January 27, 2023
University Park, PA
by Marty Mazur

The second meet of the NVRC Indoor Mile Series was held in conjunction with the Penn State National Open Meet. This is a big, two day meet with some of the top collegiate track and field athletes in the country. (To give you an idea, in the collegiate Men’s Mile, the top 6 finishers all went under four minutes!) Because of the size of this meet, the NVRC mile was moved up an hour. And due to this early start, and the fact that many of the Penn State Cross-Country Club students were participating in a fundraising event, the turnout was low for the NVRC mile.

In the first heat, John Iceland led from start to finish. At the gun lap, it looked like he might not make it under 6 minute, but Iceland put on a great final lap to finish in 5:58.74. Iceland should move up to Heat 2 should he run the final meet. Second was Keith Henderson in 6:26.08, and third place among solo runners went to Marty Klanchar in 6:48.32, a 13 second improvement over his time from the previous meet. Ability Athlete Jeffrey Coll was pushed to a time of 6:38.31. Betsey Stewart had the fastest Women’s Masters time of 6:55.03.

In the second heat, Maggie Mahoney led from the gun and crushed it, finishing in 5:33.05. The fastest Men’s Masters time of the day was put in by Matt Smith, who ran negative splits to finish second in 5:48.44. Third was Christopher Sanders in 6:00.39.

The fast heat saw Vince Fadale battle a close field for the first three quarters. But Vince has a torrid finish in every race he runs, and finished first by 3 seconds in 4:33.52. Second place went to Scott Wallace in 4:36.54, finishing with the fastest Men's Masters time of the day. Jason Samut was third in 4:40.54.

The third and final meet in the Indoor Mile Series is next Saturday, February 4, in conjunction with the Sykes-Sabok Challenge Cup. There will also be a running of the 3000 meter race, and a Predicted Time Contest in the mile heats. Remember to pre-register by emailing Marty Klanchar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tell Marty your approximate projected finishing time to help him organize heats.


Josh Cone pushed Jeff Coll to a sub-6 time in the first heat.

John Iceland won the first heat going away. He'll move up a heat next week!

Maggie Mahoney crushed the second heat to turn in the fastest women's time of the day

Matt Smith checks his pulse after running the fastest Men's Masters time of the day

Vince Fadale leads the Series going into the last meet after two successive wins in the fast heat

Heat 1

Place  Name                      Time
-----  ----                      ----
  1    John Iceland            5:58.74 (M)
  2    Keith Henderson         6:26.08 (M)
  3    Jeffrey Coll            6:38.31  
  4    Josh Cone               6:38.79  
  5    Marty Klanchar          6:48.32 (M)
  6    Bob Ferguson            6:49.69 (M) 
  7    Betsy Stewart           6:55.03 (M)

Heat 2

Place  Name                      Time
-----  ----                      ----
  1    Maggie Mahoney          5:33.05  
  2    Matt Smith              5:48.44  
  3    Christopher Sanders     6:00.39  
  4    Scott Anthony           6:02.81 (M)  

Heat 3

Place  Name                      Time
-----  ----                      ----
  1   Vince Fadale             4:34.13
  2   Scott Wallace            4:36.54 (M)
  3   Jason Sammut             4:40.54
  4   Mark Puleo               4:42.47
  5   Jeremy Bell              4:42.50
  6   Cam Mallette             4:43.94
  7   Liam Goldsworthy         4:48.06
  8   Brian Tholl              4:48.39
  9   Eric Marshall            4:52.92
 10   Westin Boyd            4:54.96
 11   Charles Wood             4:57.82
 12   Joseph Romano            5:05.48