Northfield Mountain 06-05-2004

La Sportiva - USATF New England Mountain Running Championships

by Dave Dunham <dave.dunham@verizon.net>

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Northfield race masters winner Dan Verrington (CMS). Photo by pixel-run.com.
Northfield race masters winner Dan Verrington (CMS).
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A new king of the hill was crowned on Saturday, as recent Keene State grad Josh Ferenc edged 2003 Mountain Runner of the Year Paul Low (CMS) to take the La Sportiva USATF-NE Mountain Running Championship at Northfield Mountain Recreation Area on Saturday June 5th.

In addition to being part of the USATF NE Mountain circuit and the designated USATF NE Mountain Championship, the race was also the next to last stop in the highly popular Hockomock Swamp Rat series, as well as a part of the New England Grand Tree trail race series. All contributed to the large 130 runner field who hailed from 8 states (CT, RI, MA, NY, VT, NH, ME and MD) and more than 30 different running clubs.

Conditions were excellent for racing over the double loop 13.2 km, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid fifties. The course was slightly modified from last year, moving to the original Snowshoe trail that could not be used in 2003. That modification and the number of downed trees made the course slightly slower than last year, yet despite that, there were some age group records and an overall course record set.

At the start, Ferenc took the lead and by the start of the first climb (at about .75 mi) he had gapped Low by about 5 seconds. Low, who has not been beaten by an American in an up/down course since 1999, made his move on the steepest climb of the course, about 3 miles. He gained a slight lead before the wide grassy downhill. Paul noted, “I ran the first downhill hard yet conservatively, and Josh caught me just before the single track turn”. Josh gapped Paul on the remaining downhill and had a few seconds lead as they passed through the start/finish at 4½ miles. As the duo climbed the first hill in the second loop, the next two runners passed on their way down the hill; Low gauged that Mark Werner and Rich Bolt were way back and would not be a factor. This affected his decision to “push the uphill as hard as I could”, knowing Ferenc would make up time on the long, grassy downhill. Paul moved back into the lead at the single-track section about 5½ miles into the race.

On the second loop, Paul held his lead until about ½ way down the hill and then was passed. “I tucked in behind him for a while,” Paul said, adding “I was right behind him by the end of the single track (400m from the finish). He proceeded to put 7 seconds on me by the finish line”. Josh looked strong on the final downhill and Paul’s hurdling of the gate did little to cut into the lead. Josh’s new course record (49:18) equates to 5:58 per mile over the 8.2m course with 1800’ of climb and descent. Paul took 40 seconds off of his winning time from last year. Werner, a member of the US Mountain team last year and recently qualified to represent the US in the 100 Kilometer World challenge, held on to 3rd with Bolt moving up 4 places and 30 seconds from 2003. Rich noted that he may have “saved a little on the downhill, thinking about Mt Washington”.

Further down, sixth placer Zach Emerson (Moose Milers) was first junior, adding another quality race to his resume toward possible selection to the USA World Cup team later this year. Bolt noted, "it's been a while since we’ve had good Junior (under 20) mountain runners in New England." Master’s course record holder Dan Verrington (CMS) took the 40+ victory, closely followed by Mark Pitts (Moose Milers). The 50+ went to Rob Higley (WMAC) with an excellent 11th place overall finish in 58:27. Now 3 for 3 in the 2004 circuit, he broke Richard Stockdale’s course record by nearly 6 minutes. Peter Orni (CMS) won the 60+ race in 1:11:03, missing his own course record by one second.

In the women's race, the perfecta repeated the Mt.Kearsarge finish. Kelli Lusk (CMS) took the women’s race in 1:03:04, 3 minutes slower than her course record of last year, but likely not an all-out run and Jenn Brooks-Lassen (Team Gloucester) was 2nd more than four minutes back, affected by an achilles spasm that forced a walk up much of the first hill; they retain the 1-2 spots in the circuit standings. Grace Jensen took the 40+ victory by nearly 2 minutes and the 50+ win went to Sherisa Sterling.

In the team battle, Central Mass Striders took the measure of Moose Milers. Eldon Burkinshaw (Gate City) moved into a tie for the most appearances ever in the nine year old circuit with injury-sidelined race director Dave Dunham, and Sarah Prescott (MVS) won a pair of snowshoes as the middle-of-the-pack finisher, 64 of 128.
Mike Woodman of Timonium MD was the top Hockomock Swamp rat finisher in 12th place, and Rob Smith (CMS) was the top Grand Tree runner with his 13th place finish. The final "Rat Race" is the Montpellier VT 10m later this month, while the Grand Tree competition continued on Sunday with the Nipmuck Marathon in Vernon CT.

