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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Southern Saratoga 5k prep for preps

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Southern Saratoga 5k prep for preps

Shen seniors sweep Southern Saratoga Y 5k
CLIFTON PARK — The timing was perfect for the 12th annual Southern Saratoga County YMCA 5k run for Shenendehowa senior cross country runners Jonathan McDonald and Morgan Roche. The pair of Plainsmen captured the top spots Tuesday in Clifton Park as a prep race for their fall season that begins in earnest Monday morning.

McDonald led the 203 runners Monday across the finish line in 16 minutes, 30 seconds and was followed later by Roche who led the women with her time of 18:41.

“There was a small pack of three guys at the start,” McDonald said. “I was running with (a teammate) for a while at the two mile mark and then he fell off.”

McDonald’s closest competitor was 27-year-old Arthur DeGraw from Watervliet 12 seconds behind him followed by Zack Evans from Clifton Park at 16:56 and Daniel Bruton from Waterford at 17:23.

“The first mile was 5:04 and we were at 10:37 at the second mile,” McDonald said. “I kept running steady, trying to get faster as I went along.”

Roche was the 13th runner to cross the finish line followed by 42-year-old Anne Benson from Clifton Park at 18:54 and Cara Janeczko from Clifton Park at 19:15.
The time was personal best for the soccer player, turned runner, Roche.

“During the outdoor season last year I made the decision to jump to cross country this fall,” Roche said. “Before, I was running outdoors just to keep up my endurance in soccer.”

Road and trail running is a far cry from her previous starts and stops on the pitch.

“It’s a lot different, I wasn’t that good at sprints and stuff,” Roche said. “The course was very flat, another reason to run it and I had a good run, seeing how I won it.”

The local 5k road race continues to be a success in Clifton Park.

“We had 250 runners last year and still had a strong turnout this year,” Southern Saratoga County YMCA Fitness Director Craig Miszewski said. “We had more than 100 kids for the fun run, this is our largest ever. We expected 50, so that was a great thing.”

Both runners are looking to make their mark this fall with their sites set on landing at a Division I school as a harrier.

“Before this year I never ran up on varsity,” McDonald said. “I haven’t had much interest from colleges yet, hopefully I’ll get that in the fall.”

Roche ran the 10,000 at this year’s Empire State Games in Westchester County and now hopes to capitalize on her fall season.

“I think I’m going to struggle trying to find a DI school to run at,” Roche said. “They didn’t see me run yet, so I have to find them more than them finding me.
I’ll get a couple more times in, cross country starts Monday.”

Southern Saratoga County YMCA
5k run and walk
Overall finishers
1. Jonathan McDonald 16:30. 2. Arthur DeGraw 16:42. 3. Zack Evans 16:56. 4. Daniel Bruton 17:02. 5. Brent Parlick 17:23. 6. Michael Zelensky 17:35. 7. Alex Belensz 17:43. 8. Kyle Dunn 18:01. 9. George Stopyak 18:11. 10. Michael Wilbur 18:31. 11. Mathew Fryer 18:32. 12. Walter Boldish 18:35. 13. Morgan Roche 18:41. 14. Mitch Todorov 18:45. 15. Joe Skufca 18:50. 16. Anne Benson 18:54. 17. Cara Janeczko 19:15. 18. Michael Vadney 19:17. 19. Corey Clavet 19:23. 20. Jason Harrell 19:25. 21. Sam Kimmey 19:26. 22. Ryan Jones 19:26. 23. Christine Gonyo 19:27. 24. John Murray 19:30. 25. Micheal Farra 19:41.

26. Chris Benson 19:45. 27. Mathew Blizinski 19:48. Steven Moore 19:48. 29. David Shumpert 19:56. 30. Dominic Weeber 19:58. 31. Tommy Pierson 20:17. 32. Dan McCue 20:20. 33. Raymond Lewis 20:38. 34. Tom Clinton 20:41. 35. Jonny LaVigne 20:50. 36. Chris Varley 21:02. 37. Allison Mueller 21:04. 38. Michael Cicchinelli 21:08. 39. Jeff Waeger 21:11. 40. Jim Lofthouse 21:26. 41. Nicole Irving 21:25. 42. Ted Todorov 21:27. 43. Bob Arnold 21:32. 44. Konrad Weeber 21:37. 45. Henry Bailey 21:42. 46. William Danaher 21:48. 47. Dominic Perters 22:02. 48. Edward Mazicjku 22:05. 49. Paul Kokkinides 22:10. 50. Kaylee Scott 22:11.

51. Sean Crall 22:16. 52. Anant Selleir 22:23. 53. Joyce Goodrich 22:25. 54. John Felio 22:31. 55. Martha DeGrazia 22:34. 56. Maureen Fitzgerald 22:39. 57. Judith Glasier 22:40. 58. Hubert Oing 22:42. 59. Matthew Flannery 22:42. 60. Kelly Virkler 22:49. 61. Mathew Ryan 22:56. 62. Kyle Arnold 22:59. 63. Lindsey Ebr 23:03. 64. Christopher Bartos 23:04. 65. Chelsea Maguire 23:06. 66. Kurt Bedore 23:09. 67. Stu Burton 23:16. 68. Brittany Mangione 23:17. 69. Kevin Siska 23:25. 70. Greg McIntyre 23:30. 71. Larissa Oaks 23:35. 72. Derek Dunbar 23:41. 73. Libbie Craft 23:42. 74. Bob Husted 23:43. 75. Thomas Ryan 23:50.

