Locals win national masters titles at James Joyce Ramble


Masters road runners enjoyed good racing weather at Sunday's (30-April) USATF Masters 10 km Championships held in conjunction with the 34th annual James Joyce Ramble in Dedham, MA.

232 USATF masters finishers covering 5 year age groups through 80-84 made it the largest in the five years with the Ramble.
Masters received the starting line spotlight with a five minute head start on the open field, and produced a spirited competition. Overall winner David Angell (Blue Ridge VA), 40, took control from the gun, and shook past winner (and M50 champ) Christian Blaich (GA) in the fourth mile to break the tape uncontested in 32:37. It was the second masters title for Angell in 2017, having finished first at the USA Masters 8 km in Virginia Beach in March.  Ryan McCalmon (B.A.A.) passed Blaich for 2nd overall in 32:55.
Women's overall winner was New England member Ginger Reiner, 40, (Craft Concept Racing) in 37:11, with an 18 second gap over second. 
Three more USATF-NE members were division winners; Jan Holmquist (Whirlaway RT) in W70, John Barbour (Greater Lowell Road Runners) in M60, and Bill Riley (NE65+ RC) in M80.

A pair of USATF-NE clubs scored team titles results that saw clubs from ten associations win gold. Both the B.A.A. M40+ and Greater Springfield Harriers M50+ repeated as the clubs with the best three-runner time totals. Best local women's club ranking was the third place in W40+ by Dirigo RC.

One American record was as Sabra Harvey (Houston TX) broke her own W65 standard running 42:05 at age 68.  The previous record was 42:37 set 3 years ago in Dedham.
In the non-championship open division, B.A.A. teammates Brian Harvey and Eric Ashe led the open runners for a second straight year (30:51/31:30) and and Holly Rees (Battle Road TC) was first woman in 34:46.