Carlos Rivera and Carolyn Webber Repeat
The recent snowfall added to the beauty of Forest Park while school
vacations added to a talented field as the Snowstorm Classics rang
out Old Year 2002 on the 5K course. College, high school and
open runners were well represented but at the finish line it was
once again Carlos Rivera as the seasoned Harrier notched his third
consecutive victory in 17:00. Considering the cold temperatures and
stretches of ice and snow, times were fast.
Tom Bousquet and Chris Rowley made a race of it to finish 2nd
and 3rd respectively in 17:23 and 17:36, with open runner
Brian Nelson of Enfield, CT, close behind in 17:51. Chicopee’s Joe
Czupryna placed 5th to lead the high schoolers in
Track Club’s Brian Donovan won the master’s title in 19:50
edging SMAC’s Rich Clark (19:58) and GSHer John Cote (20:05). The
Harriers again dominated the senior division with Ramon Alicea
(20:52) and Art Roberts (21:04) demonstrating how they helped earn
the Harriers 3rd place at the USATF National Cross
Country Championships in Rocklin, CA two weeks ago. Newcomer Neville
Bogle stayed close in 21:21, while speedy Charlie Towse again took
the veterans race with a quick 22:11.
Webber won her second consecutive women’s title for the home team
in 20:28, also earning 1st master, while Mary Misiaszek
finished 2nd for the third time this season in 21:56.
Harrier Kathy Colwell placed 3rd in 23:01 as she and
husband Scott (22:53) made their annual pilgrimage from Ohio a
success, adding to the festive Skate House post race atmosphere with
their guest appearance.
new age records were set but venerable SMACer and all around good
guy Bruce Kurtz recorded his 70th consecutive Snowstorm
Classic race, a skein stretching back six years. In Kurtz like
fashion he ran 44:14 while helping first timer Susan Kearney
negotiate the five thousand meter course.