Place	Time	First	Last		Catgry	Age	Sex	Town		St	Club
1	0:49:18	Joshua	Ferenc		M20	22	M	Keene		NH
2	0:49:25	Paul	Low		M30	30	m	Amherst		MA	CMS
3	0:52:07	Mark	Werner		M30	32	M	Boothbay Harbor	ME	La Sportiva
4	0:52:55	Richard	Bolt		M30	33	m	Manchester	NH	CMS
5	0:53:31	Kevin	Tilton		M20	22	m	Conway		NH	CMS
6	0:54:44	Zach 	Emerson		M15	19	M	Hillsboro	NH	Moose Milers
7	0:54:57	James	Pawlicki	M25	29	M	Beverly		MA	CMS
8	0:54:59	Greg	Ward		M30	32	m	Holden		MA	Moose Milers
9	0:56:49	Dan	Verrington	M40	41	m	Bradford	MA	CMS
10	0:57:26	Mark	Pitts		M40	41	M	N Woodstock	NH	Moose Milers
11	0:58:27	Rob	Higley		M50	50	m	Amherst		MA	WMAC
12	1:00:57	Michael	Woodman		M35	38	M	Timonium	MO	Falls Road Racing Team
13	1:01:33	Rob	Smith		M35	37	m	Charlestown	MA	CMS
14	1:01:58	Pat	Giersch		M35	37	m	Natick		MA
15	1:03:04	Kelli	Lusk		F30	34	F	Amherst		MA	CMS
16	1:03:18	Bernard	Hyland		M30	31	M	Brighton	MA
17	1:03:56	Todd	Brown		M40	40	M	Rocky Hill	CT	NMC
18	1:04:12	Bill	Wardyga		M40	44	m	Pawtucket	RI	Wampanoag RR
19	1:04:14	David	Audet		M35	39	M	Concord		NH	Sandown Rogue Runners
20	1:04:32	Gerald	Campbell	M40	44	M	Hubbardston	MA
21	1:04:46	Robert	Naser		M40	41	M	Dedham		MA	Thirsty Irish Runners
22	1:04:57	James	Doneski		M30	35	M	Concord		NH
23	1:05:32	Andrew	Novis		M40	40	m	Amherst		MA
24	1:05:56	Paul	Kirsch		M35	38	M	Madison		NH	White Mtn Milers
25	1:06:01	Wesley	Lassen		M20	26	M	Gloucester	MA	Team Gloucester
26	1:06:04	Don	Slovenka	M45	48	M	Fitchburg	MA	NMC
27	1:06:30	Donald	Burke		M45	47	m	Mansfield	MA	HSR
28	1:06:39	Jim 	Panaccione	M30	33	M	Newmarket	NH
29	1:06:44	Thomas	Parker		M30	34	M	Nashua		NH	CSU
30	1:06:53	Seth	Miles		M25	28	M	Georgetown	MA
31	1:07:00	Jeff	Gould		M35	39	M	Westminster	MA	NMC
32	1:07:09	Jenn	Brooks-Lassen	F25	25	F	Gloucester	MA	Team Gloucester
33	1:07:24	Bob	Mulvaney	M50	50	M	Derry		NH	Mose Milers
34	1:07:42	Ken	Jacobson	M40	48	M	Ashland		MA
35	1:09:09	Dan	Murphy		M25	25	M	Putney		VT
36	1:09:14	Richard	Stockdale	M50	53	m	Mason		NH	Gate City
37	1:09:17	Will 	Graustein	M40	43	M	Harwinton	CT	HTC
38	1:09:41	Ray 	Daupiainais	M40	44	M	Ridge		NH
39	1:09:45	Rodney	Furr		F40	40	M	Florence	MA
40	1:10:44	Joshua 	Curtis		M25	29	M	Newport		RI	NWC
41	1:10:46	Jim	Drew		M50	54	M	Boxboro		MA	CSU
42	1:10:57	Vinnie	Rivard		M55	57	m	Leominster	MA	CMS
