McManus and Bayly Shine Bright at Masters Cross Country Championships in Saratoga Springs


Twenty Eight (28) athletes from USATF New York participated in the USATF Masters Cross Country Championships in Saratoga Springs, NY on Sunday. Urban Athletics NYC teammates Mike McManus  and Fiona Bayly each won national titles while the Urban Athletics NYC women 40+ team also claimed the top spot on the podium.
McManus,50, of New York not only captured the men’s 50-54 national title but his time of 15:52 was the fastest of the day - including the Men’s 40+ race.  He also scored the highest age-graded performance of all men as his time calculated to 92.98% on the age-grading tables.  “The race itself went really well, offered McManus. “I watched the 40-49 race split 2 miles in 10:30 and decided to aim for the same split in my race. I got out pretty quick and seemed to gap the field after the first grass stretch and open things up around the mile. I came through 2 miles at 10:18 and rolled in from that point to the finish. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to run for Urban Athletics and represent the NY association. I am looking forward to running the club cross nationals in December.”
Bayly, 48, ran 18:24 to win the women’s 45-49 title by 16 seconds over Emily Bryans of Schenectady, NY.  Her age graded performance of 87.89% was the fifth best of all women.  Bayly also led the Urban Athletics NYC to the W40+ team title over Genesee Valley Harriers.   The other two scoring members of the team were Cathrine Wolden Levine, 43, of Pound Ridge, N.Y. and Jennifer Harvey, 47 of New York.  “I grew up in Troy, just 45 minutes south of Saratoga, and I would have never guessed that I'd be racing here three dozen years later,” stated Bayly. “The spirit throughout the masters meet yesterday was sensational, and the weather was perfect for cross country.” 
Picking up a silver medal for his second place finish was Steven Calidonna, 60, of Yorktown Height, N.Y.  Calidonna ran 18:27 to finish 13 seconds behind Reno Stirrat of New Jersey.
Third place finishes were claimed but Jennifer Harvey in the women’s 45-49 division and Judy Stobbe (New York / Central Park TC New Balance) in the women’s 50-54 division.
Other top performances, based on their age-graded scores, were: Jennifer St. Jean (4th W40-44; 17:57; 84.51%) and Armando Oliveira (4th M45-49; 16:44; 86.84%).
Other team performances were: Central Park TC New Balance (M40 3rd place); Central Park TC New Balance (W40+ 4th place); Westchester Track Club (W40+ 6th place); and Central Park TC New Balance (M60+ 9th place)