Williamsz Wins a Classic

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Jordan Williamsz is making a habit out of winning races when he comes to the North Shore for a visit. Back on New Year’s Day, Jordan lined up for the Frosty Four Miler in Salem. In those results, Jordan’s city was listed as Lynn so it made it harder to identify exactly who he was. In that race, the “mystery runner” went head to head with Nate Jenkins and emerged victorious (running a blistering 19:14 and winning by 14 seconds).

Fast forward to June 22nd, and once again Jordan was lining up for a race in the area. For the miler from Villanova (by way of Australia), a ten mile race isn’t exactly the typical contested distance, but Jordan handled it just fine. Using it as a workout before heading off to Europe for some summer track races, Jordan cruised to a 54:09.2 and won handily.

Jordan, a junior, was 5th in the 1500m at NCAA outdoors this year and now he’s off to London to get back on the track.

Just behind him was Junyong Pak in 56:01, who was on any other day would’ve won by wide margin. On this day he had to settle for second behind a world class miler. There are worse ways to lose. After a bit of a gap there was the battle for the top masters runner on the day. David Long and Spyrus Barres took it down to the wire, with David getting the edge by about a half a second (58:14.4 to 58:15.1). Spyrus got the consolation of being the top senior runner on the day and impressively 4th overall.

Rounding out the top five was Somerville Road Runner Joe O’Leary in 59:03. The 46 yr old O’Leary made it 3 out of the top 5 runners being north of 40. They are showing the young ‘uns that they’ll need to put in a little more work to beat them.

The women’s race was much tighter than the men’s and featured a close but relaxed battle between the top two runners. Julia Hincman-Francavilla and Mariah Tinger had just started to train together and ended up both doing the race. The pair wasn’t pushed and turned it into a solid workout. Near the end they started to attack the race a little more and Julia came away with the win by the slimmest of margins, 1:06:27.6 to 1:06:27.7. The top two women also finished 16th and 17th overall, respectively.

The top masters runner for the ladies was Susannah Landreth in 1:08:14.4. Susannah was also the 3rd female and 20th overall.

Also of note was the performance by Craig Lampert, who was selected ahead of time as the featured runner from the race. Craig didn’t wilt under the pressure, finishing 50th overall in a time of 1:16:55. More importantly, Craig didn’t shy away from the post race interview, which can be harder on the nerves than the race itself.

For this first year event there were 408 finishers. This race was the third in the 2014 New England Running Company Road Race Series, a new eight race series in the North Shore. For more on this race, check out:

Interview with Jordan Williamsz
Interview with Tinger/Hincman-Francavilla
Interview with Craig Lampert (featured runner)
Race pictures
Race results

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