Two Runners are Decades Apart
Record field in attendance
MA - Old warhorse and senior runner Tom Carroll
threw a scare into young colt Artie Carew tonight. In the
end, however, it was the young legs of Mr. Carew that prevailed
as he won his third consecutive Lakeview 5K. Carew, who runs
for the Dracut High School cross country and track teams,
had to run a personal best in order to hold off the charging
Carroll. In the end only 24 seconds and 36 years separated
the two competitors. In the female division, Erica Labella
of Tewksbury ran 21:54 for a new female course record and
the women's title.
left to right Elizabeth Waldman, Jim Hansen and Barry
was bonus point night and a record 37 competitors toed the
line on this relatively cool evening. All point totals were
multiplied by a factor of 1.5. Medals were also awarded in
four categories. The 19 and under category went to Tyngsboro
High School cross country standout Anissa Vieira while Artie
Carew captured the men's medal. The 20 to 39 division winners
were Lowell's Bob Kearns and Tewksbury's Erica Labella. The
over 40 award went to Dracut's Diane Geehan, who has won her
division for three consecutive weeks, and Chelmsford's Tom
Carroll, who is a three time New England masters' champion
and Greater Lowell Road Runners Hall of Fame inductee.
Number Four - Handicap Night
Week number four will feature a computerized
handicap night. All runners who have competed in at least
one previous Lakeview race will be awarded a handicap based
on a scratch time of 18:42. For example, the way it works
is if your previous best time was 20:00 you would be awarded
a handicap time of 1:18 (20:00 minus 18:42). If next week
you run 20:00 your time will be adjust by your handicap to
equal 18:42 (actual time minus handicap). The top ten finishers
after factoring in the handicap will win a prize. If next
week is your first week, you will not receive a handicap.
When the times are computed everyone should be tied for first
place, but we know that won't happen. All we can predict is
that it will be interesting.
About the Series' Scoring
The Lakeview 5K Series uses a unique scoring
system. Points are awarded based on a relative merit for a
performance based on the fastest runner. The winner receives
1000 points and lesser points are awarded to each finisher
based on time. Points are computed by dividing a runners'
time into the time of the first place finisher then multiplying
by 1000. Weekly results will be posted immediately after each
race and on Cool Running. An awards ceremony will be held
by 7:15 PM each week.