2017 Team Migonis Multisport Highlights

12/11/2017

The 2017 season was another memorable one for members of the Migonis Multisport team.  Many athletes set personal best times, shattered their season goals and reached new heights that they might not have thought possible prior to the season.  As we have done the last few years, we have written-up a few key highlights for each athlete who competed as part of Migonis Multisport in 2017.

Please read and enjoy!

 

Michael Robertson
Michael joined Migonis Multisport in August of 2017.  Living near the great city of Boston provides him with a lot of opportunities to race various kinds of events, which he certainly took advantage of the second half of the season.  Michael raced to an age-group win and 9th overall place at the Vineyard Triathlon to start off his time with MM.  He also ran to a 5th place age-group finish at the Howling Wolf ½ Marathon deciding to race less than 24 hours beforehand.  Michael also ran the Lone Gull 10k, and tried his hand in a few cyclorcorss races during the fall which he thoroughly enjoyed.  He ended his 2018 season with a great Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day in which he broke 20 minutes for the 5k for the first time in 17 years, and had a great race at the Frosty Half-Marathon a week later where he finished with a strong 1:36.  Great job Michael!

Ryan Meek
Ryan had a very busy season of racing in 2017. He ran both the spring and fall versions of the Syracuse ½ Marathon setting a personal best time for the distance in each race. He scored a 3rd place overall finish at the Cazenovia Triathlon in addition to taking home a 1st place age-group finish at the Cider Cross 5k, 2nd place age-group at the Cayuga Lake Triathlon and the Keuka Lake Triathlon.  He raced the Lake Placid and Syracuse Ironman 70.3 events and took home 8th place in the Double Mussel competition at the Musselman race weekend. The Double Mussel combined the times from two days of triathlon racing.  Ryan was 3rd in his age-group at the Mini-Musselman on day one and 7th in his age-group in the big Musselman on day two.  Ryan also became just the 6th Migonis Multisport athlete to complete the 100 straight days of cycling.  Outstanding season Ryan!

Erin O’Connor
Erin kept the race calendar a little shorter this year and focused on a few key races.  She completed her first ever triathlon at the Mini-Musselman where she finished 11th in her age-group.  She also ran the Dun Tire Mountain Goat 10 miler and set a new ½ marathon PR at the Syracuse ½ marathon in March.  Great job Erin!

Lauren Pfendler
2017 was Lauren’s first year racing as a member of Migonis Multisport. The first half of her season was focused around the Ironman 70.3 Hawaii race in early June.  Early in the spring she set a new ½ marathon PR at the Green Day Gallop ½ marathon winning the race in a time of 1:38:19.  After that she took home age-group wins at the Honolulu Triathlon and North Shore Triathlon, her first and second ever triathlons.  Not too bad for the first two triathlons of her career.  Unfortunately, shortly after her racing season started she developed a stress-fracture in her foot which hampered her preparation and performance at Ironman 70.3 Hawaii.  Still, she found a way to tough it out and complete the 70.3 crossing the finish-line in 13th in her age-group.  Well done Lauren!

Chris Ogden
Chis had probably the busiest racing schedule of any Migonis Multisport athlete in 2017.  He raced 5k’s, 10k’s, ½ marathon, duathlons, and short course triathlons highlighted by finishing his first Olympic distance triathlon at the Finger Lakes Triathlon.  He set a new PR for the ½ marathon distance at the Empire ½ Marathon, won his age-group at the Fly-by-Night Duathlon and was 2nd in his age-group at the Keuka Lake Triathlon.  He also raced the Skunk Cabbage 10k, the Ovarian and Gynecologic Cancers 5k, the Du the Lakes Duathlon, and Mini-Musselman Triathlon. Chris ended his 2018 season with a great race at the Baldwinsville Turkey Day 5k on Thanksgiving morning and had another good race at the It’s A Wonderful Life 5k in early December.  Fantastic season Chris!

Elyssa Rosenbaum
Elyssa raced a lot in 2017 and saw some great results.  Her season stared with a huge PR for the half-marathon at the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC ½ marathon race (1:41:33).  She also scored her first overall triathlon win at the Cazenovia Triathlon.  She was 5th in her age-group at the Musselman Triathlon (new 70.3 PR), 2nd overall at the Green Lakes Triathlon, 1st in her age-group at the Orchard Run and set a new PR for a 10 mile race at the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia.  Elyssa also raced as part of a relay at the Ironman 70.3 Syracuse event and ended her multisport season with a very good race at Rev3 Barrelman.  Elyssa ended her 2018 racing season at the It’s A Wonderful Life 5k in early December.  Next year she’s back to training for and racing Ironman and plans on running an open marathon in March.  Great season Elyssa!

