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Dominic Sclafani wins the 17th Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Start of Harrison’s Run by the Lake

Dominic Sclafani finishes nearly two minutes ahead of everyone else

Dominic Sclafani near the finish

Natasha Leighton led the female finishers

(Harrison ME) Dominic Sclafani, of Harrison, won the 17th Harrison 5K Run by the Lake for the third straight year on Saturday morning.

The Wheaton College (Norton MA) sophomore runs cross country there and easily bested the field today winning by over two minutes.

“It was just a workout,” he told me afterwards.  “I raced two days ago (Bridgton 4 on the Fourth) and didn’t want to push it.  I wanted to run a 5:20-5:30 pace per mile.”

Dominic finished in 16:48 and ran 5:25 miles.

Natasha Leighton, an experienced runner from Bridgton, led the women.  She finished tenth overall (21:28).

“This was the first time I’ve done this race,” she said. “It’s actually hillier than I expected.  I usually do a 4th of July race but couldn’t so I decided to do this one instead.”

As I stated above, Dominic cruised in uncontested.  The race for second?  About as exciting as it could be!  David Krall entered the final forty-yard (?) stretch on Lincoln Street with a ten-yard lead over Cameron Gilmore.  Didn’t look as if there was enough race left for Cameron to catch Dave, but he did.  Trust me, Dave didn’t slow down.  It was about Cameron closing with a rush.

Plenty of heat around even for the 9AM morning start.  Yesterday was in the 90’s.

This race has (always?) been run during Harrison’s Old Home Days Week in the past.  Surprising (to me) OHD was called off……no carnival, no parade etc..  I thought that the 5K might suffer the same fate but saw it listed in the Bridgton News with day and time changes.  It was formerly on Wednesdays starting at 7PM.

The changes certainly impacted the turnout.  There were only sixty-four finishers and none from any of the nearby camps.  Maybe next year?

Dominic: “I think I’ll run the race in Lovell (July 20th) but that would be my last one before I get back to school on August 17th.  I have changed my major (formerly bio/chem) to physics/chemistry.  I was always more interested in physics than I was in biology.  I have increased my mileage since the summer started and it has helped taper my asthma a little bit.”

Natasha: “Marathons are kind of my thing.  I have done twenty-four of them.  I like to do 5K’s because it helps with my speed and leg turnover.  I plan to do the Baystate Marathon in Lowell (MA) in October and the Boston Marathon in April.  I have lived in Bridgton for five years and work at the Bridgton Hospital.”

Race results

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Natasha Leighton finishes 10th

Natasha Leighton pre-race

Race underway

Bear Brooks – 4th

David Brooks – 5th

Bo Brooks (85) – 7th and Erik Martin (144) – 6th

Daniel Brabender – 8th

Noah Currier – 9th

 

 

 

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Dom Sclafani and Carissa Winning breeze in Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Carissa Winning tops women

Dom Sclafani wins race

(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.”

Dom (in orange) wastes little time separating from the rest of the runners

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.

The Bommer family took part – Amelia, Arno, Alyssa

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.

Race results

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Noah Currier 2nd

Erik Martin 3rd

Lokesh Kumar Meena 4th

Devyn Hatch 5th

Kyle Spangler 6th

Arno Bommer 7th

Last hill – Ashley Mayhan and Brailey Sands

Lilli Ackers and Kim Spangler

Dom comes over the hill past the town wharf

Back 40

 

 

 

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Dom Sclafani runs away with 2017 Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Dom Sclafani of Harrison captured the 2017 Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Notice in the header above that early on Dom was in total command.

(Harrison ME) Fifty yards into Wednesday’s Harrison 5K Run by the Lake Dominic Sclafani had a twenty yard lead.

Then the Oxford Hills graduate really took off!

Dominic would finish the course in an impressive 17:32 leaving the competition far behind.

Gavin Kuns of Bridgton was the first of the 100+ runners chasing second place to arrive.  Gavin arrived over 1 ½ minutes after Dominic reached the Harrison Post Office parking lot.

