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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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Tim Even and Sara Bradley win 2012 Harrison Recreation Department 5K Run by the Lake race

Tim Even (136) and Sara Bradley (bright green socks) among the starters of the Harrison 5K.

Tim Even wins by over a minute.

(Harrison ME)  No truth to the rumor that Tim Even stopped at the Village Tie Up during the race for a soda before heading back out to win the Harrison 5K on Wednesday night.

Tim from Stoneham, Maine easily won the 10th Annual Harrison Recreation Department 5K Run by the Lake (16:45) finishing seventy-three seconds ahead of runner-up Dan Crooker of Bethel.

Last time I saw Tim run was a week ago when he was chasing Silas Eastman down Main Street in Bridgton‘s Fourth of July race.  I jokingly asked him, before the Harrison race, where Silas was.  He told me that Silas is a friend of his (they are both connected with Fryeburg Academy) and that he would love to race him again.

Tim (recent graduate from Southern Maine) informed me that he had never run the Harrison race before and showed up because he’ll miss a race in Lovell in the near future and needed the workout.

Minus Silas to keep him company, Tim ran alone early and never let up.  I would suspect that his winning time is a course record.

Dan Crooker (17:58) finished second, Bronson Dean (18:38) third, Mark MacDougall (19:02) fourth, and Tim Cushing (19:51) fifth.

Sara Bradley of Waterford finished seventh overall

Sara Bradley (20:37 – 7th overall) took the women’s title away from last year’s winner Sarah Pribram (20:40).  And as you can tell from the times……it was close.

Abby Stratton (14) defended her 1-19 women’s title passing Virginia Cain down the stretch and winning by eight seconds.

Last year’s overall winner, Eric Darling, finished 9th.  His time of 17:41 in 2011 would have earned him second place in 2012, thirty seconds behind the winner.

The weather was splendid with temperatures in the 70s and plenty of cooling shadows.

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Ben Kinnerson, Sara Bradley, Eric Darling, and Sarah Pribram

Virginia Cain and Abby Stratton

Matt and Mitchell Laracy

Jamie Toohey and family

Benjamin Sykes (8 years old)

Leslie Hayes and family

race starts

Tim Even past Harrison Landing

Dan Crooker (2nd)

Bronson Dean (3rd)

Mark MacDougall (4th)

Tim Cushing (5th)

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