| 21st Season Begins with 4 Records
The 21st season of
Snowstorm Classic road races began with clear but cold weather as four new age
records were set on the 10K course. The
indomitable Carlos Rivera won with a convincing 33:45 clocking followed by senior
speedster Bob Willis in 36:10 and Mike Gauvin in 36:44.
Bobs time sliced 29 seconds off the record for 50 year old men which was set
nine years ago by John Hale, an impressive effort after leading our senior mens team
to a fourth place finish at the USATF National Masters Cross Country Championships
in Boston the week before.
Senior teammate Art Roberts also snagged
an age record after competing at the Nationals with a solid 40:04 effort, eclipsing the
40:57 standard for 56 year old men set by Roland Cormier four years ago.
The younger crowd was not without its
stars as 13 year old Jesse Regnier of the Fast Feet Track Club ran 39:55 thereby breaking
a record that was older then he is, the 40:13 standard set by Robert Sanderson seventeen
CMSs Maureen Burns won the
womens race in 41:38, with Harriers Heather Wenninger (42:19) and Betsy Duquette
(43:05) close behind. Betsys time
established a new record for 45 year old women, topping the 43:14 mark set by Carol
LEsperance six years ago, while gaining her a fifth record on the 10K course.
And in a mathematical rarity, Mary Gubala not only won the predicted time
contest by finishing exactly in 50:00 after predicting 50:00,
but her finishing place was also 50. What are
the odds of that?