| At Real Snowstorm Classic Steve O'Neill
Becomes Oldest Winner
a Nor’Easter which began mid-day yesterday and lastest through the
night, the race was held as usual…and the Greater Springfield
Harriers still have never cancelled a Snowstorm Classic.
That’s why we call them the Snowstorm Classics!
O’Neil knows, as the 51 year old Harrier became the first senior
and the oldest
to ever win a Snowstorm Classic.
Using his familiarity with the park roads he regularly trains
on, and skills developed from years of running, Steve negotiated the
Winter Wonderland that was Forest Park in 42:24.
Certainly not the fastest time he has ever recorded among his
17˝ victories (the first of which occurred seventeen years ago,
on January 12, 1985) but perhaps the most satisfying.
time SMACer Rich Clark closed over the last four kilometers of the
10K course to garner a well earned 2nd in 42:54 while
Jean-Paul Gowdy made his initial Snowstorm Classic venture a
slippery success with a 3rd place 43:28. David Estabrook skated a 46:04 for first junior.
The women’s race was between the #2 and #10 all time
winners, ie., Harriers Dawn Roberts and Mary Misiaszek.
Dawn took advantage of a rare Saturday day off to sled her
way to an early lead, then withstood a ferocious late race downhill
charge by Mary to record her 29th victory in 48:19, with
Mary a slip and a slide back in 48:29.
Dawn is now within one win of all time leader Mary Ryczek.