FLRC’s second summer track meet of the year went off without a hitch under hot, sunny skies. The meet was a bit smaller than last month, with 42 runners competing across 75 individual efforts, but that made it all the more relaxed and intimate, while not detracting from the performances. No photos this month, but if you took any that you’d like to contribute, contact meet director Adam Engst.
The meet started on time with five heats of the 100m, the first of which saw the toddling return of 3-year-old Skylar Weiner and 2-year-old twins Joel and Adrian Kresock. By the time we’d gotten to the faster heats, the times dropped significantly, with Jacy Wilson taking the crown in 11.13 seconds, just edging Christopher Simmons in 11.86, Kaleb Lawrence in 11.91, and Curtis Mann in 11.94. 14-year-old Elsa Wood won for the women in 15.20, with 8-year-old Lianna Simmons (sporting the snazziest spikes around) second in 17.67.
Next up was the 800m, where Alexander Simpson gave us a master class in negative splits, running 62-60 to win in 2:02, running away from 13-year-old William Boscia in 2:30. Michelle Woods won for the women in a strong 2:54, though her only competition was 10-year-old Annaliese Granroth and 7-year-old Kaarina Granroth finishing in 4:00 and 4:03.
The 400m proved to be one of the most exciting races of the night, with Christopher Simmons edging 15-year-old Kaleb Lawrence, 1:03 to 1:04. 13-year-old William Boscia had the next fastest time—1:06—despite being in the previous heat. 14-year-old Elsa Wood doubled her win count with a 1:25, again ahead of 8-year-old Lianna Simmons in 1:31.
Also exciting was the 1600m, where a four-man pack traded off the lead for the first three-and-a-half laps before Curtis Mann threw down a blistering last 200 meters to win in 4:44, followed by 14-year-old Trent Thibault in 4:50, 16-year-old Thomas Stallone in 4:55, and Adrian Haws in 4:58. In the second pack, Liz Hartman ran an impressive 5:48 to win for the women, with 53-year-old Kim Jackson in the other heat laying down a strong 6:50 for second place. Also of note in the 1600m: 70-year-old Mike Homeyer in 7:36, 8-year-old David Tsyrennikov in 7:56, and 64-year-old Joseph Sullivan in 8:37. It’s a race for all ages!
The heat thinned out the relay ranks, but three teams still competed in the 4x200m, with Team Wood winning in 2:25, ahead of Team Hartman in 2:34 (with third runner Liz Hartman retaking the baton for the fourth leg after their anchor runner pulled a muscle halfway through), and Team Urazgildiiev in 3:10.
Once again, the meet was made possible thanks to the highly amiable and capable efforts of our dedicated volunteers. Carl Franck stepped up to serve as head timer for the first time and performed admirably. Tom Rishel and Adam Pacheck reprised their traditional roles as starter and bib recorder. Bill Watson served as head clerk for the last time before he decamps for Boston and some little university there—Harvard-something. He’ll be missed. Meet clerk Dave Kania was able to bend Meet Manager to his will thanks to an external battery pack that kept our computer running this time. Tonya Engst managed bib pickup and adroitly fielded runner questions. Heather Cobb managed backup timing and helped out in general, along with our additional timers Brittany Cronk, Josh Brockner, Laura Morse, Peter Frazier, and Andy Vautrin. Thanks, all, and I hope you enjoyed the post-race subs—yet another perk of volunteering!
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!
July’s events will be run in this order:
- 4x200m relay (sign up at the meet)
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.
- The 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 on the day of the meet.
If you have trouble registering online email meet director Adam Engst with your name, age, and event seed times.
We’re still getting used to MileSplit, but here are some tips to get started:
- Look for the green Register Online Now button in the upper-right corner.
- Individuals should read/watch How do I enter an individual in a meet?
- Club coaches should read/watch How do I enter my team into a meet?
- If you need help, contact MileSplit support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All individuals register as Unattached; teams are only for clubs or schools attending as a group. (In other words, don’t try to register as FLRC or High Noon.)
- Families should register as individuals; please do not create a team for your family.
- Parents can add multiple kids to their account, rather than creating separate accounts.
- MileSplit is school-focused, so just go with the request for your high school year when creating an athlete, even if it’s a long time ago.
- Choose a division based on what you’ll be paying: Non-FLRC Member if you aren’t a club member, FLRC Member if you are, and Financial Aid if a fee would prevent you from participating. The gender of the division doesn’t matter because we combine everything.
- When entering seed (projected finish) times, don’t worry about entering the Meet Name where you theoretically ran the seed time.
- You can always log in again to change your seed times or events.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask MileSplit support and cc me at email@example.com so I can see where you’re getting stuck.
Fees for 2022 are:
- Non-FLRC member: $10 (save money if you join the club)
- FLRC member: $5 (thanks for supporting running in the area)
- Financial Aid: $0 (we don’t want anyone skipping the meet due to cost)
- Team or Club: $2 per runner (this is for schools and clubs, not families))
- Registration for relays is available only at the meet; fill out and submit a relay registration card at the desk.
- 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.
- The meets are not USATF-sanctioned, so performances cannot be used as World Championship or Olympic qualifiers.
- For remaining questions, or to register manually if you can’t use MileSplit for some reason, contact meet director Adam Engst and provide name, sex, age, events, and seed times.