Smaller Turnout, Big Results at Cycling Event
This year's cycling event, held Aug. 22 at Church Creek, Md., didn't have the turnout of a qualifying year, but the results were fairly spectacular. Seven new records were set despite some of our medal-winning cyclists passing up this year's event after participating in the National Senior Games just 12 days before.
Still, there were familiar names among the new record-setters and they assaulted some marks that had stood since the mid- to-late 1990s.
Columbia's John Elliott, who has dotted the MSO record boards for more than 10 years, set a new 5k mark in the men's 70-74 with a brisk 8:14.30, breaking Thomas Kelley's 8:55 set in 1996. Showing that Mr. Elliott has not slowed dramatically over the years, he raced a record 7:44 5k in the 60-64 age group in 1998 and improved on his mark of 8:18 in the 65-69 in 2006. We would all be happy to lose only 30 seconds in 11 years.
John Cox of Perry Hall, another familiar name in MSO cycling records, broke Mr. Elliott's 1998 mark in the men's 5k 60-64 age group with a 7:38.90. Then, Mr. Cox just missed James Swift's 1996 mark of 15:13 in the 10k by 1.90 seconds.
The largest margin of record breaking occurred in the women's 60-64 10k race, where Jo Johnson, now residing in Wilmington, Del., knocked 2 minutes, 10 seconds off the 19:20 standard by Frances Westin in 2000 with a 17:10.42.
Russell Loy of Cockeysville trimmed his 2008 record time of 8:07.22 in the mens' 65-69 5k down to 7:55.10, then cut his own mark in the 10k by 30 seconds with a 15:20.24. Obviously, Mr. Loy just needed to get warmed up.
Jerry Vetter of Columbia set a new record in men's 55-59 5k with a time of 7:42.51, besting William Neumann's mark of 7:45.23 from last year.
In 10k, Diane Harris charged past Betty Tucker's 1996 55-59 mark of 17:26 with a sparkling 17:06.48.
Thomas Swartz of Crofton, gold medalist last year in the men's 60-64 10k with a time of 17.38.20, did not participant after competing in the National Senior Games Aug. 10, where he finished 25th with a 17:55. Likewise, Tom Bach of Annapolis, bronze medalist last year in the 65-69 10k, also didn't compete this year after a trip to Nationals, where he placed 28th with a 20:26.
Here are the Maryland Senior Olympics cycling records, updated through this year's event.
Special thanks to sponsor Team Latitude-ABRT for hosting this event, including adding the Senior Olympics participants to an already full day of competition.
Also: Don Riggs, our MSO cycling coordinator, has established an e-group for Maryland Senior Olympics cyclists. The e-group will be a means of requesting and communicating information about local and regional cycling events and activities.Please send the name and e-mail addresses of others who wish to be included in the e-group to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2009 MSO Cycling Results
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