FLRC and High Noon Teams Notch 2nd Place at PGXC Race

Sunday’s Pete Glavin Cross Country Series race once again featured lovely—if hot—fall weather, and while our FLRC and High Noon teams weren’t able to win any of the races, we did manage three second-place team  finishes and two individual second-place finishes. Results are available here, but in new formats that make parsing them difficult. This was the second race in the five-race series, held at Center Park in Fairport, New York (just east of Rochester).

To see photos from the race, check out this FLRC Google Photos album. The earlier pictures (a few fabulous smiles!) and the finishing pictures (lots of great facial expressions!) are the best; the lower light level in the woods for the middle pictures resulted in fuzzier shots. Let us know if the photos are appreciated, since they’re quite bit of work to take and edit and we won’t bother if no one is looking at them.

The FLRC women’s Open team of Amanda King, Janet Van Zoeren, Fiona Young, Louise Debefve, and Liz Fabis took an unexpected second place, scoring 75 points even without top runner Jenny Berkowitz. That was well behind first-place Checkers with 20 points, but more than enough to outpace GVH (91 points) and the Auburn Pulsars (98 points).

Also placing strongly for the day was the FLRC women’s Vets team, of Caitlin Loehr, Sandy Gregorich, Susan Barnett, Brenda Osovski, and Lorrie Tily, which took second in a tight three-team race. Checkers won again, with 14 points; FLRC was second with 16, and GVH was third with 18.

Both the FLRC women’s Masters and Super Vets teams took fourth.

Running unopposed, FLRC’s boys 19-and-under team did well too, with 16-year-old Nick Marnell taking second for the age group and 10-year-old Aidan Lazzaro placing third overall, which in PGXC prize parlance means they were in the chocolate.

On the men’s side, the High Noon Masters scoring team of Eric Sambolec, Brian Lazzaro, Alex Colvin, Jay Hubisz, and Sean Nicholson, running without last race’s winner, Scott Weeks, placed second behind GVH, 36 points to 20.

Individually, Eric Sambolec (40-49) and Alex Colvin (50-59) both took home chocolate for their second-place age-group finishes.

The High Noon Open team, running without its top four runners from the first race, placed fifth overall.

Our third race is in Buffalo on October 6, where our teams are generally smaller due to the long drive, but the fourth race is on our home course at Taughannock Falls State Park, and features a flat, fast course. Be sure to sign up (and let us know) if you want to join one of our teams https://fingerlakesrunners.org/pgxc-teams/!