Angell & Shoemaker lead Virginians at National Masters 8 km Championships in Virginia Beach

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On Saturday (18-March) twenty-eight (28) athletes from USATF Virginia competed in the USATF Masters 8 km Championships held as part of the Towne Bank 8 km in Virginia Beach.  A total of 168 athletes from 24 states competed in the championships.  A total of $10,000 was awarded in prize money.
The athletes faced cool and blustery conditions on the course that ran along the Atlantic Ocean and finished on the famous board walk in Virginia Beach.  Athletes ages 40 and over were eligible to compete in the championships with the oldest finisher being 81 year old Jim Askew from North Carolina with local Duane Lougee of Norfolk being just behind Askew (in age) at 80 yrs.  Athletes competed for national titles in 5-year divisions starting with the 40-44 division as well as team titles.  
Four Virginians and one club ran to national titles in their age divisions.  The individual titles were captured by: David Angell (men 40-44) of Blue Ridge, Perry Shoemaker (women 45-49) of Vienna,  Kathleen Jefferson (women 70-74) of Williamsburg, and Duane Lougee (men 80-84) of Norfolk while the Colonial Road Runners women's 70+ team ran to the sole team title by a Virginia team.
Angell, 41, and Shoemaker, 45 not only outran those in their divisions but were the first male and female, respectively, to cross the finish line on the day.  Angell, who runs for the Roanoke Valley Elite, outran the other 102 men as he stopped the clock at 25:24 (5:06 per mile pace) while Shoemaker ran 29:10 to average 5:51 per mile for her win.
Angell won the 40-44 division by 27 seconds over Philippe Rolly of McLean, Va.  It was his first national masters title following two third place finishes in the fall (5 km and 15 km) and a fourth place finish at last month's USATF Cross Country Championhips in Oregon. “Having my first win happen here in Virginia was even more satisfying," reflected Angell. “When I first heard the Masters 8 km Championships were going to be held in Virginia Beach, I immediately had a goal of winning it.  The crowd and course were great, but the headwind was pretty tough the first 2 miles.  I was prepared for that though, and was glad to hit the boardwalk and get it more at my back for the second half (of the race).  It was also good to see another Virginian, Philippe Rolly, finish in the runner-up spot.  We've raced each other many times before, and I knew he would run well, so I'm glad we were both able to defend our home turf in a national championship.”
Finishing fourth in the 40-44 division was Richard Jennings, 40, (Quantico, Va. / U.S. Marine Corps) in a time of 26:58.
While Angell’s was winning his first national title, Shoemaker was winning her third in the past four years; with all three occurring in Virginia.  In 2014 and 2015 she captured the USATF 12 km titles in the women’s 40-44 division in Alexandria.  Now in the 45-49 division she added the 8 km title to her resume on Saturday as she outran Michelle Brangan of New Jersey.  
While Angell and Shoemaker were taking care of business in the younger age divisions, Jefferson and Lougee made sure Virginia was represented on the champions podium in the older divisions.  Jefferson, 71 (Colonial Road Runners) ran to victory, her first national title, in the women’s 70-74 division by 26 seconds over Dianne Anderson of California. Jefferson’s time was 45:54. "I have a feeling of pride and being blessed at the same time," offered Jefferson. 

Lougee stopped the clock at  44:36 to narrowly defeat Jim Askew of North Carolina by 35 seconds in the men’s 80-84 division.
In the age-grading results (where each athlete’s finish time is converted in a manner to allow for comparing performances of all competitors regardless of the age of the athlete) Shoemaker and Angell were the at the top of the list for the Virginia athletes.  Shoemaker’s age graded score of 88.00% was the eighth best of the 58 women on the day while Angell’s 87.14% for the 12th best men’s score out of the 103 men that finished.  Scores of 80%-89% are considered to be national class while scores above 90% are classified as world class performances.  In the women’s competition Kathleen Doswell, 67, of Columbia, Va. ran 42:05 and broke the 80% threshold with a score of 80.04%.  For the men, Colonial Road Runners 60+ teammates Stephen Chantry, 62, of Williamsburg, Va. and Pete Gibson, 60, of Murfreesboro, N.C. were close on Angell’s heals in the men’s age grading standings as they scored 86.66% and 86.22%, respectively.  They were 13th (Chantry) and 16th (Gibson) in the final standings.  Chantry ran 30:37 while Gibson ran 30:14. Four other men broke the 80% barrier - Steve Spiers, 50, (Virginia Beach, Tidewater Striders, 28:36, 83.63%); Robert Whitaker, 58, (Yorktown, Colonial Road Runners, 30:40, 83.48%); Richard Jennings, 40, (Quantico,U.S. Marine Corps, 26:58, 82.08%); Keith Schumann, 46, (Williamsburg, VA, Colonial Road Runners, 28:16, 82.02%); Gregory Dawson, 51, (Williamsburg, Colonial Road Runners, 30:05, 80.22%).
In addition to the individual titles and age-grading competition, teams from across the country competed for national titles and bragging rights in 10-year team divisions.  The Colonial Road Runners entered five teams in varying divisions and each team reached the awards podium for their top three finishes. The women’s 70+ division ran to victory while the men’s 60+ and women’s 40+ teams each finished second in their divisions.  The men’s 40+ and 50+ squads each placed third.

The 2018 championships will return to Virginia Beach on March 17 (St. Patrick's Day).

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