Nittany Valley Running Club Indoor Mile #1
January 12, 2008
by Marty Mazur
first NVRC Indoor Mile of the season again came too soon after
Christmas. People are still feeling the effects of their seasonal
overindulgence. The first race is usually a tune-up or a reality check
for most people, and most were slower than their ending times from last
year, or slower than they thought they'd be. But a few came away rather
pleased with themselves. The first heat, the sub-6ers, was huge, with
14 runners crowding the starting line. Dave Moore, recently of the PSU
Track Team, easily beat the field and came close to the 4:30 benchmark,
winning in 4:31.53. Last year's series winner, Matt Manfred, a coach at
Penn State Altoona, was second in 4:42.25, and Andy Cunnignham started
the season well, finishing third in 4:51. There was a big group between
4:50 and 5 flat. Eric Tyo, a budding triathlete, was a close fourth in
4:52.69. Bob Radzwich, who ran for Penn State over a decade before
Moore, was fifth in 4:54.85 Greg Dillon and Dave Felice, last
year's Masters Champ, battled hard for the top Masters slot. Dillon
surprised himself by cracking 5 in his first race of the season, just
beating Felice by 0.3 seconds. The top female was Meghan Mason,
late of State High and now finishing her career at American University.
She came in at 5:32.55
The second heat was smaller and saw Luke St. Clair go out like a
rabbit. He finished his first lap in under 35 seconds, but almost
seemed catchable late in the race after he lost his steam. He
prevailed, finishing in 5:53.61. Marty Klanchar and Michael Goldfine
battled for second the entire race. In the end, Goldfine edged Klanchar
by less than half a second. Marty Mazur, watching from the sidelines
this first race, then notched all the people he'll easily pick off next
week as he watched Eric Mortensen, Tara Murray, and John LaCombe finish
well behind their previous standards. But Mazur won't have the
throw-away tune-up under his belt! Lee Culver, running his first Indoor
Mile turned in a respectable sub-7 time and is raring to go under 6:30.
(M) - Designates Masters (over 40) runners.
1. Luke St.
Goldfine 6:03.15 (M)
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