Steve Lombardo and Sarah Kasabian-Larson Join
Hall of Fame
Maureen Burns, Lyn Walker & Philip Hempstead Set Records
After several near misses, Harriers Steve Lombardo and Sarah
Kasabian-Larson added their names to the Snowstorm Classics’ Hall
of Fame today with season pr’s on the 5K course.
Cold (28 degrees) temperatures but sunny skies greeted the
runners, with only a few icy spots to hinder the times.
two seconds and a fourth so far this season Steve was eager to break
the tape but standing in his way was a surprise appearance by none
other then the legendary Dave Hanechak.
Dave’s 31 ½ Snowstorm Classic titles (including 12 wins
and a second in 13 races during a remarkable 1994-1995 season) was
the long time Hall of Fame leader until Carlos Rivera passed him
earlier this season. He
currently holds six Snowstorm Classic age records and has pr’s of
15:43 on the 5K course and 32:01 on the 10K course (only two runners
have run faster). But
after years of self-imposed exile from the running wars, questions
abounded amid rumors that the newly minted master was only appearing
due to a wager (an illegal wager at that!) placed against him by a
high ranking Harrier official.
answers were soon forthcoming.
At the sound of the Sacramento cowbell the contestants
charged up the hill towards the long loop around the ball fields
with Steve breaking into the lead followed by Steve O’Neil, Rich
Clark, John Cote and the familiar sight of Dave Hanechak matching
strides with the leaders. The
race was over by Sumner Avenue as Steve opened a commanding lead on
route to a convincing 18:13 victory while becoming the 89th
member of the Hall of Fame. Dave
held off the rest of the field with a gritty 19:16 effort to earn
his first master title while Steve O’Neil topped the seniors in
19:26 while capturing 3rd overall. Veteran Art Roberts
completed a Harrier sweep of the adult divisions with a 21:16
at the other end of the age spectrum, five year old Philip Hempstead
from Northampton was in the process of erasing an age standard which
was established before he was born. On January 1, 2000 Kevin Rogers ran 41:42.
Philip sliced nearly ten minutes off that time by scampering
over the five thousand meter Forest Park course in 32:06, sprinting
past his father Michael (32:07) at the finish line.
six consecutive 2nd place Snowstorm Classic finishes,
Sarah was definitely ready for the prime time.
Racing within a stone’s throw of the frontrunning men,
Sarah broke the 20 minute barrier on the certified Harrier course
with a 19:54 ticket to the Hall of Fame, the 83rd woman
so honored. In the
process she turned the tables on MVSer Maureen Burns whose 2nd
place 20:32 lowered her own age record for 45 year old women, set
two weeks ago, by 11 seconds. GSH
master Rogina Modesto was third in 21:22.
Hartford Track Club’s amazing Lyn Walker (23:06) clipped nearly
another full minute off the age record for 65 year old women (23:59)
which she set just a month ago. Fourteen
year old Angelina Cavallini took another junior title in 24:47, her
best time if the year.