Messenger Masters Mile Rocks The Fieldhouse!

Bob Carroll Blazes the Boards For Thrilling Victory

GENEVA, NY- (February 25, 2001) - The Messenger Masters Mile was touted as the feature event of today's Upstate Indoor Distance Festival indoor track meet. Track fans were not disappointed.

The pre-race buildup was electrifying. It included the inspiring theme from Rocky and individual introductions of the runners in the crowded field of local elite masters milers. The field was impressive. At the gun, top Canadian masters miler, Stuart Galloway, pressed the pace early, followed closely by Churchville's Tim McMullin and Bob Carroll. The highly acclaimed McMullin was the winner of this year's Hartshorne Memorial mile.

After only three of the eight laps, Bob Carroll, of Forestville, made a bold move to wrest the lead. Time and again Galloway and McMullin narrowed the gap only to see Carroll pull away. Bob Carroll never yielded his lead and ultimately pulled away to a hard earned victory in an astounding masters time of 4:32.5. This is one of the best mile performances by a masters runner in the nation this year. Carroll's performance earned him a check for $200, a commemorative sweatshirt, and a standing ovation. Galloway was second in 4:34 and McMullin finished third in 4:35.

In the women's heat, superbly fit Becky Heuer won easily in 5:15. Heuer, of Forestville, also won the commemorative sweatshirt for being the fastest miler in her age group.

Other local runners winning their age groups and the ceveted commemorative sweatshirt were Sue Devlin (6:03) and Diane Sardes (6:05).

In the Veterans heat, Steve Forrestel won in a time of 5:05. Forrestel's time was good enough to break his own meet record of 5:06, which he had established in last year's event. He earned the sweatshirt too.

Other local runners in action were Ryan Forrestel (4:53), Hermann Pohl (5:19), and Ken Gordon (5:38). Dave Carroll competed in the 800 meters and Tony Garrow was in action in the 3000.

Today's track meet was hosted by the Genessee Valley Harriers and sponsored by the National Bank of Geneva. The event was held in the Bristol Fieldhouse of the Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, New York.

For complete meet results you may click here.
For more information on the Upstate Indoor Distance Festival indoor track meet and the Messenger Mile click here.

The Messenger Mile Winner's Sweatshirt.   Click here for results