Maksimow Tops Carlos Rivera
Heroux Continues Her Winning Ways
the fourth time this season Carlos Rivera was second.
And for the fourth time this season it was Peter Maksimow who
Meanwhile Kelly Heroux continued her stellar Snowstorm
Classic season with her eighth win.
sunny skies but cold temperatures it was a fast crowd that toed the
waiting for the sound of the Sacramento cowbell.
The college and high school speedsters were out in force but
the Vegas oddsmakers were still focusing on Harrier Carlos Rivera,
with five wins this season, and Central Mass Strider Peter Maksimow
who had outrun Carlos three times previously in what turned out to
be classic footraces.
As usual, the Vegas bookies were right on
target but not before Springfield College upstart Scott
Barton had thrown a scare at the oddsmakers and the two rivals.
The race was in doubt into the final straightaway past the
duck pounds when the 27 year old Mr. Maksimow again found another
gear to outsprint his elder Mr. Rivera.
This time the margin was eleven seconds, 16:46 to 16:57.
Scott soon followed in 17:13 just ahead of SC teammates Chris
Hamel (17:26) and Partrick Byrne (17:51).
Carroll garnered 6th in 18:05 thereby winning a
competitive masterís division over GSHer Doug Guertin (19:04).
Super senior Vicente Rojas was 4 clicks in front of Doug to
capture the senior title in 19:00 over CMS rival Frank Rucki (19:16)
with Harrier Steve OíNeil not far behind in 19:31.
According to Harrier statistical guru Peter Vangness it was
Steveís 100th career Snowstorm Classic 5K, a mark
nearly unparalleled in the history of the Snowstorm Classics, in
fact surpassed only by the statistical guru himself with 130 5K
Roberts returned to the winnerís circle with a 20:33 veteran title
while 17 year old Jim Fisk was the 1st junior in
in the womenís race focused on Harrier teammates Kelly Heroux,
with a five race winning streak on the line, and Mary Ferraro who
was making her season debut.
Neither disappointed as the two frontrunners quickly opened a
lead on the rest of the womenís field.
Kellyís trademark jackrabbit start proved decisive as she held off
Mary 19:57 to 20:25 to extend her winning streak to six.
She now has eight wins this season and ten career victories.
Monroe of the Hartford Track Club made her journey to Springfield a
success by winning both the master and senior divisions in 24:45
while Sue Grant of the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic club gang ran
26:57 to add another veteran crown to her collection.
17 year old Sara Tislett was the 1st
junior in 27:19.