| Youth Will Be Served, Especially at Christmas
The elite youth runner phenomenon isn't just a national event as evidenced by today's Snowstorm Classic 10K. Individual age records were set by three precocious out-of-staters who journeyed to Springfield to display their running prowess. Leading the charge was fifteen year old David Raucci of the Troy Trailblazers (New York) who gave eventual winner Carlos Rivera
(34:02) everything he could handle with a remarkable 34:19 effort. Brother Joe Raucci was third in 37:44. How good is David's time? It breaks the 34:50 record set seventeen years ago by Jon Corso (the current overall course record holder on the 5K course) by half a minute, and is faster then the record for sixteen year olds. David and Joe recently returned from the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska where David led his team with a 34th place 17:09 finish and Joe pitched in at 152nd in 18:27. A number of Harrier youngsters also
qualified for the J.O. Nationals, results can be found at the link on our front page.
Not to be outdone by the westerners, the New Britain Dog Pound (Connecticut) let loose two puppies to chew up the course. Eleven year old Roy "R.J."Mitchell Jr. did just that as he tore around the Forest Park roads in 40:46, ripping almost five minutes off the 45:20
standard set by Jesse Regnier, then of SMAC, three years ago, and faster then the record for twelve year olds. Not one to let the boys have all the fun, Jordan Roby did the same for the girls as she scampered around Forest Park in 44:56 to establish a new mark for twelve year old girls, also faster then the record for thirteen year olds.
Imitating the speedy little ones were senior Carol L'Esperance (43:24) and master Carolyn Webber (43:27) who took one, two among the women, with Dawn Roberts (44:25) third.
For the men, Tim Brown (38:16) and John Bigos (38:32) were the first masters with Frank Rucki
(41:54) and Seth Roberts (42:08) leading the seniors.