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March 5, 2013

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Dodson ‘wins’ race

Former Methuen resident and running enthusias@text5:t Dan Dodson@text5:, 68, was recently the top male finisher and second finisher overall at the “Jost Van Dyke Invitational 5K” in the British Virgin Islands.

Sound suspicious? Good thinking, because there are only two runners in the race — Dodson and Holly Aulen, an Illinois resident who lives near Dodson and his wife in the winter. They started the race in good fun in 2010 and now it’s an annual two-person race.

Dodson, who can often be seen at local road races with Methuen veteran @text5:Lou Peters@text5:, was the overall winner the first year but the younger Aulen has ruled the last three years.

Big fan of Curran

Merrimack College quarterback@text5: Joe Clancy@text5:, who was the conference’s offensive Player of the Year, and will be back for a fifth season next year, gives high grades to new head coach @text5:Dan Curran.

Clancy calls Curran “a great motivator. He brings out the best in everybody. I’m very happy. You don’t meet too many people with that kind of football IQ.”

Curran, who was the team’s offensive coordinator, replaced @text5:John Perry@text5:, who left to become an assistant at Delaware.

Recruiting on pace

As of last week, Merrimack College had 17 football players committed for next year, which is a record number for this time of year, according to new football coach @text5:Dan Curran@text5:. Among the recruits is star Westford Academy’s @text5:Justin Mount@text5: (18 TDs last fall).

All-American Lawrence

Ex-Timberlane star @text5:Nick Lawrence@text5:, competing for Iowa Lakes Community College, recently finished seventh at the junior college wrestling nationals to earn All-American status. His brother, @text5:Nate@text5:, also won several matches at the tournament but was one win shy of the medal round.

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