Nittany Valley Running Club Indoor Mile #2
January 20, 2007
by Marty Mazur
The second Indoor Mile was one of the best in the
history of the Indoor Mile Series. A near record turnout of 26 runners
competed in two heats, and fast times were had by all. Nearly all
runners who had competed in last week's Indoor Mile #1 improved, many
by large margins.
In the first heat, Nate Harkins ran in his first NVRC Indoor Mile. Nate
has been making his mark with the Club for the last few years, winning
many Campus races, and winning last month's Nittany Half-Marathon. Nate
started the race second to last week's winner, Matt Manfred. But Nate
turned it up a notch on every lap, overtaking Manfred after a half mile
and winning easily in 4:29. Manfred improved over last week's
performance by four seconds, finishing in 4:37. First timer Sean Clark
was third in 4:46. And Dave Felice, who was the Pennsylvania State
Champion in the mile back in 1976, recorded the fastest Master's time
in the history of the NVRC Indoor Mile Series, finishing 4th in 4:49.
Also finishing in under 5 minutes were Andy Cunningham and Tim Aydin.
Coming closer this week were Andy Mazur and Bill Maloney. Meira Minard
was the fastest female again this week, this time faster in 5:39. And
Mike Philippe and Marty Klanchar switched to the sunny side of 6 this
In the second heat, newcomer Duane Serpentine showed that he really
belonged in the first, walking away with the win in 5:33. Second place
went to first timer Joel Niemann in 5:52, and third went to last week's
second heat winner, Dan Guss, who improved by four seconds to 5:54.
Also improving greatly and getting closer to the 6 minute mark were
Erin Wyble, Shaun Wood, and Tara Murray. Jerry Steffy and Marty Mazur
extended their battle, with Marty staying ahead of Jeffy until the
final straight. Pam Scott of the Beginner's Group went under
6-and-a-half this week, and Christine Rice made her return in well
under 7. New Club member Kurt Schwab will do the same next week.
8. Judd Michael
(M) - Designates Masters (over 40) runners.
|The first heat was blazing
fast - a blur!
|Marty Mazur showed
determination in Heat 2. But not enough not to be overtaken by Erin
and Jerry Steffy.
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