Nittany Valley Running Club Indoor Mile #4 and 3000 m Race
February 5, 2010
by Marty Mazur
Records fell at every Indoor Mile this season. And
with the return of several of the past weeks' pacesetters, the last
Indoor Mile of the series promised more of the same. But the top
runners had to decide whether to give the record books another crack,
or to turn their attentions to the 3000 meter run. A few of the best
took their crack at the 3000, but Dave Rasmussen, Bob McGinty, and Mark
Burnham had something to prove in the mile. All three had a shot at the
Series crown, based on the best two times in the Series.
The first heat was the "slow heat" (that's getting more and more
meaningless each meet) and also had those runners who were also running
the 3000 meter run, to give them a break. Costas Maranas, ran his best
time of the year to take the heat in 5:05.92. Also turning in season's
bests were Ann Skulas-Ray, George Lesieutre (a lifetime PR in his early
50s!), Dave DeGroote (ditto!), and Tara
Murray (who ran a PR after eating at Herwig's Austrian Bistro; that's
gotta be worth something! ).
Last year's Series winner and this year's Series leader Dave Rasmussen
had been running very consistently this season, brushing very close to
4:30. Mark Burnham had been running a lot less consistently, and
slower, except for last week when he smashed the Club record. That
performance meant that all Burnham had to do was come within a couple
of seconds of Rasmussen to take the Series crown. But there was also
Bob McGinty, who just by showing up would get the Masters crown and
record. And he was close enough to give Burnham and Rasmussen a real
challenge. The heat was exciting and, though not as fast as last week's
amazing fast heat, was a treat to watch. After some jokeying by the
lead pack through the fist half-mile, Andrew Viscusi, a dark horse
contender for the Series title, took the lead and opened up on the
field. But Masters pro Bob McGinty has quite a kick. He caught Viscusi
down the stretch and won in 4:32.22., lowering his Masters single mile
record, and establishing a Masters Series record as well. Rasmussen
beat Burnham by 1.2 seconds, which was not enough to keep his title. So
Mark Burnham is this year's Indoor Mile Series champ!
James Faucette gave up his shot at the mile title to try his legs on
the 3K. Faucette was first, and beat the benchmark "attaboy" mark of
sub-9, winning in 8:58.33. Dave Moore was just over that line in
9:00.09. The women's race saw friendly rivals Beth Herndon and Lauren
Philbrook duel for 15 laps. Herndon led most of the way, but Philbrook
was right on her shoulder for the first 10 laps. Then Herndon increased
her lead and it looked like the race was over. But Philbrook kept
plugging away and never really went away. She caught Herndon in the
last 3 laps and won by just over 5 seconds to establish a new NVRC
Women's 3K mark.
There are some pictures of the Series champs on the 2010
Series Results page.
Lesieutre 5:29.29 (M)
Goldfine 5:48.90 (M)
3000 Meter Run
Philbrook 10:12.11 (R)
(M) - Designates Masters (over 40) runners.
(R) - NVRC Indoor Mile Record
to Indoor Mile Results Page.
to NVRC home page.