Nationals and Xterra and Old Forge, Oh My!


Last week saw some more fantastic performances for three Migonis Multisport athletes.  Phil Sconzert, Joan Kane and Amie Thomas were all in action over the weekend and all scored some great results.

Phil competed both Saturday and Sunday at the USAT Age-Group and Sprint Distance Nationals in Omaha, Nebraska.  The Age-Group Nationals race on Saturday is considered by many to be the most competitive Olympic distance triathlons in the world other than the World Championships.  Some of the best athletes in the country come and compete while at the top of their game vying for a national championship.  Phil had a fantastic performance on Saturday, especially on the run.  He scored a great time of 2:23:33 while finishing in the top 50 (47th) in the most competitive age-group in the race, the males 30-34 age-group.  Phil didn’t have long to enjoy his big race as less than 24 hours later he was at it again racing Sprint Nationals on the same course.  This time he not only finished 15th in his age-group, but also scored a new personal best 5k time on the run leg.  Pretty amazing to do that at the end of two hard days of racing.  His time for the sprint was 1:11:33.  Phil has had an amazing season and a breakthrough one at that.  He is training hard for 70.3 Worlds on September 10th and with the way he is improving each week and each workout he is setting himself up for a great day in Chattanooga three weeks from now.  Great job Phil!

Joan also was in Action on Sunday at another one of her yearly favorites, the Old Forge Triathlon held in beautiful Old Forge, New York.  Joan took home yet another podium finish, this time it was the top step as she won her age-group and was 16th female overall in a time of 2:15:57.  Joan has been training hard for Ironman 70.3 Maine which is the 27th of August and used Old Forge as a final tune-up for the big day.  Based on this result and her comments post-race she is ready to rock 70.3.  Awesome job Joan.

Amie raced he second xterra race of the season on Sunday at the Syracuse Xterra event held at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, New York.  Amie nearly pulled-out the age-group win when she crossed the line in 2:26:46, just 2 seconds behind first place in the group.  Amie’s time was good enough for 6th female overall and gave her two podium finishes in two xterra races this summer (her first summer racing the events).  Next up will be cyclocross season in which Amine will compete in several races that involve riding with some running around circuits on trails and grass and jumping barriers along the way.  If you’ve never seen a cyclocross race, try to catch one this season, they are a blast to watch and compete in.  Well done Amie!


Xterra and Old Forge:



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Some More Weekend Race Results


There were two other Migonis Multisport athletes who had some great race performances this past weekend.  Randy Hadzor won the cat 3 New York State Time Trial Championship in Upper Jay (near Lake Placid), NY.  He finished nearly 10 seconds ahead of second place.  Randy is training hard for the ITU Duathlon World Championships later this month and appears to be in great form.  Congratulations Randy!

Also in action this weekend, in her first ever triathlon (which became a duathlon due to unsafe swimming conditions in Oneida Lake), Emily Lesher finished in a very close second place overall, first in her age-group at the Syracuse Irongirl event.  Emily’s time was 1:24:50, 44 seconds behind first place.  A fantastic result for her first, and hopefully not last, triathlon/multisport race.  Well done Emily



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Catching-Up on Some Great Racing


The past three weeks of racing have been some memorable ones for several Migonis Multisport athletes.  Some more PR’s were accomplished and some more podiums were achieved.

On July 23rd Emily Zipprich and Kristin Mullally competed at Ironman Lake Placid in beautiful Lake Placid, NY.  Emily and Kristin have both raced this event in the past and used that knowledge of the course, along with their great fitness, to break their personal best times for the ironman distance.  Emily used a very well rounded day looking much better throughout the day than she did two years ago in her debut ironman.  She swam faster, road faster and ran faster than she did in 2015 and used a hard charging finishing dash to break the 12 hour mark besting her previous time by well over 40 minutes.  Emily’s time was 11:59:03, which was 15th in her age-group, 96th women overall.  Kristin also had a personal best day finishing in 12:21:33, 41st in her age-group and 131 women overall.  Kristin was having a strong day until the run when she was forced to slow down due to foot pain caused by her shoes.  Unfortunately this plagued her the majority of second half of the marathon.  However, she fought through the pain and still stayed positive the whole run fighting her way to a 20+ minute improvement over 2015 Ironman Lake Placid time.  Kristin will be back racing LP next year, while Emily isn’t sure where and when her next Ironman will be.  First though, they still have some short course triathlon and running races to do this season.  Well done Emily and Kristin.

