|The 2018 USATF Masters 10 Km Championships a hundred meters into the race with David Angell #1 and Ryan McCalmon #100 leading the way Photo Credit: Michael Scott|
Heather Webster, who finished 6th in this race the last two years, could factor into the podium contest as well. Others who might contend for the Overall podium include:Melissa Hardesty and Perla Rodriguez. If it is the same Melissa Hardesty, she ran a bunch of 2:40+ marathons in her mid to late 30's, and has a 1:21:47 Half Marathon in fall 2017 when she was 40. Subject to this being the same person, she also may have run a 37:32 10K last November and a 23:46 4 miler this March. That 4-Miler is age grade equivalent to a 37:36 10K. Rodriguez finished 5th at the Credit Union Chery Blossom 10 Miler in 1:04:14, finishing a minute ahead of Casey Keeters who finished 4th in the 40-44 division at the 5K Championships last year in Atlanta. Rodriguez's 10 mile time is age grade equivalent to a 39:17 10K. Among those currently entered my picks for 1-2-3 are:
Then this morning I saw that Kevin Castille had entered. Unless he runs into unexpected difficulties, the fastest Masters Runner whose name is not Lagat or Keflezighi will have no trouble pacing the field home. He just won the Cooper River Bridge Run in 29:58, not bad for a spry 47 year old!
|Kevin Castille approaches the finish line at the 2017 USATF Masters 15K Championships in Tulsa Oklahoma; he was the first runner across the finish line and won the Masters competition by over two minutes. Photo Credit: Tulsa World|
Although he has run in, and won, a number of our other road and cross country championships, this will be his first trip to Dedham that I know of.
|Jan Holmquist crosses the finish line at the 2017 USATF Masters 10 Km Championships where she age=graded at 96.79%!|
An age-grade in the upper 80's is likely with a higher score possible if she has a good day. Combs has age-graded in the upper 80's. recently. She graded 89.99% last year in Dedham and this past month her 34:29 at Virginia Beach age-graded 89.91% for the 8K.Mimi Fallon who did not make the race last year, ran a 39:10 in 2017, at age 51, for an 88.56% score. The 37:57 she ran last October in the Reebok Boston 10K for Women, at age 53, graded at 93.63%. If she can come anywhere close to that time in Dedham, she would very much be in the hunt for an age-grading finish on the podium.
|John Barbour winning the 2017 Men's 60-64 title at the 2017 USATF Masters 10 Km Championship; his age grade was 89.43%!|
That year he ran the Doyle's Emerald Necklace 5 Miler in 30:13 three weeks before winning the 60-64 age division at Dedham in 37:42. This year, just before his 65th birthday, he ran 31:00 in that 5 miler suggesting a time under 39 minutes should be possible. That would put his age grade in the upper 80's. If his fitness is improving by the week, he might crack 90. Norm Larson and Ken Youngers could also make a run at the title. In the 8K Youngers and Larson graded at 91.36% and 90.24%. The order was reversed at the USATF XC Nationals in Tallahassee. Jonathan Frieder was only a little behind at 88.89% in the 8K and is, arguably, stronger at the 10K than the 8K. And, as above, Kevin Castille should lead the way. His Cooper River time age graded over 97%.
Next up will be updates on the Overall and Age-Grading contests once online registration closes and Age Division Championships, followed by team races if time permits.