Real Racing heated up this past weekend with some twists and turns (!). Perfect lead in to the Lincoln Mile. Can you imagine how pink I was tickled to see Wahoo native and namesake Max Lindgren (23 years old) take the overall win in a fast 4:23. Now living in Kansas City, Max gave a rare defeat to the hometown LRC Racing boys. He pulled local studs Andy Vasquez 2nd (4:26.20), Nolan Border 3rd (4:28). 21 year old Mason McDonald 4th (4:29) also dipped under the four and a half mark.
On the distaff side, it was a Lincoln sweep with Alana Sesow leading the way in 5:15 and a smaller fraction than Bekka Morgan‘s same time in 2nd. 19 year old Lindsey Blehm was 3rd in 5:18, just one tick ahead of Elsa Forsberg‘s 5:19.
Big tips of the sombrero to top age graded performers 56 year old Stacy Stodden‘s 6:07 (88.28) and 71 year old Perry Linn‘s 6:02 (85.08) for turning in National Class performances.
The big surprise of the weekend for your scribe was the vaunted and venerable 51st annual Midnight Madness 5K and 10K in Ames. Formerly and typically one of the fastest races of the summer the winning times were seemingly pedestrian. A deep dive into the results yielded no familiar names, where were the fast fellas? They were in Eldridge Iowa for the Moonlight Chase (!?) 4 Mile. I like the winner, JJ Jingleheimer-Schmidt who took the W in a fleet 19:38. My former Run Guru Elite mate Jay Welp also cracked 5:00 pace finishing 2nd in 19:48. Also sub 20 were Mike Gille (19:50) and Dan Froeschle (19:58). No women under 6:00 pace.
Local fun runs included the John C. Fremont Days Ridge Road Run, The Blade 5K and Yutan Days 2 Mile.
The Region 8 USATF Junior Olympics Championships were in up dere in Minnesota. Club 402 with great representation not limited to but including Madison Scott taking Silver in both the 1500 and 3000. She’ll be racing at the USATF Junior Olympics National Championships in Sacramento later this month.
Special shout to my favorite powerhouse Kat Beachler of the West Omaha Track Club. Kat brought home four 15-16 year old Golds. Her 42.74 in the Hammer setting a new state and Region 8 record, 11.48 in the Shot Put, 36.51 in the Discus, and 42.91 in the Javelin.
A low boy full of medals hauled home by the West Omaha Track Club and Club 402. The top two youth clubs in the state both based out of Omaha. Will somebody please tell me again why there are no post collegiate athletics opportunities in Nebraska?
This young lady!