Congratulations to the stalwart milers who posted the fastest times across at least four of FLRC’s seven 2017 track meets and thus won awards in our first ever MITHACAL MILE SERIES! You can see the full final results online.

We had an award ceremony at the Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Store (thanks, Ian and Cate!) on September 1st, where winners enjoyed sushi and macaroons and received (as appropriate) copies of the classic novel “Once a Runner” or the fabulous “The Perfect Mile.” The runners were joined by their coaches and families, plus volunteers who have been essential to the track meets.

Our goal in creating this series was to encourage runners young and old not just to run their best, but to do so consistently. It was especially great to see so much competition in the 1-10 and 11-15 age groups, where there were as many as five kids who ran four races.

Age Group  Winner       Avg. Time #Racers
 1-10  Elizabeth Baroody  6:12.42 12
 11-15 Faithe Ketchum     5:50.15 34
 40-49 Tonya Engst        6:57.23 16
 1-10  Owen Gasper        6:04.02 28
 11-15 Oliver Baroody     5:37.08 50
 16-19 Stephen Thompson   5:05.64 43
 30-39 Phil Kwasney       5:25.00 7
 40-49 Jesse Koennecke    6:01.78 22
 50-59 Keith Eggleston    5:32.93 30
 70+ David Keifer         6:51.08 8


We hope to see more people completing the necessary four races in the series in 2018! We’ll be kicking off the indoor season on January 14th, with subsequent meets on February 18th and March 4th. Mark your calendars!

High Noon and FLRC Winners and Results from the PGXC 2017 #1 Race

Congrats to the High Noon men and FLRC women who competed in the first PGXC cross country race of the season at Clay Central Park in Liverpool on Sunday. The weather was fabulous, the course was soft but flat, and the competition was stiff, but everyone had a great time.

Full results are available but here are times and places for our runners (note that Brenda Michaud may have finished last, but that was after doing the 100 mile AIDS Ride for Life on Saturday!):

PLACE      NAME                AGE GROUP  TEAM                 TIME   
 24      Jay Hubisz          M0-39  20  High Noon AC - 1     18:16.2          31      Adam Engst          M40-49  5  High Noon AC - 1     18:35.4          32      Casey Carlstrom     M50-59  3  High Noon AC - 1     18:38.7          35      Alex Colvin         M50-59  4  High Noon AC - 1     18:56.7          39      Scott Dawson        M40-49  6  High Noon AC - 1     19:25.4          44      Mike Skocik         M0-39  32  High Noon AC - 1     19:31.8          54      Columbia Warren     M40-49  8  High Noon AC - 1     19:54.6          56      Mike Stewart        M0-39  37  High Noon AC - 1     19:59.5          59      Jeff Henderson      M40-49 10  High Noon AC - 1     20:12.5          68      Jean-Luc Jannink    M50-59 17  High Noon AC - 1     20:47.3          75      Alan Lockett        M60-69  3  High Noon AC - 1     21:03.9          81      Bob Swizdor         M50-59 23  High Noon AC - 1     21:37.1          87      Jorge Ramirez       M60-69  7  High Noon AC - 1     22:04.0          95      Jesse Koennecke     M40-49 16  High Noon AC - 1     23:07.8          97      Kevin Nelson        M50-59 28  High Noon AC - 1     23:08.9         111      David Keifer        M70+    1  High Noon AC - 1     25:06.4         117      Carl Franck         M60-69 17  High Noon AC - 1     26:08.2         126      Joe Reynolds        M70+    4  High Noon AC - 1     28:28.9        

 19      Julie Barclay       F40-49  2  Finger Lakes RC - 1  22:28.4          27      Megan Powers        F0-39  20  Finger Lakes RC - 1  24:22.4          30      Tonya Engst         F40-49  4  Finger Lakes RC - 1  24:23.8          31      Lorrie Tily         F50-59  7  Finger Lakes RC - 1  24:26.7          41      Sarah Wicker        F40-49  5  Finger Lakes RC - 1  25:26.8          43      Amy Dawson          F40-49  6  Finger Lakes RC - 1  25:29.4          46      Jennifer Spano      F40-49  7  Finger Lakes RC - 1  26:39.9          55      Brenda Michaud      F50-59 16  Finger Lakes RC - 1  30:22.6          

The FLRC masters women’s team took the team award for their age group, and award-winning individuals included Julie Barclay, Casey Carlstrom, Alex Colvin, Alan Lockett, David Keifer, and Joe Reynolds.

