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American Family Fitness Half Marathon 1:14:39, 33:44
Tezata Dengersa moved quickly towards the title in April at the Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K with her third overall in 33:58. Close behind her Elena Orlova would finish in 34:26 to take third place for the year. Fourth place Christine Ramsey crossed the line soon after in 34:53. That is the highest place ever for a women coming from another division. For the men only Ezkyas Sisay, 19, when he won in 2008 finished higher. Dengarsa ran many big races but her times were all over the place such as her Ukrops Monument Avenue 10K in 35:45.
In October Hirut Beyene improved on a couple of swift 5Ks that had her lingering around fifth place with her Race for the Cause 8K overall win in 26:58. At the Abebe Bikila 5K she beat Dengersa 16:49 to 16:56 but neither was enough and Dengersa piled on finishing third overall at Army in 33:55. Then on the final weekend Beyene snatched the crown with a marvelous American Family Fitness Half Marathon in 1:14:39. Seventh place Sallie Ford was fifth there in 1:18:14.
Former champion Hirut Mandefro takes fifth beating Orlova at the Apple Blossom 10K 35:08 to 35:24. Sixth place Renee High ran the Surf 'n' Santa 10M in 58:50 with an identical equivalent as Ford but High was the race winner and she had nine other overall wins. Next in line in eighth place Anna Holt-Gosselin with 20 overall wins had twice as many as High. Her best effort was one of those wins at the Save the Trail 5K in 17:10. Ninth place Jessie Yester had her only win at the Run for the Future Lucy Corr Village 5K in 17:07. It was by far her best race of the seven she ran during the year.
The next five racers were ultra close led by Lisa Thomas in tenth all the way down to Barbara Fallon Wallace in 14th and those two were almost identically champs in the submasters. Thomas was eight overall at the Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K in 35:48 just ahead of 12th place Ruth O'Hara's 35:56. Amanda Rice slices between them with her overall win at the Capital Challenge 3M in 16:40, while Andrea Garvue ran Army in 59:45 just ahead of Fallon Wallace's 1:00:01.
25 of the top 81 runners came from other divisions.
19 & Younger Women
Conor Smiles 5K 17:19, 10K = 36:03
Shetaye Bekele appeared on the scene on a week before Memorial Day and quickly dominated the division. She owned the top 15 times among qualifiers with ten of her races being top three finishers. Her second race, the Save the Trail 5K in 17:33, was her fastest race. Her first race was as runner-up at the Capitol Hill Classic 10K in 37:30.
Last year's champion Avery Cunningham takes the runner-up spot with her overall win at the Cold Turkey 10K in 40:36 to start the year. She added three top three finishes in the next five race times to consolidate the spot. Third place Tara Landy won her placement at the Terrapin Invitational in 19:33, followed by the sisters Rosas took the next two spots racing against each other at the CBTF Superheroes 5K. Adriana, 12, was first in 19:57 followed by Brenda, 14, in 20:08.
Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K 35:48
This is the closest rivalry we have had. The statistics could easily go either way. The two top runners Barb Fallon Wallace and Lisa Thomas were neck and neck all year long. Thomas won the winter with a ten second victory at the Alexandria Turkey Trot 5M in 29:31. Then Thomas started to move away in the spring with two fine 10 milers, Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10M - first AG in 1:00:22, followed three weeks later with a second overall at the George Washington Parkway in 1:00:25. She capped her season and probably her year a week later with 8th overall in an elite field at the Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K in 35:48.
Fallon Wallace came storming back with two head to head wins to take the summer. Early on it was the Kelley Cares 5K 17:41 to 17:54. In June she triumphed at the Lawyers Have Heart 10K 36:10 to 36:18 in a race she was overall winner. Thomas passed on the fall and Fallon Wallace took her second season with a sensational Army 10 Miler 1:00:01.
Using the Moreland Racing Factor which takes into account, awards, head-to-head against divisional foes, and speed, as well as the class of race, we factored each of their 11 top races. Thomas has the top score of 253 versus Fallon Wallace's 246. Fallon Wallace has two victories to one for Thomas and Thomas has the fastest race.
Jackie Gruendel had two fast overall wins at the 5K to take third place in the division. Fourth place Stacey Holden finished behind Thomas at the GW Birthday Classic 10K 37:31 to 37:59 but earns her spot for second overall at the TCS Annapolis HM in 1:20:39. Danielle Kays stays just ahead of Lisa Reichman for fifth place as both were overall winners. Kays won the Shamrock 'n' Roll 5K in 18:12 with Reichman winning the CBTF Superheroes 5K in 18:14.
Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K 34:26
Perry Shoemaker won her division in all 17 races she ran .Brenda Schrank won all but one of her 13 races. She lost to Shoemaker at the Marine Corp Marathon 2:52:25 to 2:59:06. Schrank easily earns the third spot with the third fastest ten miler of the year, winning at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10M in 1:01:48.
