Attack From North and South
from all directions descended upon the Snowstorm Classic to
challenge the Harriers on their home course.
From the desolate Northland came Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic
Club’s Chris Gould with a tribe of supporters and from the
Southern region came Hartford Track Club’s super veteran Zofia
the sound of the Sacramento cowbell the race quickly developed into
a two man show between Mr. Gould and the Harrier challenger Paul
Fratini. Neither racer
faltered over the five thousand meter Forest Park course, despite a
treacherously snow and ice covered parking lot early on, and a
frozen, bumpy jaunt down Washington Boulevard towards the end.
Most of the course was dry, however, enabling the runners to
maintain a brisk pace, never separating by more then a few meters.
The outcome remained in doubt until the very end when Chris
managed an extra burst of speed and pulled away for a four second
victory, 17:17 to 17:21. John
ran 18:51 for third after pulling away from Jim Sullivan (19:23) and
master winner John Bigos (19:32), who in turn 1st place
junior Dave Estabrook (19:33)
Among the women, Mary Misiaszek
captured her first race of the season in a quick 21:50 after five
second place finishes. The
victory is her 11th lifetime, which moves her
a 9th place tie in the Snowstorm Classic Hall of Fame.
Elizabeth Duquette took second overall while winning the
masters division in 23:12. And
the aforementioned Zofia was 3rd in 24:22, a new age
record for 64 year old women, slicing over a minute from the
25:34 established by Connie Bills twelve years ago.
sunshine improved the temperature to the upper teens, positively
balmy compared to this past week.
A t-shirt and short clad Willie O’Neill (22:56) took full
advantage of the warmer weather.