What were we thinking, having a track meet in the evening this summer? Was there any chance we wouldn’t be flirting with a severe thunderstorm watch? No, but thanks to the meet being small, the efforts of our highly capable volunteers, and running one big heat of the mile as our last race, we managed to finish last night’s meet and even pack up before the storm hit.
Between the lack of our usual club participation, the threatening weather forecast, and air quality warnings from the Ontario wildfires, attendance was significantly down from our usual numbers. But having just 38 runners was a blessing in disguise, since it allowed us to remember just how it is we put on a track meet after 17 months off and we would never have finished before the storm otherwise.
As usual, the 100m race was popular with kids, and our first heat featured three generations, as 1-year-old Guinevere Goldberg toddled a 95-second time with her mother Margaret Frank and her 73-year-old grandfather, Joseph Frank. Overall, it was a battle of 14-year-olds: James Saunders won in 12.35 seconds, beating Ben Lambert, who came through in 13.76. Age took the crown on the women’s side, with 56-year-old Stephanie Mulinos running a 19.00 to edge out 9-year-old Annaliese Granroth’s 19.33.
In the 800m, Alexander Simpson won handily in 2:00 flat, with Warren Staver finishing in 2:07 for second. Liz Hartman was first for the women in 2:48, with Michelle Woods second in 3:01, although they didn’t run in the same heat, and it might have been more of a race if they had.
When it came to the 400m, Warren Staver was once again stymied in his quest for a win, as Colin Johnston cruised to victory in 51.01. Staver’s second-place time was 54.61, just nipping Alexander Simpson’s 55.44. But Stephanie Mulinos showed that she had more than just 100m speed with her second win of the night for the women, in 1:31.27, followed closely by Kim Jackson in 1:34.26.
We collapsed two heats of the mile into a single race to save time, but that didn’t slow down Adam Pacheck and Harry Greene, who dueled for the first 800m before Pacheck pulled away to win in 4:35, well ahead of Greene’s 4:53. Michelle Woods was the first woman in 7:04, followed by Kim Jackson in 7:23.
Props to 9-year-old Arya Basu and 63-year-old Joseph Sullivan, who ran all four events, and it was also inspiring to see 8-year-old Toby Kennedy running the 800m and 1 mile to add to his leading mileage totals in the FLRC Kids Challenge.
It was great to reunite the dedicated track volunteer team that makes these meets run so smoothly. Bob Talda served as head timer, with Tom Rishel juggling a whistle (for little kid heats) and pistol as the starter. Jullien Flynn worked her last track meet before she leaves for MIT, wrangling our crufty Meet Manager software for seeding and results with the able help of Dave Kania. Tonya Engst managed bib pickup while recruiting for the FLRC women’s cross country team, Bill Watson organized the runners into heats with assistance from Carl Franck, and Adam Pacheck recorded finisher bibs, with Laurel Gilmer doing backup timing and filling in while Adam was winning his race. Along with everyone else, Carl Franck and Dave Kania were a huge help with setup and teardown, and Becca Lovenheim’s assistance in using the Lansing track’s PA system and other gear was essential as always. Plus, Gabby Woo was taking photos throughout, and we hope to share them soon. Thanks to everyone!
|1||James Saunders||M14||Finger Lakes Fleet||12.35|
|2||Benjamin Lambert||M14||Lansing Lightning||13.76|
|3||Lucius Dann||M15||Finger Lakes Fleet||13.98|
|7||Arya Basu||M9||Ithaca Youth Bureau||16.08|
|8||Elijah Littlejohn||M11||Finger Lakes Fleet||16.31|
|9||Ethan Littlejohn||M10||Finger Lakes Fleet||17.43|
|16||Joseph Sullivan||M63||Finger Lakes Runners Club||23.14|
|2||Warren Staver||M25||Old Goat Track Club||54.61|
|5||Arya Basu||M9||Ithaca Youth Bureau||1:30.51|
|10||Joseph Sullivan||M63||Finger Lakes Runners Club||1:50.89|
|2||Warren Staver||M25||Old Goat Track Club||2:07|
|6||Lucius Dann||M15||Finger Lakes Fleet||2:46|
|11||Arya Basu||M9||Ithaca Youth Bureau||3:27|
|16||Joseph Sullivan||M63||Finger Lakes Runners Club||4:07|
1 Mile RESULTS
|6||Oliver Lambert||M16||Lansing Lightning||6:14|
|7||Burke Hilgendorf||M10||Southern Tier SOAR||6:38|
|8||Benjamin Lambert||M14||Lansing Lightning||6:52|
|10||Ethan Littlejohn||M10||Finger Lakes Fleet||7:08|
|12||Carl Franck||M69||High Noon/FLRC||8:22|
|14||Arya Basu||M9||Ithaca Youth Bureau||8:59|
|15||Joseph Sullivan||M63||Finger Lakes Runners Club||9:05|
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 as the heat of the day subsides. All ages (seriously!) and abilities (really!) are welcome in these low-key meets, and 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.
July’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.