July 16, 2011
Weeks falls just shy of medaling at World meet
SACRAMENTO — Despite running his fastest 1,500-meter time since more than three years ago, Scott Weeks fell a place shy of earning a precious medal at the 19th World Masters Athletics Track and Field Championships on Friday morning.
Weeks finished fourth in the men’s 35-39 age group final with a time of 4:02.89 at the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex located on the Sacramento State University campus. That time was nine seconds faster than he ran in his semifinal heat on Wednesday.
American Randy Wasinger won the race in 3:58.71. Marcos Lorenzo from Spain took the silver medal in 3:59.49 and Hungary’s Gabor Boross beat Weeks to the bronze medal with a time of 4:01.14.
“My plan going into the race was to stay in medal contention at least until a half a lap to go and then hopefully be able to kick hard enough to place in the top three,” said the 39-year-old Weeks, the former Groton Central and SUNY Cortland middle distance standout who now coaches and teaches at his high school alma mater. “Although I would have liked to have come home with a medal, I fell just short of that dream.”
Though Weeks won’t be bringing a medal home, he will be lugging a suitcase full of memories from the prestigious two-week event that winds up this weekend. He finished sixth in the 800-meter finals earlier in the week before his fourth place showing over 1,500 meters yesterday.
“The experience of meeting and racing against the best runners in the world was more than worth the trip,” reported Weeks. “Despite a language barrier, the other competitors and I spent a lot of time communicating about everything from the races we had run this week to our hopes for future World Championships and even about our families.”
And like in soccer matches internationally, Weeks discovered the common practice of exchanging racing garb with his fellow runners once the competition has been concluded.
“I ended up exchanging my official USA racing singlet with the Frenchman who had placed just behind me in the 1,500,” he said, that swap conducted with Fabrice Thiery. “I was eager to do that and he exclaimed how much he loved the USA and how prestigious it would be to take home with him a USA uniform jersey. I was more than happy to take home his ‘France’ as well, which I will be sure to sport at a very near future race.”
To read this article and more, pick up today's Cortland Standard
Click here to subscribe