The following weekend Phil Sconzert had a huge day at the Toughman Minnesota Triathlon.  Phil used a great swim and amazing bike along with a very much improved run to finish in 1st place in his 30-34 age-group and 11th overall in a very tough field.  His time was 1:25:02.  Phil is training hard for the USAT Age-group and Sprint Distance National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska on August 12-13.  This race had a lot of guys who will be battling with Phil in both races this coming week, so he got a good taste of what to expect when he toes the line on Saturday and Sunday in Omaha.  Great job Phil!

This past weekend saw some more great racing from Migonis Multisport athletes.  On Saturday Joan Kane raced the Bolder Inspiration 5 mile trail race in Trenton Falls (just north of Utica, NY).  The race is a favorite of Joan’s and she always finds a way to preform very well at this event.  This year she scored another age-group podium finish (3rd) and was the 24th female overall finishing in 47:56 for a brutally tough 5 mile race.  Her last mile was smoking as she ran it under 8 minutes!  Joan is preparing for Ironman 70.3 Maine in a few weeks and will be racing the Old Forge Triathlon next weekend.  Awesome job Joan!

On Sunday Ryan Meek, Kristin Mullally, Chris Ogden and Nikki Garofalo all competed at the Cayuga Lake Triathlon event in Ithaca, NY.  Ryan raced in the international distance triathlon and the Kristin, Chris and Nikki all raced in the sprint triathlon race.  Ryan scored yet another age-group podium finish crossing the line in 2:26:19 which was good enough for 12th overall and 2nd in the 40-44 age-group.  Kristin won her age-group and was the 5th women overall in the sprint triathlon breaking the tape in 1:24:58.  Chris was next across the line in 1:30:01 good enough for 5th in his tough 30-34 age-group and Nikki was on the podium again for her age-group finishing 3rd in a time of 1:40:40.  All four of these athletes still have some racing to do this summer and will be looking to build on these great performances from Sunday.  Well done Ryan, Kristin, Chris and Nikki!!!!


Cayuga Lake:

Boulder 5 mile:

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A Monster Weekend of Racing


This past weekend marked another huge one for Migonis Multisport.  It was one of the most anticipated race weekends of the season, Musselman weekend.  Musselman, which is held in Geneva, NY, is one of the premier race weekends in NY and the whole country.  It offers a sprint distance triathlon (Mini-Mussel) on Saturday and a half-ironman distance triathlon (Musselman) on Sunday.  Migonis Multisport had 10 athletes racing at Musselman, some did the Mini-Mussel and some did the full Musselman and some were even crazy enough to do both in a completion called the Double-Mussel.

Ryan Meek lead the way for MM on Saturday in the Mini-Mussel when he broke the tape in 1:19:41 which was good enough for 17th overall and 3rd in his age-group.  Matt Ryan was next across the line in 1:21:00 which was 25th overall and 5th in his very tough age-group which included his teammate Meek.  Travis Glazier brought home a 4th place finish in his age-group and 34th overall when he crossed the line in 1:22:16.  Alison Migonis was right behind Travis in 1:22:35, 38th overall, 7th female and 3rd in her age-group.  Chris Ogden was next across the line in 1:33:11 which was good enough for 13th in his age-group.  Nikki Garofalo, in her first triathlon race of the season, raced very well finishing in 1:40:30, 23rd in her age-group.  Lauren Polak and Erin O’Connor, who raced their first ever triathlon with all the nervous and worried feelings that come with it, finished very strong in 1:45:31 and 1:51:01, 9th and 11th in their age-group respectively.  It was an amazing day all-around for these athletes.  Great job everyone!

