(Harrison ME) “Back so soon?”
That’s what someone asked as Dom Sclafani came over the hill past the Harrison boat landing.
But he was back, and it was “soon.”
Dom finished the Harrison 5K Run by the Lake in 16:26 to win for the second straight year.
The recent graduate from Oxford Hills started fast and never let up. His margin over Oxford Hills’ junior Noah Currier was over 2 ½ minutes.
I asked Dom afterwards about running a race with no challengers. “I run for fun. I keep track of how I’m doing in my head.”
Dom will be attending Wheaton College (Norton MA) in the fall. “I plan to major in Bio/Chem,” he told me. “Running had nothing to do with my going there but the cross-country coach at Wheaton wants me to run so I probably will.”
Carissa Winning of Norway (ME) ended up 8th overall and dominated the women’s division. Carissa came across at the post-office finish two minutes and forty-three seconds ahead of the next woman, Carrie Bush.
Nice night for running. The 7PM starting time makes plenty of sense temperature wise.
The number of runners was well below what it has been in the past. Reason? The race is run on Wednesday’s and this year the 4th was a Wednesday. Usually the race is the night before Old Home Days starts but the 4th had the Bridgton race going. It just didn’t work out.
This race is more of a family event anyhow. Most of the spectators know the runners and there are plenty of smiles to be seen.
I asked Dom where his interest in running came from: “I started running toward the end of 8th grade. I began to take it seriously during my junior year of cross-country at Oxford Hills.”
Dom’s running certainly has improved. He ran over a minute faster this year. He also keeps inching up the list of finishers in the prestigious Bridgton 4 on the 4th taking 8th last week. “I was about 10-20 seconds out of 7th. I will keep working and see if I can do better.”
I was impressed with the Back 40 stat service which covered this race. Generally, with previous Harrison 5K’s the results aren’t posted online until the day after the race. Tonight the results were already online when I left the awards ceremony. That’s service! However, the Back 40’s speediness does pressure me to get my coverage posted since I have no excuse to wait until tomorrow to do it.
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