CRR Sue Barton, world champion

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photo of Susan BartonCreek Road Runners are proud to recognize one of its own, CRR Sue Barton, as a world champion!

CrossFit Games logoA longtime triathlete, Barton has recently become involved in the CrossFit craze—billed as the “sport of fitness.” Competing for the team UD CrossFit, the 60-year-old Barton recently bested 635 other women worldwide in the 60-69 age group within the slightly easier “scaled” (as opposed to the “prescribed” or “Rx”) category in the CrossFit Games, held over a five-week period from October 11 to November 8 all over the world in separate CrossFit venues.

The CrossFit Games involved five events (workouts) meant to challenge one’s strength, agility, and stamina within a timed and judge-certified environment. Each workout takes place over the period of a weekend and is announced on a Thursday.

As in a cross-country meet, the lowest score combining five workout places is the winner. Barton’s total of 79 points bettered American women who placed second with 88 points and third with 99 points, respectively. She was tops in the world in the third workout, which certainly gave her a good edge on the title.

Other Creek Road Runners who competed in the Rx open division for the UD CrossFit team, which placed 3,565th worldwide and 10th among teams within the state of Delaware, included CRR Andrew Weber, CRR Barret Michalec, and CRR Anja Leefeldt. Weber, who also certified four of Barton’s five workouts, placed 4th among the 16 male UD CrossFit competitors in the Rx division; Michalec placed 12th. Leefeldt was 10th among the UD CrossFit women in the Rx division.

The five workouts included:

Workout One (Time cap: 15 minutes)
10 rounds for time of:
8 ground-to-overheads, 45 lb.
10 bar-facing burpees

Workout Two (Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:)
4 dumbbell thrusters
6 sit-ups
24 single-unders
15-lb. dumbbells

Workout Three (For time; Time cap: 9 min.)
21 deadlifts, 80 lb.
21 hand-release knee push-ups
15 deadlifts, 80 lb.
15 hand-release knee push-ups
9 deadlifts, 80 lb.
9 hand-release knee push-ups
21 deadlifts, 105 lb.
50-ft. bear crawl
15 deadlifts, 105 lb.
50-ft. bear crawl
9 deadlifts, 105 lb.
50-ft. bear crawl

Workout Four (For time; Time cap: 20 min.)
30 box jumps, 16 in.
15 clean and jerks, 35 lb.
30 box jumps, 16 in.
15 clean and jerks, 45 lb.
30 box jumps, 16 in.
10 clean and jerks, 65 lb.
30 medicine-ball step-ups, 14 lb.
10 clean and jerks, 75 lb.
30 medicine-ball step-ups, 14 lb.
5 clean and jerks, 85 lb.
30 medicine-ball step-ups, 14 lb.
5 clean and jerks, 105 lb.

Workout Five (For time, partitioned in any way; Time cap: 20 min.)
40 jumping chest-to-bar pull-ups
80-cal. row
120 wall-ball shots, 10-lb. ball to 8 ft.

screen shot of Barton's CrossFit scoring results

Here are Barton’s scores and world ranking among 60-69-yr.-olds in each of the five CrossFit Games competitive workouts (click to see larger view).

Barton is a professor and Extension Specialist in plant and soil sciences at the University of Delaware.

CRRs take five firsts

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photo of Luke Nigro and Andrew Weber

Luke Nigro pressures eventual winner Andrew Weber in the final mile of the 5K.

photo of Andrew WeberThe 2019 edition of the UD Homecoming 5K was a real success for the few Creek Road Runners who ran the race. Out of our 12 participants (all male), five garnered top awards and one a third-place age-group finish.

photo of Luke NigroThe battle at the front was between CRR Andrew Weber and CRR Luke Nigro. Weber ended up besting the younger Nigro and winning the race in a time of 17:39. Nigro came in second overall and first in the 19-29 age group in 17:45.

Among the age group winners were CRR Bruce Weber (50-59), who placed fifth overall in 19:15, CRR Bill Rose (60-69), placing 17th overall in 21:05, and 73-year-old CRR Doug Ridge (70+), who ran a respectable 28:29.

CRR Steve Tague finished third in the 60-69 age group in 22:36. A couple seconds behind (but nearly catching) Tague was CRR Mark Deshon, who ran unofficially over the combination paved, cross-country-like surface of the 5K course at the University of Delaware’s athletics complex and agricultural campus.

A shout-out to CRR Nick Sisofo, who made a rare race appearance.

CRR receives UD’s highest honor

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CRR Stuart Binder-Macleod, a professor in the University of Delaware’s No. 1–nationally ranked physical therapy program, has received the institution’s highest faculty honor—the prestigious Francis Alison Faculty Award—for 2019.

The annual award recognizes faculty who best exemplify the qualities of “scholar-schoolmaster” embodied by the Rev. Dr. Francis Alison, the founder of the school that eventually became UD. The honor includes a $10,000 prize, and all recipients are inducted into the Alison Society, which promotes academic excellence on campus.

During his 31 years at the University of Delaware, Binder-Macleod helped make UD’s physical therapy program among the best in the nation and he has been running out on Creek Road throughout these same years.

Hearty congratulations!

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Upcoming races of interest

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Here we highlight three upcoming Newark-area races happening between now and Thanksgiving.


Blue Hens Homecoming 5K logoUD Homecoming 5K
Wednesday, October 23, at 5:30 p.m.
Delaware Stadium
625 South College Avenue in Newark

Ever want to finish a race inside a stadium? Here’s a great chance to do so. This out-and-back course on the University of Delaware’s south campus, though flat, is a good challenge for all. It finishes on the football field in Delaware Stadium.

Register now!


Mackler logo20th Anniversary Scott Mackler 5K
Sunday, November 3, at 12:30 p.m.
Temple Beth El
301 Possum Park Road in Newark

It started in 1999, right after the late CRR Scott Mackler was diagnosed with ALS. It’s probably the toughest road 5K in Delaware. Runners are rewarded, though, with a full buffet after the run. Awards for top finishers—both runners and walkers.

Register now!


illustration of turkey with running shoes47th Annual Turkey Trot 10K and 5K
Saturday, November 23,
10K at 9:00 a.m., 5K at 10:30 a.m. 

Norma B. Handloff Park
Barksdale Road in Newark

The oldest continuously contested race in Newark is back for another year of pre-Thanksgiving fun. Do the 10K, the 5K, or both. Great course and a great community event.

Register now!