Latchford Wins Women’s Title at Age 50

by Clay Shaw

CHAMBERSBURG, PA—Laura Latchford of Palmyra PA took top honors at the 32nd Annual Tom Ausherman Memorial 5 Mile, held August 10, with a 33:22.  Latchford had the other two podium women close behind on the flat but warm course.  Christina Herman was second in 33:31, and Sarah Boward, another Master at 40, was third in 33:38. 

Latchford was a national class runner in the 1990s after a collegiate career at the University of Florida. Latchford, formerly known as Laura Mykytok, won the prestigious Falmouth Road Race in 1993, after winning the Bon-Ton/YNC 5 Miler in York PA a few weeks prior to that. 

In the men’s race Hafid Chani of Morocco was the winner in 25:33.  Chani had served a four-year suspension by the IAAF from March 2015 to March 2019 for violation of IAAF Rule 32.2, athlete biological passport. 

Second place went to Chris McCabe in 25:44, who won the event in 2018.  Sean Luzzi was third in 25:58.

Jeff Miller of Lewistown, at 51, was top Master and fifth overall in 26:55.  230 finished the five-mile race which is in its 32nd year.  A great summertime race which awarded a nice cash award at the conclusion of the awards. The winner had to be present to win.

Top 10 Women

  1. 33:22 Laura Latchford (50)
  2. 33:31 Christina Herman
  3. 33:38 Sarah Boward (40)
  4. 33:54 Camaryn Kiser
  5. 34:15 Madeline Kinton
  6. 34:18 Michelle VanHorn
  7. 34:49 Olivia Rieck
  8. 35:02 Samantha Barczak
  9. 35:14 Jana Fridrichova (40)
  10. 35:46 Gretel Shank

Top 10 Men

  1. 25:33 Hafid Chani MAR
  2. 25:44 Chris McCabe
  3. 25:58 Sean Luzzi
  4. 26:37 Garrett Baublitz
  5. 26:55 Jeff Miller (51)
  6. 27:51 Casey Padget
  7. 28:06 Alex Pearson
  8. 28:15 Van May
  9. 28:15 Andrew Booths
  10. 28:23 Eric Deignan
Laura Latchford of Palmyra PA, age 50, wins women’s overall in 33:22.
Chris McCabe finished second in 25:44.
Sarah Boward finishes third overall in 33:38, and one of two women on the podium.
Camaryn Kiser, age 14, finished 4th overall in 33:54.
Joey Stoltz shows good form as he gets ready for the Chicago Marathon.
Jana Fridrichova placed 9th in 35:14 and was third master.
Elijah Diaz #2670, Paige Gerlach #2687, and marathoner Mike Ball #2633. Ball is closing in on a marathon in all 50 states.
Les Bell of Flying Feet, races in with Trisha Thomas #2797
Garrett Baublitz leads the Tom Ausherman 5 Miler early, with Sean Luzzi, as they turn after a brief time on US 11.
John and Pam Goodling from York PA with Paul Sick of Chambersburg.

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