A tip of the hat to Jeff Henderson and Kevin Nelson, who made the trips from Geneva and Owego respectively.

And we were particularly happy to welcome cross country newcomers Mike Skocik, Columbia Warren, Jeff Henderson, Alan Lockett, Bob Swizdor, Megan Powers, and Jennifer Spano.

The next race is Sunday, September 24th in Akron Falls, so if you want to get in on the fun, let Adam Engst know!

Interested in Running Cross Country With FLRC?

Bust out your spikes and get ready to dirty them up!

Now that it’s September, the fall cross-country season is upon us, and our first race in the Pete Glavin Cross Country Series is this Sunday, September 10. The series is for open and masters runners. No prior cross country experience is necessary, but if you ran XC in high school or college, it will certain bring back some old memories.

We have more details here, and in addition to letting us know if you can run, you must register for the PGXC series at RunSignUp. During the sign-up process, when you are asked to select your team, pick High Noon for men, or FLRC for women. Each individual race costs $20, or you can register for the entire five-race series for $70 and get a t-shirt. If you can only make a race or two, you can do day-of-race entry too.

On the women’s end we have a strong Master’s team this year, with seven women in the 40-49 age category! Each of these women can run several of the races, and it looks like we will have a strong team for every single race. We can field multiple teams or run people down to the Open team, so there is room for more. For the Open team we have just a handful of open runners generally, and a bunch of Red Newt open runners may join us for two races. If you are under the age of 40 and want to enjoy a cross country experience, you would be very welcome here. Our Veteran’s team (ages 50-59) is still coming into focus. If you are 50 years or older, we could use you to help fill out this team for more of the races. If you’ve never run a cross country race in your life, this is your chance. If you have, that’s good too!

Here’s the schedule. Some of the races are a few hours away, so we always organize a carpool:

#1, Sunday, September 10th, 2017: 5K for men and women
Clay Central Park, in Liverpool (near Syracuse)

#2, Sunday, September 24th, 2017: 6K for men and women
Akron Falls State Park, in Akron Falls (this side of Buffalo)

#3, Sunday, October 8th, 2017: 6K for men and women
Watkins Glen State Park, in Watkins Glen

#4, Sunday, October 29th, 2017: 6K for men and women
Genesee Valley Park, in Rochester

#5, Sunday, November 12th, 2017: 8K for men, 6K for women
Finger Lakes Community College, in Canandaigua

Thank you to Adam and Tonya Engst for organizing the teams again this year!

August Track Meet Results

Last week’s track meet at Lansing High School’s track was the final FLRC track meet of 2017, and 91 runners managed to escape getting seriously wet as the torrential downpour let up in time for the events. Full results are available.

Adam Pacheck led off the meet with a masterful 5000m, which he won in 15:29, beating out Andrew Davis’s 16:03. Only one woman ran, Jacquie Huben, but her strong 17:59 was good for third overall and would likely have won regardless of who else was in the race.

In the 100m, Thomas Randall of Cornell cruised through the tape in 11.40 seconds for the win, followed by Samuel Voak in 12.36 and John Saunders of Team PREFO in 13.19. Southern Tier SOAR’s Elsa Wood ran 17.01 to beat out Elena Ruffer of Team PREFO (17.43) and teammate Abigail Wagner (18.35).

He’d been told by his coach to take it easy, but Leon Atkins of the Auburn Pulsars couldn’t resist running a 50.36 to win the 400m in his final FLRC meet before joining the University of Buffalo track team. Thomas Randall was second in 53.10. Elena Ruffer of Team PREFO ran 1:30.50 to edge out Southern Tier SOAR’s Abigail Wagner in 1:31.31.

As the final chance for runners to clock in for the MITHACAL MILE SERIES, the mile was by far the largest event, with 63 finishers across 5 heats. Adam Pacheck once again took Andrew Davis for a ride, coming through in 4:30 to Davis’s 4:48. Mikaela Garcia took the honors for the women, finishing in 5:56 and edging out Elizabeth Baroody of the Auburn Pulsars in 5:59.

