Sallberg Wins Masters Title; Hammer First Over 50 at USATF XC Champs

By Clay Shaw

BETHLEHEM, PA, DECEMBER 14, 2019—Jacques Sallberg of the Cal Coast Track Club won the 10K that had 444 Masters runners between the ages of 40 and 59. Sallberg ran the muddy course at Lehigh University in 32:55.  Peter Gilmore of West Valley Track Club was second in 33:00.  Eric Loeffler of Run MN was third in 33:08, Loeffler qualified for the USA Olympic Trials with a 2:17:36 in Sacramento in 2018.  Jorge Maravilla of West Valley Track Club was fourth in 33:23.  Maravilla won the San Francisco Marathon in 2017 and 2018.  Peter Hammer of the Boston Athletic Association was 18th, and first runner over 50, in 34:36.

West Valley Track Club won the team title with Gilmore, Maravilla, 6th place runner Brad Poore (33:53), 9th place Todd Rose (34:20), and 10th place Mark Yuen (34:35) scoring for the San Francisco Bay Area team. The Cal Coast Track Club, led by overall winner Spielberg, was second.  Bowerman Track Club was third, followed by Run MN, and the Boston Athletic Association.

Top Men

  1. 32:55 Jacques Sallberg (45) Cal Coast Track Club
  2. 33:00 Peter Gilmore West Valley Track Club
  3. 33:08 Eric Loeffler Run MN
  4. 33:23 Jorge Maravilla West Valley Tack Club
  5. 33:27 Michael Gordon Dirigo RC
  6. 33:33 Roosevelt Cook Jr. Cal Coast Track Club
  7. 33:53 Brad Poore West Valley Track Club
  8. 34:01 Dave Slavinski Unattached
  9. 34:03 Lance Thompson Club Northwest
  10. 34:04 Jaime Heilpern (49) HOKA Aggie Running Club
  11. 34:12 Julian Marsh (46) West Valley Track Club
  12. 34:17 Tim Hardy Run MN
  13. 34:20 Mike Digennaro Pike Creek Valley RC
  14. 34:20 Todd Rose (46) West Valley Track Club
  15. 34:27 Kevin Shirk Runners Retreat Elite
  16. 34:35 Mark Yuen (49) West Valley Track Club
  17. 34:35 Neville Davey West Valley Track Club
  18. 34:36 Peter Hammer (53) Boston Athletic Association
  19. 34:38 Christopher Naimoli Bryn Mawr Running Club
  20. 34:39 Steven Scott Team Red Lizard
  21. 34:43 David Angell Roanoke Valley Elite
  22. 34:44 Sandu Rebenciuc (50) Greater Springfield Harriers
  23. 34:45 Steve Gourley Philadelphia Runner Track Club
  24. 34:49 Brock Butler Greater Philadelphia TC
  25. 34:54 John Gardiner (47) Cal Coast Track Club
USATF Club XC Masters Men 40 to 59 start. There were 444 finishers in the 10K.
Zach Chupa 1651, Chris Namoli 1241, Mike Digennaro 1655, David Scholl 1513, Donal O’Sullivan 1216, Peter Gilmore 1906, and Eric Loeffler 1748. Lots of Philly and Delaware guys doing battle with the nation’s best.
Eric Loeffler (backwards hat) of Run MN battles with Jorge Maravilla 1852 of West Valley TC, Jacques Sallberg 1261 of Cal Coast, Michael Gordon of Dirigo RC based in Maine, and Roosevelt Cook also of Cal Coast. These five men all placed in the top six.
Brad Poore of Auburn, CA running for West Valley TC placed eighth overall, as West Valley TC scored five runners in the top ten to win the title.
Brock Butler of Greater Philadelphia TC leads a group of runners in the masters race in which he placed 24th overall. Tim Hardy 1747 of Team MN placed 12th.
California guys dominate Club XC in Pennsylvania mud. Jacques Sallberg of Cal Coast shares lead with Peter Gilmore (left), and Jorge Maravilla 1892 both of the San Francisco based West Valley TC.
Mike Digennaro of the Pike Creek Valley RC leads Tim Hardy of Run MN as they negotiate the slippery right turn looming in front of them. Digennaro placed 13th.
Steve Gourley of Philadelphia Runner TC leads group that includes Mark Tuen 1902 and Neville Davey 1889 of West Valley TC, Steven Short 1855 of Team Red Lizard, and David Angell 1740 of Roanoke
Roosevelt Cook, Jr. of the Cal Coast Track Club finishes sixth overall in 33:33.
Steve Kartalia of the Baltimore Washington Athletic Club places 22nd in the 50 to 59 group in 37:30.


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