Nittany Valley Running Club Indoor Mile #3 and 3000m Race
February 4, 2006
The third set of
races in the NVRC Indoor Mile series included a 3000 meter run. Only
four runners participated this time (Morgan Windram had a cold, so she
scrathced), but they included some of the hard core regulars, two of
whom raced twice in this meet! Martha Nelson led from start to finish
and kept a very even pace to lap the field in 10:34. Martha is
accomplished at many distances, up to and including the marathon, but
her favorite distance back in high school was the 3000. Meira Minard
to run some sub-20 5Ks this year. Her second place finish in 11:33
shows she's definitely on target.
Erin Wyble and Marty Klanchar
repeated last years duel. This time Erin opened up early on Marty and
held the lead through the race.
In the fast heat of the mile, Andy Cunningham returned to make his goal
of a sub-5 mile, finishing first in 4:57. Lance Bland and Judd Michael,
who regularly beat each other up at Thurday Track, battled it out for
Lance, off a few seconds from his previous two efforts, nipped Judd,
both finishing in 5:12. Peter Flemings brought his wife and baby son to
watch him finish in 5:30, 11 seconds better than he did in Mile 1.
Rounding out the field were Tim Brenza, Alistair Geddes, and Tim
Spigelmyer, all well under 6 minutes.
The slow heat included a couple of runners who competed in the 3K only
10 minutes earlier. Sarah Pabian went out very well and was on pace to
run a great time. But Sarah had given blood the day before and started
seeing stars at the halfway point. She pulled off the track just in
time to avoid a visit with the medics. Martha Nelson ran a great second
half, seeming to recover from her 3K as she ran. Martha took first in
5:43. Eric Silver took 9 seconds off his time from Mile 1, finishing
second in 5:55. Mike Casper ran a relaxed race to take third in 6:06.
The two best final stretch footraces of the day were between John
Lacombe and Jerry Steffy, and Jim Taylor and Erin Wyble. Lacombe shaved
a couple of seconds off his Mile 2 time to beat Steffy by a hair (0.06
seconds!) in 6:18. Jim Taylor, after his losing battle with 3K
competitor Erin Wyble, was quoted as saying, "You would
think that Erin would have been able to take pitty on the fat old guy
and let him by - Kids these days!" In trying to catch Erin, Jim still
ended up 7 seconds better than his Mile 2 time.
Indoor Mile heats are the last in the series. There will be a predicted
time contest, so get your pace down!
Martha Nelson 10:34.88
Meira Minard 11:33.92
Marty Klanchar 12:23.51 (M)
Andy Cunningham 4:57.31
Judd Michael 5:12.59 (M)
Peter Flemming 5:30.63 (M)
Alistair Geddes 5:44.39
Tim Spigelmyer 5:45.36 (M)
Martha Nelson 5:43.04
Casper 6:06.22 (M)
Lacombe 6:18.68 (M)
Steffy 6:18.74 (M)
(M) - Designates Masters (over 40) runners.
Nelson breezed through the 3K.
Cunningham broke 5 in the mile.
pretty fast slow pokes toe the line in Heat 2.
Lacombe beats Jerry Steffy in the closest finish ever - 0.06 seconds!
to Indoor Mile Results Page.
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