May 11, 2019
Rothrock State Forest
by Mike Casper

It was sunny and in the fifties as runners gathered at Whipple Dam State Park for the 16th Sidewinder, the second edition that featured the out-and-back route for the 10K and 20K distance. This race uses WMA age and gender adjusted results. (See below for details.) Keith Henderson led early and took first place in the 10K, with Scott Charney in second and Sharon Lupo in third. Eliza Gabel and Shelly Hillebrand took second and third in the women’s race.

In the 20K, Shundhai Li ran away with the title and slashed his own 2018 CR by 31 seconds, with Austin Boyle in second and Alan Effrig in third. The women’s race saw Diane Swauger claim top honors.

Special thanks to Mark and Reggie Lozinski for Subway sub pickup, and to Dave Eggler for registration and timing. Thanks to Tom Cali, of CaliWagnerMillward – RE/MAX Centre Realty, Subway Restaurants, and Appalachian Outdoors for series support. Drawing prizes came from Doans Bones, Meyer Dairy, Rita’s, and Webster’s Bookstore Café.

The World Masters Athletics (WMA) percentage is an age- and gender-graded scoring system based on data. The WMA percentage tells how your age- and gender-graded time compares to the gender world record for a given distance. If your WMA score is 100%, you would have run a gender world record time in your prime. If it's 50%, then the world record holder would have come in in half your time. By the way, 80% is considered National Class level. Today's top 5 age and gender graded finishers were all pretty close to that! See below for how the results of this race are calculated, and how you can use the system to score yourself for other events. Here’s an explanation of the formula:

WORLD MASTERS ATHLETICS (WMA) Percentage Calculation: AGST = age-gender standard time OGST = open-gender standard time AGT = age-graded time WMA factor = OGST / AGST WMA factor * actual time = AGT WMA% (age-performance %) = OGST / AGT (or = AGST / time)

Simplified, your World Masters Athletics percentage is the ratio of the approximate world-record time for your age and gender divided by your actual time. Example for a 45-year old woman running a road 10 km in 40:00 AGST = 32:33 (AGST if she were a 45-year old male = 29:51) OGST = 30:20 (OGST if she were a 45-year old male = 26:51) WMA factor = 30:20 / 32:33 = 0.932 AGT = 0.932 * 40:00 = 37:17 WMA % = 30:20 / 37:17 (or = 32:33 / 40:00) = 81.4%

The next Tussey Teaser is June 9, the Treaster Kettle Test-Your-Mettle 10.6 Miler, with an earlier start, 8:00 a.m.

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Keith Henderson leads the way on Laurel Run Road in the early going of the 10K race


Timing by the Nittany Valley Running Club

10K Overall Order of Finish by WMA Age/Gender Grading
                                      
         CLASS                                                      FINISH    
 PLACE   PLACE           FINISHER                          WMA%      TIME
 -----   -----           --------                          ----     ------
    1    1 OpM  Keith Henderson, 54, State College, PA    67.34%     47:06  
    2    2 OpM  Scott Charney, 58, Lancaster, PA          61.58%     53:16  
    3    1 OpW  Sharon Lupo, 44*, Pa Furnace, PA          51.18%   1:03:03  
    4    3 OpM  Jacob Gordon, 31, Huntingdon, PA          49.47%     54:33  
    5    2 OpW  Eliza Gabel, 27*, State College, PA       46.86%   1:04:44  
    6    4 OpM  Jason Thomas, 44, Boalsburg, PA           46.46%   1:03:02  
    7    3 OpW  Shelly Hillebrand, 56*, Bel Air, MD       46.04%   1:20:37  
    8    5 OpM  Jaeson Koszarsky, 47, Boalsburg, PA       44.67%   1:07:05  
    9    6 OpM  David Lloyd, 48, State College, PA        44.62%   1:07:43  
   10    4 OpW  Kelsey Ruckert, 27*, State College, PA    41.42%   1:13:14  
   11    7 OpM  Jere Northridge, 41, State College, PA    39.28%   1:12:51  
   12    5 OpW  Fiona Koscarsky, 37*, Boalsburg, PA       38.76%   1:19:35  
   13    6 OpW  Laura Egan, 27*, Boalsburg, PA            38.09%   1:19:38  
   14    8 OpM  Patrick Applegate, 28, State College, PA  36.66%   1:13:15  
* indicates females
8 finishers among Open Men
6 finishers among Open Women
8 male finishers
6 female finishers
14 total finishers

20K Overall Order of Finish by WMA Age/Gender Grading
                                    
         CLASS                                                      FINISH    
 PLACE   PLACE           FINISHER                          WMA%      TIME
 -----   -----           --------                          ----     ------
    1    1 OpM  Shundai Li, 46, State College, PA         76.32%   1:20:15  
    2    2 OpM  Austin Boyle, 35, Lemont, PA              68.23%   1:22:44  
    3    3 OpM  Alan Effrig, 40, State College, PA        64.00%   1:31:12  
    4    4 OpM  Matt Lamparter, 35, Lewisburg, PA         61.85%   1:31:16  
    5    5 OpM  Brian Garthwaite, 39, Lewisburg, PA       60.36%   1:35:57  
    6    6 OpM  Mark Lozinski, 48, Port Matilda, PA       58.31%   1:46:49  
    7    7 OpM  J David Gantz, 37, Boalsburg, PA          57.17%   1:39:49  
    8    8 OpM  Ken Farnsworth, 29, State College, PA     56.99%   1:38:12  
    9    9 OpM  Tod Kehrli, 57, Glenmore, PA              56.45%   1:59:17  
   10   10 OpM  Matt Smith, 52, State College, PA         56.08%   1:54:54  
   11    1 OpW  Diane Swanger, 43*, Port Matilda, PA      55.36%   1:58:42  
   12   11 OpM  Steve Boutitier, 59, Bel Air, MD          48.95%   2:20:07  
   13   12 OpM  Marvin Hall, 64, State College, PA        47.14%   2:32:29  
   14   13 OpM  Brian Brown, 44, Lewisburg, PA            41.82%   2:24:06  
   15   14 OpM  Adam Ilgen, 30, Bellefonte, PA            34.68%   2:41:22  
* indicates females
14 finishers among Open Men
1 finishers among Open Women
14 male finishers
1 female finishers
15 total finishers