Linda Yalem Memorial Run 5K

Amherst,  NY
Sunday   September 23,  2001

Race results (click here)

Photos by Jeff John

This year's race was unique for the unexpected participation of the entire U.B. mens cross-country team and high school star Peter Meindl. Here the U.B. men warm up just prior to the start of the race.

Jim Dunlop
Well into the first mile, 3-time winner of the Yalem Run and defending champion Jim Dunlop has a healthy lead over the entire field.

Rick Stewart
University of Buffalo's MVP Todd Ludden and Rick Stewart (pictured above approaching the finishline) ran well clocking 14:57 and 15:22 respectively.

Peter Meindl
... but the winner is Peter Meindl, the Orchard Park High School senior, in a time of 14:53.

Matt Glynn
Checkers runners finished in a group in 4th, 5th and 6th place. Here Matt Glynn streaks toward his 5th place finish overall in a time of 15:33. Just ahead was Mike Heitzenrater in 15:31. Jeff Gruendike was close behind in 15:41. Matt won the mens 30-34 age group.

Joe Biasillo
Digging in for a fast finish is Checkers runner Joe Biasillo. Joe won the mens 35-39 age group with this 16:18 effort.
Virtual Cross-Country Race?

If the race had been a cross-country race pitting the University of Buffalo's mens team against the local Buffalo running community it would have been a spectacular competition indeed.

Perhaps we should call the Buffalo running community's team "Checkers plus Peter". In the early going it looked bad for U.B. when the community took 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place. But then came a huge wave of U.B. runners led by Joel Beatty. U.B.'s tight group added 6 consecutive runners before Bob Carroll completed the community's scoring.

The hypothetical result? It's a 29-29 tie!

Place Community Runners Time   Place U.B. Team Time
1 Peter Meindl 14:53   2 Todd Ludden 14:57
4 Mike Heitzenrater 15:31   3 Rick Stewart 15:22
5 Matt Glynn 15:33   7 Joel Beatty 15:45
6 Jeff Gruendike 15:44   8 Eric Czubaj 15:54
13 Bob Carroll 16:08   9 Ben Cady 15:55
====   ====   ====   ====
29   75:49   29   75:53

Vicki Mitchell
U.B. Track and Cross Country coach Vicki Mitchell ran the race too. Vicki won the womens overall title in 17:31.

Rebecca Heuer
Becky was 2nd woman overall and won the womens 35-39 age group with a 17:48 clocking. Thats Michael P. Rogers trailing Becky. Mike will take 3rd in his 45-49 age group in 17:50.

George Markoff
WInning the mens 60-64 age group (in light blue) is George Markoff. George's time was 19:29.

Mike Kennedy
Mike flashes some of his old fast-finishing form in a rare local race appearance.

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