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  • T h o u g h b e a t e n i n t o f o u r t h p l a c e o v e r a l l , ^ i i k e G o s s e t t r e t a i n e d t h e c l u b ' s c r o s sc o u n t r y c h a m p i o n s h i p r u n a t B l u e M o u n t a i n R e s e r v a t i o n , F e e k s k i l l , l a s t n o n t h . L o r iJ o r g e n s e n w o n t h e l a d i e s o p e n t i t l e w h i l e R o g e r G o c k i n g a n d J u d y P i c k e r t c a p t u r e dt h e i r r e s p e c t i v e m a s t e r s ' t i t l e s . T h e c l u b t i t l e r a c e s w e r e r u n i n c o n j u n c t i o nw i t h o u r a g e g r o u p c r o s s c o u n t r y s e r i e s s p o n s o r e d b y T h e F e e k s k i l l R u n n i n g F o u n d a t i o n .

    Doug Mi l ler, Brev/s ter, was the overa l l w inner beat ing J im Medei ros, Feeksk i l l ,in 17:21. Medeiros was t imed in 17:29 v/i th Yorktov/n High School senior, Jim Kennedy,t h i r d i n 17 :38 . Gosse t t , w inne r o f t he fi r s t two races i n t he se r i es , t r i umphed ove rTer ry Hor ton . For Hor ton , recupera t ing f rom a year fu l l o f i n ju r ies , the race was ag i a n t s t e p o n t h e r o a d b a c k v r t i i c h i s , i n d e e d , p l e a s i n g t o n o t e . T r a c k c h a m p A n t h o n yG a l f a n o c o n t i n u e d t o s h o w h i s v e r s a t i l i t y b y c a p t u r i n g t h i r d .

    Taconic Running LifeD E C E M B E R 1 9 8 3

    GOSSETT, JORGENSEN CAPTURECROSS COUNTRY TITLES

    Jorgensen v /as l i te ra l l y uncontes ted int h e w o m e n ' s r a c e . M o o t h e r c l u b r i i e m b e r i nthe 1939 category was on hand to offer anyc h a l l e n g e . L a d i e s ? L o r i , h o w e v e r , d i d n ' ts l o u c h fi n i s h i n g f o u r t e e n t h o v e r a l l w i t h ab r i s k 1 9 : 3 8 p e r f o r m a n c e .

    P i c k e r t , a fi r s t t i m e m a s t e r , r a n a w a yfrom V/endy Shile and Helena Stave to claimh e r l a u r e l v ^ r e a t h i n 2 0 : 0 2 , C o c k i n g ' s v i ctory gave him a perfect four-forfour int h e s e r i e s , b e a t i n g o u t d e f e n d i n g t i t l i s t ,D a n C a f f r e y , i n t h e p r o c e s s .

    Whi le c lub part ic ipat ion was lox^r andsomewhat d isappoint ing, the real v/ innerswere the k ids - especia l ly Thomas Jefferson Elementary School (Yorktown) teacher,S tu Bogdano f f , and h i s s tuden ts . Theyr e a l l y m a k e t h e s e r i e s w o r t h v / h i l e . O u rthanks to them and, of course, to the Peek-s k i l l R u n n i n g F o u n d a t i o n .

    WYNNE TAKES RAPb y

    B o b B e r g i n

    Club member Kevin V. 'yr jne, 27, wast h e fi r s t fi n i s h e r i n t h i s r a o n . t b ' s 5mile RunAv/ays of Putnam (RAP) roadr a c e i n P a v / l i n g , v ; h i l e t h e f a m i l i a rLor i Jo rgensen led representa t i ves o ft he , " be t t e r ha l f " w i t h a 30 :12 t ime .

