Greenville Results

August 30, 2014Posted by Byron Kimmel

 

The 2014 Treaty City Invitational at Greenville continues to produce a top quality event. Around 1500 athletes toed the line to the sound of the "cannon." Butler's Emma Bryant nipped Troy's Morgan Gigandet in a photo finish for top female honors. Tippecanoe placed five runners in the top 10 led by senior Hailey Brumfield's 3rd place finish. Russia used a solid pack attack to defeat DII powers Alter and Oakwood in the girls DiII race. Coldwater's Sarah Kanney blasted the 5000 meter course in 18:32. It was the Redmen (women) of St. Henry taking the DIII girls crown by edging Versailles.

The DI boys champion J. T. McKay (Northmont) recorded the day's top time in 15:55. He was followed by Tippecanoe teammates Mitchell Poynter and Daniel Frame (16:18 and 16:21). The Red Devils took the DI team title, too. Van Wert won the DII race behind individual champion Connor Holliday's first place finish. VW defeated a split Tippecanoe squad. The DIII race featured an impressive trio of talented teams. St. Henry edged rival New Bremen 74-75. Indiana's South Adams was a close third. Results

 

What Do We Expect in 2014?

February 1, 2014Posted by Byron Kimmel

 

The 2014 racing season is upon us. As we reviewed the 2013 season a number of interesting trends materialized. First, the number of road races in the Dayton and surrounding areas has nearly doubled in the last decade. This poses an interesting scenario. Are there too many races out there? Even more puzzling.....Why so many 5K's?

startLess than 15% of the area events were covered a different distance other than the 3.107 miles of a standard 5K. During the aforementioned "Running Boom", 5K's made up around 30-40% of the events offered. The 10K was the standard distance of choice for the avid runner "Back in the Day."


Have we just fallen victim to the ever emerging necessity to make our precious phones, T.V's, Ipods, Ipads, and any other gadgetry as "mini" as we can--applying that to road races, too? Consequently, the number of participants in marthons have increased significantly over the past decade.

However, the quality of finish times in today's races are a far cry from what they were in the 80's. For example, in 2013 there were 19 runners that broke 33 minutes at the Minster 10K. In 1987, there were 60 runners that eclipsed the 33 minute mark. There were a little over 1300 finishers in 2013 as compared to 1000 in 87.

Punky MinsterIt's not just the Minster 10K. You can analyze long-time races like the River Corridor, Lou Cox, Picnic Run, and Englewood Classic and come up with similar results. What does this mean? Are runners slower....or-- just not as competitive? Who knows?... what is important is the number of participants are increasing. One factor impacting the quality of field of runners in a race is the sure number of races creates a cavalcade of choices for a competitive runner. This contributes to the lack of strong fields.

Finally, how important is it to have strong race fields? Many race directors could care less how fast the runners race their course as long as their numbers are sufficient. This seems to be the majority opinion amongst race organizers.

Another interesting trend has emerged in high school cross country.pack 2 Unlike their counterparts on the roads, high school athletes are rewriting course record books. In a comparision of state meet results between the 1990's and the past few years, individuals and teams are running considerably faster than their predecessors. In 1993, the DI girls state meet featured 60 girls breaking the 20 minute barrier. This past season nearly 100 girls broke the 20 minute barrier on less than ideal conditions.

Does this mean the next generation of runners will mirror the runners of the late 70's and early 80's? That remains to be seen. More importantly, the sport of running is healthy and alive. Long may you run.