Fratini and Natalie Shea Celebrate New Year
Charlie Towse Adds To His Collection
A sizeable crowd
began 2005 on the right foot, with a New Years Day jaunt around
Forest Park. Unseasonably
mild temperatures, sunny skies and dry roads greeted the revelers.
Fratini didnít waste any time establishing a comfortable lead as
he soloed over the 10K course in a fast 35:15 for his eighth
Snowstorm Classic title. Twin
brother Peter outran the rest of the field for 2nd in
37:22. The two
Harriers, soon to be masters, are looking forward to competing in
the new age division in March and certainly will boost the GSH
Nelson stayed close to Peter throughout the race to gain 3rd
in 38:06. The next four
runners were all seniors, demonstrating the depth of the Harrier
over 50 team. The
elusive Celio Hernandez led the contingent in 39:20 to capture both
the master and senior awards. Following
in quick succession were Steve OíNeil (40:06), Rich Clark (40:10),
Tim Brown (40:36), and just for good measure, fellow senior Harrier
Seth Roberts (40:52). Art
Roberts (45:03) again won the veteranís (over 60) title edging
Harrier teammate Charlie Towse (45:27).
Charlieís time was more then sufficient to topple the age
record for 67 year old men, the 46:03 standard set by Doug
twelve years ago.
of elusive, it has been a couple of years since Natalie Shea has
visited the Snowstorm Classics but she made the most of her rare
guest appearance with a solid 42:30 clocking for her first Snowstorm
Classic win, adding her name to the Hall of Fame.
Harrier teammate Rogina Modesto took master honors with a 2nd
place 43:48 while Laura Chipkin toured the course in 46:37 for 3rd.
Meghan Lynch was the first junior girl in 47:04 while
Marjorie Kos of the New York Flyers was the first senior women in
52:38, edging Ellen Bellicchi (52:55).
that venerable SMACer, Mr. Bruce Kurtz, steadily traversed the full
ten thousand meters in 1:23:43 to register his 96th
consecutive Snowstorm Classic finish, drawing
race closer to the century mark.
Happy New Year 2005 to one and all.