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May 7, 2016
Rothrock State Forest

by Mike Casper

The days of rain preceding the weekend stopped on cue, an hour or two before the start of this year’s Beidleheimer Sidewinder 10K, and blue skies and sun were peeking through at the finish.

This race is unique in central PA for using age and gender grading for its results. How does it work? 

WMA Finish Order (given below the order of finish results) is what counts for awards. The World Masters Athletics (WMA) percentageis an age- and gender-graded scoring system based on data. The WMA percentage tells how your age- and gender-graded time compares to the gender world record for a given distance. If your WMA score is 100%, you would have run a gender world record time in your prime. If it's 50%, then the world record holder would have come in in half your time. By the way, 80% is considered National Class level. Today's top 5 age and gender graded finishers were all pretty close to that! See below for how the results of this race are calculated, and how you can use the system to score yourself for other events.

Patrick Singletary took first place overall but was edged out by the even-more-ageless Tom Cali via the race’s age and gender grading. The top five finishers, by adjusted times, received trophies. Carole Dudukovich was the lone female in the top five.

Cameron Drahnak, 10, completed his third 10K ever, all of which were part of this year’s Teaser series, on this tough, rolling course.

Several runners doubled up, doing a 10K warmup from Whipple Dam to the starting line, and were ready for the return jaunt when the buses arrived at the start: Tom Cali, Dean Capone, Carol Dudukovich, Jerry Harrington, Meira Minard, Bob Shafer and Mike Zimmerman.

Special thanks to the spouse and son of one of the runners for collecting tags at the finish line. Thanks also to Marisa Vicere, of Jana Marie Foundation, for help with registration.

Thanks to Tom Cali, of CaliKline – RE/MAX Centre Realty, and Subway Restaurants for series support and post-race party subs that were quickly devoured.

Dave Eggler of the NVRC provided professional timing and WMA conversion of the results. Here’s an explanation of the formula:

WORLD MASTERS ATHLETICS (WMA) Percentage Calculation:
AGST = age-gender standard time
OGST = open-gender standard time
AGT = age-graded time
WMA factor = OGST / AGST
WMA factor * actual time = AGT
WMA% (age-performance %) = OGST / AGT (or = AGST / time)

Simplified, your World Masters Athletics percentage is the ratio of the approximate world-record time for your age and gender divided by your actual time.
 
Example for a 45-year old woman running a road 10 km in 40:00
AGST = 32:33 (AGST if she were a 45-year old male = 29:51)
OGST = 30:20 (OGST if she were a 45-year old male = 26:51)
WMA factor = 30:20 / 32:33 = 0.932
AGT = 0.932 * 40:00 = 37:17
WMA % = 30:20 / 37:17 (or = 32:33 / 40:00) = 81.4%

The next Tussey Teaser is June 5, the Treaster Kettle Test-Your-Mettle 10.6 Miler, with an earlier start, 8:30 a.m.

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School buses got the rare challenge of climbing the long hill on Beidleheimer Road

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Runners prepare for the start

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Patrick Singletary cruises into the finish at Whipple Dam

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Meira Minard completes the run with two dedicated canine colleagues

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Lorella Thomas and Vanda Mikònè-Hurnyi are all smiles at run’s end

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Mother and son, Machel and Cameron Drahnak complete the race

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Carole Duducovich celebrates the finish, unaware that she also made the WMA top five

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Kate Clancy posted a new PR for this distance

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Age- and gender-graded winners Carole Dudukovich, Tom Cali, Patrick Singletary and Terry Reid show off their trophies, and trophy calves; not pictured is Jeff Smucker

 

