Eight runners from Corning Incorporated recently qualified for the 2018 world championships of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge by winning the men's and women's divisions of the 27th Challenge qualifying race in Rochester.
Corning's team of 14 men and 12 women had a remarkable record of success: Five male runners and three female runners finished in the top 20 in their races.
Ashley Nevol led the Corning women, finishing second, just .05 seconds behind winner Trisha Byler of DuPont. Both finished the 3.6-mile course in 20:25.
David Bronfenbrenner finished fourth to pace the Corning men, finishing 15 seconds behind winner Matthew Pierce of EagleView, who was at 18:19. Bronfenbrenner, Brendan Glover (6th, 19:05), James Derick (13th, 19:30), and Joseph DiFabio (14th, 19:31) were unofficially the top men's team.
Joining Nevol in the top women's team was Ericka Hachmeister (13th, 23:25), Sarah Newsome (16th, 23:34), and Allison Matusick (51st, 26:26).
Aaron Sadholz led a second men's team for Corning that finished among the top five teams. He was 20th, in 20:13, followed by Kevin Ashton (22:10), Brian Kirk (22:32), and Michael Ruotolo (23:58).
Corning's two winning teams will learn the date and location of the world championship race in early 2018.
"Our teams ran strong, and I am proud to see that our two teams will go to the championship," Nevol said. "The Corning jersey represents so much more than just the logo on the front. It represents our teams' persistent mindset of hard work and perspiration to ensure success from every avenue. Toeing the line every year wearing this jersey really enhances a sense of pride and motivation."