Last, in the 4x200m relay, a team of Samuel Voak, Trevor Donovan, Michael Dee, and Andrew Davis, three of whom had run the mile in sub-5:00, took the win in 1:45. Not too bad for 800m!

Finally, these track meets wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers, and we had a great crew this month, including: Scott Wehrwein, Ved Gund, Bruce Roebal, Carl Franck, Julie Quinn, Jullien Flynn, Tonya Engst, Keith Eggleston, Kristina Kronauer Schwartz, Tom Rishel, Mickie Jauquet, and Bob Talda. Huge thanks to all of them! I’d like to thank Lansing High School for hosting our summer meets this year and the Lansing Sports Boosters for providing concessions, both of which were made possible only through the efforts of Lansing coach Becca Lovenheim.

Fillmore 5K Results and Thank Yous

Results for the 2017 Fillmore 5K are available here. We had cooperative weather and a great turnout this year for both the 5K and the Fun Run. Congrats to the 5k overall winners, Jordan Varano (17:14) and Chelsea Benson (18:42), as well as our male and female masters winners Keith Eggleston (19:16) and Cynthia Robbs (22:09.) Thank you to all of you who came out to Moravia during what is a very busy time of year for the FLRC!

The following is a note of appreciation from Race Director Lorrie Tily:

I’d like to take a moment to offer my appreciation to the race crew of the Fillmore 5K this past Saturday. These folks make a race director’s responsibilities so much less stressful and give the race participant a much nicer experience. This year we had the highest number of registered runners and finishers than we’ve had in a number of years. I believe some of this was because of all the wonderful local publicity we received from the Moravia Register and because of the 25 youth runners from the Auburn Pulsars. These kids are amazing and their coach does a fantastic job.

Thank you to my co-director, Chris Irving who provided some interesting and unique overall and age group awards, in addition to being my right hand gal. Thank you Zsofia Franck, David Keifer, and Tony Ciccone for covering the registration desk. Thank you, Adam, Dave, David, Michelle, Katie, and Henry for expertly handling race timing, finish line, and results. Thank you Joe and Carl for setting up the finish line area. Thank you Sandy and Audrey for organizing the fun run which had an excellent group of young participants. Thank you Dan for acting as lead biker, sweeper, and lost runner keeper.

Thank you Four Town Ambulance and First Aid Squad for handling all course marshaling and manning the water stop. All proceeds from the Fillmore 5k benefit this not-for-profit orgaization, and they are so grateful for your support.

Mega thank you to my husband Don, for setting up and taking down the course and for helping with post race clean up.

It has been fun to watch this race grow over the last couple of years. It has turned into a wonderful community event with so many local folks participating. Shortly after the race I stopped at the post office in Locke. A participant walked in behind be and thanked me for putting on the event. She expressed how much she enjoyed the event and what a great asset it was for the community. Moments like that make it all worth it!

– Lorrie Tily, Fillmore 5k Race Director

August is coming up quickly. Next on our calendar is the Forge the Gorgeous Trail Runs at Fillmore Glen State Park on August 3, followed by our final track meet of the year on August 15 in Lansing. We then head off-road (again) on August 19 for the Monster Marathon and Half Marathon at Robert Treman State Park. Our free Annual Picnic is later that day, also at Treman. Registration is open for all of these. (Just click the links.)

Additional Fillmore 5k photos can be found on our Facebook page:

Posted by Finger Lakes Runners Club on Monday, July 24, 2017

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

Women’s Distance Festival Results

79 women and girls came out to Stewart Park to complete the 5K along the Water Front Trail. 2017 was the first year the race was held at Stewart Park, with a change in venue after many years at Dryden Lake. Ladies of all ages, ranging from age 5 to 70, took part in the race to celebrate women’s road running.

We were fortunate that the heavy downpours throughout the day eventually gave way to clear skies and cooler temperatures by early evening, with a nice breeze coming in from Cayuga Lake.

Jullien Flynn and Katie Nolan took things out fast on the out-and-back course and both finished strong–Flynn winning in 18:17, with Nolan five seconds back. In team competition, the fastest mother-daughter team was The Lizards (Amy and Elizabeth Dawson.) Double Trouble (Elizabeth and Sarah Johnson) won the sister-sister division, and Dequistilboer (Yvette De Boer and Linnie Wieselquist) topped the partners division.