Two years ago, Dominic finished second in this race as a 15-year-old recording a time of 19:13. The Harrison native has obviously benefitted from spending the last two seasons connected to the Oxford Hills track program.

I could have figured Dominic for an easy night in this race if I had checked further into the results of Tuesday’s prestigious Bridgton 4 on the Fourth.  Dominic was terrific in that event missing a 13th place finish by only two seconds.

Nancy Sullivan was the first female finisher

Nancy Sullivan from Ann Arbor, Michigan timed in at 21:58 to pace the female finishers.

Erik Martin took 3rd this time around after getting 2nd in 2016.

Noah Currier and Arno Bommer were also again among the race’s top ten finishers.  Noah moved up to 5th after being 8th last year.  Arno was 6th which was a place better than 2016.

Jordan Cole, who won this race in 2015 with a time of 18:49, returned to the event and placed 7th.

Eleven-year-old Amelia Bommer dropped thirty seconds from last year’s time and she became the second female to finish the event.

The weather was perfect.  The 7PM start brought on the cooler temperatures.  Running along the lake (Long Lake) added breezes.

Strong effort made, and accomplished, to minimize the effect the race has on Harrison traffic.  Keeping the nearly 200 runners in the breakdown lane eliminated stop-and-waits for those driving through.

Race results

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Gavin Kuns of Bridgton was second.

Erik Martin (3rd)

Battle for 4th

Max Forbes (4th)

Noah Currier (5th) chased by Arno Bommer (6th)

Jordan Cole and Mark Hogan

Tim Moore finished 9th

Colin Gilmore and Bear Brooks

Spencer Smith

Amelia Bommer had a thirty-second improvement in her time over last year

Jillian Davis of Gray (ME) was the 3rd female to finish

Dimitri DiBiase and Mary Humphrey

Encouragement near the finish

Kevin O’Brien

Amy Milo and Leighann Dufresne

Aiden Baker of Harrison

 

 

 

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Nick Hoch and Sarah Keener win 2016 Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Nick Hoch (Newton MA) wins the 14th Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Nick Hoch (Newton MA) wins the 14th Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Sarah Keener (Waterford) was the first female finisher.

Sarah Keener (Waterford) was the first female finisher.

(Harrison ME) Nick Hoch was almost 1 ½ minutes faster in 2016 and that was more than enough for a first place finish in Wednesday night’s Harrison 5K Run by the Lake.

This was the 14th year of the race along scenic Long Lake.

Nick, who will be a sophomore at Newton (MA) North, was 5th in 2015 but this time around his 18:26 pace gave the 15-year-old a fifty-two second spread over 2nd place finisher Eric Martin.

The first female to reach the finish at the Harrison Post Office was Sarah Keener.  She was fifteenth overall.

In recent news, Sarah won the 35-39 age group in Bridgton’s big 4 on the Fourth race two days ago.

Eric Martin of Naples was second followed by Gardner Waldner (Waterford), Tim Cushing (Bridgton), and 15-year-old Zach Hoexter of Raymond.

Brian Ladd about to catch Arno Bommer for 6th place

Brian Ladd about to catch Arno Bommer for 6th place

Last year I saw Brian Ladd gain three places in a closing run from the Gateway Marina to get 7th place.  This time he gained one space as he overtook Arno Bommer (Houston) to gain 6th place in the final yards.

Arno got second in his age group (55-59) in the Bridgton race.

Noah Currier was eighth and Dimitri DeBiase ninth.

Sara Bradley (Waterford) took 2nd for the women trailing Sarah Keener by only ten seconds.  Sara was the top female in the 2012 Harrison 5K.

Sahtia Ellison (14-year-old) held on for 3rd female despite a closing rush by 10-year-old Amelia Bommer.  Young Amelia won her age group (10 and under) in Bridgton by nearly four minutes.  Rising star?

No shortage of encouragement as the runners reach The Grange

No shortage of encouragement as the runners reach The Grange

Nice weather for the race.  An afternoon rainstorm cooled things down considerably.

I like the way those in charge of the race (Tammy Anderson – director) limit the traffic intrusiveness of the event.  Certainly don’t want to annoy the locals with no alternative routes available.

