Nittany Valley Running Club Indoor Mile #1
January 10, 2009
by Marty Mazur
Turnout was a little light for the first Indoor Mile
Series races, due largely to the snow that hit the area. There were
several no-shows. But one of the no-shows, Marty Mazur, couldn't blame
the weather. He made it there, but only to report, and plot his return
next week. The first heat featured Andy Cunningham, attempting to start
the season sub-5, and the return of Boyd Brumbaugh, a past Series
Masters winner. Both had great first races. Andy ran 4:55 and looks
forward to running in the 4:40s. Boyd was second overall and the
fastest Master, finishing in 5:21. Series newcomer Alan Effreig was
third in 5:24. All first heat runners went under 6 minutes including
Marty Klanchar, at age 51 running his first season-opening sub-6 run.
Tom Cali isn't the only local runner who gets better with age.
The second heat belonged to the ladies. Five of the seven runners in
that heat were female. Ann Skulas-Ray, with a string of 5K PRs in
recent months, would have been happy to start the season where she left
off last year, about 5:50. But she ran a very steady race,
overtaking Alonzo Whitehead at the half-way point and finishing in
5:35, a PR better than any of her high school times. If the Predicted
Time Contest had been held today rather than at the last
meet of the Series, Tara Murray would likely have won. She came in
second in 6:05.14,
just 0.14 seconds off her anticipated time of 6:05. She's well on her
way to a sub-6 mile. Alonzo Whitehead started fast, but faded, taking
third in 6:13. With a bit more experience pacing in the Indoor Mile,
he'll improve greatly. All the other runners ran faster than they'd
thought they could and are ready to return and peel off more time. The
next Indoor Mile is on Saturday, January 17, in conjuction with the
Penn State Open.
Goldfine 5:59.84 (M)
(M) - Designates Masters (over 40) runners.
Upper center by Kelson Goldfine. All others by Marty Mazur.
Skulas-Ray brought her magic shoes.
1 toes the line.
second heat was all smiles except a very focused Ann.
Cunningham cracked 5 minutes in the first heat.
back of the first heat pack was very close much of the race. Everyone
in the first heat went under 6 minutes.
used her iPod and magic shoes to get a PR in Heat 2.
to Indoor Mile Results Page.
to NVRC home page.