USATF Winter Cross
USATF Winter Cross Country Championships at Fort Vancouver, Vancouver,
Washington - 2001
and 10k Truth Runner, Terry Parks
It was pretty weird riding down with the team.
My PRs wouldn't have made any of these guys' throwaway times.
I got invited
to run with an >50 cross country team representing the Snohomish
Track Club at the USATF Winter XCountry Championships held at Ft.
Vancouver in Vancouver, WA. Herm Adkins, their number one runner
has won the individual championship the last few years. He is a
very talented guy that runs a few miles the week before the event
and shows up and wins. This time, he apparently overdid it and tweaked
his Achilles, so they called on me. I warned them I wouldn't be
in Herm's league. There were only two teams in the 50 and over division.
I was real happy with the race - I ran strong and smart. I was the
6th man on the team - top five score. Of course I was pretty determined
not to be the last finisher on the team.
course consisted of five 2k loops. First 1000 meters should have
been a downhill cruise but it was into a stiff headwind that seemed
to get worse every lap. We turned and ran up a short 100 meter hill
then back down, ran another 200 meter to a longer 200 meter hill
then did it all again. In general the course was in excellent condition,
high grass with a few muddy spots which got worse every lap. I wore
xcountry shoes with Ĺ-inch spikes.
a guy from Tacoma that I run with quite bit, took off like a shot
with the Nike Womens' >40 team. I ran 5th or 6th among my team for
the first two laps. The sixth guy dropped out after the second lap.
I moved up to third on the third lap, drafting off of the only other
guy on the course that didnít qualify as a munchkin. I think that
many of the women in the women's races were bigger than most of
the guys in the Master's race.
into second on my team on the fourth lap and found myself wondering
which lap I was on - I was hoping it was the last but my watch indicated
otherwise. Those wimpy little hills were starting to look like mountains
and the muddy spots were really a drag. I was slowly moving through
the group but not gaining much on Larry. I passed two Boulder guys
but couldnít quite catch the guy in front of me. Larry was second
in 29th out of 61 men 40 and over, 4th in >50 with a time of 38:14.
We finished first ahead of the team from Boulder. I guess you could
say we're national champions except the team from Boulder was the
only other team in the >50 category. The first three guys from our
team and first three from Boulder had the same total time. Boulder
had two guys in the 40 to 50 minute range which blew them out of
the water. Our team all finished between 37:46 and 39:25.
fun, especially watching the Womenís 8K and Menís 4K. Deena
Drossin is an animal. She averaged 6:30/2K and kicked butt.
I ran 7:30 to 7:40/2K splits. I also got to run alongside Regina
Jacobs while she warmed up for Sunday's event. I wished her well
and she flashed me a smile and said thanks. She is stunning and
easy to pick out of the crowd Ė she really has something special
about her. I wish I could have stayed to watch her run. It was really
disappointing that so few spectators were out and kind of strange
that Portland, home to Nike didn't field more teams. I would have
enjoyed a little more competition. Terry Parks