Nick Hoch was involved in running this year at D1 Newton North as a freshman.  No doubt the conditioning required and the competition he ran against elevated his running ability.

RACE RESULTS

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Jessica Priola (North Bridgton)

Jessica Priola (North Bridgton)

Amelia Bommer (10-year-old)

Amelia Bommer (10-year-old)

Sahtia Ellison (3rd female) and Amelia Bommer (4th female)

Sahtia Ellison (3rd female) and Amelia Bommer (4th female)

Sara Bradley (2nd female)

Sara Bradley (2nd female)

Joe Brooks (122) and Bear Brooks (120) of Santa Monica CA

Joe Brooks (122) and Bear Brooks (120) of Santa Monica CA

Noah Currier (103) and Dimitri DiBiase (110)

Noah Currier (103) and Dimitri DiBiase (110)

Zach Hoexter (Raymond) 5h

Zach Hoexter (Raymond) 5th

Tim Cushing (Bridgton) 4th

Tim Cushing (Bridgton) 4th

Gardner Waldner (Waterford) 3rd

Gardner Waldner (Waterford) 3rd

Eric Martin (Naples) was 2nd

Eric Martin (Naples) was 2nd

Nick Hoch runs alone past Long Lake Park

Nick Hoch runs alone past Long Lake Park

Kate Flynn (nine-year-old)

Kate Flynn (nine-year-old)

Kim Kasenow (6) and Katherine Smith (73)

Kim Kasenow (6) and Katherine Smith (73)

 

 

 

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Jordan Cole and Shannon LeVangie win Harrison 5K by the Lake

Jordan Cole cruises home to win the 13th annual Harrison 5K over Dom Sclafani

Jordan Cole cruises home to win the 13th annual Harrison 5K over Dom Sclafani

Remarkable finish by 13-year-old Shannon LeVangie earned her the top spot for the women.

Remarkable finish by 13-year-old Shannon LeVangie earned her the top spot for the women.

(Harrison ME) It wasn’t advertised as a kiddie run but the younger folks dominated the 13th annual Harrison Recreation Department 5K by the Lake on Wednesday night in Harrison, Maine.

Teenagers Jordan Cole (17) and Dom Sclafani (15) were the top two finishers.

Two more teenagers, Shannon LeVangie (13) and Jillian Davis (13) claimed the top spots on the women’s side.

Jordan (18:49) and Dom (19:13) separated from the pack quickly and left little doubt that they would be the top two finishers.

Jordan will be a senior at Lisbon High School and has been very successful versus high school competition. He finished 4th in the Maine state meet in June in the 3200 meter race.

Dom will be a junior at Oxford Hills High School.

Erik Martin (19:40) and Arno Bommer (19:44) duked it out along Route 117 with Erik holding the lead.

Arno, from nearby (?) Houston TX, took second last year at 18:51. A time like that in 2015 would have given Jordan Cole plenty to think about. Last year’s winner David Krall ran the race in 18:11.

Arno also was the only returning top ten finisher from 2014. The turnover in participants in the Harrison 5K continues to amaze me.

Teenager Nick Hoch (14) coasted to 5th over Christopher Hayes of Raymond.

The battle for 7th was a close one. Brian Ladd finished very strong to get the spot.

The battle for 7th was a close one. Brian Ladd finished very strong to get the spot.

The battle for 7th was very competitive. Four runners (Michael Mayetes, Zachary Hoexter, Brian Ladd, and David Brooks) were seen jockeying for position near the Gateway Marina and that jockeying continues past the Grange to the Post Office finish. Brian Ladd got the job done for 7th.

From my Long Lake Park vantage point, I was quite sure that Jillian Davis would be the girls’ winner. But that is not the way it turned out. Somewhere between Long Lake Park and the finish, Shannon LeVangie (Hanover, MA) gained ground at a remarkable rate to nip Jillian by two seconds.

Misty Brown of Wilmington, North Carolina finished 3rd in the women’s division.

The weather was pleasant: low 70’s with a little breeze.

