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USATF New England Mountain Circuit #4

Windsor, VT, June 13, 2005

Mount Ascutney - Circuit race #4

by Dave Dunham

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The USATF NE mountain circuit moved to Vermont on June 11 for the fourth race in the six- race circuit. Paul Low (CMS) led the way as 80-degree temperatures and oppressive humidity had many running conservatively over the 3.7 mile course from the base to summit of Ascutney Mountain.

Low the 2004 US mountain champion took the lead at about halfway and powered to the fourth fastest time ever at Ascutney. His 29:27 had him thirteen seconds clear of Eric Morse (CMS). Morse is the course record holder and his 29:50 was the seventh fastest time ever, and a new course record for 40+ runners. Mike Casner formerly held the record at 31:26. Dave Dunham CMS) ran the fifth fastest 40+ time, finishing sixth overall in 33:39. Robert Chasen (Tri-Valley) took the 50+ victory in 38:35. His time was the fifth fastest for the 50+ age group. Peter Orni (CMS)was the top 60+ in 45:03, which is the third best ever for that age group.

Suzy West (CSU) took the win in 38:00. Here time was the fourth fastest ever run. She also topped the 40+ age group, running the second fastest time; only her course record of 36:52 is faster. Donna Smyth (CSU)was second in the 40+ running the eight fastest time, she now holds four of the top eight times for the 40+ age group.

In USATF Team competition, the Central Ma. Striders took the victory with a perfect six points (three runners score based on finishing position). CMS took the top six spots in the race. The North Medford Club and Moose Milers and Marathoners battled for second with NMC taking it 28 to 35 points. The NMC also tied CMS in the 40+ competition, both scoring 28 points. NMC won the 50+ team competition with 95 points to the Gate City Striders 106.

In the series thus far Paul Low leads the men's open with 295.83 points with Kevin Tilton close behind with 292.62 points. Dave Dunham leads the 40+ crowd with 356.36 points, with Dave Audet (NMC) second with 332.95 pints. They currently have the most points in any category, with the maximum being 400 points. suzy West leads the women's 40+ (and has the most points for any women's category) with 313.86 points. Donna Smyth is second with 286.67 points. The women's open leader is Kathy Hurst with 282.19 points. Jacqueline Keith leads the 50+ with 199.84 points. Richard Stockale (MMM) is the top 50+ man with 280.88 points. Eldon Burkinshaw (GCS) leads the 60+ with 246.03 points, and Paul McDermott (NMC) leads the 70+ with 141.13 points. After four races there are 25 runners who have run each race.

The circuit continues on June 25 at Northfield, MA at 9:00. The race features a multi loop course with climbs and descents. The entire course is trail, with generally good footing. The final race of the circuit will be at Mt Cranmore on August 7.

Circuit 1996-Present notes: Richard Stockdale continued his streak of consecutive circuit races. He finished his 25th race encompassing the circuit from 2000 - Present. The next longest active "streaker" is Emer O'Donoghue who completed her 22nd circuit race this weekend. She has not missed a race between 2001 and present. Laurel Shortell has the next longest active streak with 19.

Eldon Burkinshaw continues to lead the "Most Finishes" category with 33. Dave Dunham and Fred Ross have 32 finishes each. Donna Smyth leads the women with 26 finishes. Dunham leads the "Most Points" category breaking three thousand points this weekend (3083.47). Six time circuit winner Eric Morse is second with 2490.76. Fred Ross passed two thousand points at Ascutney (2017.59) to hold onto 6th place. Donna Smyth leads the women with 1813.04 points, with Suzy West close behind with 1809. Laurel Shortell (WMAC) recently passed one thousand points (1043.16) as she holds onto 5th place for women. Greg Carson, who missed his first race this year, also recently passed one thousand points (1036.26).

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