Saturday, July 16, 2011

Kern, Rollins First from USA at World Masters

Elmhurst's Charlie Kern and Evanston's Nancy Rollins didn't win but were the first Americans in their events this past week at the World Masters Athletics (Track and Field) Championships in Sacramento, CA. Kern, heavily involved in the July 24 Run4Hunger 5K in Elmhurst, made it to the finals of the M40 1,500 and then finished second out of 16 in the final. Charlie, 42, ran a 4:04.33, losing to Rich Tremain, 40, of Canada, who won with a 4:03.37. Rollins, 64, placed fourth overal in the W60 10,000 meters with a 45:57.27. She lost to two runners from Great Britain and one from New Zealand, but none from the USA. She isn't finished. She is running the marathon tommorow at 7 a.m. Chicago Time. So is her fellow Evanston Running Club distance ace Christopher Nemeth in M60. Both are on the Fossil Velocity relay team I rave about each year during the Ragnar Madison-Chicago relay. I am sure there are more locals competing in Sacramento. There is no way for me to know. Please let me know and we'll give them the recognition they deserve. Way to go, Charlie! Way to go, Nancy, and good luck Nancy and Chris!

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