The @pgxc-flrc and @pgxc-high-noon teams performed admirably in a chilly 8K at Center Park in Fairport for the fifth and championship race in the PGXC series, bringing home four team wins and nine individual top-three placements. We once again put 42 runners on the course. Full results are now available. (Select 23 for the year, 5 for the Race Results, and OA for overall, AG for age group, and TM for team, then click Submit).
Running without their top runner, Banyan Love, who was off at a mountain bike race in Maryland, FLRC’s co-ed U19 team rose to the occasion, with Ben Lambert, Kate Hulsey, Rahmon Daily, and Gretchen Hulsey placing 2-3-4-(6) to best the Syracuse Track Club by 4 points. The FLRC women’s Super Vets team closed out a strong year with Gill Haines-Sharp, Sandy Gregorich, Lorrie Tily, and Laura Helmerick running 3-5-6-(7) to sneak past STC by just 2 points. Finally, the FLRC women’s Ultra Vets team of Ruth Sproul, Deb Bliss, and Nancy Lorr repeated their win from the last race.
A solid High Noon Masters team took advantage of several Syracuse Track Club competitive missteps to take the win, the first and only for the High Noon men this year. Dan Timmerman, Jordan Varano, Jay Hubisz, Peter Frazier, Dave Kania, Damian Clemons, Patrick Boyle, and Tristan Lambert placed 2-4-6-11-17-(23)-(24)-(30), handily outpacing the Syracuse Track Club A team and B Team, 40 to 55 to 71.
Syracuse could have won if they hadn’t run their fastest Masters runner (who took 5th overall in the race) down to Open in what proved to be a futile attempt to beat a Checkers Open team (Checkers scored 34 points on 1-2-3-13-15-(22)-(24)-(25) to from Syracuse’s 35 points on a deep 5-6-7-8-9-(10)-(11).) Or, Syracuse also could have won by combining their fastest Masters A and B team runners, which would have given them 24 points from 1-3-5-7-8. Syracuse swung for the fences for more overall points with this risky team-building, and High Noon’s strong performances were there to take advantage.
- FLRC U19: 1st (yay!)
- FLRC Open: 4th
- FLRC Masters: 4th
- FLRC Vets: 2nd
- FLRC Super Vets: 1st (yay!)
- FLRC Ultra Vets: 1st (yay!)
- High Noon Open: 4th (beating Roadkill on a tiebreaker!)
- High Noon Masters: 1st (yay!)
- High Noon Vets: No team
- High Noon Super Vets: No team
- High Noon Ultra Vets: 3rd
- Ben Lambert: 3rd Men’s U19
- Kate Hulsey: 1st Women’s U19
- Gretchen Hulsey: 3rd Women’s U19
- Dan Timmerman: 3rd Men’s Masters
- Julie Barclay: 1st Women’s Vets
- Gill Haines-Sharp: 3rd Women’s Super Vets
- Ruth Sproul: 1st Women’s Ultra Vets
- Deb Bliss: 2nd Women’s Ultra Vets
- Charlie Fay: 2nd Men’s Ultra Vets
Photos will be coming later—I ran out of time to process them before needing to make dinner.
Next up—series awards, where our teams did remarkably well!