 Durante 47:24 70-74 Gerl 48:58 75-79 Kathleen Scotti 1:32:08 80-84 Tami Graf 1:22:19 85-89 Edna Hyer 1:29:11. Men 40-44 Blake 32:17 45-49 Castille 30:27 50-54 Gardiner 33:44 55-59 Alan Evans 35:51 60-64 Youngers 36:19  65-69 Barbour 38:39 70-74 Lloyd Hansen 42:13 75-79 Jan Frisby 50:21 80-84 Harry Carter 56:03 85-89 Lawrence Cole 1:22:03 90 and up Nathan Finestone 1:22:31.


Team Championships (scored as the cumulative time of first 3 finishers on each team)

Women The Impala Racing Team in 40+, averaging 40:07 per runner over the Western Mass Distance Project by 12:12; 50+ going to the Athena Track Club, averaging 41:02, over the Willow Street AC by 4:06; and 60+ to the Atlanta Track Club, averaging 46:26, over the Team Red Lizard by 38 seconds. That was the closest Women’s Team race of the day!

Men The Boston Athletic Association, averaging 33:29 in 40+ over the Central Mass Striders by 1:09; the Genesee Valley Harriers in 50+, averaging 36:43 over the HFC Striders by 30 seconds; the Atlanta Track Club in 60+, averaging 37:52, over the Greater Lowell Road Runners by 1:48; and the Genesee Valley Harriers, averaging 47:26, in 70+ over the Atlanta Track Club by 1:47.


The 2019 USATF Masters Grand Prix series next heads to the streets of Atlanta, Georgia for the USATF Masters 5 Km Championships on August 17th. This is a chance for Masters athletes to experience a Championship event organized by one of the great track clubs of America. The Atlanta Track Club organizes the largest 10 Km race in the World each 4th of July, the AJC Peachtree Road Race. Next year they will host the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials.


Submitted by

Paul Carlin

USATF Masters LDR/Media Coordinator

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