Snowstorm Classic #4 - 10K
December 22, 2001

Youth Will Be Served, Especially at Christmas

     The elite youth runner phenomenon isn't just a national event as evidenced by today's Snowstorm Classic 10K. Individual age records were set by three precocious out-of-staters who journeyed to Springfield to display their running prowess. Leading the charge was fifteen year old David Raucci of the Troy Trailblazers (New York) who gave eventual winner Carlos Rivera (34:02) everything he could handle with a remarkable 34:19 effort. Brother Joe Raucci was third in 37:44. How good is David's time? It breaks the 34:50 record set seventeen years ago by Jon Corso (the current overall course record holder on the 5K course) by half a minute, and is faster then the record for sixteen year olds. David and Joe recently returned from the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska where David led his team with a 34th place 17:09 finish and Joe pitched in at 152nd in 18:27. A number of Harrier youngsters also qualified for the J.O. Nationals, results can be found at the link on our front page.
     Not to be outdone by the westerners, the New Britain Dog Pound (Connecticut) let loose two puppies to chew up the course. Eleven year old Roy "R.J."Mitchell Jr. did just that as he tore around the Forest Park roads in 40:46, ripping almost five minutes off the 45:20 standard set by Jesse Regnier, then of SMAC, three years ago, and faster then the record for twelve year olds. Not one to let the boys have all the fun, Jordan Roby did the same for the girls as she scampered around Forest Park in 44:56 to establish a new mark for twelve year old girls, also faster then the record for thirteen year olds. 
     Imitating the speedy little ones were senior Carol L'Esperance (43:24) and master Carolyn Webber (43:27) who took one, two among the women, with Dawn Roberts (44:25) third.
For the men, Tim Brown (38:16) and John Bigos (38:32) were the first masters with Frank Rucki (41:54) and Seth Roberts (42:08) leading the seniors.

Results
 1  34:02  Carlos     Rivera            27M  GSH
 2  34:19  David      Raucci            15M  TT
 3  37:44  Joe        Raucci            16M  TT
 4  38:16  Tim        Brown             48M  ---
 5  38:32  John       Bigos             48M  GSH
 6  40:19  Andres     Gonzalez-Stewart  15M  ---
 7  40:45  Jim        Wright            34M  ---
 8  40:46  R.J.       Mitchell          11M  NBDP
 9  40:46  Chris      Zduniak           31M  NBDP
10  41:24  Rich       Clark             47M  SMAC
11  41:54  Frank      Rucki             52M  CMS
12  42:08  Seth       Roberts           50M  GSH
13  42:22  Jim        Plaza             49M  SMAC
14  42:23  Ed         Buckley           43M  EORC
15  42:36  Ramon      Alicea            50M  GSH
16  42:39  Clark      DeLosreyes        17M  ---
17  43:12  Tom        Whelan            43M  GSH
18  43:24  Carol      LEsperance       52F  GSH
19  43:25  Art        Roberts           57M  GSH
20  43:27  Carolyn    Webber            41F  ---
21  43:47  Brian      Goddu             52M  GSH
22  44:08  Rich       White   Jr        21M  ---
23  44:25  Dawn       Roberts           29F  GSH
24  44:34  Neal       Lamberton         53M  GSH
25  44:45  Mary       Misiaszek         35F  GSH
26  44:50  David      Livingstone       49M  GSH
27  44:56  Jordan     Roby              12F  NBDP
28  45:06  Charlie    Towse             64M  GSH
29  45:13  Neil       James             33M  ---
30  45:35  Chris      Conz              25M  ---
31  45:39  Mark       Lynch             43M  ---
32  45:56  Bill       Thibault          44M  EORC
33  46:03  Deb        Bercovici         35F  GSH
34  46:12  Mike       LaPlante          41M  ---
35  46:14  Kevin      Young             49M  GSH
36  47:14  Al         Cabot             46M  GSH
37  47:23  Kathy      Lynch             39F  ---
38  48:06  Ruben      Rios              33M  GSH
39  48:22  Bob        Massaro           58M  EORC
40  48:37  Mary       Ryczek            55F  CMS
41  48:59  Dan        Haryasz           12M  ---
42  49:05  Sue        Haryasz           40F  ---
43  49:09  Clive      Woakes            54M  GSH
44  49:10  Mark       Bolduc            35M  ---
45  49:22  Zachery    Denver            16M  ---
46  49:22  Bryon      Dailey            47M  GSH
47  49:38  Peter      Stasz             54M  GSH
48  49:51  Don        Grant             59M  SMAC
49  50:19  Russell    Denver            45M  ---
50  50:32  Rick       Wiernasz          49M  ---
51  50:58  Erv        Landry            62M  GSH
52  51:11  Ed         LeBlanc           47M  EORC
53  51:31  Doug       Bielefeld         42M  GSH
54  51:44  Doug       Blanchard         76M  GSH
55  51:45  Hugh       Moriarty          60M  GSH
56  52:08  Stephen    Penna             46M  EORC
57  52:21  Richard    White             46M  ---
58  52:22  Mary Lou   White             46F  ---
59  52:35  Gerald     Fastuca           40M  ---
60  54:10  Greg       Kapps             33M  ---
61  55:41  Sue        Grant             57F  SMAC
62  56:17  Steve      Terrien           48M  GSH
63  61:47  Dick       Osgood            64M  GSH
64  61:50  Ed         Dwyer             35M  GSH
65  63:58  Katherine  Lee               35F  GSH
66  66:37  Bruce      Kurtz             65M  SMAC