Flu takes toll on Hartshorne Mile fields, but big names still entered
Today (Saturday) brings the 46th racing of the Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile at Barton Hall, Cornell University.Â Organizer Tom Hartshorne, son of the namesake Jim, sent me heat sheets and wrote: “As you can see, we have lost a number entrants in the last day and many more earlier in the week primarily due to the flu.Â Last year it was a Midwestern storm that knocked out those trying to connect through Chicago and Detroit and this year it is the flu.Â But we still have excellent races in all of our sections.Â Womenâ€™s elite 50s mile will feature a battle of two previous winners, Lorraine Jasper and Suzanne Myette, followed closely by local Ithaca talent Gillian Haines-Sharp returning to race after a several year hiatus.”
In the Menâ€™s 50s elite mile we have returning champion Mike Egle (4:45 last year) battling two Canadian stalwarts, newly minted 50-year-old, Vince Friel, and multi event national record holder, Jerry Kooymans; as well as American standouts Stephen Chantry (former multi indoor world champion Vancouver, Canada), Casey Carlstrom (national indoor silver and bronze medalist) and super 63-year-old, Nolan Shaheed, attempting to become the first human to break the 4:50 indoor mile barrier at 60+ years of age.Â
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In the Womenâ€™s 40s elite mile we have at the front of the race a contest between a classical track specialist, world record holder, Alisa Harvey, and a distance road queen at 5K, half marathon, and marathon, Lori Kingsley of Wysox, PA.Â
In the Menâ€™s 40s we have newly minted 40-year-old Scott Weeks (4th in the worlds at Sacramento in the 800 1:59 and 6th in the 1500 with 4:04) battling former Hartshorne winner Nick Berra (multi world indoor champion a few years ago in Vancouver, Canada), Lance Elliot (4:23 mile to his recent credit as well as placing 3rd here in 2011), and always fast and nimble Kent Lemme who is looking to go under 4:30 again at the healthy age of 46.Â
The regional sections are all strong and have many repeat milers competing.Â The menâ€™s sections are especially strong this year.Â Best, from sunny Ithaca, believe it, Tom
Local papers have done good previews, including Ithaca Journal story headlined Ageless milers will be on display at Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile and The Press account headlined Groton’s Weeks seeks win in Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile debut
But story says M50 superstar Anselm LeBourne is entered. Sadly, he’s one of the scratches.
Best of luck to all!