Photo: Johnny Zhang
It’s all said and run. The weather threatened all week and then, though the sun didn’t shine, the rain retreated just in time and we were off. The course was well-soaked and spikes were de rigueur. (In a perfect moment of just-in-time delivery Devon arrived, spikes in hand for Paige Yellen, literally three minutes before the women’s gun, and Paige zipped off, newly shod, to lead the CPTC 40+ women in.) The course, at Lehigh University, is one well-suited to handle large meets, and while it has no hill to rival that of the Vanny, the constantly rolling terrain makes for a challenging run. The ground was so wet that navigation was a constant concern, not just to avoid slippery, sucking mud, to find good footing where we weren’t wasting tons of energy with each mushy, mushy step. It was a little like going from road riding to mountain biking: much more attention must be paid.
Our team result were good with an overall place of 18th of 41 teams. While leg power was good, manpower was a bit in short supply. I’d like to encourage as many of you as possible to come out next year. It’s a very different racing atmosphere. Both Gabe and Art hadn’t raced cross country in years and were thrilled to recapture the feel of it. Gabe is our new recruit/conscript. Welcome to the gang, Gabe. Hank had a particularly nice result in the 70’s division and was just a mere 10 seconds out of fourth. Additionally, he just missed that holy grail of 80% AG, and he topped our team in AG placing, so triple-bravo for his masterful masters mastery.
Photo: Johnny Zhang
As others have mentioned, it was fun to race as a team. There was a nice sense of solidarity as each group started together in their start box and we then cheered each other in through the chute.
Official results are here. Interesting to note is that there are both normal finish awards for individuals as well as age-graded ones.
Here’s my winnowing of the data:
Overall Race Results Masters Men 60+
48 Noel Comess 61 Central Park Track Club New 33:11 6:41
73 Arthur Palmer, III 63 Central Park Track Club New 34:53 7:01
96 Hank Schiffman 70 Central Park Track Club New 36:03 7:15
102 Gabe Gonzalez 67 Central Park Track Club New 36:20 7:19
152 Alan Ruben 62 Central Park Track Club New 38:52 7:50
Masters Men 60-64
42 48 Noel Comess
60 73 Arthur Palmer, III
105 152 Alan Ruben
Masters Men 65-69
16 102 Gabe Gonzalez
Masters Men 70-74
5 96 Hank Schiffman
Masters Men Age-graded
66 Hank Schiffman 70 Central Park Track Club New Ba 79.46%
70 Noel Comess 61 Central Park Track Club New Ba 79.24%
89 Arthur Palmer, III 63 Central Park Track Club New Ba 76.75%
92 Gabe Gonzalez 67 Central Park Track Club New Ba 76.48%
174 Alan Ruben 62 Central Park Track Club New Ba 68.26%
Masters Men 60+ Team
18. 178 Central Park Track Club New Balance ( 34:43 1:44:07 2:52)
1 41 Noel Comess
2 59 Arthur Palmer, III
3 78 Hank Schiffman
4 ( 82) Gabe Gonzalez
5 (117) Alan Ruben
This is my first race report. Constructive criticism is welcome. I’ll try to stay on top of all of it. More soon on upcoming races, etc….
Stay warm. Have a great, great, holiday season. Skiers, mind your ACLs. Drinkers, mind your p’s and q’s.