The host association, PAUSATF, of the host country, showed that it could field its fair share of top athletes today in the Men’s Cross Country races. The top performance of the first two days belongs to a W60-64 heptathlete, Philipa (Phil) Raschker of the United States (Georgia).
Raschker is considered the best masters athlete of all time, and possibly the best female athlete ever. Having already won 68 gold medals in WMA World Track & Field Championships dating back to 1983, Raschker added one more to her collection with her win here today. Can she win more than the 10 gold medals earned at the last World Championships in 2009?
In the final day of Cross Country competitions, Keith Bateman, of Australia, won the Men’s 55-65 race. PAUSATF Executive Director, John Monsoor was 6th, while fellow PAUSATF runner, Jim Howard finished 8th as the United States M55 team took a gold medal.
In the M60 division, Arturo Rodriguez took 13th to help the United States team secure a silver medal. Other high placing locals were Joseph Schieffer, in 14th, and Arnold Utterback in 21st.
The PAUSATF’S strongest showings in the cross country competitions were in the Men’s 35-54 race, won by Cesar Troncoso Troncoso of Argentina. PAUSATF runner Jeff Hongo picked the right moment to shine by taking 5th in the M45 division, helping the United States to a gold medal in the team competition. Adam Prince was 7th.
Local standouts in the M50 division include Brian Pilcher, who took 3rdand anchored the United States team to a gold medal, Rudy Munoz (7th), Donald Stewart (9th), and Ty Strange (11th).
The race-walking competitions began today, with many of the 5000 meter track races competed at American River College. Tomorrow the individual Track & Field events begin, with competitions scheduled at all three track venues. Track fans in this town are going crazy trying to decide where to be at any given time.