76. Robbie Benson 23:51. 77. Alexis VanPelt 23:51. 78. Heather Brunell 24:01. 79. Kevin Scott 24:03. 80. Desma DeGraw 24:15. 81. Nathan William 24:19. 82. Nicholas Murray 24:23. 83. Ruth King 24:26. 84. Michael Bowden 24:30. 85. Jessica Mitchell 24:32. 86. Daniel Herrick 24:38. 87. Jennifer Trainor 24:39. 88. Emily Danaher 24:40. 89. Maggie Belensz 24:40. 90. Sarah Flannery 24:43. 91. Eileen Trainor 24:44. 92. Larissa Colontinivc 24:45. 93. James Garofallou 24:46. 94. Linda Bellamore 24:49. 95. Aaron Flaherty 24:50. 96. Tom McManus 24:52.
97. Michael DellaRocco 24:57. 98. Al Aldi 24:59. 99. Irene Valada 25:01. 100. Mary Kate Gagnier 25:05

101. Andrea Keller 25:07. 102. Zak Robinson 25:08. 103. Edward Delehanty 25:10. 104. Jill Koziol 25:13. 105. Stephanie Carpenter 25:21.
106. Erin McMahon 25:24. 107. Micheal Maguire 25:26. 108. Bill Long 25:27. 109. Kathleen Tersigni 25:28. 110. Steve Obeymeyer 25:30. 111. Eileen Lynch 25:35. 112. Donald Joss 25:35. 113. John Lynch 25:36. 114. Russell Irving 25:38. 115. Arthur Sanderson 25:41. 116. Kevin Schanz 25:50. 117. Michael Hosley 26:07. 118. Chris Glover 26:08. 119. Edward Van Alstyne Jr. 26:15. 120. Darryl Wisniewski 26:30. 121. Micheal Spatuzzi 26:34. 122. Eric Hamilton 26:37. 123. David Finlaysa 26:48. 124. Katie Christiansen 26:56. 125. Tom Schweder 27:10

126. Lawrence Seward 27:17. 127. Lorin Speigel 27:19. 128. Amanda Test 27:42. 129. Marilou Bick 27:44. 130. Micheal Tolan 27:44. 131. Michelle Quinn 27:46. 132. Alexandra Berthiaum 27:47. 133. Renee Tolan 27:48. 134. Isabella Corcione 27:52. 135. Elena Bachniak 28:01. 136. Jessica Crall 28:07. 137. Laura Kelly 28:10. 138. Larry Peleggi 28:12. 139. Kyle Landis 28:31. 140. Tim Landis 28:31. 141. Scott Meyo 28:35. 142. Amnat Chittaphong 29:03. 143. Ellie George 29:05. 144. Barbara Fuller 29:05. 145. Melissa Lizzi 29:08 . 146. Frank Murray 29:17. 147. Ena Minnick 29:19. 148. Mark Irvine 29:26. 149. Madeleine Mason 29:28. 150. Pam Sutton-Hyatt 29:29.

151. Jordan Casey 29:36. 152. Jerry Casey 29:36. 153. Dave Brown 29:56. 154. Regina Felio 30:16. 155. Allison Gier 30:23. 156. Kate Patell 30:25. 157. Jennifer Signer 30:28. 158. Debbie Clinton 30:32. 159. Sandra Perdek 30:37. 160. Audra Clarke 30:39. 161. Ralph Feinstein 31:22.
162. Sandra Thornton 31:29. 163. Melissa Graffton 31:29. 164. Ken Orner 31:43. 165. Mark Tally 31:51. 166. Sandra Crall 31:53. 167. Jess Masters 32:25. 168. Karen Lauver 32:45. 169. George Donohue 33:19. 170. Greg Agosti 33:48. 171. Nicole Kruse 34:08. 172. Connie Reynolds 34:13. 173. Bev Skoll 34:30. 174. Sean Cataldo 34:32. 175. Jodi Cataldo 34:33.


176. Christine Pechulis 34:41. 177. Darcie Reed 34:46. 178. Betsy McGeoch 35:16. 179. Bridget Tally 35:37. 180. Robert Rogers 35:37. 181. Bridget Lenane 35:39. 182. Heather Rogers 35:39. 183. Jason Fischer 35:54. 184. Brooke Fischer 36:01. 185. Savannah Gordon 36:19. 186. Lisa Vacanti 36:20. 187. Melissa Champagne 36:23. 188. Bernadette Jefferson 36:34. 189. Valerie Ruskin 36:37. 190. Terry May 36:53. 191. Joe Silva 37:55. 192. Erica Greene 38:26. 193. Nina Nichols 38:27. 194. Stacie Peugh 39:03. 195. Susan Adinolfe 40:10. 196. Kirk Gleason 43:26. 197. Dale Gleason 43:26. 198. Shannon Joy 44:02. 199. Aaron Bubb 44:03. 200. Alanna Bailey 44:41

201. Laurie Bailey 45:10. 202. Carol McGeogh 53:41. 203. Amy McGeogh 53:41

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