Good idea by those in charge of the race to limit the amount of time the runners interfered with traffic. Once the runners got down to the Harrison Boat Launch they were limited to the well-marked breakdown lane (on the Route 117 part) the rest of the race. Only problem? The limited space made it tough for runners trying to pass other runners especially near the end of the race on 117.

Official race stats  – http://www.coolrunning.com/results/15/me/Jul8_Harris_set1.shtml

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Jordan Cole (1st)

Jordan Cole (1st)

Dom Sclafani (2nd)

Dom Sclafani (2nd)

Erik Martin (3rd)

Erik Martin (3rd)

Arno Bommer (4th)

Arno Bommer (4th)

battle for third between Erik Martin and Arno Bommer

battle for third between Erik Martin and Arno Bommer

Misty Brown (3rd woman)

Misty Brown (3rd woman)

Wesley Martin (9)

Wesley Martin (9)

Jillian Davis ( #36) gets caught down the stretch

Jillian Davis ( #36) gets caught down the stretch

Nicholas Houch (14) from Hiram

Nick Hoch (14) from Needham

the race for fifth

the race for fifth

Joseph Buckley (9)

Joseph Buckley (9)

Denise Chicoing

Denise Chicoing

Alexandra Sykes

Alexandra Sykes

Leanne Weston rolls to the finish

Leanne Weston rolls to the finish

battle for 7th in front of Grange

battle for 7th in front of Grange

 

 

 

 

 

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David Krall and Jen Rohde win 12th Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

David Krall topped the Harrison 5K field at 18:11

David Krall topped the Harrison 5K field at 18:11

Jen Rohde was 10th overall and first among the women finishers

Jen Rohde was 10th overall and first among the women finishers

Arno Bommer outruns a Coastal Road Repair truck for second

Arno Bommer outruns a Coastal Road Repair truck for second

(Harrison ME) David Krall and Jen Rohde took top honors in the 12th running of the Harrison 5K Run by the Lake on Wednesday night.

David (from South Weymouth MA) covered the scenic course in 18:11 and had a commanding forty-second advantage over Arno Bommer (Houston TX) who finished second.

Jen (from Cumberland ME) ended up tenth overall (20:45) but her margin of victory was only eleven seconds over Ann Lastra of Fryeburg Academy.

The weather was pleasant for running (overcast) compared to the last two years when the participants faced pouring rain in 2013 and sun in 2012.

There was plenty of space between the first four finishers.  Let their times tell the story: David Krall (18:11), Arno Bommer (18:51), Dana Welch (19:38), and Michael Mageles (20:03).

The race for 5th between David Landry (138), Glenn Gordon (167) and Mark Hogan (371)

The race for 5th between David Landry (138), Glenn Gordon (167) and Mark Hogan (371)

The first close race, from the Harrison Marina to the finish line in front of the Harrison Grange, was over fifth place.  Sixteen-year-old David Landry came into view ahead of Glenn Gordon and Mark Hogan and was able to hold that spot.

Josh Weisbach looked as if he would take 8th but 14-year-old Dorn Scalfani caught him at the bridge before the Grange.

As I mentioned earlier, Jen Rohde was the quickest female.  Ann Lastra finished second last year to Westbrook’s Sara Bradley by seven seconds.

Virginia Cain (Barrington RI) notched third place among the women runners.

Benjamin Sykes in the stretch run

Benjamin Sykes in the stretch run

Nearly two hundred participants registered times for the event.

The course records of Jeffrey Sprague (15:45 in 2008) and Tina Meserve (18:47 in 2007) were never in any kind of danger this time around.

David Krall’s 18:11 would have earned him fourth place last year.  Maybe David’s time would have been a lot better if there had been competitors in his vicinity.

I marvel at the turnover in the Harrison 5K.  The familiar faces are mostly in the crowd.

Arno Bommer improved his time from 2013 and moved up four slots from his 6th place finish that year.  Arno looked as if he was trying to outrun a Coastal Road Repair truck over the final yards.

