Paul Fratini and Kelly Joyce Add Wins
Walker Lowers Age Record
Seasonal weather, including cold temperatures (25 degrees)
but dry road and sunny skies, greeted the Snowstorm Classic
stalwarts for a 5K edition of the Forest Park races.
Shortly after the Sacramento cowbell sounded, Harriers Paul
Fratini and Steve Lombardo broke clear of the field, each seeking
his second win of the season. The footrace continued around the infields where the two
frontrunners lengthened their advantage over the other runners until
Paul, utilizing his track speed, pulled away for a definitive 17:21
triumph. His second
victory this season is also his 10th lifetime Snowstorm
Classic win The Ludlow
resident, who recently joined the masters ranks, thus climbs into 9th
spot in the Hall of Fame.
Steve’s 2nd place effort earned him a
lifetime course pr of 17:44 while Tim Dannay placed 3rd
in 18:21 to win the junior (under 20) division.
Steve O’Neil won another competitive senior (over 50)
division with a solid 19:11 clocking while Harrier teammate Art
Roberts won another veteran (over 60) title in a quick 21:22.
Kelly Joyce has been steadily moving up the Hall of
Fame rankings the past few years. Striding over the 5K course in
20:23, the speedy Harrier captured her 3rd victory this
season and 13th lifetime Snowstorm Classic win, thus
moving into a tie for 7th place in the Hall of Fame with
fellow GSHers Nancy Dzielenski and Mary Misiaszek.
That very same Mary finished 2nd in 22:07 while
anxiously awaiting her entry into the masters ranks.
Third place belonged to none other than Lyn Walker, the 65
year old Hartford Track Club star.
Crossing the line in 22:58, the native Australian sliced
another eight seconds off the age record which she has now broken
three times, thus bolstering the international renown of Aussie
Twelve year old Anne Fratini, following in the
footsteps of father Peter and uncle Paul, was the first junior
(under 20) girl in an admirable 27:08.
predicted time category, practice does indeed make perfect, as three
runners finished within a mere one second of their predicted times,
Paul Fratini, Karen LaForge and Betty Toms Matthews.