One guess on which M50 beat all M45s and most M40s at XC
Three days after Saturday’s 5K cross country masters nationals in San Diego, results are posted on usatf.org. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of entrants were Californians. Also no surprise about how one runner did. 5K legend Pete Magill won M50 in 16:31, which would have won M45 by 19 seconds. His time was only 17 seconds behind M40 winner Tim Gore. Easily the top woman was Sonja Friend-Uhl, 41, who won the race in 17:50 â€” 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Grace Padilla. But also notable was Eileen Brennan-Erle, who won W50 in a time (19:41) 6 seconds faster than the W45 winner. Pete also excels at the postrace, as he noted in his recent Running Times column, which is a revelation on several counts.