Nittany Valley Running Club Indoor Mile #3
January 26, 2007
by Marty Mazur
The third Indoor
Mile Series Races began auspiciously. A record number of runners,
nearly 40, had registered to run in two heats of the mile and a heat of
teh 3000. But three of the runners for the 3000 did not show up, one
decided just to do the mile, and the last didn't want to run the event
alone, so the 3000 was cancelled. We'll give it a go next meet. In the
mile races, everyone was ready to run new PRs, achieve season goals,
and just have a great time. And quite a few improvements were recorded.
But a number of runners also re-learned the old lesson that you usually
don't get better every time you race, but sometimes take a step back
before improving again. A two week rest will help everyone regain their
In the fast heat, Sean Clark took first in 4:45. Tim Aydin, who ran
well for State High several years ago, nonetheless turned in a lifetime
PR to finish 2nd in 4:48. Kyle Gheres was 3rd a second behind. And Andy
Mazur, another recent State High grad, continued his comeback by
posting his first sub-5 performance since his high school days. Judd
Michael was the fastest Masters runner, finishing 5th in 5:06. Lance
Bland was 3 seconds back of that. Louis Miltich was the fastest female
of the day (and of the season, so far), finishing just 0.02 seconds
behind Tim Yosca in a photo finish in 5:37.95.
The second heat saw Meira Minard, take first place in 5:40. She took a
step back from her best time, but still has a good shot at the female
series crown. Joel Niemann chopped off 8 seconds from his previous
performance to finish in secondin 5:44. Long-time series participant
Marty Lanchar clocked one of his best miles ever to take third in 5:53,
just edging Erin Wyble who has made significant improvement since the
first race of the series. The rest of the heat learned some lessons
about how improvements do not always come in a linear fashion. Marty
Mazur led the sub-6 hopefuls on a great pace through the first
half-mile, but walked off the track with a sore hamstring. Losing their
pacemaster caused some of the near-6 brigade to drop off a bit. The 6:30+ crowd
struggled a bit, but Kurt Schwab is edging closer to 7 minutes. And they'll all be back
to renew the attack.
1 leaders late in the race: From right to left, heat winner Sean Clark,
eventual third place Kyle Gheres, eventual second Tim Aydin,and fourth
place Andy Mazur.
duel: Lance Bland, left, leads Judd Michael, center, as they pass Matt
Fisher. Judd eventually passed Lance.
Early in the second
heat, Meira Minard leads John Lacombe, Joel Nieman, Erin Wyble, and the
rest of the crew.
Summers shows her determination as she hears race leader Meira Minard's
footsteps coming to lap her.
7. Shaun Wood
8. Cheryl Capone
* - Donald Bond ran as a guest of
Penn State and the NVRC. His time was recorded in Heat 2, where he
finished first. His finish is not included in the rankings of NVRC
(M) - Designates Masters (over 40) runners.
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