---- — The Whirlaway Racing Team continued its winning ways in the recent New England 5K championships in Lowell, taking home five of the six top team titles and four individual titles in one of its best-ever performances.
“We finally were able to put everyone on the line all in one race,” said Whirlaway coach Dave Kazanjian. “The women were unbelievable, sweeping all three divisions.”
The Whirlaway women won the open, master, and senior divisions. On the open side, Whirlaway won by only 22 seconds to beat Greater Boston to move it into first place overall for the year with one race left. Helen Dinan led the way, finishing fifth overall in 17:41. Amy Bernard of Derry ran a personal-best 18:21.
On the master’s side, Whirlaway women won its sixth straight title this year led by Christin Doneski, who won the overall masters title (40-49) in 18:09. Rounding out the women’s sweep of all three titles, the senior women won their sixth straight of the year led by Maria Servin (18:13), who recently turned 50 and won the overall senior title (50-59) Lisa Zappala of Derry was third.
On the men’s side, the Whirlaway masters team won and were led by overall masters champ Joe Navas in 15:41, while Scott Anderson was fifth and Henry Scollard came in sixth. The men’s senior team, meanwhile, continued to dominate with its sixth straight win for the year. It swept places two through five, led by Paul Hammond (16:31) and followed by Plaistow’s Craig Fram, Mike Cooney, Derry’s Paul Doe and North Andover’s Doug Martyn.
The highlight for the men’s open team, which finished third, was the debut of newcomer Pat Fullerton, the former Haverhill High and Stonehill College standout. He finished fifth overall in 15:15.
“What a day,” said Kazanjian. When you can win five team titles and four individual New England titles, it’s all good. There were so many great performance it’s hard to point anyone out, but seeing Pat (Fullerton) out there running his first Whirlaway race leading the way helped out a lot.”
The seventh and final race of the New England Grand Prix series is the Cape Cod Marathon Oct 28th.
Bradford Huskies shine
The Bradford Huskies competed at the Wayland Cross Country Festival in Wayland over the weekend with excellent results, led by first-place finishes by both the 10-and-under and 11-14 age-group boys teams, the latter in dominating fashion.
The 10-and-under team was led by Ryan Basile, who was third overall in 12:34 on the 3K course, just one second and one place in front of 9-year-old Peter Crapsey. Sean Crockett was eighth, Patrick Connolly came in ninth and Ben Craven was 20th.
In the 11-14 division, Jacob Seavey and Connor Alessi battled it out for the top spot overall with Seavey edging the 11-year-old Alessi by three seconds, finishing in 11:34. Aidan Wertz was fourth in 11:47, Troy Sliney was fifth in 11:50. and Liam Nikas (11:53), Griffin Woolbert (11:53) and Mark Hanedanian (11:56) finished in a pack at 8-9-10.
On the girls side, the Huskies also enjoyed considerable success, led by the 10-and-under team that finished second. It was led by individual winner Meaghan Woolbert, who was clocked in 12:38. She was complemented by Amy Seavey (13:09) in fourth and Julia Valaskatgis in seventh. Brynne LeCours, Ariann LeCours and Maeve Saindon finished 13-14-21.
Finally, the girls 11-14 team finished third led by Madeline Kelleher (13:04) in ninth, Gabrielle Sanchez in 12th and Madison Craven in 14th.