July Track Meet Results

Thanks to all the runners, volunteers, and teams (the Auburn Pulsars, Team

PREFO, and Southern Tier SOAR) who made our July track meet a success. It
was a relaxed meet on a humid summer evening in Lansing, where we’ve
received a warm welcome from the school track and cross country coaches.
You can see full results here.

The meet led off with the 3000m, where masters standout Scott Weeks from
Groton schooled everyone in how to run evenly and hit your predicted time:
his 9:31 was a single second off his seed time and a 5:06 average pace that
would have won the mile as well. Taylor Farrell of Team PREFO won the
women’s race in 16:09.

The 200m sprint next up provided the most fireworks of the meet, with Eric
Ryan (24.18) nipping Tobi Akintayo (24.97) for the win. Akintayo gets bonus
points for having taken the bus up from New York City to Ithaca for the
meet, then taking TCAT out to Lansing before discovering that TCAT doesn’t
run later in the evening — we made sure he got a ride back to the bus
station. On the women’s side, Gillian Coar ran a 27.25 for a commanding win.

In the mile, Jordyn Naylon ran an impressive 5:24 to win the women’s race
and take fourth overall. On the men’s side, after a couple of guys with
sub-5:00 seed times failed to show up, Phil Kwasney of STRC outpaced Ethan
Reilley of the Auburn Pulsars to win in 5:15 to Reilley’s 5:19.

Speaking of the mile, we’ve updated the standings in FLRC’s MITHACAL MILE
SERIES, so you can see where everyone stands with a single race to go —
we’ll definitely have some awards that come down to the last race!

Samuel Voak literally ran away with the 400m, winning by almost 6 seconds
in 54.68. Kristin Angierski was almost as dominant for the women, winning
by over 3 seconds in 1:15.01.

Finally, in the 4 x 800m relay, the Auburn Pulsars fielded six full teams,
including the winning team of Josh Cuddy, Ethan Reilley, Chris Mason, and
Jack Cavenaugh, who finished in 10:03. If only we’d gotten Scott Weeks to
race all the relay teams on his own.

Special thanks as always to our dedicated team of volunteers, who ensured
that the meet ran smoothly and enjoyed the post-meet subs and watermelon.
(Hey, we treat volunteers well!). Scott Wehrwein reprised his role as head
timer, with Julie Quinn taking over starter duties from Bruce Roebal, who
helped with lap counting, bib recording, and race instructions. Keith
Eggleston and Sandy Gregorich handled backup timing, and Ved Gund
masterfully managed day-of-race entries and seed changes, along with
getting results out more quickly than ever before. Tonya Engst and Carl
Franck wrangled all the runners as clerks of course, and David Keifer
managed registration and anything else that was needed. And pretty much
everyone, including Jesse Koenecke, helped with setup and teardown. Thanks