Central Park TC runs to sixth place at Club Nationals

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The 2017 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships were held on Saturday (9-Dec) at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Kentucky.  Twenty-two (22) local athletes from the New York association were among the 1171 competitors from around the country that compete in the five races - Open Women (6 km), Open Men (10 km), Masters Women (6 km), Masters Men 40-59 yrs (10 km) and Masters Men 60+ yrs. (8 km).
There was a chill in the air, a bite to the wind and frost on the ground as runners contended with temperatures that never rose above freezing and wind gusts that sucked the oxygen from their lungs.
The storyline of the day for the locals was the sixth place finish by the Central Park TC New Balance (CPTC-NB) open women’s team.  The team scored a total of 240 points as Hanson’s Brooks Distance Project of Michigan placed three runners in the top four to win with an impressive 55 points.  The Boston Athletic Association squad finished second and Cal Coast TC was third.  The sixth place finish matched the team's highest finish, from 2012, at the club championships.  The Dashing Whippets Running Team, the New York association champions, finished 23rd with 542 point. 
A total of 246 women competed with 30 teams scoring.
The blue and orange clad CPTC-NB squad was led by 2015 Yale grad Kira Garry, 24, (Montauk, NY) who ran 20:27 over the 6 km course to crack the top 20 in 18th place.  She was joined in the top 100 by teammates Elena Barham (65th), Manon Blackman (80th), and Nicole Falcaro (89th).  Brianna Hickey rounded out the team scorers finishing 101st.
The Dashing Whippets Running Team was led by Jessy Scarpone who finished 100th.  She was followed by Jessica Chichester (135th), Elizabeth Laseter (141st), Brigette Kolson (161st) and Rebecca Verrone (187th).
In the open men’s race the Dashing Whippets Running Team finished 47th with 1371 points.  Their scorers were Keaton Naff (286th), James Stucker (328th), William Washer (360th), Garrett Burger (372nd), and Alexander Noble (396th).
In the masters competition Sue Pearsall, 52, of New York finished 16th in the 50-54 division running 27:25 on the 6 km course.
The 2018 championships will be held in Spokane, Wash. on December 8.
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