43	1:10:59	Peter	Gagarin		M55	59	M	Sunderland	MA	SMAC
44	1:11:01	Edward	Alibozek	M40	41	M	Suffield	CT	WMAC
45	1:11:03	Peter	Orni		M60	61	M	Ashburnham	MA	CMS
46	1:11:06	Stan	Kolpa		M50	52	M	Vernon		VT	CSU
47	1:11:10	Steve	Jensen		M40	43	M	E. Haddam	CT
48	1:11:29	Grace	Jensen		F40	41	F	E. Haddam 	CT
49	1:12:29	Bruce	Marvonek	M50	50	M	Stafford Sprgs	CT	Shenipsit Str
50	1:12:37	Steve	Davis		M40	44	M	Gloucester	MA	Team Gloucester
51	1:12:48	Eric	Levin		M50	50	M	Waltham		MA
52	1:13:22	Helen	Bradler		F40	44	F	Temple		NH
53	1:14:20	John	Tallarico	M40	44	m	Wilton		NH	MRM
54	1:14:52	Phil	Bricker		M50	50	M	Northampton	MA	SMAC
55	1:14:54	Steve	Vaitones	M45	48	M	Waltham		MA	Somerville Road Runners
56	1:14:59	Keith	Bockus		M50	51	M	Hubberdston	MA
57	1:15:04	Laren 	Siebert		F40	41	F	Pepperell	MA	North Medford
58	1:15:09	Michael	Souza		M50	52	M	Tauton		MA
59	1:15:16	Donna	Smyth		F40	44	F	Vernon		VT	CSU
60	1:16:08	Michael	Menovich	M50	53	M	Lexington	MA	NMC
61	1:16:15	Mike	Lahey		M50	53	M	Adams		MA
62	1:17:35	CRobert	Suarez		M35	36	M	Boston		MA
63	1:17:38	Michael	Quinn		M40	40	M	Arlington	MA	SRR
64	1:17:46	Sarah	Prescott	F35	38	F	Concord		NH	MVS
65	1:17:49	James	Shope		M50	50	M	Leominster	MA	CMS/NMC
66	1:18:48	Charlie	Farrington	M55	59	m	Methuen		MA	MVS
67	1:18:53	Ken	Goodwin		M45	49	M	Lowell		MA
68	1:19:08	Laura	Evans		M30	39	F	Turners Falls	MA
69	1:19:09	John	Kinnicutt	M40	41	M	Menands		NY
70	1:19:12	Peter	Lipka		M50	52	M	Adams		MA	WMAC
71	1:19:24	Paultte	Bolton		M40	44	F	Manchester	NH
72	1:19:38	Kate	Naples		F35	35	F	E Sandwich	MA	CCAC
73	1:20:49	Eldon	Burkinshaw	M65	65	m	Londonderry	NH	Gate City
74	1:21:18	Ken 	Mueller		M60	67	M	Bellingham	MA	WBFC
75	1:21:47	Jim 	Boss		M45	47	M	Keene		NH	EURC
76	1:22:28	James	Schneider	M45	47	M	Weymouth	MA	Swamp Rats
77	1:23:10	Kris	Gleason		F40		F	Leominster	MA	NMC
78	1:23:21	Peter	Brook		M40	44	M	S Boston	MA	SRR
79	1:23:28	Micheal	Thatcher	M45	46	m	Manchester	NH	Gate City
80	1:23:37	Angela	Iaria		F30	33	F	Boston		MA
81	1:23:46	Charlie	Hudson		M50	53	M	Easton		MA
82	1:23:49	Dave	Martin		M40	44	M	Sharon		MA	CRR/HSR/SFD
83	1:23:51	Dave	Tyler		M45	45	M	Lowell		MA	MVS
84	1:23:57	Manny	Arruda		M50	53	M	Somerville	MA	HSR
85	1:24:17	Rod	L'Italien	M65	68	M	Newburyport	MA
86	1:24:26	Rick	Baccus		M50	51	m	Bristol		RI	RIRR
87	1:25:21	Richard	Jones		M45	46	m	Carlisle	MA	HSR
