The contest for the Overall Masters win was tight on the women’s side, with several lead changes in the first three quarters of the race before Renee Tolan took over on the final straightaway to the finish and pulled away for the win in 5:25, followed 5 seconds later by Melissa Gacek.
On the men’s side, Kevin Castille put his stamp on the race from the moment the horn sounded, establishing a 15m gap by the quarter-mile mark. He poured it on from there, eventually enjoying a 13-second win in a blazing 4:26.
National Masters Age Division Road Mile Champions were crowned as well. Sabra Harvey, Renee Tolan and Alisa Harvey, mentioned above, were the 65-69, 40-44 and 50-54 champions. Erin Larusso outlasted Amy Nemeth by 4 seconds to take the 45-49 crown in 5:44. Lorraine Jasper ran 5:51 to take gold by a dozen seconds in the 55-59 division while Mary Richards ran 6:35 to win a close duel with Jill Miller-Robinett in 60-64, with only 6 seconds separating them at the finish. Dianne Anderson waltzed to a win in the 70-74 division in 8:37.
Castille, Gardiner and Larson, mentioned above, also collected National Championship patches for the Men’s 45-49, 40-44, and 55-59 divisions respectively. Todd Straka collected the win in the 50-54 division in 4:48. Six seconds back, Jim Bowles edged Rob Arsenault for 2nd in a photo finish. Tom Bernhard took the gold in 65-69 in 5:28 while Harold Nolan took the honors in 70-74 with a 6:09. Hall of Famer, Doug Goodhue, returned from injury to win the 75-79 division in 6:17. Jim Askew, 81, was the oldest finisher of the day, taking the 80-84 division crown in 7:47.
Two Michigan teams, the Ann Arbor Track Club and Patient Endurance Racing successfully defended the home roads by taking first place in the Men’s 70+ and the Women’s 40+ contests respectively. The closest team race of the evening was the Women’s 50+, where Athena Track Club had a 5 second per runner edge over 2nd place New Balance Tampa Racing.
The Crim Festival of Races’ Michigan Mile, and the City of Flint, once again proved to be the perfect hosts for the 1 mile event.
The next race on the Masters Grand Prix circuit is the USATF Masters 5K Championships at the Syracuse Festival of Races on Sunday, October 1.
Full results are available at USATF.org.
Submitted by Paul Carlin, USATF Masters LDR Media Chair