Justin Haley shines in Sea Dogs 2-1 win over Erie

Justin Haley makes an easy toss to first. Justin allowed one hit during his seven innings of pitching.

Justin Haley makes an easy toss to first. Justin allowed one hit during his seven innings of pitching.

Manuel Margot runs off the field

Manuel Margot runs off the field

(Portland MA) Justin Haley (5-13) had the game of his life allowing just one hit during a shutout seven innings on a sunny Thursday afternoon at Hadlock.

The noon start brought out campers galore on a perfect baseball afternoon.

The battle of the cellar dwellers from each of the Eastern League divisions turned into a pitcher’s duel between the SeaWolves Tommy Collier and Boston’s 6th round pick in 2012.

This game gave me another chance to get some pictures of centerfielder Manuel Margot. Manuel is 7th on the Boston prospect list.

I am also starting to take notice of first baseman Sam Travis. Sam was a 2nd round pick in 2014. He has been solid in the field and at bat and should start in Pawtucket next year.

One player I didn’t get to see was pitcher Michael Fulmer. Michael came to Detroit recently in a trade with the New York Mets. The Tigers also got a couple of other quality minor leaguers in recent trades. The Detroit Free Press described the Tigers farm team as the worst in baseball before the trades.

I have learned to expand my picture taking to as many players as possible. Why? A couple of years ago Travis Shaw was just another Sea Dogs’ player. Xander Boegarts was the one to get…….and I got plenty of him. I did manage a lone shot of Travis and didn’t even recall that I had taken it! So some of the players pictured may be not well known now but who knows about later.

Slugger congratulates the winner

Slugger congratulates the winner

Slugger was in big trouble today. His opponent was a young 7-year-old named Cru. I heard Cru described as “fast” by someone who was with him. That proved to be true. Slugger had one of his cleanest runs but just never was even close to making things close. One commendation for Slugger, however, was that despite a life-time losing streak he displayed wonderful sportsmanship afterwards by congratulating the youthful winner.

Wynton Bernard (leading base-stealer in the Eastern League)

Wynton Bernard (leading base-stealer in the Eastern League)

Sam Travis slides into Harold Castro

Sam Travis slides into Harold Castro

Tzu-Wie Lin after scoring the second Portland run

Tzu-Wie Lin after scoring the second Portland run

Tzu-Wei Lin

Tzu-Wei Lin

Henry Ramos after scoring the first Portland run

Henry Ramos after scoring the first Portland run

Keury De La Cruz

Keury De La Cruz

Carlos Asuaje

Carlos Asuaje

Manuel Margot works on sprinting

Manuel Margot works on sprinting

Manuel Margot in the dugout

Manuel Margot in the dugout

Luis Martinez

Luis Martinez

Olympian Julie Clukey

Olympian Julie Clukey

Second baseman Harold Castro

Second baseman Harold Castro

Austin Green eyes a foul popup

Austin Green eyes a foul popup

infield grounds crew

infield grounds crew

Shortstop JaCoby Jones throws to first

Shortstop JaCoby Jones throws to first

Sam Travis

Sam Travis

Dean Green (big numbers in the Eastern League this season)

Dean Green (big numbers in the Eastern League this season)

 

 

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Pat Fullerton (5K) and Glarius Rop (10-mile) 2015 Yankee Homecoming Winners

Nick Carleo, Pat Fullerton, and Jacob Johns close together one mile into the YK 5K

Nick Carleo, Pat Fullerton, and Jacob Johns close together one mile into the YK 5K

Glarius Rop nips Mengistu Nebsi for the YK 10-mile title

Glarius Rop nips Mengistu Nebsi for the YK 10-mile title

(Newburyport MA) That’s three straight for Pat Fullerton in the Yankee Homecoming 5K race.

I’ve seen all three of them and from the same vantage point (Cushing Museum on High Street), which is a mile into the race. The first year Pat had a fifty yard lead there and won easily. The last two years pretenders have been with Pat at the one-mile mark. However, in all three years, Pat has never taken his foot off that fast pace and before long he gains separation and the win. The separation this time around was twenty-six seconds.

Two recent high school grads Nick Carleo (Newburyport) and Jamison Koeman (Whitinsville Christian) finished second and third.

The end of the ten-mile race Tuesday night’s race in Newburyport was extremely close between Glarius Rop (AIC/Kenya) and Mengistu Nebsi (New York City/Ethiopia). Glarius appeared first in the very short final stretch but soon Mengistu was in the same final stretch. Glarius looked to have plenty left and did. My pictures below show what that finish looked like.