88	1:26:11	Ray 	Boutotte	M58	58	M	Pepperell	MA	NMC
89	1:26:21	Peter	Watson		M65	65	M	Rockport	MA	Team Gloucester
90	1:26:27	Darlene	Murray		F45	48	F	Sterling	MA	NMC
91	1:26:35	Richard	Macdonald	M50	54	M	Milford		NH	GCS
92	1:26:44	Fred	Ross III	M55	57	m	Vernon		VT	CSU
93	1:26:46	Walter	Kuklinski	M55	55	M	Princeton	MA	WPI Footpounders
94	1:26:50	Jack	Foley		M50	51	m	Braintree	MA	HSR/CRR
95	1:26:53	Paul	Grogan		M50	50	M	Hudson		MA	WPI Footpounders
96	1:27:23	Paul	Grant		M55	56	m	Carver		MA	CSU
97	1:27:35	Sherisa	Sterling	F50	51	F	Ashburnham	MA	CSRC/NMC
98	1:27:42	Rick 	Hayes		M50	53	M	W. Wareham	MA	Colonial RR
99	1:28:39	unknnown
100	1:29:13	Jack	Buckley		M55	55	m	Hopkinton	MA
101	1:29:40	Beth	Reynolds	F45	48	F	Hopkinton	MA
102	1:29:40	Richard	Paulsen		M60	60	m	Woburn		MA	Shamrock
103	1:29:44	Emer	O'Donoghue	F40	41	F	Lexington	MA	SRR
104	1:30:38	Judy	Romvos		F50	53	F	Carlisle	MA	HSR
105	1:34:16	John	Goldrosen	M50	54	m	Whitman		MA	Colonial RR
106	1:34:18	Ronald	Trippett	M60	61	m	Topsfield	MA	Gilly's AC
107	1:34:22	Owen	Barber		M65	66	M	Keene		NH
108	1:35:26	Thomas 	Stracqualursi	M20	29	M	Stoughton	MA	Colonial Road Runners
109	1:35:27	Sarah	Winkley		F35	37	F	Littleton	MA
110	1:35:28	Tom	Micka		M50	53	m	Newtonville	MA	HSR
111	1:37:06	E. 	Dowlings	M45	48	M	Milton		MA	HSR
112	1:37:15	Gail	Martin		F35	38	F	Sharon		MA	CRR/HSR
113	1:37:49	Larry	Morris		M55	57	m	Leominster	MA	CMS/HSR/NMC
114	1:37:56	Peter	Wallan		M60	61	m	Sharon		MA	HSR - King Rat
115	1:40:34	Dick	Hoch		M60	63	M	Fisher Island	CT	WMAC
116	1:41:22	Paul	McDermott	M65	69	M	Fitchburg	MA	NMC
117	1:44:17	Martin	Glendon		M55	57	M	Windsor		MA	WMAC
118	1:44:20	Michael	Farley		M30	38	M	Hudson		NH	HSR
119	1:44:59	Bill	Glendon		M55	58	M	Dalton		MA	WMAC
120	1:46:47	Brian	Smith		M30	30	M	Boston 		MA
121	1:46:47	Martha	Stack		F30	30	F	Boston		MA
122	1:47:10	Laurel 	Shortell	F35	38	F	Northampton	MA	WMAC
123	1:47:57	Skip	Cleaver		M55	59	M	Merrimack	NH	Gate City
124	1:48:05	Peter	Buhl		M60	63	m	North Easton	MA	HSR
125	1:48:43	David 	Malliaros	M40	48	M	Milton		MA	HSR
126	1:57:28	Stephen	Lombardo	M55	55	m	Maynard		MA	Rob Henry TC
127	1:57:44	Greg 	Carson		M40	43	M	Londonderry	NH
128	1:58:04	Ann	Tassinnari	F50	50	F	Beverly	MA	GAC
Team Results
(total of placings of top 3 finishers, any combo M/W, Subject to review)

