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Unicorn Herd Gathers Hardware at Club XC Championships






The course at Lehigh University was firm, fast and familiar
to many who participated in record numbers at the Club Cross Country
Championships in Bethlehem, PA.
 

 

The Unicorn herd from the B.A.A. would make out
exceptionally well, winning the women’s open 10K, taking second in the men’s
open 10K and bronze in the master men’s 10K.

 

One of the scorers for the B.A.A.’s 40+ squad, Peter Hammer,
48, had run IC4As here as a collegian. On this day he woud find himself in a
course-long duel with a familiar face‰ÛÓChad Newton of the Atlanta TC.

 

At the US Masters 10K Championship on the road at the James
Joyce Ramble in April, Hammer had placed 2nd to Mike Galoob after passing Newton
late in the race.

 

Today it would be Newton winning the 45-49 division in 33:01
with Hammer 6-seconds back

 

“I’d like to hate the guy,” laughed Hammer, “but I’ve talked
to him before and he’s a really nice guy. That’s the problem with this sport,
everyone’s so nice.”

 

There were unprecedented numbers across the board‰ÛÓ572 open
men representing 72 teams; 343 open women representing 28 teams; 255 masters
women and 588 masters men,

 

There was a scoring glitch that didn’t recognize 50-year old
runners scoring down, or in the case of GBTC coach Tom Derderian a 60+ year old
runner scoring down, but Tom notes that there were 39 teams in the 40-49
division alone.

 

NER is off the bus with much more after a rousing weekend of
activity at the Best Western in Bethlehem and now rushing to the printer with
much more detail on this historic gathering revealed in our Jan/Feb issue.

 

Happy holidays! Results, as they appear, will appear Here

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