Berra, Jasper top August pentathlon as best all-around runners
Kyle also writes:
This year all ten-year age groups from teens to 70-79 were represented, and the meet attracted runners not only from the PA-NJ-DE area, but from New York, Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, and Minnesota.
The individual pentathlon competition was a “sold out” event with 45 athletes participating (9 scratches from the 54-entry limit). The level of competition has increased each year. Despite the inherent difficulty of younger runners to place well in such an age-graded competition, this year an amazing four runners under the age of 30 finished in the top 20, and the top seven runners scored 400 or more total age-graded percentage points, 82.5% (7th Place) to 86% (First Place) average for their five events – such splendid age-graded performances with only 30 minutes recovery time between races!
So what’s a runner’s pentathlon? Here’s how the meet works:
Each runner will compete in 5 track races (3000m â€“ 200m â€“ 1500m â€“ 100m â€“ 400m/800m), with a minimum of 30 minutes recovery time in between. Athletes will choose either the 400m or the 800m for their fifth event (400m and 800m heats will alternate). With an equal mix of sprints and distance events (order as above), this challenging (but fun!) competition pits sprinter against distance runner to determine the best all-around track runner. Races will be timed using the fully automatic Finish Lynx Timing System. Runners will be seeded based on their most recent Mile and 400m times. Due to the unique format of this meet, the field is limited to 54 runners. Cash awards are 5-deep in the individual competition..
SCORING will be age-graded using the World Masters Associationâ€™s 2006 age/gender-graded tables. Points are tabulated for each race (the age/gender-graded percentage), and awards are based on the cumulative percentages for the five races. This meet presents a rare opportunity for men and women, young and old, to compete directly against each other on a level playing field.
Team Competition. Three person teams will compete in the same five events but in heats separate from the individual competitors. One team member competes in each race. Teams can be of any age (14 y/o minimum) or gender. See the entry form below for complete details. There is a cash award for the winning team and trophies for 2nd & 3rd place teams.
Cash awards for top 5 individuals for 2013 were $150 – $125 – $100 – $75 – $50
Top team gets $100.
And to answer the original question:
Lorraine is primarily a middle-distance runner, and Nick is best known for 800 and 1500. So the mixture of speed and strength appears to favor middle-distancers here. But keep in mind the half-hour recovery. It may be easier to come back from a hard 200 than a hard 3000. Thoughts?