Rivera Earns Win #36
Maureen Burns Wins With New Age Record
groundhog may have seen his shadow a couple of days ago but the mild
winter of 2006 continued with temperatures in the 40’s and nary a
spec of snow nor ice on the 10K course.
Club members were
eager to take advantage of the fine conditions.
Several previous winners toed the starting line for the
Harriers including Steve Lombardo fresh off his 5K win last week,
newly minted master Paul Fratini who earned a blue ribbon in
December and Carlos Rivera with four victories tallied so far this
season. Half an hour
plus after the sound of the Sacramento cowbell GSHers had swept the
first six places and all the men’s divisions.
and Paul broke free from the pack early and waged a classic footrace
around Forest Park. But
in the end it was the nearly unstoppable Carlos earning his fifth
victory of the season in 36:06 with Paul close behind in 36:18.
Steve was 3rd in 38:40, followed in short order by
teammates Joe Fois (38:47), Steve O’Neil (39:34) and Billy Rowe
(39:43). Paul was the
first master, Mr. O’Neil the first senior while Art Roberts took
home veterans (over 60) honors in 43:45.
The win gave Carlos his 36th lifetime Snowstorm
Classic title as he continues to pull away from all challengers in
the Hall of Fame listings.
runners chased age records including Mr. Fratini , Frank Rucki,
Betty Quinn and Lyn Walker (2 seconds off her own record) but only
Maureen Burns was able to topple one of the tough standards as the
45 year old Merrimac Valley Strider clocked a 41:35 to erase Harrier
Betsy Duquette’s 43:05 set on December 2, 2000.
Maureen’s 2nd win this season is her 3rd
lifetime Snowstorm Classic victory.
Harriers Dawn Roberts (42:32), Kelly Joyce (42:40) and Abby
Kingman (42:51) and Rogina Modestow (44:03) followed Maureen across
the finish line. Hartford
Track Club’s Lyn Walker (48:24) again won both senior and veteran
titles while thirteen year old Mandy Sullivan was the first junior
(under 20) runner in 1:05:06 .