Michael Mageles improved five spots from 2013

Michael Mageles improved five spots from 2013

Michael Mageles also improved his closing spot.  Last year he was 9th, this time around 6th.

This race appeared to be well organized thanks to race director Kelly Meuse.  My only worry on her behalf was before the race when a very dark cloud was moving over Long Lake with a thunderstorm in the forecast.  Thankfully, none of that possible decision-making bad weather kicked in.

The complete race results

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David Krall runs alone to victory

David Krall runs alone to victory

Dana Welch (3rd)

Dana Welch (3rd)

Dorn Scalfani (131) on the way to catching Josh Weisbach (127) for 8th place

Dorn Scalfani (131) on the way to catching Josh Weisbach (127) for 8th place

Dimitri Dibiase (11th)

Dimitri Dibiase (11th)

Anna Lastra (2nd woman)

Anna Lastra (2nd woman)

Virginia Cain (3rd woman)

Virginia Cain (3rd woman)

Evan Hamm

Evan Hamm

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Tim Even and Halee Phelps win the Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

The runners slosh off in the Harrison 5K.  Tim Even, in the blue shorts, gets a fast start.

The runners slosh off in the Harrison 5K. Tim Even, in the blue shorts, gets a fast start.

(Harrison ME)  Under downpour conditions, Tim Even won the 11th Annual Harrison Rec Department’s 5K on Wednesday night for the second straight year.

Halee Phelps (junior at Westbrook High School) paced the women with a seven second victory over Anna Lastra (sophomore at Fryeburg Academy).

Halee Phelps

Halee Phelps

Tim Even

Tim Even

The rainy conditions were a big factor.  If you weren’t carrying an umbrella, or sitting in your vehicle, you were a runner.

It was actually quite dark for the 7PM start but those running this well-managed event (Tammy Anderson and Julie Crawford-Murphy) were more than capable of handling the safety issues that driving rain, darkness, and a flow of traffic might cause.

Tim Even, by way of Fryeburg Academy and Southern Maine, started fast and never trailed, although last year’s 73-second margin of victory was reduced to 13 seconds by Eric Darling.

Tim’s winning time was 17:19, which was over thirty seconds slower than last year.  Blame the rain?  Maybe.  I saw Tim finish 17th in the big Bridgton 4th race a week ago after he took second in 2012.  I’m guessing that there’s some sort of injury in the mix.

Eric Darling

Eric Darling

Anna Lastra

Anna Lastra

Eric Darling, who won the race in 2011, finished ninth last year on a warm evening.  The native of Shelborne VT shaved over three minutes off of his time in 2012 to get second place this year.

Josh Grenier and Brett Albright finished 3rd and 4th.  Mark MacDougall (Lake Region High School) and Arno Bommer (from Houston) were separated by two seconds for 5th.

Tim Cushing (Bridgton) ended up 7th followed by Patrick Ridlon (he was 12th in 2012) and 18-year-od Michael Mayles.  Nathan Cushing rounded out the top ten males.

Halee Phelps is 16-years-old and finished 16th overall to capture the female title.  Close behind Halee was Anna Lastra a 15-year-old from Fryeburg Academy.

Erin Seavey of Newburgh (ME) was the third woman finisher.

Laracy brothers

Laracy brothers

For the second straight year I got a picture of the Laracy brothers, Matt (14) and Mitchell (11), running together down Main Street.

This site has complete race results.

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Mark MacDougall (5th) and Arno Bommer (6th)

Mark MacDougall (5th) and Arno Bommer (6th)

Brett Albright (4th)

Brett Albright (4th)

Josh Grenier (3rd)

Josh Grenier (3rd)

pre-race lineup

pre-race lineup

Tim Even pre-race

Tim Even pre-race

Erin Seavey (3rd female)

Erin Seavey (3rd female)

Nathan Cushing (10th)

Nathan Cushing (10th)

Patrick Ridlon (8th) and Michael Mayles (9th)

Patrick Ridlon (8th) and Michael Mayles (9th)

Tim Cushing - 7th

Tim Cushing – 7th

pre-race darkness

pre-race darkness

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