Angell celebrates birthday with masters debut at national 5 km championships


David Angell’s 40th birthday was on Sunday; the same day as the National Masters 5 km Championships in Syracuse, N.Y.  Is there a better way for a lifetime runner to spend his birthday than competing in their first national championships?  With his wife and ?? on hand Angell of Blue Ridge, Va. ran himself onto the awards podium with a third place finish in the men’s 40-44 division.  His time of 15:20 was just 3 seconds off his best 5 km time which he ran four years ago on the track.  The race was won by masters legend and recent Olympic Trials qualifier Kevin Castille of Louisiana in 14:46 with John Gardiner running 15:13 for second place.   Angell was 22 seconds ahead of fourth place finisher Aaron Totten-Lancaster of Georgia.
His time scored 89.40% on the age-graded scoring tables; where above 90% is considered a world class performance and above 80% a national class performance.

In his words:
“The race was an unforgettable experience and one I’ll always remember,” stated Angell upon returning from Syracuse.  “Not only was it extremely exciting and well organized, but it was wonderful to see so much detail put into producing fast times.  Most people dread their 40th birthday, but I’ve been excited about mine for the past year.  So to spend it running in my first masters championship and come away with a 3rd place podium finish was an awesome feeling and more than I could hope for.  It was incredible to be part of a race where everyone was so focused on running fast, regardless of age.  I was the youngest competitor and it was my first masters championship, but I can only hope that as I move up though the divisions in years to come, that I still have the ability and determination to be as competitive as some of the older athletes that I witnessed.”

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