Results on our website

Detailed Results on Webscorer

In recognition and support of the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County, donations were collected during registration and at packet pickup. The Advocacy Center provides support, advocacy, and education for survivors of domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and adult sexual assault. To learn more about the center, or to donate, please click here to visit their website.

Photos (by Ian Golden):

A beautiful night for the Finger Lakes Runners Club's WDF 2017.

Posted by Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Company on Thursday, July 13, 2017

Finger Lakes 50s Results

What can we say about the 30th running of the 2017 FL50s, other than that it was a race for the ages! The loop in the Finger Lakes National Forest is know for its mud, but this year was a whole different ballgame. Heavy storms hit the forest a day before the race, and again intermittently throughout race day beginning at 5:00 a.m. Long stretches of trail became more like a muddy Crocodile Mile water slide, some areas were completely submerged in knee-deep water, and there were even reports of cows wandering onto the trail within the confines of the pastures. Congratulations to everyone who gutted it out for one, two, or three loops around the forest. We hope you’ve finally dried off and got the mud out of your toenails by the time you’re reading this. Full results on our website.

We have tons of amateur race photos on our Facebook page. We encourage you to share your own pictures to social media and tag us on Facebook, Twitter (@FLRCIthaca) and/or Instagram (@FLRCIthaca). You can also use #FingerLakes50s.


We had 89 total finishers for the single-loop 25K. Despite the slippery, sloppy trails, Adam Engst broke Jim Chely’s five-year-old record in the men’s masters division. Adam out-hustled Timm Philips by 14 seconds to take the overall win in 2:08:50. Heather Horth ran 2:39:22 for the women’s overall win, a few minutes ahead of second place Lauren Stroger. Sarah Strunk, who traveled all the way from Durham, NC, was the women’s masters winner in 3:03:55. At 72 years young, Joe Reynolds was our oldest finisher of the day across all three distances.

Detailed results


In the two-loop 50K, Rich Heffron took things out fast, finishing his first loop just ahead of course record pace in 2:08:54. He flirted with the Sean Andrish’s record from 2011 until the final few miles, ultimately taking the win in 4:23:05—less than three minutes off the record. Devang Patel of North Bergen, NJ, ran a strong 4:53:15 for second place. Brian Burke took the men’s masters title in 6:02:30. Kudos to David Keifer, a veteran road runner who—at the age of 70—completed his first ultramarathon, winning the 70+ age group.

For the ladies, Michelle Pratt won convincingly in 5:23:26. Cindy Batzel of Honesdale , PA, was the women’s masters winner in 7:00:40. Also of note, FLRC’s Lorrie Tily pushed through and finished the 50K, making it her twentieth finish in the 50K or longer at the FL50s. Congrats Lorrie!

Detailed results with splits


The treacherous conditions and heavy downpours caused many 50-mile registrants to drop down to the 50K, giving us only 19 50-mile finishers this year. In the men’s race, Lyman Hawbaker battled Zandy Mangold for the win. Hawbaker won in 8:19:48, with Mangold close behind in 8:24:17. Mangold was also the men’s masters winner. Uncharacteristically, no other runner finished in less than nine hours—a testament to how difficult the course was this year.

Lisa Camillaci was the women’s overall and masters winner in 10:20:06, while Lori Johnson took second in 10:40:49. A big congratulations to the few first-time 50-mile finishers! Trust us—it can only get easier from here.

Detailed results with splits

All told, we have runners from 16 states and a few from Canada. Our volunteers and the Wilderness Search and Rescue team ensured that, even with adverse trail conditions, no one got lost or seriously injured.

All of the 50K and 50-mile overall and masters winners took home a carved wooden cow for their efforts, and the winners from three distances also received a growler of beer from race sponsor Rooster Fish Brewing. Thank you Rooster Fish for donating the growlers, and thank you Hammer Nutrition for providing the Hammer Gels, Endurolytes Fizz, and Heed Sports Drink for all the participants.

