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Maple Run draws crowd; Masters’ record is set

MIDDLEBURY — About 800 runners participated as individuals or as part of two-member teams in Sunday’s sixth annual Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half, a popular half-marathon that was held this year in cool and showery conditions.
Montpelier’s Sue Hackney, 57, provided one of the highlights on Sunday, setting a new masters women’s (over 40) course record at 1:31.58 in finishing second overall among women behind West Windsor’s Phoebe Novello, 20, who won in 1:31.17.
Noah Brautigam of Salt Lake City, Utah, won the overall men’s title in 1:15.05, exactly 1:01 ahead of Albany, N.Y., resident Peter Rowell.
Prevailing in the men’s masters division was Carl Scott of Fair Haven in 1:32.31. Organizers said that because Hackney finished in the top three in the open race, they declared Middlebury’s Nicole Wilkerson the winner of the female masters race in 1:34.17.
Other local winners included Will Melhado of Middlebury in the men’s ages 20-29 division, Weybridge’s Michael Seaton in the men’s 40-49 division, Middlebury’s Jeffrey Byers in the men’s 50-59 division, Panton’s John Viskup in the men’s 70-plus category, and Salisbury’s Celina Fuller in the women’s 30-39 category.
The winners in each category and local top-three finishers and their times were:
•  Men’s overall: 1. Brautigam, 1:15.05.
•  Women’s overall: 1. Novello, 1:31.17.
•  Men’s masters: 1. Scott, 1:32.31.
•  Women’s masters: 1. Wilkerson, 1:34.17.
•  Men’s 19-and-under: 1. Aaron Bellomo, Lyndonville, 1:19.06.
•  Men’s 20-29: 1. Melhado, 1:19.55.
•  Men’s 30-39: 1. Thomas Howard, Burlington, 1:23.44; 3. Cory Coffey, Vergennes, 1:28.09.
•  Men’s 40-49: 1. Seaton, 1:33.17; 2. Michael Roy, Middlebury, 1:33.50; 3. Lance Ritchie, Middlebury, 1:35.0.
•  Men’s 50-59: 1. Byers, 1:36.23: 2. Bruce Ingersoll, Middlebury, 1:38.35.
•  Men’s 60-69: 1. Marc Brierre, Rutland, 1:45.23; 2. Jim Pugh, Cornwall, 1:47.53; 3. Jeffrey Ellison, Bridport, 1:49.08.
•  Men’s 70-plus: 1. Viskup, 1:50.54.
•  Women’s 19-and-under: 1. Fiona Maloney-McCrys, Los Gatos, Calif., 1:36.11.
•  Women’s 20-29: 1. Kaitlin O’Shea, Burlington, 1:32.59.
•  Women’s 30-39: 1. Fuller, 1:35.59; 3. Allison Fasoli, Middlebury, 1:43.34.
•  Women’s 40-49: 1. Nicole Loscalzo, Wells, 1:41.24; 3. Molly Robinson, Middlebury, 1:46.18.
•  Women’s 50-59: 1. Dot Martin, Montpelier, 1:42.48; 2. Kelley Higgins, Cornwall, 1:48.23.
•  Women’s 60-69: 1. Jean Vieira, Middleboro, Mass., 1:51.34.
•  Women’s relay: Mollie Hoopes of Hanover, N.H., and Katharine Ogden of Landgrove, 1:28.53.
•  Co-ed relay: Jeffrey Beal and Lindzey Preston of South Londonderry, 1:25.32.
•  Men’s relay: Henry Ganey and Willem Landis of Middlebury, 1:28.17.
Full results may be found at www.coolrunning.com/results/14/vt/May4_Middle_set1.shtml.
RUNNERS MAKE THEIR way past Old Chapel on the Middlebury College campus just after the half-way point of the Middlebury Maple Run on Sunday.
Independent photo/John S. McCright

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