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!