Courtesy of National Masters News

Livingston & Lundy Dominate PA CC Meet
Pacific Association USATF Cross Country Championships San Francisco, California, November 21st

This association meet also serves as the Western Regional and brings the best distance runners in the Golden State together. The course was muddy and the weather alternated between drizzle and sun with some wind. The men’s race covered 6.1 miles and the battle for the top spot was really a two mile race. Mike Livingston, 45, of the Asics Aggies and Andy DiConti, 48, Compex Racing ran together during the first two mile loop. Then Livingston began to build a lead and finished first in 33:22 to 34:16 for DiConti. Third was a battle to the wire between Jeff Adkins, 49, Golden West Athletics Club and Gary Gellin, 42, of the Asics Aggies. Gellin had a good 20 meter lead with about 150 to go but Adkins closed the gap and edged by at the finish to get third, second in the Pacific Association, 34:46 to 34:47. Jeff Hongo, 45, Asics Aggies, was 28th among Pacific Association runners in 37:21, but appears to have hung on to capture the season title.

Winning senior men was another Asics Aggie, Kevin Ostenberg, 50, who ran 36:49 to finish ahead of Tim O’Rourke, 52, of the Tamalpa Runners, 37:10. O’Rourke’s second place finish clinched the season series title. Don Porteus, 64, of the Tamalpa Runners ran 41:19 to win the Super Seniors race and capture the season title as well. Topping Veteran Men and capturing the season title was Hans Schmid, 70, Tamalpa Runners, with a time of 44:28.

The individual meet title for masters women was a battle between Pacific Association runner Christine Lundy, 40, Impala Racing Team and Southern California Association champion Tania Fischer, 44, The Janes Elite Racing. Lundy took first to win both the association and Western Regional championship running 24:14 for the 4.1 mile courser and sixth overall. Fischer took second in 24:36. Going into this meet Valerie Young, 44, Tamalpa Runners and Holly Hagerman, 42, of the Impala Racing Team were tied for the season title as both had 735 points in five races and had traded wins with each other. Young was tops this time finishing 4th among masters and 3rd in the Pacific Association running 24:47 with Hagerman 6th among masters and 5th in Pacific Association in 26:20.

Christine Kennedy, 54, Tamalpa Runners was the senior winner running 26:58 followed by teammate Karen Steele, 53, in 27:13. Kennedy won her sixth consecutive race to capture the season crown. Jo Anne Rowland, 62, Impala Racing Team took the super senior race and finished an undefeated season to win her groups season crown and Katie Martin, 71, Tamalpa Runners, won the veteran women’s race running 42:21 and also completed an undefeated season.