Prize money returns, team competition added at Saturday’s Hartshorne Masters Miles

Men's elite field may not challenge meet record 4:17:98 bu Jim Sorensen 10 years ago.Men's elite field may not challenge meet record 4:17:98 by Jim Sorensen 10 years ago. But the rabbited race is always dramatic.

I love seeing heat sheets for the Hartshorne Masters Miles — the 52nd edition is Saturday at Cornell University in Ithaca, Snow York. That’s where I learn who submitted 4:56 as a seed time. This year, it’s Brian Lazzaro of Ithaca. Why 4:56? That’s my all-time PR — set indoors at Allen Fieldhouse at the University of Kansas as a 20-year-old senior. (The dirt track is gone, subsumed by a museum beneath the basketball arena.) Brian, 44, will wear Hip No. 7 in the men’s elite race, where Stefan Lingmerth, 41, is top seed at 4:25. (Defending champ Mark Williams is No. 2 seed at 4:31, even though he’s a geezer at 46.)

By far the top female seed is Sascha Scott, 43, of Syracuse, who entered a 4:53.

Sub-5 potential exists in women's elite race — by one lone entrant.

Sub-5 potential exists in women’s elite race — by one lone entrant. (Click image for all heats.)

Prize money will be awarded, too.

“Cash awards will be made to the top elite men and women based on age-graded performance on the following schedule: 1st: $450, 2nd: $300, 3rd: $150, 4th: $100, 5th: $50. The top three finishers in each race will also receive commemorative medals,” says the meet site at Finger Lakes Runners Club.

Also revealed: “For this year’s race, we’re adding a team competition. Recruit up to 5 people for your team, and the top 3 will score. To even the playing field across heats and genders, the scoring will be based on cumulative age-graded performance. Prizes will be local libations and bragging rights. Teams can be clubs, past collegiate teams, or any other combination of 3–5 runners you can come up with. You can declare and manage your team on our public Google Sheet until race day—just don’t mess with any other teams!”


Creativity counts, so try entering a five-member team of balding Jewish hurdlers with ACL injuries. Hey, that’s MY team! See you there.

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Ken Stone
Ken has followed track as an athlete, writer and webmaster since the late 1960s, and saw most sessions of track and field at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He also attended the 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Trials. He worked for 10 newspapers and now reports for Times of San Diego. Write him at or Story tips always welcome!

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