Norman Green won his third consecutive National Masters Road Racing title yesterday at Hains Point, but said he failed to set his third U.S. record in this meet because of "the wind and there was no competition."
Green, a 52-year-old from Wayne, Pa., dominated from the start, covering the four-lap, 20-kilometer race in 1 hour 7 minutes 47 seconds, 33 seconds off the single-age (52) record held by Ray Hatton of Bend, Ore.
Ray Kneer, 43, of Cortland, N.Y. was second in 1:09:25 and Steven Close, 41, of Montecito, Calif., was next in 1:09:42.
Peggy Smith-Hike, 40, of Stephens City, Va., won the women's masters title in 1:32:42. Jeanne Ulrich, 45, of Oxon Hill, was runner-up in 1:38:45 and Joanne Mallet of Rockville, 51, took third in 1:39:40.
In his first appearance in the masters championship here in 1983, Green, then 50, placed first in the age 40-and-over championship, setting the existing U.S. age-group (40-44) and single-age (50) records with a 1:05:50 clocking for the 12.4-mile distance.
Last year, Green set the U.S. age-group and single-age (51) records here in the national 25-kilometer championship. He holds every U.S. record for his age group from eight kilometers to the marathon except for 10 kilometers.
Yesterday, Green took the lead at the start and steadily lengthened it all the way to the end. He led the field of 150 by 20 meters after 5K (16:32), 100 meters over Close after 10K (33:40), and more than 300 meters over Close by 15K (50:51). Kneer caught Close on the last lap.
"Literally, in the second and third laps, I was cruising," said Green, director of planning and resources for American Baptist churches.
The only U.S. record set yesterday was by Ed Benham, a 77-year-old from Ocean City, Md., who owns U.S. single-age records for ages 73 through 77. He established the mark at 15K for his age with a 1:32:14.
Smith-Hike led the masters women for the entire race. One woman ahead of her dropped out at midrace and she passed another with a mile to go, but both were competing in the open division.