Phil Scoznert
Phil had huge breakthrough season in 2017.  He set a PR in every distance from the 5k-70.3.  His season was highlighted by his first time qualifying and competing at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.  He qualified with a personal best performance of 5:07:54 at the Ironman 70.3 Victoria race.  Phil also raced very well at USAT Age-Group and Sprint Nationals, while scoring age-group podium finishes at the Toughman Minnesota Triathlon, Maple Grove Triathlon, and Cinco Du Mayo Duathlon.  He raced well at the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon and set a new PR at the Hot Chocolate 15k.  Awesome season Phil!

Matt Toporowski
Matt had an impressive first year with Migonis Multisport.  He became the 8th Migonis Multisport athlete to finish the 100 day cycling challenge, set a new 70.3 distance PR of 4:14:02 while qualifying for the 70.3 World Championships at Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga and took home a 1st place in his age-group at the March Madness Duathlon.  Matt also raced the Musselman, Ironman Syracuse 70.3 and Saratoga Duathlon events.  Well done Matt!

Brandi Brown
Brandi raced in a few key events this summer as she is still working on a comeback from taking time away while having her first child.  She raced both the spring and fall versions of the Syracuse ½ Marathon scoring near identical times for both.  She took home an age-group win and 5th overall finish at the Keuka Lake Triathlon in early June.  Brandi also race the Earth Day ½ Marathon and Ironman Syracuse 70.3 events this season.  Way to go Brandi!

Joan Kane
Joan’s 2017 season was highlighted by her second career 70.3 finish at the Ironman 70.3 Maine race and a whole bunch of age-group podiums.  She was 1st in her age-group at the Old Forge Triathlon, 2nd in her age-group at the Delta Lake Triathlon and Du The Lakes Duathlon and 3rd in her age-group at the Bolder Inspiration 5 mile and Fort to Fort 10k.  Joan also ran very well at one of her favorite events, the Great American Heart Run and Walk.  She ended her season with a solid run at the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in Utica and at the It’s A Wonderful Life 5k in Seneca Falls.  Great job Joan!

Scott Milnamow
Scott kept the season pretty low key with three triathlons highlighting the racing for the year.  He did a very rare double weekend in which he raced at the Green Lake Triathlon on Saturday (10th age-group) and then raced again 24 hours later at the Keuka Lake Triathlon (6th age-group).  Scott followed up the double weekend with a finish at the Ironman 70.3 Syracuse race which happened to be on one of the hottest days of the summer.  Nice work Scott!

Emily Zipprich
Emily had a much bigger racing calendar this season than she did in 2016.  Her year was highlighted by a 40+ minute PR at Ironman Lake Placid breaking the 12 hour mark for the first time in an Ironman Distance event and destroying her ½ marathon PR at the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC half-marathon.  Her time of 1:39:05 was well below her previous best set in October 2016.  Emily also took home a 4th place overall and an age-group win at the Keuka Lake Triathlon, a 2nd place age-group at the Orchard Run, and 1st place age-group at the Delaware Valley Duathlon.  She also raced the Ironman 70.3 Syracuse, Lake Placid ½ Marathon and the Spring Time 10k events in 2017.  She’ll be back training for and racing an Ironman in 2018 while also racing her first open marathon in March.  Awesome job Emily!

Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan, who welcome his second child in March, eased back on the racing in 2017.  He still had some great performances at the few events he did compete at including a 1st place age-group finish at a sprint triathlon near Albany, NY, a 3rd place age-group finish at the Saratoga Duathlon, and a 10th place finish at the Double Mussel competition at the Musselman race weekend.  The Double Mussel combined the times from two days of triathlon racing.  Matt was 5th in his age-group at the Mini-Musselman on day one and 8th in his age-group in the big Musselman on day two.  Matt ended his season at the Chicago Marathon in October.  Well done Matt!

Ryan Elliott
Ryan scored a few age-group wins this season taking home the crown at the Green Lakes triathlon and the Du The Lakes Duathlon, while also scoring an new ½ marathon PR at the Syracuse ½ marathon.  He also became the 7th Migonis Multisport athlete to complete the 100 day cycling challenge.  In addition, Ryan raced at the Spring Time 10k, The Dun Tire Mountain Goat 10 miler and the Ironman 70.3 Syracuse event.  Ryan had an up and down year dealing with sickness and an injury through part of the summer, which kept him from completing his #1 goal which was to finish Ironman Lake Placid.  However, he’ll be back in 2018 to give LP another try. Good luck Ryan!

