Sherran Wins 60-Plus Masters Men Race by 52 Seconds

By Clay Shaw

BETHLEHEM, PA, DECEMBER 14, 2019—Joe Sherran, 62, of Club Northwest easily won the Masters 60-and-up men’s 60-plus at the USATF XC Championships in 28:42.

Days of rainy weather led to a muddy and slippery 8K course at Lehigh University.  Several men went down, slipping on a muddy turn where I was photographing.  By the time the Masters women ran in the next race, wood chips were down on the slippery corner, making it marginally safer. 

Mark Reeder of Greater Lowell RR was second in 29:34.  Daniel King of Athletics Boulder was third in 29:44.  Terry McCluskey, 71, of the Ann Arbor TC led the 70s in 34:13, with Gene Dykes of the Greater Philadelphia TC taking second in 34:48.  247 athletes completed the event.  The Greater Lowell Road Runners led by Mark Reeder, John Barbour, Charlie Muse, David Westenberg, and Peter Lagoy took the top team title.  Run N Fun was second and Greater Philadelphia TC was third.

Top Men

  1. 28:42 Joe Sherran Club Northwest
  2. 29:34 Mark Reeder Greater Lowell Road Runners
  3. 29:44 Daniel King Athletics Boulder
  4. 29:49 Daniel Johnson Run N Fun
  5. 30:17 Charles Shields Greater Philadelphia TC
  6. 30:19 Douglas Blatt Hartford Track Club
  7. 30:22 Doug Keller Run N Fun
  8. 30:35 Timothy Conheady Greater Philadelphia TC
  9. 30:38 Ken Youngers Atlanta Track Club
  10. 30:43 John Barbour Greater Lowell Road Runners
  11. 30:54 Charlie Muse Greater Lowell Road Runners
  12. 31:07 Anthony Uzwiak Kansas City Smoke
  13. 31:15 Antonio Arreola HOKA Aggie Running Club
  14. 31:16 Gary Lehman Garden State Track Club
  15. 31:27 Jeffery Dundas Atlanta Track Club
USATF Club XC had so many masters men that it merited a race for those 60 and older. The very competitive race was won by Joe Sheeran #1334 (in orange).
Charles Shields of Greater Philadelphia TC smartly takes the wide turn on a slippery corner. His teammate Timothy Conheady takes notice. Shields placed 5th overall Conheady was 8th.
Greg Cauller of York, PA running for the Pike Creek Valley Running Club placed 26th. Martin Tighe of Central Mass Striders placed 28th. Peter Lagoy of Greater Lowell Road Runners was 21st in this most competitive event.
Man down! The very slippery turn was wood chipped after many 60-year-olds took slips and falls.
Tom Derderian of the Greater Boston TC and author of the awesome Boston Marathon book: The History of the World’s Premier Running Event. Fellow 70 year old, Buddy Opperman running for Pike Creek Valley RC trails Derderian.
Joe Sheeran of Club Northwest, based in Seattle, has a huge lead on the rest of the 247 member 60 and over men’s field.
Joe Sheeran of Seattle-based Club Northwest wins the USATF Club XC 60 plus event in 28:42. Sheeran won by 52 seconds.
Terry Permar of Perkasie, PA, running for the Greater Philadelphia Track Club, placed 68th overall in 34:29 and 11th in the 65-69 group.
Gene Dykes of Bala Cynwyd, PA and the Greater Philadelphia TC placed second among the 70-year-olds in 34:48.
F and M Track Club 60 plus runners at the USATF Club XC championships. From left to right, Patrick Lafferty, Jeff Kirchner, Doug Arndt, Walter Newcomer, and Will Charles.

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