    A l s o p l a c i n g a m o n g " t h e t o p t h r e ev / e r e M i k e B o u f f a r d , P a w l i n g , s e c o n d i n27:12, and Kevin P^andle of Danbury v.'hop laced th i rd in 28 :44 . Second p lacef e m a l e v / a s t h e e q u a l l y f a m i l i a r N a n c yL a u n - P e r e z ( 3 1 : 0 9 ) v / h i l e M a r g a r e tR i w a l d i , D a n b u r y fi n i s h e d t h i r d i n3 3 : 0 7 - ( C o n t ' d o n p a g e 5 . )

  • M i l e s M a k e t h e D i f f e r e n c e b y M e l a n i e M u l v i h i l l

    H a v i n g r e c e n t l y c o m p l e t e d m y f o u r t h m a r a t h o n I w o u l d l i k e t o p a s sa l o n g - v / i t h e m p h a s i s - s o m e a d v i c e I r e c e i v e d , fi n a l l y f o l l o w e d , a n dt h e d i f f e r e n c e i t m a d e . T h e a d v i c e h a s t o d o w i t h t r a i n i n g m i l e a g e f o rt h e m a r a t h o n .

    F o r m o s t r u n n e r s t h e g o a l o f t h e fi r s t m a r a t h o n i s , " J u s t t o fi n i s hT h e r e i s a w o n d e r f u l s e n s e o f a c h i e v e m e n t a n d a c c o m p l i s h m e n t r e g a r d l e s so f t i m e . T h e n , h o w e v e r , t h i n g s c h a n g e . O n e e x p e c t s t h e n e x t m a r a t h o n t obe fas ter, the next one even fas ter, e tc , un t i l one 's max imum potent ia li s r e a c h e d . B a s i c a l l y , o n e g o e s f r o m " r u n n i n g t h e m a r a t h o n , " t o " r a c i n gt h e m a r a t h o n . "

    I m u s t a d m i t s t a r t i n g m y t r a i n i n g y e a r a f t e r y e a r v / i t h g o o d i n t e nt i o n s t o c o m p l e t e t h e h i g h m i l e a g e r e c o m m e n d e d ; t h a t i s , a m i n i m u m o f 6 3miles per week for ten weeks. (This gives one a dai ly average of ninemi les . S ince i t i s poss ib le t o race th ree t imes the da i l y ave rage , amara thon may be raced w i t h a m in imum o f 630 m i l es l ogged ove r such ap e r i o d . )

    My first tv/o marathons were completed successful ly - admit tedlym o r e a t a t r a i n i n g p a c e t h a n r a c e p a c e - a t l e s s t h a n 6 3 m i l e s p e r w e e k .M y t h i r d , h o w e v e r, I d r o p p e d d o v / n t o 5 4 m i l e s w e e k l y f o r o n e r e a s o n( e x c u s e ? ) o r a n o t h e r .

    I b e g a n t h e r a c e f e e l i n g r e a s o n a b l y v / e l l , b u t b y t e n m i l e s f e l tthe need to slow dov/n. By mi le eighteen the feel ings one normal lyassoc ia tes w i th the las t lOK appeared - ach ing legs , t i redness, d iscouragement, etc. I somehov; held on and finished, st ruggl ing and paineda g a i n i n c l o s e t o m y t r a i n i n g p a c e .

    Not wishing to repeat my unpleasant experience, this year I vowedto do 63 miles or more each week. By October tenth, though not alv/aysconvenient or easy, the numbers in my log assured me of a 630 mileto ta l . Sa t i sfied , I en te red my two week taper ing pe r iod re laxed andc o n fi d e n t , e n j o y i n g a w e l l e a r n e d r e s t .

    Th is year, under the wors t cond i t ions I ' ve ever run in , I ran thebest I've ever run, and felt the best I've ever felt. (My husband, Lee,w h o h a s b e e n a f a i t h f u l s p e c t a t o r o v e r t h e y e a r s , c o m m e n t e d v / i t h a m a z em e n t , " T h a t ' s t h e fi r s t t i m e I ' v e e v e r s e e n y o u s m i l e a t t h e 2 5 m i l em a r k . " .