Timing by the Nittany Valley Running Club

Finish ordered by WMA score

                                                       WMA          CLOCK    
 PLACE             FINISHER                            SCORE        TIME
 -----             --------                            -----        -----
    1   Tom Cali, 61, State College, PA               85.49%        39:24  
    2   Patrick Singletary, 50, State College, PA     83.54%        36:45  
    3   Carole Dudukovich, 49*, Port Matilda, PA      80.25%        42:17  
    4   Terry Reid, 57, Bellefonte, PA                79.19%        41:05  
    5   Jeff Smucker, 50, Centre Hall, PA             76.91%        39:55  
    6   Meira Minard, 42*, State College, PA          75.46%        42:06  
    7   Jerry Harrington, 47, Port Matilda, PA        74.45%        40:15  
    8   Michael Goldfine, 60, Lemont, PA              72.00%        46:22  
    9   Ron Burket, 56, Philipsburg, PA               70.93%        45:28  
   10   Johanna Ohm, 24*, State College, PA           70.60%        42:58  
   11   Michael Zimmerman, 35, State College, PA      70.19%        39:05  
   12   Bob Shafer, 35, Bellefonte, PA                70.16%        39:06  
   13   Tari Helmers, 27*, State College, PA          69.36%        43:44  
   14   Dean Capone, 52, State College, PA            67.78%        46:02  
   15   Scott Peterson, 26, State College, PA         65.41%        41:03  
   16   David Sowell, 64, Huntingdon, PA              65.12%        53:08  
   17   Hans Derr, 58, Warriors Mark, PA              65.10%        50:23  
   18   Chuck Beyer, 41, Kersey, PA                   64.84%        44:08  
   19   Rob Redden, 49, Curwensville, PA              63.66%        47:50  
   20   Kate Clancy, 23*, State College, PA           62.74%        48:21  
   21   David Hsiung, 55, Huntingdon, PA              62.67%        51:02  
   22   Lorella Thomas, 53*, Boalsburg, PA            61.54%        57:59  
   23   Reed Willar, 18, Mill Hall, PA                61.16%        43:54  
   24   Michelle Gority, 46*, Tyrone, PA              60.72%        54:06  
   25   Sara Noss, 37*, State College, PA             59.84%        51:33  
   26   Kristina Klingler, 47*, Selingsgrove, PA      59.33%        55:56  
   27   Sharen Lupo, 41*, Pa Furnace, PA              59.22%        53:15  
   28   Victor Barvitskie, 35, Sunbury, PA            58.87%        46:36  
   29   Brian Brown, 41, Lewisburg, PA                58.26%        49:07  
   30   Madeline Nyblade, 19*, State College, PA      58.09%        52:13  
   31   Steve Baird, 38, State College, PA            57.44%        48:45  
   32   John Knepley, 69, Boalsburg, PA               56.86%      1:03:47  
   33   Kristen Braitkrus, 36*, State College, PA     56.20%        54:41  
   34   Mary Reiber, 55*, York, PA                    56.19%      1:05:10  
   35   Dana Walker, 49*, Bellefonte, PA              56.15%      1:00:26  
   36   Jason Thomas, 41, Boalsburg, PA               53.72%        53:16  
   37   Vanda Mikone-Hurnyi, 38*, Boalsburg, PA       53.45%        58:00  
   38   Jaeran Koszarsky, 48, Boalsburg, PA           53.34%        56:39  
   39   Adam Ilgen, 28, State College, PA             53.33%        50:21  
   40   Tracy Clouthier, 28*, State College, PA       53.33%        56:53  
   41   Jenn Lenig, 39*, Halifax, PA                  51.94%      1:00:00  
   42   Mark Meredith, 37, Uniontown, PA              51.67%        53:46  
   43   Rob Singer, 53, Kersey, PA                    51.61%      1:00:56  
   44   Seth Volpe, 33, Hollidaysburg, PA             50.54%        53:45  
   45   Ben Miller, 34, Windber, PA                   50.54%        53:59  
   46   Christina Diaz, 29*, State College, PA        50.25%      1:00:22  
   47   David Lloyd, 45, State College, PA            50.11%        58:54  
   48   Gar Hong, 37, State College, PA               49.84%        55:45  
   49   Breanne Decker, 26*, Norristown, PA           49.26%      1:01:35  
   50   Lori Fabrizio, 45*, Johnstown, PA             49.23%      1:06:07  
   51   Jessica Ertel, 34*, Halifax, PA               49.10%      1:02:11  
   52   Ashley Rosenkranz, 33*, New Cumberland, PA    48.90%      1:02:18  
   53   Robert Narehood, 49, Mill Hall, PA            47.89%      1:03:35  
   54   Rosemarie Schuster, 27*, State College, PA    47.77%      1:03:30  
   55   Susan Mcwhirter, 42*, State College, PA       47.28%      1:07:11  
   56   Amanda Jacobs, 40*, Port Matilda, PA          46.70%      1:07:08  
   57   Bernie Berzonsky, 49, Bellefonte, PA          45.31%      1:07:12  
   58   Susan Bogart, 48*, State College, PA          43.51%      1:17:06  
   59   Jeremiah Northridge, 38, State College, PA    43.47%      1:04:25  
   60   Justin Whitmer, 31, State College, PA         42.50%      1:03:29  
   61   Angela Reiber, 24*, Dover, PA                 41.59%      1:12:56  
   62   Jennifer Koszarsky, 39*, Boalsburg, PA        37.13%      1:23:57  
   63   Eliza Gabel, 24*, State College, PA           36.13%      1:23:57  
   64   Machel Drahnak, 41*, Hastings, PA             35.83%      1:28:00  
   65   Robert Hay, 55, Port Matilda, PA              33.93%      1:34:15  
   66   Cameron Drahnak, 10, Hastings, PA             30.51%      1:28:00  
* indicates females
36 finishers among Open Men
30 finishers among Open Women
36 male finishers
30 female finishers
66 total finishers