Overend, Shea win race to the summit of New England



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PETE OSTROSKI was the top local finisher in the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb Saturday, finishing seventh overall. Dennis Coughlin. (click for larger version)
August 22, 2011
MT. WASHINGTON — Ned Overend chose an unusual way to celebrate his birthday.

The Durango, Colo. resident charged to the front of the pack on his 56th birthday to win the 2011 Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb on Saturday, recording a time of 55:03 on the 7.6-mile road.

David Juarez (56:14) of Whittier, Calif. And Timothy Ahearn (58:22) of Woodstock, Conn. were the only two other riders to clock in at under an hour. Chris Yura of Philadelphia, Pa. finished fourth in 1:00:22 and Chris Hillier of Etna rounded out the top five in 1:01:30.

Marti Shea, a familiar face on the winners' stand on the northeast's tallest peak, won on the women's side with a time of 1:04:12, while Kristen Gohr of Reading, Mass. was second in 1:10:39 and Liz Feeney of Philadelphia, Pa. finished third in 1:17:48.

The top local finisher was Kennett graduate Pete Ostroski of Intervale, who climbed to the summit in a time of 1:02:09 to finish seventh overall.

Ron Goodwin of Silver Lake finished 58th in 1:14:27 Odd-Aage Bersvendsen of Jackson finished 65th overall in 1:15:20.

Kennett cross country ski coach Steve Vosburgh raced to 222nd place in a time of 1:33:32, while Kennett graduate Ben Cargill reached the summit in 1:34:04, good enough for 228th place.

Sally Brassill of Jackson was the first local woman to reach the summit, as she recorded a time of 1:46:57. Matthew Steele of Barnstead came home in 372nd place in 1:50:28.

Madison's Sean Littlefield finished in 399th place in 1:55:35 and was the last local to break the two-hour mark for the trek. Richard Marriot of Mirror Lake placed 476th in a time of 2:32:17.

Complete results can be found at www.coolrunning.com.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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