In September at the perfect race Shoemaker took down Elena Orlova at the Perfect 10M 1:00:40 to 1:01:19. It was Shoemaker's best race but even that did not earn her the fall. Orlova woke up and never finished worse than second overall the rest of year. Indeed she gets credit for an age group win even in her loss as Shoemaker was third overall and she was fourth overall/first age group.
Orlova nearly matched her overall win at the Frederick Half Marathon in 1:18:42, running in Baltimore with 1:18:57. That Frederick HM was a day after she was third overall at the Apple Blossom 10K in 35:24. The week before she had cemented her spot in the spring and for the whole year as sixth overall at the Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K in 34:26. She ran the top seven times in the division.
Staying healthy for the whole year is not a given and there are some runners who can battle with her other than Schrank and Shoemaker, such as Peggy Yetman and Susanna Kvasnicka, or Maureen Ackerly. For 2012 Kimberly Fagan gets the fourth spot, finishing the We've Got Your Back 5K in third overall with 18:20. Kelly Westlake is close behind her running the Parks Half Marathon in 1:24:49
Forty women qualified for the division.
Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K 37:35
Alisa Harvey won the division handily again. She was tops in all 11 of her races, ten of which were major races. Four times she was the overall winner. Her first three races were good but they would not have won her the crown, the best being the Virginia Run Turkey Trot 5K in 18:42. Runner-up Gina McGee took her shot as top master at the Virginia is for Lovers 14K in 55:55. In March Harvey fired back with a tenth overall at the prestigious St. Patrick's Day 8K in 30:10. Still McGee was not done yet. A week later she eased back in front at the Yeungling Shamrock Festival Marathon in 2:59:02.
Marathons rarely win titles but the Army 10-Miler has been very good to Harvey as she wins the masters title she virtually owns in 1:03:13. Her best race came back in April at the Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K in 37:35. McGee added another marathon and two halves to secure her spot.
Third place Robyn Humphrey chose wisely to have her best race at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10M. Winning your age group as she did there in 1:04:42 always looks good on your rÃ©sumÃ©. She also had a nice win at the Clyde's 10K in 40:14. Pamela Lovett aged up during the year but in April she was still good enough to be one of the oldest overall winners, taking down the Suffolk YMCA 5K in 18:44. Beth Cottone rounds out the top five with her Pepsi 10K in 41:04
Forty-two runners made the rankings.
Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K 39:47
Andrea Wright started the year finishing second overall at the CTC New Year's 5K in 19:38 and no one in the division ran a faster 5K all year until Cindy Conant missed by a second in 19:39 while losing to fourth place Linda Foley's 19:29 at the Purple Strides 5K in June. Next Leisa Villani motored to the top as third master at the Virginia is for Lovers 14K in 39:54 for the second best race of the year. She backed that up with a solid Anthem Shamrock Festival Half Marathon in 1:29:22. This year she stayed the course qualifying in three seasons and earns the runner-up spot.
Wright would later run a swift Charlottesville 10M in 1:06:57 to close on her and secure the third place in the rankings. This year's champion Cindy Conant ran Army in 1:07:02 for the fifth fastest race of the year, where she repaid Foley and her 1:07:41, but only her third best race. Combined with her Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10M in 1:06:31, ahead of fifth place Pat Wilkerson's 1:07:51, she probably had just enough for the title. But Conant made it clear as the first grandmaster at the Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K in 39:47
Fourth place DeeDee Loughran got off to a slow start gradually improving before having easily her best race of the year at the Leesburg 20K in 1:24:54. Sixth place Win Persina had an inspired run at the PR-making Great Allegany 15K but it was not even her best race of the year. That was the Running Brooke 5K in 19:41 run the week before.
Fifty-five runners qualified for the division.
Crapolfest 5K 19:21, 10K = 40:22
The battle for this division did not get underway until mid-January. None of the top twenty times was run before that. Alison Suckling bolted to the front winning it all at the Altholton 5K in 20:48. Usually the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile is the first big battle of the spring. This year it was fifth place Elizabeth Baugarten's eight best race of the year when she finished eighth in her division with 1:21:46. No one else ranked had a Cherry Blossom time.
Suckling was rolling earlier in April at a 5K at 20:26. Next up is the Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K and she went on to purÃ©e the division with an excellent 41:39. Third place Betty Blank was a distant second in 44:51 though it would be her fourth best race of the year. Fourth place Ofelia Perotti would best Baumgarten at the Veterans Day 10K 44:17 to 45:34. Blank topped Perotti at the Clarendon Day 5K 21:27 to 21:38.
In the fall Blank stamped paid with an even faster time at Army in 1:13:07. Carole Jones takes the runner-up spot in the division by showing her the way home there in 1:11:58. Jones also matched Suckling's second best 5K at the Chick Fil-A 5K in 20:48. She had her best of 13 age group wins at the Leesburg 20K in 1:30:18, the third best race among qualifiers.