The FL50s is a large scale production for the FLRC, and would not have been possible without the 60+ people who volunteered their time and energy for the event. There are way too many volunteers to list here—you know who you are! The following is from race director Steve Shaum:

This year’s volunteers had to work through this mess, many for half a day and others for a full day, and some for 3 or 4 days. All associated with this race went far and beyond what was called for this year. I want to thank all of you for volunteering and helping all the runners with food, encouragement, and safety. I can’t count how many runners who came up to me and said “Your volunteers are awesome – some of the best there are at races. This race is great!!” Despite the conditions of the trails this year, this is a huge compliment to all of you who helped with the race. There are lots of ultras out there and to get compliments like this is a big deal. Here’s what one runner sent to me via email: ” Thanks so much for putting on the race! You can’t control the weather, but you and your volunteers did the best with what you had. Everyone was so nice and chipper to be standing in rivers of mud!”

As many of you may know, Steve has directed the race for the past four years, and during that time, has taken the race to the next level. He is now stepping down as RD. Words cannot express how grateful we are to Steve for all his hard work over the past four years, not just on race weekend, but for all the year-round planning that goes into the most minute details of organizing an ultra. We wish Steve the best, as he will hopefully have the chance to run in the race next year!

MITHACAL MILE Standings After June Track Meet

We’ve updated the MITHACAL MILE SERIES standings with results from FLRC’s June meet! To be eligible for prizes at an evening award ceremony for runners and coaches a week or two after the August meet, you must have run at least four races across FLRC’s 2017 indoor and outdoor track season — the awards go to the runners with the fastest average times in each age group.

Read on for an overview or click the Webscorer link for the full standings (click each age group on the main screen for details, and then the Show link for a runner to see their races on the subsequent page). What you’ll see on Webscorer is based on the best two times so far, not the final best four of seven. That way you can see who is still in the running. If you or your runners are in the “null” category, that means there were no birthdates entered in DirectAthletics; let Adam Engst know what’s right and he will fix the data.


  • F 1-10: No one has run more than one race in this age group, meaning that no one will be able to hit the necessary four races.
  • F 11-15: Although Cassandra Collins is currently in the lead with a 6:35 average, due to having completed four races, she’s actually only in 7th place overall in that age group, meaning that if one of the girls ahead of her runs four races, they can nudge her out. This is a particularly competitive group, with Elizabeth Lucason (5:20) of the Syracuse Track Club likely to take it if she can get one more race in. If she doesn’t make it down from Syracuse, Team PREFO’s Faithe Ketchum (5:45) has a good shot, also needing only one more race.
  • F 16-19: Marian Cooper (6:05) of Corning-Painted Post West can still win this one if she runs the next two races; no one else in the age group can get four times in.
  • F 20-29: Amanda Fastiggi needs two more races to win this category, where she’s currently averaging 6:48. However, if she doesn’t run both, Stephanie Krusch needs only one more race to win with her 9:52 average. If you don’t run, you can’t win!
  • F 30-39: Alas, no one in this age group has run two races, so although Becca Lovenheim has a good 5:54 for her one race, no one will be able to hit the necessary four races.
  • F 40-49: Tonya Engst looks like a lock in this age group, since she needs to run only one more race and she has the fastest average already, at 6:57.
  • F 50-59: Lorrie Tily has run two races, with an average of 7:04, and will clinch the award if she runs two more, since no other women in this age group can hit four races.
  • F 60-69: If it weren’t for a fall near the start of the mile in the February meet, Coreen Steinbach would likely win this category, based on her 6:28 at the Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile. That fall prevented Coreen from getting a time in February or March, so neither she nor anyone else can hit four races in this category.
  • F 70+: Alas, the only 70+ runners on the women’s side concentrated on Hartshorne, and haven’t run any other meets.


