Visits As Carlos Rivera and Mary Misiaszek Win
Winter returned to the Snowstorm Classics with the proverbial snow,
sleet, and freezing rain as two multiple champions returned to the
Harriers Carlos Rivera and Mary Misiaszek earned their first
victories of the season, adding to their impressive lifetime totals.
Bike racer and steadily improving runner Steve Lombardo led most of
the race, slipping and sliding over the Forest Parks roads with
Carlos and teenagers David Estabrook and Joe Crooks not far behind.
But as the 5K finish line approached, Carlos took control to
register his 27th lifetime Snowstorm Classic title in
Carlos thus edged closer to all time leader Dave Hanechak who
has 31 ½ lifetime victories (ties count for ½ ).
Steve gamely kept it close in 19:27 followed by David who
slid across the line in 19:59 for 3rd and junior (under
again swept the age divisions with Doug Guertin leading the masters
(over 40) in 20:25, Seth Roberts sledding across the finish line in
20:59 for 1st senior (over 50), and Art Roberts winning
his fifth consecutive veterans (over 60) title in 22:11.
Art likely would have won all six this season but for the
fact he was in Portland, Oregon, on December 4th helping
the Harrier veterans earn a team silver medal at the USATF National
Club Cross Country Championships.
22:25 victory among the women was her 13th lifetime title
thus moving her into 7th place on the Hall of Fame list,
tied with Nancy Dzielenski.
Rogina Modesto (23:14) edged fellow Harrier Cheryl Abert
(23:23) for master honors and 2nd and 3rd
place overall, while the first senior was teammate Betty Toms
Matthews in 27:14.
Mary Bazanchuk was the first junior girl in
the weather, a trio of younger Modestows completed the five thousand
meter course, including two of the youngest runners to ever finish a
Thirteen year old Jake Modestow ran 31:37 while helping his
eight year old sister Paulina finish in 32 minutes even.
Shortly thereafter six year old Cole Modestow outsprinted his
father Keith 36:14 to 36:15.
As both Cole and Paulina are about half the size of an adult,
their times are more accurately comparable to twice the distance for
adults, ie., 10K, and thus very respectible indeed.