| Records Continue To Tumble
As the millennium draws to a close, or at least the
year 1999, runners continued to alter the Snowstorm Classic record books. Three new
womens marks were established while the men tied one record and lowered
another.Harrier Heather Wenninger notched her second record in as many weeks, and her
fourth overall, as the speedy 16 year old zipped around the 5K Forest Park course in
19:26, erasing the 20:04 standard set by Harrier Diane Hanks nearly seventeen years ago.
Diane is a former western Mass cross country champ from Shelburne Falls (and Mohawk Trail
Regional High School) while Heather captured the title this year competing for Chicopee
Comp. Heather also won the womens race followed by teammates Kathy Colwell in 21:09
and Dawn Roberts in 21:29. Mary Ryczek added to her collection of age records with a
21:33 effort. Demonstrating how she won the overall USATF-New England grand prix title for
senior women this year, the CMSer and Longmeadow resident knocked over a minute off the
previous standard for 53 year olds, 22:49 set by Marjorie Kos of the Millrose Athletic
Association (New York) two years ago. Zofia Turosz also added to her record
collection with a 23:26 clocking as the first 61 year old to challenge the Snowstorm
Classic course. The Hartford Track Club runner now has six records on the 5K course.
Surprising no one, Sandu Rebenciuc made his 1999 Snowstorm Classic debut a success as the
Olympic trials qualifier (in the 3000 meter steeplechase) ran "a tempo run" of
16:24. Harriers Carlos Rivera (16:36) and Jeff Totten (16:54) took silver and
bronze, with Jeff keeping pace with Sandu through the first mile. Bob Willis took
fourth in 17:00, lowering the age 49 record he set two weeks ago by another seven seconds,
while Frank Rucki proved to be the model of consistency in 17:56, tying the age 50 record
he set two weeks ago.