The Strider over-60 contingent put an exclamation point on their terrific cross country season by not only winning the year-end PA/USATF Championships but sweeping the top three places. Not to be outdone, the Strider Master Women had their best outing of the season, with six women competing for the squad. They came away with their best placing of the season – third, behind only the season champs WVTC and runner up Impalas. The masters and senior men also scored teams
Doug Butt outran Len Goldman to earn the PA Super Champ title for the race. Perry Hayden was the third 60+ runner in the race giving the Striders a perfect 6 point score (1-2-3). Len’s second place finish allowed him to easily win the Super Senior Grand Prix title with 438 points. Second place in the Grand Prix was Doug and Fred Martin, who missed the last four races of the season ended up 4th..
The women’s masters scoring team was led by new-member Kris Denney in 27:18 for the challenging four mile course. Christine Chapon was 35 seconds back as second woman, and Karin Kuffel recorded a 28:30 to round out the team. They scored 4th-8th and 12th for 24 points, outrunning Fleet Feet, Empire and Tamalpa. The Strider “B” team consisted of Jeanine Holmlund (30:06), Malia Dinell (31:03) and Jessica Lilie (34:30), Jessica’s time was a full two and a half minute improvement on ther 2004 time!
The Striders pieced together a masters men’s team (9th place)which was led by Damien Curry who completed the 3-loop 6 mile course in 36:36 for 20th place. The Seniors team came in 7th place lead by Joe Schieffer who grabbed 5th in that division. The fastest time of the day for the club was run by Open runner Steve Whitelam who posted a 34:12
Just in case you were confused about the difference between road racing and cross country, the 2005 season kickoff for the PAUSATF Cross Country Grand Prix held at Garin Park, made a point of clearing up that confusion. With every step of this Hayward race on dirt or mud and either up or down the new course was anything but fast. Fortunately it was short – one of those 5Ks that felt like 4 miles short.
The Strider mudders were out in force, nearly 20 in all, and ready to get their new Nikes dirty. The club scored teams in four categories – mens and womens masters, mens seniors and mens super seniors. The masters womens race took off at 9 AM and the team of Karin Kuffel, Malia Dinell and BZ Churchman took home a fourth place finish. Also running was Jessica Lilie and open runner Mihaela Dobos. Karin turned in the fastest time of the day for the women with a 24:17. Malia was about 40 seconds back. BZ made a point of taking off slow and was almost the last one out of the meadow, but she slowly moved by several runners, including two Striders before reaching the finish. The Strider women plan to score teams in most of this year’s Grand Prix!
The 9:45 mens race featured nearly 150 runners. The masters men took second behind Excelsior. Thom Trimble placed 35th overall and 10th master with a 17:59. Damien Curry (18:21) and Tim Keenan (18:36) ran together most of the way until Tim tweaked his hammy on a late downhill. Jeff Teeters, fresh off a 50K last week, ran an impressive 18:48 with what legs he had left. Craig Whichard outlegged Mike Maguire, 19:40 to 19:50, to grab the final scoring spot. Mike Plummer also ran for the masters with a 21:41. Seniors
The Seniors also came away with a second place finish, led by Joe Schieffer in 19:43. Bill Brusher traded in his track spikes for XC spikes to claim the team’s second spot in 22:05, with Mike Rossi close on his heals in 22:29. Julios Ratti completed the team with a 22:56.
The Super Senior Striders of Fred Martin and Doug Butt went 1-2 in their division but were narrowly edged by Empire’s 3-5-7 combo. John McDougall was the Striders third scoring member in 14th place. TheChips appeared to take third in that division.