Sunday, May 15th, 2016
Braving unseasonably cold weather, Roadkill Racing showed its mettle at the 2016 Lilac Fest 10K last month. Temperatures hovered around 40 degrees, while a brisk, cold wind brought snow flurries and sleet to the usually warm and sunny race. With 31 total competitors, Roadkill Racing showed that last year’s turnout was no fluke. With two open men’s teams, three open women’s squads, and both a men’s and women’s masters team, the black-clad runners proved once again that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Led by Kenny Goodfellow, the open men’s A team sped to a 3rd-place finish among USATF Niagara contingents, followed closely by the B team. The open women faced their biggest challenge yet, squaring off against two GVH squads, along with Brockport Distance Project, Checkers, and Syracuse Track Club. Against such fine competition, the three open women’s teams finished 6th, 7th and 8th, with Shaelyn Doody leading the charge. Roadkill Racing’s master’s teams both finished a respectable second place in their groups.
In the individual USATF race, Derrick Jones won the men 40+ division, while Tito Antonetty won among the 50+ men. Joe Williams and Paul Phillips also placed in their respective age groups. Danielle Feligno, Ann Lynn, Martha Doody, Christine Klein, Kim Graffeo, and Pam Nudd all picked up age group awards as well.
Buoyed by their success in the cold and wind, Roadkill Racing now looks to showcase their speed in the heat as they focus on the Bergen 5K, which serves as the USATF Niagara 5K Championship, on August 13th.