MORRISTOWN - The Morristown Firecracker 5K produced first-time run medalists in the North Country road racing circuit on Saturday morning.
Two OFA track-field and cross country products in Joey Grizzuto and Kurstyn Macaulay made a smooth transition from high school racing to the open road ranks.
Grizzuto, an OFA senior, led the men’s field forging a 20:03-20:39 margin of victory over another strong Under 20 Division runner in Andrew Salmons. Morristown native and longtime educator in the Indian River School District Bryan Moore placed third overall from the 30-39 Division in 21:11.
Grizzuto plans to run as many road races he can in preparation to carry out a senior leader role in cross country and track-field in the 2014-2015 school year.
“I really hope we can do very well as a team and I was hoping a few more of our runners could have been here today,” said Grizzuto.
“I was very happy with my time. The large hill makes this a tough course and they told me that it is actually a little bit longer than a 5K.”
Macaulay plans to pursue a career in physical education by attending Jefferson Community College for two years and then transferring SUNY Cortland where she hopes to run collegiately.
“I have already talked to the Cortland coach about running when I get there. I hope to run in a club at JCCC and budget my time so I can stay in shape,” said Macaulay who is a Morristown Central graduate.
“Hopefully everything will work out and I can take it where it goes.”
Macaulay, who placed third overall in 20:59, also led a 1-2-3 overall finish for the Under 20 Division where Amanda Schuman took second in 23:13 and another OFA distance runner Sarah Mitchell placed third at 23:30.
Ogdensburg’s Terry Farrell led the male walkers with a 35:47 followed by John McCullough at 43:09 and Alan Mooney at 43:58.
Linda Moore led the lady walkers in 43:30 followed Erin Pigeon in 44:22 and Carrie Montgomery in 44:27.
The first edition of the Morristown Firecracker 5K was a fund-raiser for the youth activities of the Morristown Recreation Department.
The leaders of the One Mile Run among the boys were: Jack Mills 8:17, Ivan Kring 8:55 and Aaron Woodcock 8:55.50. Emillie O’Donnell was the first girl to finish at 9:35 followed by Mackenzie Moore 10:28.32 and Kylie O’Donnell 11:49.26.
Race Director Chris Woodcock considered the event a major success and offered his thanks to Ogdensburg Pepsi Cola for sponsoring the event, and providing the inflatible start-finish arch, the Morristown Fire Department, all the volunteers who worked at the race and to OFA Track-Field Coach John Tebo for timing the race and providing the system to collect and categorize the results.
“I was hoping for 100 participants and we had 88 which was very good. This was a very successful fund-raiser and we will work hard to make it bigger next year,” said Woodcock. “I want to thank every who participated, Pepsi Cola, the fire department, all of the volunteers and to coach John Tebo for his assistance in timing the race. He made it very easy to take care of the results and awards.”
RUN DIVISION LEADERS
Under 20 Male: Joe Grizzuto 20:03 (overall leader), Andrew Salmons 20:39, Cael Woodcock 25:20.
Under 20 Female: Kurstyn Macaulay 20:59 (overall leader), Amanda Schuman 23:13, Sarah Mitchell 23:30.
20-29 Male: Adam Woodcock 26:44.
20-29 Female: Jamie Christenson 36:55, Krista Harper 28:32.
30-39 Male: Bryan Moore 21:11, Roderick Power 21:54, Larry Kring 23:50.
30-39 Female: Robyn Larsen 28:35, Jane Kring 29:50, Alexis Gleeson 33:47.
40-49 Male: Murray Graveline 36:39.
40-49 Female: Nicki LaPlante 25:49, Renee Tebo 33:49, Stacie Carroll 33:52.
50-59 Female: Sheila Smith 41:39.
Male 60 Over: Jim Earle 24:10, Jay Seymour 26:01, Doug Premo 27:07.
60 Over Female: Kathy Wears 28:34.
WALK DIVISION LEADERS
Under 20 Male: Ashton Colby 48:19, Addison Colby 48:23.
30-39 Male: Larry Montgomery 44:27.
Female 30-39: Erin Pigeon 44:22 (overall leader), Carrie Montgomery 44:27, Melissa Young 45:18.
40-49 Male: Dan Spilman 53:25.
Female 40-49: Lucy Elliott 48:26, Chris Claxton 49:01, Stacey Spillman 53:24.
Male 50-59: Terry Farrell 35:47 (overall leader).
Female 50-59: Linda Moore 43:30, Colleen Pigeon 45:08, Jan Jones 46:47.
Male 60 Over: John McCullough 43:09, Alan Mooney 43:58, John St. Joseph 1:00.00.
Female 60 Over: Maureen Durki 47:01, Kathy Rogers 47:01, Linda St. Joseph 1:00:00.