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Records fall at USATF Masters 10K Road Championships


DEDHAM, Massachusetts – After getting over the disappointment of not getting their promised sunny skies, the Masters Runners looked up at the cloudy skies with sprinkles of rain, expressed their thanks for the milder wind conditions, hitched up their socks, and headed off over the rolling hills of the 10K Championship course laid out by the James Joyce Ramble.


Gene Dykes was fresh from lowering the 70-74 American Record for the Marathon to 2:57:43 in Rotterdam on the 8th of April, and winning his Boston Marathon age division by a half hour in terrifically challenging conditions on the 16th in 3:16:20. He was squaring off with William Dixon who was coming back from an injury that slowed him down last year, but had run a 19:30 5K recently after a 41:00 in a 10K on St. Patrick’s Day. He seemed primed to break Jan Frisby’s 70-74 American Record of 40:15. When Dixon flashed across the finish line in 39:41, that was the good news; he smashed the American Record by over half a minute-terrific! But he knew that Dykes had preceded him across the finish line; his record-breaking time only netted him second place. Dykes finishes off an incredible month with the 10K crown and American 70-74 record of 39:02 (net).


The other record-breaking attempt on the day was Anny Stockman’s assault on the 85-89 Women’s American record. She took down the 5K record last October. The current record is a 1:35:59 effort by Mary Grosse in 2016 listed as pending. That meant Stockman had to beat it to be sure she had the new record. She beat it and then some, crossing the finish line in 1:24:50!


In the race to be first Masters Athlete across the finish line overall, Roanoke Valley’s David Angell defended his 2017 Championship with a 32:33. Patrick Rich of the Central Mass Striders upheld New England’s honor by claiming 2nd in 33:02, holding off Garden State’s Sam Teigen by 20 seconds. Jennifer Bayliss claimed her 2nd title of 2018 in two tries, adding this win to the one from the Masters Race at the USATF Cross Country Championships in February. The Boston Athletic Association’s Karolyn Bowley ran 38:02 to nail 2nd, with Jennifer St. Jean in 3rd 20 seconds back.


Age-Grade scoring is the best way to compare performance by age across all Masters competitors. Gene Dykes, 70, got an American record but Nat Larson, 55, had the best age grade, which is based on a world standard. Larson’s 33:24 and 92.90% gave him his 2nd age grading title of the year already. Dykes took second with his 39:04 (gun time) and 92.53, with Bill Dixon, 70, right behind at 91.01. Tom Bernhard, 66, 90.80, and Mark Reeder, 58, 90.09, rounded out the cash prize winners. Jan Holmquist, 73, moved up from 2nd last year at this race to take the win with a 50:29 that grades at 93.37%. Marisa Sutera Strange, 54, repeated her 2nd place finish from the 8K Championships last month with a 38:54 and 92.50, just 0.40 ahead of Karen Durante, 67, whose 46:37 netted a 92.10. Jeanette Groesz, 67, and Patrice Combs, 60, were also in the money with their 90.55 from 48:08 and 89.99 from 43:13 respectively.


National Age Division 10K Champions included: David Angell 32:33 [VA] 41, Philippe Rolly 33:33 [VA] 45, Kent Lemme 33:50 [MA] 51, Nat Larson 33:24 [MA] 55, Charlie Muse 37:54 [MA] 61, Tom Bernhard 38:14 [CA] 66, Gene Dykes 39:04 [PA] 70, Doug Goodhue 46:55 [MI] 76, Bill Riley 53:13 [MA] 81; Jennifer St. Jean 38:27 [CT] 43, Jennifer Bayliss 37:19 [CA] 47, Marisa Sutera Strange 38:54 [NY] 54, Mary Swan 42:37 [NY] 56, Patrice Combs 43:13 [GA] 60, Karen Durante 46:37 [MA] 67, Jan Holmquist 50:29 [MA] 73, Kathleen Scotti 1:25:54 [CT] 76, Anny Stockman 1:24:58 [NY] 85.


Women’s National Team Champions included Genesee Valley Harriers 40+, Athena Track Club 50+, and Atlanta Track Club 60+. For the Men it was Central Mass Striders 40+, Greater Springfield Harriers 50+, Atlanta Track Club 60+, and Genesee Valley Harriers 70+.


Next up on the Masters Grand Prix circuit is the USATF Masters Half Marathon Championship at Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 3rd.


Submitted by

Paul Carlin

USATF Masters LDR/Media Coordinator

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