2006 Nittany Valley Running Club Indoor Mile #2
Friday, January 27, 2006
by Marty Mazur

The second Nittany Valley Running Club Indoor Mile of the season 2005-6 had a bigger turnout than the first. And faster! Not only was the top time faster than the first meet's winning time, but nearly everyone who ran the first meet improved their second time around. In the first heat, Brian McNally let from start to finish and crossed the line in 4:48.17. Karl Shellenberger also broke 5 minutes and Andy Cunningham took third. Lance Bland wrapped up the Master's title again, taking fourth in a time a shade faster than his last effort. Mark Fedkin also showed improvement in fifth place. Martha Nelson is following in a fine tradition of women who win local long distance races and also show great legs in the shorter ones. Just as Beth Parker, a two-time winner of the Nittany Valley Half-Marathon, continually bested the other gals in the Indoor Miles a couple of years ago, Martha won December's Half and had the best time in today's mile, finishing in 5:28.99. Tim Brenza was Most Improved, taking nearly half a minute off his finish of two weeks ago. Tim Spigelmyer and Meira Minard continued their rivalry from the first meet. They both moved up to Heat 1 and took several seconds off their last finishes, both going under 5:50. And Sarah Pabian made her first showing of the year, going all 8 laps in just a tad over 6. She'll be back to shave off some time.

The second, 'slow' heat was again a nearly an all-Masters event. Marty Mazur was determined to go sub-6. He led from the gun to about the middle of lap 8, only to be passed by Dan Guss, who had a great kick. Dan finished in 5:55 and Marty ran a 5:58, 14 seconds better than his last race. Marty Klanchar was a second off his previous effort, taking third in 6:05. Jerry Steffy is gaining fast on the pack. He ran a 6:13, shaving 14 seconds from his previous time. Erin Wyble was quite a bit off her last race, obviously saving her best for next week's 3000 meter run. Jim Taylor was in comeback mode, posting a respectable 6:35 after "inconsistent training". And Jill Keeney and George Myers both improved over their last performances, Jill by 5 seconds and George by 23!


Heat 1

Place  Name                      Time
-----  ----                      ----

 1.    Brian McNally            4:48.17
 2.    Karl Shellenberger       4:55.21
 3.    Andy Cunningham          5:04.42
 4.    Lance Bland              5:08.
80 (M)
 5.    Mark Fedkin              5:18.71
 6.    Martha Nelson            5:28.99
 7.    Tim Brenza               5:34.78
Tim Spigelmyer           5:46.00 (M)
Meira Minard             5:49.04
10.    Sarah Pabian             6:00.43

Heat 2

Place  Name                      Time
-----  ----                      ----
 1.    Dan Guss                 5:55.41 (M)
 2.    Marty Mazur              5:58.55 (M)
 3.    Marty Klanchar           6:05.17 (M)
 4.    Jerry Steffy             6:13.51 (M)
 5.    Erin Wyble               6:18.18
 6.    John Lacombe             6:20.73 (M)
 7.    Jim Taylor               6:35.96
 8.    Jill Keeney              6:41.75 (M)
 9.    George Myers             6:42.78 (M)

  (M) - Designates Masters (over 40) runners.

Heat 1 rounds the first turn

Mark Fedkin, Martha Nelson, Tim Brenza, and Tim Spigelmyer, early in Heat 1

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