Congrats on a stellar 2010 Series everybody – to all the races and to Series sponsor adidas. This year marked a couple of firsts previously mentioned in an earlier post: Kristin Murphy becoming the first person, male or female, to run the table and come up with a perfect score of 300. In addition, we had our first overall tie in the Series between Hurtin’ For Certain teammates TJ Unger and Lee Danforth.
What we didn’t mention was that for the first time in the 13-year history of the Series we had a Senior runner score among the top 5 Open contenders. Warren, RI’s Marge Bellisle finally ran a full Series and placed 4th overall. Cashing in on her Open placement, Marge moves out of the Senior division and this is a plus for former All-Hurley award winner Sue Maslowski who moves into 3rd.
By the same token, NER All Star Strike Force 40 Cape Cod Relay captain John Noland moves into the top Masters slot with former overall champions Jason Cakouros and Terry McNatt scoring top 5. Macdara Nash and Jim Quadros move into the 2-3 Masters positions.
The Records: A week after running a US W59 single-age record of 19:02 at the Syracuse Festival of Races US Masters 5K Championships (and scoring an event high 99.19%), Northport, NY’s Kathrine Martin followed up her 40:09 Senior record at the “Trail to Ale” 10K with an 18:43 clocking at Paddy’s – slicing 3-seconds from Marge’s 2007 W50-59 record.
Another NER loyalist from NY – Delhi’s Bob Giambalvo, 61, shook up the Veteran’s division with a new record of 17:23, eclipsing the previous mark of 17:39 run by Colin McArdle in 2004 and Gordon MacFarland in 2008. Bob had just placed second in his age group at the US 5K Masters Championships in 18:01.
(Bob Giambalvo, Photo by FitzFoto)