Stevenson sets U.S. record; joins Frisby as national 15 km champion in Tulsa

10/29/2019
 
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On Saturday (26-Oct) four Coloradans participated in the 2019 USATF Masters 15 km Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The championships were held in conjunction with the Tulsa Run.  A total of 70 athletes from 22 states competed in the championships.  This was the seventh year in a row that the Tulsa Run has hosted the championships.
 
Edie Stevenson, 70, of Boulder has not competed in a national championship race since October 2017 when she competed in Tulsa finishing second in the 65-69 division to fellow masters superstar Sabra Harvey of Texas.  She missed all of 2018 due to injury.   Stevenson, who competes for Revolution Running, came back with a vengeance in Tulsa on Saturday as she won the 70-74 division in 1:13:16 breaking the U.S. masters record by nearly four minutes.  The previous record of 1:17:10 was set in 2013 by Norma Thomas of California.  Second place in the division was .  She also turned in the highest age-graded performance on the day with a 93.65%.  Suzanne Ray, 67, of Oregon ran 1:19:30 and was less than one percentage point back with a score of 92.96%.  Age-Grading provides a way to judge the relative performance of athletes across all age divisions, rating them relative to the projected best time in the World for a person of that age and sex, with 100% matching that projection.  Scores of over 90% are considered to be world class performances.
 
"I had run the Tulsa 15K two times before (2016 and 2017), but it had been on a different course. This year, I was especially happy to be racing, because I was coming off of 1.5 years of injuries — this was my first serious race in almost 2 years. My coach, Kim Jones, and my PT, Brad Ott, were the key factors in guiding me through my injuries and back to racing. As always, the Tulsa race was difficult, especially the challenging 2 km uphill to the finish, but I just remained focused on running a steady, even pace throughout.  I have run many USATF masters championship races over the past several years, and, though I was very happy with my race result (and my 15 km U.S.record) in Tulsa, I was especially happy to be back running among my USATF friends."
 
Joining Stevenson on the awards podium was Jan Frisby, 75, of Grand Junction as he won the men's 75-79 title running 1:12:30.  Frisby joined fellow Boulder Road Runners teammates Roger Sayre and Bruce Kirschner as they finished second in the M60+ team competition with a combined time of 3:31:03.  Sayre, 61, of Golden finished eighth in the 60-64 division running 1:08:48 while Kirschner, 66, of Louisville finished sixth in the 65-69 division in a time of 1:09:46.  The Shore Athletic Club from New Jersey won the M60+ team title with a combined time of 3:12:35.

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