Club Place Time First Last Category Age Sex Town St

CMS 2 0:49:25 Paul Low M30 30 m Amherst MA
CMS 4 0:52:55 Richard Bolt M30 33 m Manchester NH
CMS 5 0:53:31 Kevin Tilton M20 22 m Conway NH
11

Moose Milers 6 0:54:44 Zach Emerson M15 19 M Hillsboro NH
Moose Milers 8 0:54:59 Greg Ward M30 32 m Holden MA
Moose Milers 10 0:57:26 Mark Pitts M40 41 M N Woodstock NH
24

NMC 17 1:03:56 Todd Brown M40 40 M Rocky Hill CT
NMC 26 1:06:04 Don Slovenka M45 48 M Fitchburg MA
NMC 31 1:07:00 Jeff Gould M35 39 M Westminster MA
74

Top 40+ Team
CMS 9 0:56:49 Dan Verrington M40 41 m Bradford MA
CMS 42 1:10:57 Vinnie Rivard M55 57 m Leominster MA
CMS 45 1:11:03 Peter Orni M60 61 M Ashburnham MA
96

NMC 17 1:03:56 Todd Brown M40 40 M Rocky Hill CT
NMC 26 1:06:04 Don Slovenka M45 48 M Fitchburg MA
NMC 60 1:16:08 Michael Menovich M50 53 M Lexington MA
103

Team Gloucester 25 1:06:01 Wesley Lassen M20 26 M Gloucester MA
Team Gloucester 32 1:07:09 Jennifer Brooks-Lassen F25 25 F Gloucester MA
Team Gloucester 50 1:12:37 Steve Davis M40 44 M Gloucester MA
107

CSU 29 1:06:44 Thomas Parker M30 34 M Nashua NH
CSU 41 1:10:46 Jim Drew M50 54 M Boxboro MA
CSU 46 1:11:06 Stan Kolpa M50 52 M Vernon VT
116

WMAC 11 0:58:27 Rob Higley M50 50 m Amherst MA
WMAC 44 1:11:01 Edward Alibozek M40 41 M Suffield CT
WMAC 70 1:19:12 Peter Lipka M50 52 M Adams MA
125

Top 50+ Team
CMS 42 1:10:57 Vinnie Rivard M55 57 m Leominster MA
CMS 45 1:11:03 Peter Orni M60 61 M Ashburnham MA
CMS 65 1:17:49 James Shope M50 50 M Leominster MA
152

CSU 41 1:10:46 Jim Drew M50 54 M Boxboro MA
CSU 46 1:11:06 Stan Kolpa M50 52 M Vernon VT
CSU 92 1:26:44 Fred Ross III M55 57 m Vernon VT
179

HSR 27 1:06:30 Donald Burke M45 47 m Mansfield MA
HSR 76 1:22:28 James Schneider M45 47 M Weymouth MA
HSR 84 1:23:57 Manny Arruda M50 53 M Somerville MA
187

Gate City 36 1:09:14 Richard Stockdale M50 53 m Mason NH
Gate City 73 1:20:49 Eldon Burkinshaw M65 65 m Londonderry NH
Gate City 79 1:23:28 Micheal Thatcher M45 46 m Manchester NH
188

Somerville Road Runners 55 1:14:54 Steve Vaitones M45 48 M Waltham MA
SRR 63 1:17:38 Michael Quinn M40 40 M Arlington MA
SRR 78 1:23:21 Peter Brook M40 44 M S Boston MA
196

WMAC 11 0:58:27 Rob Higley M50 50 m Amherst MA
WMAC 70 1:19:12 Peter Lipka M50 52 M Adams MA
WMAC 115 1:40:34 Dick Hoch M60 63 M Fisher Island CT
196

MVS 64 1:17:46 Sarah Prescott F35 38 f Concord NH
MVS 66 1:18:48 Charlie Farrington M55 59 m Methuen MA
MVS 83 1:23:51 Dave Tyler M45 45 M Lowell MA
213

Top Women's Team
NMC 77 1:23:10 Kris Gleason F40 Leominster MA
NMC 90 1:26:27 Darlene Murray F45 48 F Sterling MA
North Medford 57 1:15:04 Laren Siebert F40 41 F Pepperell MA
224

NMC 60 1:16:08 Michael Menovich M50 53 M Lexington MA
NMC 88 1:26:11 Raymond Boutotte M55 58 M Pepperell MA
NMC 116 1:41:22 Paul McDermott M65 69 M Fitchburg MA
264

HSR 84 1:23:57 Manny Arruda M50 53 M Somerville MA
HSR/CRR 94 1:26:50 Jack Foley M50 51 m Braintree MA
HSR 104 1:30:38 Judy Romvos F50 53 f Carlisle MA
282

CRR/HSR/SFD 82 1:23:49 Dave Martin M40 44 M Sharon MA
Colonial RR 98 1:27:42 Rick Hayes M50 53 M W. Wareham MA
Colonial RR 105 1:34:16 John Goldrosen M50 54 m Whitman MA
285

Colonial RR 98 1:27:42 Rick Hayes M50 53 M W. Wareham MA
Colonial RR 105 1:34:16 John Goldrosen M50 54 m Whitman MA
Colonial RR 108 1:35:26 Thomas Stracqualursi M20 29 M Stoughton MA
311

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