Sunday was another strong and HOT day of racing for Migonis Multisport.  Matt Toporowski joined the fun at Musselman leading the team charge with a very strong 16th place, 4th in his age-group, finish of 4:49:48.  Matt was racing his third 70.3 since mid-May so he was coming into the race a little fatigued, but fought with all of his might and energy and came away with a great finish.  Elyssa Rosenbaum also raced the Musselman for the first time since 2012 and while she had to deal with some unforeseen issues that could have easily gotten her off her game for the whole race, she buckled down when it really started to hurt and came away with a new PR for the 70.3 distance.  She finish in 5:33:39 which was 18th female and 5th in her age-group.  Her effort today was a real testament to how much she has improved physically and mentally in 2017.  Ryan Meek once again lead the Double-Mussel athletes as he broke the tape in 5:11:53 wish was 7th in his very competitive age-group.  Matt Ryan was next across the line in 5:18:08, one spot behind Ryan in the 40-44 age-group.  Travis Glazier rounded out the Double-Mussel group finishing with a new big 70.3 PR time of 5:37:46, 12th place in his age-group.  When combining the times from the two days together Ryan was 8th in the Double-Mussel, Matt was 10th and Travis was 15th.  Awesome job everyone!!!!

Of course Musselman wasn’t the only race on the calendar this weekend and several other Migonis Multisport athletes did some racing of their own.  Amie Thomas took on here first Xterra race at the 18th Annual Xterra Sky High race in Grafton, NY.  The race consisted of a 1k swim, 20k mountain bike ride, and 6k trail run.  Amie said it was one of the hardest things she’s ever done.  She raced very well though and finished in 2:31, which was good enough for 2nd in her age-group.  Well done Amie!

The popular Delta Lake Triathlon was also competed this past weekend.  Beth Lance, Joan Kane and Kristin Mullally all raced the sprint triathlon.  Beth raced very well finishing in 1:24:04 which was good enough for 18th overall ad 2nd in her age-group.  Joan also brought home a second place podium finish in her age-group when she broke the tape in 1:24:46.  Both Beth and Joan race very well at Delta Lake year after year and while both have dealt with some leg injuries this season, both seemed to be feeling much better and ready to make the most of the second half of the summer.  Kristin also was racing well today with a good swim and a very strong bike, but after a miscalculation on the run course she was disqualified.  If she had finished in the position she was in she would have also had a strong podium finish.  Awesome job ladies!




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Catching-Up On Some Recent Racing


On Saturday Phil Sconzert continued his breakthrough season by accomplishing his second major goal of the 2017 summer, qualifying for the USAT Age-group National Championships.  USAT Nationals, which are held in Omaha, NE in Mid-August, are considered one of the, if not the most, competitive amateur triathlon races in the world.  Phil qualified with a 9th place age-group finish at the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon held in Minneapolis, MN yesterday.  Phil used a very well rounded race with a very fast run to break the tape in 2:20:37.  This marks two major races that Phil has qualified for since early June.  He scored a spot in the 2017 Ironman 70.3 with his fine performance at Ironman 70.3 Victoria on June 4.  Up next is the Toughman Triathlon on July 30.

On the 4th of July Amie Thomas ran the VERY popular Firecracker 4 miler in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Amie was one of nearly 3,000 runners to lace-up the shoes for a very fast 4 mile race on our nation’s birthday.  Amie ran strong the whole race and scored a hard fought 30:28 (7:37 pace).  Amie is training hard for her first season racing Xterra triathlon events, which trade road riding and running for trails and more trails.  It’s a new adventure for Amie and this race was a very big confidence booster for her heading into her first Xterra race on July 15.  Well done Amie!

On June 18 ten members of the Migonis Multisport team had to fight through Kona, HI (home of the Ironman World Championships, arguably the hardest Ironman in the world) like conditions to finish the hilly, tough and competitive Ironman 70.3 Syracuse event held in Syracuse, NY.  With temperatures at record levels for mid-June and very high humidity added on top of that, it forced athletes to race for survival more than anything else.  And survive is just what each of these athletes did.  Matt Toporowski, Ryan Elliott, Travis Glazier, Ryan Meek, Kristin Mullally, Brandi Brown, Emily Zipprich and Scott Milnamow all fought tooth and nail to get through the choppy 1.2 mile swim, windy and hilly 56 miles bike ride and hot, humid and hilly 13.1 mile run.  They all powered their way to the finish-line.  No one had a PR that day and that wasn’t the objective.  The #1 objective was make it through the race.  While so many athletes fell and had to DNF do to the conditions, all eight of these athletes accomplished that #1 objective.  In addition to each of them racing the full ½ Ironman, teammates Beth Lancer and Elyssa Rosenbaum also raced as part of a relay.  They also had to find a way to get through the rough conditions and they both did with flying colors.  Well done everyone and you should all be proud of your efforts today!

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