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Sun shines on Muddy Moose Trail Races

KEITH THOMAS (left) and Rick Sartori battle for position in front of the camera as they compete in Sundayís Muddy Moose. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 02, 2011
WOLFEBORO — Surprisingly, there wasn't as much mud as in previous years, but that didn't stop 200 runners from venturing out into the woods for the annual Muddy Moose Trail Races on Sunday morning.

When all was said and done, Dover's Casey Carroll had claimed the top spot in the four-mile race with a time of 26:07 and North Conway's Kevin Tilton had dominated the 14-mile portion with a time of 1:28:51.

The race is divided into two sections. The runners all start together, but once on the course, they can make a choice to do the four-mile race or the 14-mile race, which takes runners deep into the woods of New Durham before returning them to Kingswood Regional High School, where the race began and ended.

In the four-mile portion, Ryan Duda of Somerville, Mass. took second overall in 29:53, followed by Jordon Proctor of Boston, Mass. in a time of 30:33. Ken Edwardson of Sanbornton was fourth in 30:48 and Martin Choquette of Exeter rounded out the top five with a time of 31:04.

Among women, Selena Stern of Boston, Mass. was tops, crossing in a time of 35:32, which placed her 14th overall. Wolfeboro's Amy Kiley and Katja Fox battled for second, with Kiley coming home in 36:33 and Fox finishing in 36:37. Caitlyn Cennamo of Gilford was fourth in 36:42 and Elizabeth Cennamo, also of Gilford, was fifth in 36:43.

The top local finishers were a pair of Kingswood graduates. Keith Thomas and Rick Sartori, both of Wolfeboro, crossed the line with identical times of 35:12, with Thomas taking 10th and Sartori in 11th. Jason Inglis of New Durham was 15th in 36:07, while Max Mancke of Wolfeboro cracked the top 20 in a time of 36:22, placing him 18th.

Wolfeboro's Keith Garrett finished 26th in 37:12, followed by Rick John of Wolfeboro in 27th in 37:35. Stephen Whitney of Wolfeboro clocked in at 37:36 for 28th and Soren Babcock of New Durham placed 29th in 37:40. Tessa Scott of Wolfeboro was 30th in 37:50.

Phil Borelli of Tuftonboro raced to 39th in a time of 39:50, while David Bechard of Wolfeboro clocked in at 41:03 to take 47th place. Bryan Paul of Wolfeboro was 49th in a time of 41:09. Wolfeboro's Andre deBeer placed 55th in a time of 42:49, while Sanbornville's Meghan Nason finished in 43:48 to take 57th place.

Edward Atwell of Wolfeboro was 68th in a time of 46:36, with Jessica Williams of Wolfeboro finishing 78th in 47:39. Wolfeboro's Brent Summers was 84th in 48:06 and Brookfield's Stephanie Harris was 87th in 48:26. Jeremiah Friedel of Madison finished 93rd in 49:08 and Melody Pitman of Wolfeboro was 95th in 49:22. Becky Lounsbury of Barnstead placed 96th in 49:50.

Alton's Lynne Knox finished 111th in 57:07, with Stefanie Paul of Wolfeboro taking 115th in 57:53. Tamra Burke of Barnstead was 126th in 1:06:53.

In the 14-mile portion, Tilton's time was 12 minutes better than his closest competitor, Keith Schmitt of Durham, who finished in 1:40:53. Ken deAlmeida of Boscawen was third in 1:44:30. Paul Young of North Andover, Mass. clocked in fourth at 1:45:11 and Chris Fox of Henniker was fifth at 1:47:37.

Young was the story of the race, as he had a stick jab his leg and ran for almost an hour (approximately 10 miles) with the piece of wood stuck in his leg and actually needed attending to by a doctor after the race. Fellow racer Dr. Bob Mathes of Wolfeboro, was on the scene to lend a hand.

For the women, Princepessa Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake, N.Y. was tops in 2:05:08, with Suzie Carrier of North Conway second in a time of 2:16:37. Elizabeth Morrissey of Dover was third at 2:17:45 and Fran O'Donoghue of Mirror Lake was fourth in 2:21:00. Michelle Day of Northwood was the fifth woman, finishing in 2:28:53.

Among locals in the longer race, Mathes was the second finisher to Tilton, as he took 14th in a time of 1:58:08. Brad Beveridge of Mirror Lake was only one spot back, taking 15th in 1:59:14. Brendan Stackhouse of Wolfeboro was 18th in 2:04:38 and Scott Mitchell of New Durham was 23rd in 2:12:23.

Kevin Callahan of Eaton placed 54th in 2:47:05, with Mitch Merrow of Wolfeboro clocking in at 2:48:14 for 56th place. Erin Irvine of Brookfield finished in 2:35:36, just ahead of her father Joe, who clocked in at 3:35:46.

Race director Fergus Cullen praised all the volunteers for their tireless work in supporting the Kingswood cross country program. He singled out Nils Babcock, who spent six hours with him on the trail flagging on Saturday.

Unfortunately, that time also included waiting around for a tow truck, as Cullen's vehicle got stuck in, appropriately, mud.

"I want to thank Crowell's Towing for their help sponsoring the race," Cullen laughed.

He also noted that numerous volunteers continue to help the race even after their kids have left the cross country program at Kingswood, pointing out that Tad Thomas and his Jeep man the water stations way out in the woods.

Full results for the race can be found at www.coolrunning.com.

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