Dalton repeats as top Masters runner

Tom Dalton of Rotterdam was named USA Track and Field’s Masters Runner of the Year for the second consecutive time.

The award is based on age-graded times, meaning an older runner posting a fast time is given more credit than a younger runner finishing in the same time. Runners have to be nominated for the award.

Dalton won two national cross country titles, at 8 kilometers (Nov. 4 in Rochester) and 5 kilometers (Nov. 18 in Deland, Fla.).

“For the race in Florida, the course had taken six inches of rain the day before,” Dalton said. “(The mud and water) was shin-deep in some places.”

Dalton won that race by 58 seconds in 15 minutes, 42 seconds. He won by 1:23 in Rochester in 25:15.

Dalton is ranked No. 1 in the world at 5,000 meters, second at 3,000, fifth at a mile, and sixth at 1,500 meters.