June 8, 2007


More not about to take shortcut


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Eighty-five-year-old Russell More, of Jamesville, runs alone at the back of the pack along Lankler Drive on the SUNY Cortland campus in the Empire State Senior Games 5K run Thursday morning. More finished last at 48:26 but still won a gold medal in his age group.

Staff Writer

Russell More showed the heart of a long-time runner Thursday morning.
That’s no surprise, since the 85-year-old Jamesville resident has been at it for 28 years now. Competing in the Empire State Senior Games for the first time in three years, More finished the 5K Race in 48:26 to win a gold as the only competitor in the men’s 85-89 age group.
The last previous finisher had come in at 38:43, and More, by far the elder of the group that included, among others, his 55-year-old son Stan (25:54) and Cortland’s Ron Hulslander, the overall winner in 18:27, refused to take shortcuts offered by race officials and finished with a classic and impressive kick to a loud ovation from his fellow competitors, spectators and race officials.
“I wanted it to be official, and wouldn’t try to shorten it,” said More, the retired Chief Financial Officer of Crouse Hospital in Syracuse and a resident of the Nottingham senior residence, shortly after he finished, looking and sounding none the worse for wear. “That was the slowest I’ve run in a long time. We’ll see how I do tomorrow, when I’m in 100 and 400 meters, and Saturday, when I’m in the 200 (all in the 85-89 age group). Short races better for me. I can still move, as you could see by my kick at the end.”
In recounting his running history, More said that the first race he and his son ever took on was the Mountain Goat, a Syracuse event known for its challenging layout, in 1979. “We found out that that’s not a good place to start,” he said with a laugh.
Undeterred, he stayed with it, and shortly after he started competitive running, he was recruited by the late Nate White to join the Syracuse Chargers and was a member of their 60-plus team that won a national championship in a series of 15K races. He also competed in the 70-plus and 80-plus age groups for the Chargers.
“When I was 75 I competed in the regular and senior (Empire State) Games and won 10 golds,” More recalled. “I ran at 80 with Stan, and the last two or three years I’ve traveled with another son, Gary, who lives in Las Vegas, to various national parks and haven’t competed here. I would be in Ireland now, but I thought that, after being here when I was 75 and 80, I should run at 85 as well.”  
Stan More, the Budget Director of Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences and a Syracuse resident, has run with his father since that initial Mountain Goat, and both competed in the 1982 New York City Marathon.
“Both my parents were runners (Russell’s wife Muriel passed away in 2000), and when I lived in New York City I ran more when I came home to visit than when I was there,” he said with a smile. “One of the reasons I like this race is that we get to run together. Once we get into the shorter races we don’t compete at the same time.”
Stan More planned to compete in the 200, 400 and 800 in the 55-59 age group.
As for his father’s persistence and the accolades he received upon finishing the race, Stan said that  “I see that all the time; everyone cheers for him. We both belong to the SU Noon-time Runners, and there’s another father-son team in that group in which the father is turning 85 this month.”
When asked how close he was to 86, Russell More noted that “I was born in early November, so I’m well past 85 and a half.”




Porter captures junior golf title

RINGGOLD. Ga. — Cortland High sophomore Matt Porter continues to enjoy golfing success.
Porter fired a three-under-par 67 this past Sunday at WindStone Golf Club in Ringgold, Ga. to win the Boys’ Division of the American Junior Golf Association’s Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic Srixon Qualifier Series.
“I never made a big number and I tried to avoid bogeys,” Porter was quoted as saying in the AJGA website’s report on the event. “I was solid today. It was the best I have hit.”
Porter, who finished a stroke ahead of three other golfers in the qualifier, was unable to compete in the Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic this past Monday and Tuesday because of school, but will use the exemption he earned to compete in the Fidelity Investments Junior Classic July 23-26 at Tedesco Country Club in Marble Head, Mass.
He will also take part in three other AJGA tournaments this summer, though the end of August, and a Calloway Tournament in Ohio in July. He tied for 25th among 87 competitors in a Calloway event in Lexington, Ky. late last month. In addition, Porter will compete in a number of state golf events, including the New York State Juniors Championship Qualifier July 7 at Colgate University’s Seven Oaks in Hamilton.




Local scholar-athletes honored

SYRACUSE — A number of area high school athletes were honored for their achievements both in the classroom and competition at the recent Section 3 Scholar-Athlete Banquet at Drumlins.
Individuals, usually two per school, are honored for maintaining high academic averages while competing in at least two varsity sports.
This year’s honorees, and the colleges they’ll attend in the fall, include Adam Blanden (Binghamton) and Megan Marchetti (Harvard) from Homer Central, Sarah Bilodeau (SUNY Cortland) and Jenette Rutan (SUNY Potsdam) from McGraw, Kara-Beth Eaton (Tompkins Cortland CC) from Cincinnatus and DeRuyter’s Joseph Hill (Rochester) and Kristi Custer (Nazareth).