BizBuzz: USA Masters, Nicole Wins Again in VA, and Ritz Tunes Up for Boston

Photos: Karnell Vickers (@kav0267 on IG) | Dathan Ritzenhein (@d9monti on Twitter) | Nicole DiMercurio (@ndimerc on IG)

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 USA Track & Field held their Masters Division indoor championships over the weekend in Landover, Maryland. Karnell Vickers competed in 4 M50 events: 60m (2nd in 7.36) | 200m (1st in 24.56) | 60mH (2nd in 8.61) | 4×200 relay (2:18.26). This ups his National Title count to nine. Steve Spence, father to Neely Gracey, finished first in the M55 3000 with a time of 9:53.

The highlight of the event may have been when 102-year-old Julia Hawkins broke the tape in the 60m with a time of 24.79. For full results, click here.

 Dathan Ritzenhein finishes 2nd to Ben True‘s debut win in the New York City Half Marathon. “True isn’t sure what is next for him, except that it will be shorter in distance. Dathan Ritzenehein has his eyes clearly set on something longer, the Boston Marathon. Ritz said this course with its initial downhill and later uphills is a great Boston simulator. ‘This was a great simulator for Boston for me. This was a perfect, perfect pre-race for that.'” Read the full article Ben True Outkicks Dathan Ritzenhein To Win 2018 NYC Half in His Half Marathon Debut, Buze Diriba Edges Emily Sisson For Women’s Title on LetsRun

 Nicole DiMercurio wins the Virginia Beach Shamrock Half Marathon. The Virginia roads must feel pretty sweet under Nicole’s feet, as she also took the podium this past fall at the Richmond Half. Following this weekend’s win, she posted to Instagram, “With 4 weeks to go before Boston, I had the amazing opportunity to tune up at the [Shamrock] half marathon! I was thrilled to finish with a win, a course record, and a minute PR of 1:13.15!”

 Gina Slaby and Maria Dalzot ran to top finishes at the Chuckanut 50K. Gina rounded out the podium with a 3rd place finish, besting Ellie Greenwood by seconds, and Maria finished 6th, in a race in which she said, “Woo-wee that hurt! My body was not having a good day from the start so it was a fight from 3 miles to the finish. But I got ‘er done and am thrilled with a 6th place finish in a stellar field,” on Instagram.

ICYMI

 Alexi Pappas shares insight into her experience at the Winter Olympics, attending as an artist. “For my project, I traveled to PyeongChang with my partner Jeremy to write, direct, and star in a series of short films. It’s been nearly two years since my own Olympic experience where I broke a national record in the 10,000 meters for Team Greece, and I still feel like I have yet to fully express how being an Olympian felt to me.” Read the full feature Alexi Pappas: On Going to the Olympics as an Artist on TrackTown

 Neely Gracey opens up about what running means to her. “I recently was asked this question, and it totally caught me off guard. But now I can’t stop thinking about my answer. SO let me start at the beginning, where my mind was when I took a moment to engage my conscious.” Read her full response What Running Means To Pro Runner Neely Spence Gracey on Women’s Running

Reasons to Celebrate

 Sam Mattis‘s birthday is March 19. Send him a virtual high-five @TracknFeels

Miranda Melville‘s birthday is March 20. Send her your best @MirandaRaceWalk

 Emily Infeld’s birthday is March 21. Let her know you care @emily_infeld

Ryann Krais‘s birthday is March 21. Send her a birthday cake gif @RyannKrais

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