Last month, we combined two heats of the mile to finish our track meet quickly before a thunderstorm hit. This month, the forecast was dire from the beginning, and it rained hard much of the day in Ithaca. However, in nearby Lansing, there was little or no rain during the day. When we arrived for setup, the grass wasn’t even wet, and the rain held off the entire time.
But the weather scared a lot of people off, such that we ended up with exactly the same number of finishers as in July: 38. With so few runners and our highly competent volunteers warmed up from the previous meet, we finished the entire meet in well under an hour.
We led off with the 100m race, our most popular event with 24 runners across five heats. In the fast heat, Anthony Smith outpaced Daniel Brandi, 11.49 seconds to 11.65 seconds, with Aidan Gallagher third in 11.86. Kiara Tornusciolo was first for the women in a speedy 13.92, followed by 12-year-old Evelyn Jackson in 15.34. A special shout-out to our last two finishers, who share initials but span the age gamut: 63-year-old Joseph Sullivan in 22.96 and 3-year-old Josephine Swanstrom in 32.42.
We turned next to the 1 mile, where 18 runners dueled it out in a single big heat. For the first two laps, Alex Simpson, Scott Weeks, and Adam Berkowitz ran together in a pack before Weeks took the lead in the third lap. Simpson was just biding his time, though, and he started his kick at the bell, retaking the lead and breaking the tape in 4:35. Weeks followed in 4:40, and Berkowitz in 4:45. Liz Hartman took the women’s crown with a solid 5:59; the only other woman in the race was 9-year-old Annaliese Granroth, who finished in 8:34.
We had scheduled the 400m with four heats, but between no-shows and scratches, we ended up combining the first two heats into one and putting speedsters Keshawn Jones and Patrick Milano into a second heat by themselves. Jones easily took the win in 55.59 seconds, with Milano recording a solid 1:00.53. In the kid heat, 6-year-old Kaarina Granroth posted a 1:47.48 for the win for girls, just ahead of Ellie Swanstrom in 1:48.55 and her 9-year-old (but tired from the mile) sister Annaliese Granroth in 1:54.51.
Our final event of the night was the 800m, again run as a single heat for eight runners. William Hartnett took it out hard and ran alone the entire way to win in 2:09, with Liz Hartman doubling her distance wins to come in second overall and first for the women in 2:50.
The fact that we could finish an entire track meet in something like 37 minutes is a testament to how smoothly our track volunteer team operated. Josh Brockner served as head timer this month, and Dave Kania took over wrangling Meet Manager, with Bob Talda helping both of them and doing backup timing. Tom Rishel reprised his role as starter, Laurel Gilmer recorded finishers, Bill Watson organized the runners into heats, Tonya Engst managed bib pickup, and Becca Lovenheim coordinated all the Lansing track equipment for us. Special thanks to Jenny Berkowitz and innocent bystander Penny, who provided essential thumb help with timing the 100m.
Sadly, photographer Gabby Woo wasn’t feeling well, so we don’t have official photos of the meet. But if you were there and took any photos, please share them in our album!
|11||Evelyn Jackson||W12||Finger Lakes Fleet||15.34|
|12||Elijah Littlejohn||M11||Finger Lakes Fleet||15.47|
|13||Amelia Lynch||W11||Finger Lakes Fleet||15.70|
|16||Ethan Littlejohn||M10||Finger Lakes Fleet||17.33|
|23||Joseph Sullivan||M63||Finger Lakes Running Club||22.96|
|4||Cristos Aris||M8||Stotan Racing||1:20.07|
|7||Joseph Sullivan||M63||Finger Lakes Running Club||1:49.17|
|3||Everett Lynch||M13||Finger Lakes Fleet||2:52|
|4||Evelyn Jackson||W12||Finger Lakes Fleet||3:00|
|6||Elijah Littlejohn||M11||Finger Lakes Fleet||3:33|
|7||Joseph Sullivan||M63||Finger Lakes Running Club||4:06|
1 mile RESULTS
|3||Adam Berkowitz||M25||High Noon||4:45|
|10||Cristos Aris||M8||Stotan Racing||6:08|
|15||Ethan Littlejohn||M10||Finger Lakes Fleet||7:19|
Looking for a family-friendly event for a warm summer evening? Come run FLRC’s summer track meets at Lansing High School, where you can test your fitness on the 400-meter track after the heat of the day subsides. All ages (seriously!) and abilities (really!) are welcome in these low-key meets. When you’re not running, you can enjoy watching some of the area’s best runners compete against one another. Join the fun!
This track meet is being run in accordance with FLRC’s COVID-19 Race Safety Precautions. In particular:
- Online registration is required (there is no day of meet registration!), and you must be able to respond affirmatively to the safety questions asked during registration.
- If you feel in the slightest bit ill or are running a temperature, stay home!
- Make sure to bring a mask or buff.
- Please do not carpool to the meet with people who are not part of your household unless everyone is fully vaccinated.
- Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the meet; bib pickup may be slower than normal.
- Unless you are fully vaccinated, you must wear a mask and maintain a minimum of 6 feet from other participants except during your races.
- Bring your own liquids and food if necessary.
Finally, please note that if a runner doesn’t comply with FLRC’s COVID-19 Race Safety Precautions, the race director should be notified and will reiterate the guidelines to the person in question. If that person fails to comply, they will be asked to leave. If they continue to defy the race director’s request, they will be disqualified from the race and reported to the FLRC board for possible banning from future club events.
August’s events will be run in this order:
- 1 Mile
To reduce interaction among unvaccinated runners, there will be no relays in our 2021 outdoor meets.
The meet takes place at the Lansing High School track, 76 Brickyard Road, Lansing, NY, 14882. Note that Brickyard Road is a right turn (when driving from Ithaca on 34B/Ridge Road) before you get to Lansing High School. There is ample free parking.
- Bib pickup from 5:00–5:45 PM.
- There is no day-of-race registration!
- First event starts at 6:00 PM and meets generally go until 8:00.
Online registration is required and is open until 12:00 noon the day of the meet.
If you have trouble pre-registering online contact meet director Adam Engst via email with your name, age, and event seed times.
DirectAthletics Registration Notes:
- You need a DirectAthletics account to register, so if you created one for a previous meet, you can log into that and register. Be sure to log in to your existing account rather than creating a new account.
- If you’ve never run an FLRC meet before, you’ll have to make a DirectAthletics account; be sure to record your username and password for the future. You’ll use this account to pre-register for other indoor and outdoor track meets as well.
- For families, each person will need an account, regardless of age. If your kids are running, you must create separate DirectAthletics accounts for them and register them for events separately. Fussy, we know, but it’s just like filling out separate registration and entry cards for them in the past. Be careful to log out and log back in with the children’s accounts when registering them.
Fees: To thank the community for its patience with our canceled meets in 2020 and 2021, FLRC is waiving all fees for outdoor track meets in 2021.
- Please predict realistic finish times when registering so we can seed you in an appropriate heat.
- Events run in the order listed, with seeded heats run slow to fast. The number of heats and times will be announced.
- Timing is done by hand with a Time Machine–not a camera-based fully automatic timing (FAT) system.
- Spikes are fine, and if you choose to wear spikes, pyramid spikes are recommended.
- There are no field events due to restrictions in our Road Runners Club of America insurance coverage.
- The meets are not USATF-sanctioned, so performances cannot be used as World Championship or Olympic qualifiers.
- For remaining questions, or to pre-register manually if you can’t use DirectAthletics for some reason, contact meet director Adam Engst and provide name, sex, age, events, and seed times.