Amie Thomas
Amie took a little different approach this 2017 season.  She focused on racing off the roads turning to some Xterra racing instead.  She scored a 2nd place age-group finish at the 18th Annual Xterra Sky High race and the Syracuse Xterra race, which qualified her for the Xterra World Championships in Maui.  Amie also won her age-group at the Saratoga Duathlon, was 4th at the Kirkland Cross race and ran the Firecracker 4 mile on July 4th.  Great job Amie!

Lauren Polak
Lauren was very busy this summer, but most of it was due to wedding planning.  However, she did find some time to do some early season races including setting a ½ marathon PR at the Earth Day ½ marathon, breaking her previous best time at the Syracuse ½ marathon by 7 minutes, setting a new PR at the Mountain Goat 10 miler, and running the Spring Time 10k.  Her season was highlighted by racing and finishing her first ever triathlon at the Mini-Musselman in Geneva, NY where she came in 9th place in her age-group.  Well done Lauren!

Travis Glazier
Travis had a very busy and a very big breakthrough season in 2017.  His year started off with a ½ marathon PR at the Syracuse ½ Marathon in March. He followed that up with some great performances which included a 2nd overall at the Hubbardsville 5k, 2nd place age-group finish at the Green Lakes Triathlon, his first ever 70.3 finish at the very difficult Ironman Syracuse 70.3 event, an age-group win and big PR at the Cazenovia Triathlon and another PR and 6th place overall finish at the Cortland Triathlon.  He also raced at the Mini-Musselman and Musselman triathlons in July which are back to back days of racing.  His combined race times from those two events put him in 15th place in the Double Mussel competition. Awesome season Travis!

Kristin Mullally
Kristin had a very solid season filled with PR’s and podiums.  She raced her third career ironman at Ironman Lake Placid besting her pervious PR on the course with a time of 12:21:33.  She also had an age-group win at the Cayuga Lake Triathlon and Du The Lakes Duathlon while getting on the age-group podium at both the Springtime 10k and Super Couch Potato 5k.  Kristin also set a new PR at the Mountain Goat and the Syracuse ½ Marathon and raced the Ironman 70.3 Syracuse and Seneca 7 events.

Nikki Garafalo
Nikki was coming off a very busy 2016 season that saw her race both an Ironman and a full marathon, so the 2017 season was a little bit of a step-back for her from a racing load perspective.  Nikki still competed in a few of her favorite races and did very well including a few PR’s and age-group podium finishes.  She scored a 3rd place age-group finish and new 5k PR at the Good Samaritan 5k, a new PR at the Dunn Tire Mountain Goat 10 miler and a 3rd place age-group finish in the sprint distance race at the Cayuga Lake Triathlon.  Nikki also raced at the Syracuse ½ Marathon and Mini-Musselman events.  Great job Nikki!

Emily Lesher
Emily was new to the team in the later part of the season, but still had some very impressive performances.  She took home 1st place in her age-group and second overall at the Syracuse Irongirl race (her first ever triathlon).  She then raced three half marathon’s in a four week span including the BAA Half in Boston, the Newburyport ½ in Newburyport, MA (new PR 1:37:22) and the Hairy Gorilla ½ marathon trail race in Albany.  Running three races of that length was very impressive for a full season, let alone in one month.  Emily ended her season with a second place overall female at the Richmond Turkey Trot in Richmond, VT.  Well done Emily!

Alison Migonis
Alison race three times in 2017, which might not seem like much, but when you’re a full time medical resident you don’t have a lot of time to train and/or race.  She placed first in her age-group and 4th overall at the Springtime 10k, 3rd in her age-group and 7th overall at the Mini-Musselman and 3rd overall that the Hairy Gorilla ½ Marathon.  With residency over, look for Alison to do a good bit more racing in the years to come.  Nice work Alison!

Randy Hadzor
Randy was a busy guy in 2017 doing a lot of bike racing, some running races and even some duathlons.  The highlight of his season was placing 5th in his age-group at the sprint distance Duathlon World Championships and 6th in his age-group in the Olympic distance race a few days later.  All while riding his road bike and not his much more aerodynamic time-trial bike.  Randy also won the New York State Time Trial Championships, was 1st at the March Madness Duathlon, 2nd in the Springtime 10k and 2nd at the Ratsnake Triathlon.  He also did very well at the Syracuse Bike Race Weekend scoring some top three performances in all three races and had some solid finishes at several cyclocross events.   Awesome job Randy!