MORRISTOWN - A morning rain didnt dampen the spirits of anyone involved inthe Morristown 5K Spectacular on Saturday. The downpour was anything but a downer, more like welcome relief from a heat wave of the past two weeks.
It was a great day to run. The rain really cooled things off and I felt great all the way said Ogdensburg Free Academys all-state senior runner Alex Wood who led the mens field with a time of 19:24.
For past few weeks I had to run in the early morning or in the evening to avoid the heat.
Leading the female field was Sarah Gately, a Cambridge N.Y. resident headed for Boston, Mass., who paced the Womens 20-29 Division in 22:33.
My brother Michael does a lot of half-marathons but I just run for fun, said Gately who was visiting her mother in Morristown for the holiday weekend.
Her brother, Michael Gately, took second in the Mens 20-29 Division behind Morristown resident Shawn Looney who recently relocated home to accept a physical therapist position at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital.
Leading the walkers were Mark Webster and Sue Kelley and Paul Kotarski paced the one-mile fun run.
We had Great turnout. I am very pleased. The money raised will go to support the Morristown Band Boosters and the Bryan Bogardus Scholarship that has been established at Morristown Central School, said Race Director Moe Bouchey.
A large contingent from the Bogardus family was on hand as particpants and volunteers. Bryan Bogardus, a former Morrisotwn Central athlete and avid outdoorsman, died after being stricken with an extremely vile cancer strain and several of his family members wore shirts In The Hunt for a Cure
MORRISTOWN 5K RUN LEADERS
Male 14U: Michael Kotarski 22:28, Gavin Barney 25:533.
Female 14U: Ellen Miller 24:39, Courtney Sherwin 31:41.
Male 15-19: Alex Wood 19:24 (OVERALL MALE MEDALIST), Andrew Salmons 22:-04.
Female 15-19: Iris Collins 22:45, Eliza Parker 25:41.
Malone 20-29: Shawn Looney 21:51, Michael Gatelyy 23:01.
Female 20-29: Sarah Gately 22:33 (OVERALL FEMALE MEDALIST), Leigh Hunt 25:20.
Male 30-39: Keith Warren 21:08, Brian Moore 23:17.
Female 30-39: Sue Ellen Bouchard 27:01, Michelle LaVigne 31:05.
Male 40-49: Rory Young 24:27, Mike Paquette 26:14.
Female 40-49: Nancy Connor Kotorski 30:34, Jessica Paquette 34:25.
Male 50-59: Sean Doyle 23:29, Jeff Stratton 26:08.
Female 50-59: Wendy Norman 27:13, Maureen Durki 35:37.
Male 60-69: Jim Earle 24:10, Wayne Sardullo 40:08.
Female 60-69: Kathy Rogers 35:47.
Female 70+: Joan Firman 35:42.
5K Walk LEADERS
Male 14U: Joseph Walker 49:08, Drew Johnson 50:36.
Female 14U: Sidney Johnson 40:29, Mia Johnson 40:31.
Female 15-19: Michaela Coventry 50:20, Brooke Massia 55:03.
Malone 20-29: Andrew Dedekker NTG.
Female 20-29: Kerstin Massia 52:19, Kayley Learn NTG/
Male 30-39: Sean Pidgeon 44:13, Jason Butterfield 51:33.
Female 30-39: Yvette Barney 40:45, Brandy Bogardus 40:40.
Male 40-49: Chris Mills 44:54.
Female 40-49: Sue Kelly 36:53, Mary Jo Montana 40:34.
Male 50-59: Mark Webster 24:56, Terry Farrell 35:32.
Female 50-59: Ruth Lincoln 42:55, Colleen Pidgeon 46:44.
Male 60-69: John McCullough 41;54, Al Mooney 44:06.
Female 60-69: Christine Ritchie 55:11, Clara Warren 59:27.
Male 70-79: Jim Doyle 52:06.
Female 70-79: Hope Mayhew 52:37, Judy Norman 59:00.
Morristown Fun Run (1 Mile): Paul Kotarski 10:35, Austin Latimer 11:37, Jack Mills 12:27, Andrew Mills 12:31, Katie Rogers 14:55, Kelsey Sherwin 14:57, Harley Smith 17:26, Kelsey Austin 17:50, Zach Bogardus 19:20, Jordan Logan 19:20.