  • M 1-10: As with Cassandra Collins, even though Freddie Collins has run four races so far, he’s only in 8th place by time in his age group (7:42 average), opening up the competition to the likes of Owen Gasper of the Auburn Pulsars (6:08 average), who’s currently leading. A number of other Auburn Pulsars and Team PREFO members have run two or three races, so this category is likely going to come down to the wire.
  •  M 11-15: Lots of kids in this category have run two races, with Cody Ripley in the lead with a 5:14 average. It’s wide open, and could even go to Conrad West of Southern Tier SOAR, whose 7:20 average is the slowest of the eligible runners, but since he has three races done, he needs only one more to be eligible for an award. So for everyone else in this category, be sure to show up in July and August!
  • M 16-19: Here’s where most of the speedsters are, and there are seven runners who need only one or two more races. Camden Zaidel of Corning-Painted Post West is in the lead with a 4:46 average, but Ethan Seltzer of Cornell University is in second with a 4:55 average, and he may have more opportunities to run than Camden. Close behind are Joseph (4:59) and Stephen (5:05) Thompson, who both need only one more race.
  • M 20-29: Alas, despite some great times in this category, including Leon Atkins’s leading 4:37, no one has run two races so far so no one can hit four races total.
  • M 30-39: This category could be close, with Bruno Salcedo (5:18) and Phil Kwasney of STRC (5:28) both having two races. If they both come to the next two meets, it could come down to a kick in the August meet.
  • M 40-49: High Noon’s Alex Colvin is leading this category with a 5:11 average, but he needs to run both of the next two meets, whereas Jason Brayman (5:44) needs only one more race.
  • M 50-59: This category could prove interesting too! High Noon’s Casey Carlstrom is leading with a 5:10 average after two races, but since the FLRC summer meets conflict with Casey’s Tuesday night bike rides, he may not be able to run the necessary last two meets. Next up is Keith Eggleston, with a 5:31 average, but Keith pulled a hamstring at the National Senior Games a few weeks ago, and helped out at the June meet rather than running. If he can recover from the hamstring pull without losing too much conditioning, he can clinch with just one more meet. If not, Gerrit Van Loon is solidly in third place with a 5:57 average after three races and a strong likelihood of getting his necessary fourth race. The dark horse is Kevin Nelson, who has a 6:41 average after three races and is also likely to run a fourth.
  • M 60-69: Jim Miner has a lock on this category with a 7:10 average, but only if he can run the last two meets — no one else in the category is eligible.
  • M 70+: It looks like High Noon’s David Keifer has this category sewn up, thanks to a combination of a 6:54 average and four races under his flats. But it’s still contested, since Joe Reynolds has a 7:56 average after three races, and is still in the running, at least mathematically speaking.
There you have it! If you’re in the running but need one or two more meets, make sure to sign up for the next two meets on July 18th and August 15th, both at Lansing High School.

June Track Meet Results

Results are up for FLRC’s first outdoor track meet of the summer, held Tuesday night at Lansing High School.

After a brief threat of rain during registration, the weather turned gorgeous for a relaxed meet with tons of kids from the Ithaca Youth Bureau, Team PREFO, and Southern Tier SOAR. In the lead-off 2-mile, Andrew Davis ran a 10:08 for the win, with Team PREFO’s Victoria Collins taking the women’s title in 13:02.

The eight heats of the 100m started off with children who weren’t entirely clear on the concept of staying in their lanes or stopping after crossing the finish line, and ended with Thomas White running a powerful 10.48 for the win. Charlie Slusser of Southern Tier SOAR was the first woman in 13.58.

The 800m was fairly close, with Andrew David doubling his victory count with a 2:06 over Stephen Thompson’s 2:07. Team PREFO’s Faithe Ketchum won for the women in 2:35.

In the mile, which is the fourth (or fifth, for masters) running in the MITHACAL MILE SERIES, Ethan Seltzer (4:51.76) outkicked Joseph Thompson (4:52.37) by half a second. The women’s race was almost as exciting, with Cassandra Collins of Team PREFO outkicking her teammate Lydia Keys, 6:33 to 6:35. I’ll get the updated MITHACAL MILE standings done soon.

The 4x400m relay pitted an ad hoc team composed of Samuel Voak, Joseph Thompson, Michael Dee, and Stephen Thompson against Team PREFO’s Ben Fenton, Thomas Bovairo, Nate Wilsoncroft, and Jim Derick. The ad hoc team pulled it out in the end, running 3:54.5 to Team PREFO’s 4:00.1.

Special thanks to the strong volunteer team that made it all happen. Scott Wehrwein took the lead as head timer, Ved Gund entered day-of-race registrants and results, with help from Aaron Proujansky. Julie Quinn did backup timing and Keith Eggleston recorded finishers. Bruce Roebal returned to his starter duties after the winter off, Kevin Nelson helped with timing the 100m, and Tom Rishel and David Keifer helped with setup, lap counting, and runner wrangling. Tonya Engst and Carl Franck served as clerks of course to arrange all the heats, and Lansing track coach Becca Lovenheim provided on-site assistance with the facility and sound system. And when it was all done and the runners had left, the volunteers all shared sub sandwiches on a glorious summer evening before packing up all the gear.