Those 28 qualifiers will all be on the look out for newcomer Mercedes Castillo-D'Amico who dÃ©buted with a smashing 19:21 at the Crapolfest 5K
Operation Oliver 5K 22:15, 10K = 46:25
Alice Franks (8) and Barbara Mathewson (7) had all but one of the top 16 times. Mathewson had her two best races to start the year. Her best race at the VAB Turkey Trot in 46:56 topped her division's best 5K at the Governor's Land in 22:41 and she swept through the winter. Franks had the top race at the Kaiser Permanente Pike's Peek 10K in 46:39 to win the spring. Then she nearly matched the 5K top time at the Purple Stride 5K in 22:45, winning the summer with her Lawyers Have Heart 10K. In the fall the yearly crown was conformed when Franks finished the Veterans Day 10K in 46:59. Mathewson had a solid Yorktown Battlefield 10 Miler in 1:20:54 but Franks had already swift marched home at Army in 1:18:27.
The next four runners were very close with Linda Gulick pulling away slightly at the HCA 8K in 38:04. Sixth place Ginny Hughes made the year with just a minimum four races. Her last race the Jingle All the Way 8K in 38:34 dwarfed her other three races showing she is moving into prime shape for 2013. Fourth place Linda Mills added an excellent Army 10 Miler in 1:21:19 to her impressive Lawyers Have Heart 10K in 49:08 to lead fifth place Marge Rosasco. Rosasco had a bunch of fine races but most of her races were smallish club races. Her best was the BRRC Masters 5K in 23:29. Thirty-two women made the rankings.
Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10M 1:20:31, 10K = 48:23
The Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile again had lots to do in deciding the champion and indeed the top five women. Linda Kearney just missed last year's champion Elizabeth Glover's 2011 time by six seconds with a marvelous 1:22:22. But Glover likes the view from the top and retains her title with an excellent 1:20:31. Glover really did it all with that race. She split two other races with fourth place Dee Nelson but neither was in the top forty best races.
Kearney gets the runner-up spot as she also had the fourth and fifth best races, one a solid Annapolis Ten Mile win in 1:25:16 ahead of fifth place Craun's 1:26:29 at Cherry Blossom. Betty Brothers knifes into third place with a superb Suffolk YMCA 5K in 23:46. Her next best race was a 5K about a minute and a half slower.
Prolific racer Nelson gets the fourth spot ahead of Craun though she had a slower Cherry Blossom in 1:27:56, her sixth best race. Nelson won the winter with a 24:47 5K which she matched again at the MCRRC Run for the Roses 5K, finishing ahead of Craun in three of the four seasons. Sixth place Linda Tice earns her spot with a 25:01 at the BRRC Masters 5K.
Crapolfest 5K 24:49, 10K = 51:46
Joan Coven shook loose from the sixties in 2011 and in 2012 fulfilled her promise totally dominated the division with the top sixteen times. She broke the Virginia state record for 10 miles at Yorktown in 1:28:42 towards the end of the year. In the crazy world of records she twice ran faster than the record 25:04 she would get credit for a week into the 2013 year.
For the rankings her Crapolfest 5K in 24:49 gets the credit it deserves. In the final weekend, just a week after the ten miler she would cruise to victory at the HCS 8K in 40:54. The 2011 champion Ecris Williams had four sub sixty minutes equivalent races including her best at the Race for a Cause 8K in 46:23 in mid October. Mary Kate Berglund, who also had four such races, had her best race the day before with the only race faster than Coven's 17th best race. Berglund's Downs Syndrome 5K in 27:13 got her the runner-up spot.
Molly Sherwood had a fine AS Dawson's 10K in 59:13 to take fourth place. Fifth place Nancy Linck had the second fastest 10 miler run at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10M in 1:41:13.
Galax Autumn Days 5K Run 29:58, 10K = 1:02:23
Tami Graf did a number of races in southern Virginia and learned what the statistics have been saying for years, the Governor's Land 5K is a fast course. She won the title with a 30:15 there for her fastest time by close to a minute. She owned every Best of the Year time from 400 meters to 15K with the exception of runner-up Nancy Fraser's Charlottesville 4M.
Only two runners ran longer than ten miles in the division. Fraser best race was the Charlottesville 10M in 1:48:18. That was just behind the pace of Graf's Anniversary 15K in 1:40:01 though well ahead of Graf's three ten milers. Graf had all but three of the top 26 times. Former champ Ernestine Shepherd was third as she comes back to racing with a solid Race for our Kids 5K in 32:56.
80 & Older Women
McDaniel 5K 33:19, 10K = 1:09:22
Yvonne Aasen continues to get better and more prolific as she ages. Her best race at the McDaniel Track in Westminster was nearly two minutes faster at 33:19 than when she was 79 during the first half of 2011. She won her division thirty times and won every season. Second place Jacqueline O'Neil improved through the year having her best race in the fall.
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