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July 11, 2011

 

Weeks advances to 800m World final

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Finishing fourth in his heat was not what Scott Weeks was hoping for, but he will still be racing for a medal in his age group when the 800-meter finals are held tonight at the 19th World Masters Athletics Track and Field Championships.
Weeks ran a 1:59.59 in his heat on Saturday in the men’s 35-39 age group, which was good enough to get him to the finals being held at the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex on the Sacramento State University campus.
“I advanced on time, which was not my original plan, but it got me to the finals anyway,” said the 39-year-old Weeks, the current coach at his Groton Central alma mater who also excelled in track and cross country at SUNY Cortland. “I was not exceptionally happy with my performance, but I am looking forward to another opportunity.”
Weeks and Martin Aust from the Czech Republic were front-runners in the second of two 800-meter heats, sharing the top spot over the opening 600 meters of the race. The pace-setters were both passed by eventual heat winner Christophe Chevaux of France and Gabor Boross of Hungary over the final 200 meters. Chevaux had a winning time of 1:58.59, Boross clocked in 1:58.77.
The two two finishers in each heat automatically advanced, with the next best eight times also moving on. Weeks will be seeded sixth for this evening’s final, where the top seed will be fellow American Michael Schroer who won the first heat in 1:58.16.
Weeks will also be competing in the 1,500-meters this week.

Tight Boilermaker Finish
UTICA — In a classic stretch run, the 34th Boilermaker 15K was captured by Ridouane Harroufi of Morocco on Sunday.
Over the final 50 yards of the heralded race, the 30-year-old Harroufi sprinted past Peter Kamais from Kenya to win in 43 minutes and 30 seconds. It was the second Boilermaker title in the past three years for Harroufi.
Kenya’s Alice Timbiliti was the women’s race winner in 48:41. It was her second title, having finished first in 2009.
Both race winners earned $6,000 for their efforts. There were 13,000 runners entered in the annual event, which also held a 5K race.
Sam Anderson, a 17-year-old heading into his senior year at South Lewis High School, won the shorter race in 16:38. Cassandra Goodman, an 18-year-old from Phelps, was the fastest woman in 18:16. She placed 17th overall in the field.
Local finishers in the Boilermaker 15K will be highlighted in tomorrow’s edition.

 

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