    The point is made - mi les do make the d i f ference. I expect , o fcourse, rebuttal f rom those v/ho are of the, "Only long runs count," and"Qua l i t y no t quant i t y, " schoo ls . I agree one can do a l r igh t on less mi le -

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  • r e a r o f t h e 0 1 :

    For followers of George Orwell 1984 represents the culmination of thetotalitarianistic state. Fortunately Big Brotiier is not around to botherus. However, for those who are easily bothered - or at least distracted -the Olympics will be the sporting feature of 1984. Undoubtedly, all elsew i l l b e g i v e n a l o w e r p r i o r i t y.

    Since knowledge is education, it is imperative to stand head andshoulders above those baseball and football buffs whose trivia seem todominate sports quizzes as though there were no other sports. Granted,when one is five-eight or less this may present a problem. Regardless -onv/ard. In the year of 1984 will you be able to meet the task or is somehomework in order? Test yourself on past Olympics.

    Piece of Cake. Name the athlete v^o sto le the thunder f rom Adol fHi t ler in 1936 by winning four gold medals for the Uni ted States?(No one should miss every question.)

    2.. Cup of Tea. ITho was the only runner to win the 5,000; 10,000; andmarathon in the sane Olympics? Name and country. (Anyone for coffee?)

    3. Snap. Daley Thompson, Great Britain, is attempting to become only thesecond man to v ; in back to back deca tha lons . \ ^o was the fi rs t? (S t i l lv / i t h u s ? )

    4 . C rack le . H i s to r i ca l l y Amer i cans have dom ina ted t he sho r t e r even t s .O fc o i 4 r s e t h e U S o f A d i d n o t s h o w f o r I ' t o s c o v / . N a m e t h r e e o f t h e fi v e ' 8 0winners in the 100, 200, 400, 110 and 400 meter hiirdles. (How aboutt w o ? O n e ? ) r / I a l e o r f e m a l e .

    5. Pop. Only one runner runner has made the US track team on four separ a t e o c c a s i o n s . A u t o m a t i c p a s s i n g g r a d e t h i s t e s t f o r a c o r r e c t a n s -v /er. (Care fu l nov ; . A1 Oer ter never ran t rack . )

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    M i l e s m a k e t h e d i f f e r e n c e ( C o n t ' d ) .

    a g e , b u t I h o n e s t l y f e e l o n e c a n d o b e t t e r a n d f e e l b e t t e r o n m o r e m i l e s .C o n s i d e r i n g t h e w e t , s l i p p e r y , c o l d c o n d i t i o n s , t h i s y e a r ' s N e w Yo r k M a r at h o n h a s t o r a n k a s o n e o f t h e " m i r a c l e s " o f m y r u n n i n g c a r e e r .

    ( E d . n o t e . M e l a n i e r a n a 3 : 2 2 : 0 7 i n t h e B i g A p p l e , a P R b y o v e r fi v e a n da h a l f m i n u t e s , t o q u a l i f y f o r B o s t o n i n t h e w o m e n ' s m a s t e rc a t e g o r y. )

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    C o n s e n s u s i s t h e r e v / e r e . e n o u g h r a c e s t o g o a r o u n d i n ' 8 3 . O u r s c h e d u l e f o rnext year offers much the same. Organizationally, it is hoped things go better in84 . The mood i s op t im is t i c . There a re severa l s t r i ngs be ing t i gh tened thanks tothe ava i l ab i l i t y o f more vo lun tee rs . I t i s we l l recogn ized tha t t hey v ;e re needed .

    We w e r e s o m e v / h a t r e m i s s i n r e c e n t m o n t h s d u e m a i n l y t o a l l o v / i n g t h e b u l k o fthe work to fa l l upon one indiv idual . Apparent ly i t v ;as an over load, and many ofus - myse l f i nc luded - con t r i bu ted by no t con t r i bu t ing . No lec tu res . No se rmons .Hopeful