Glarius looks for his challenger

Glarius looks for his challenger

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Glarius knows he has enough left to win

Glarius knows he has enough left to win

Abu Kebede Diriba (Ethiopia) took third and Eric McDonald (Plaitstow NH) fourth.

Laura Paulsen was the first woman finisher in the 10-mile race

Laura Paulsen was the first woman finisher in the 10-mile race

All of the first four finishers were in place after a mile. Abu completed the course within ten seconds of the top two but Eric was a distant minute after.

Warm night for the runners but cool enough to make it enjoyable for the viewers.

The first females in the 5K were Deirdre Martyn (UMass Amherst/North Andover) and Christina Mattola (Peabody).

Last year’s 10-mile women’s winner (Katie Misurca) finished a close second to Laura Paulsen. At the one-mile mark little separated the two of them. Laura (Cambridge) ended 18th overall while Katie (Gloucester) was 19th.

Meagan Nedlo (Salem MA) was the third woman in the 10-mile.

The finish line was changed this year. It had been ending in the parking lot at Newburyport High School near the stadium field. This year it was out in front of the school.

It was good to see Nick Carleo in the field. No money involved but I’m betting that sooner or later the former Clipper will win the YK 5K.

Race results from Cool Running

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Jamison Koeman - 3rd in the 5k

Jamison Koeman – 3rd in the 5k

Laura Paulsen (1499) and Katie Misurca (1311) at one mile in the 10-mile race

Laura Paulsen (1499) and Katie Misurca (1311) at one mile in the 10-mile race

Alex McGrath - 6th in the 10-mile race

Alex McGrath – 6th in the 10-mile race

Francis Cusack - 7th in 10-mile race

Francis Cusack – 7th in 10-mile race

Deidre Martyn - first woman in the 5K

Deirdre Martyn – first woman in the 5K

Christina Mattola - 2nd woman in the 5K

Christina Mattola – 2nd woman in the 5K

The first four finishers are in the lead pack after a mile in the 10-mile race

The first four finishers are in the lead pack after a mile in the 10-mile race

James Bailey - 9th in the 10-mile

James Bailey – 9th in the 10-mile

Jefferson Welch - 10th in the 10-mile

Jefferson Welch – 10th in the 10-mile

Laura Paulsen and Katie Misurca afterwards

Laura Paulsen and Katie Misurca afterwards

Meagan Nedlo - 3rd woman in 10-mile

Meagan Nedlo – 3rd woman in 10-mile

Jason DeDonato - 8th in 10-mile

Jason DeDonato – 8th in 10-mile

Abu Kebede Diriba - 3rd in 10-mil3

Abu Kebede Diriba – 3rd in 10-mil3

Eric McDonald 4th in 10-mile

Eric McDonald 4th in 10-mile

Jose Ortiz -5th in 10M

Jose Ortiz -5th in 10M

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Brookfield (CT) takes New England 10U title 8-7 over Marlboro

 Brookfield (CT) - 2015 New England 10U Regional Champions

Brookfield (CT) – 2015 New England 10U Regional Champions

CF Cameron Cole after catching the final out

CF Cameron Cole after catching the final out

(Bridgton ME) Brookfield took an 8-7 lead in the second inning and rode that score to win the 2015 New England 10U Regional baseball title on Thursday afternoon at the Ham Complex in Bridgton.

The Barracudas, from Connecticut, move on to the Cal Ripken World Series held in nearby (??) Jonesboro, Arkansas in early August.

Once Brookfield rallied back to get the lead in the second their coaching staff switched shortstop Chris Catania to pitcher, first baseman Matt Guilbeault to short and pitcher Casey Katz to first. Those moves turned out to be directly connected to the Brookfield win.

Chris Catania allowed only one hit over the final four innings and struck out five. He threw strikes and put up an occasional changeup that handcuffed several Marlboro batters.

Shortstop Matt Guilbeault came up throwing in the last inning

Shortstop Matt Guilbeault came up throwing in the last inning

In the tense final inning (sixth), Matt Guilbeault snared a line drive to start the Marlboro frame. Then Matt rushed a slow grounder, rushed his throw but 1B Casey Katz dug out the errant throw and caught speedy Ryan Taylor for the second out. After Braden Deckers reached, Austin Hunt’s fly ball to center was easily handled by CF Cameron Cole and the Brookfield celebration began.

Marlboro (representing Western Massachusetts) nearly defeated Brookfield two days earlier. In that 2-1 loss Marlboro carried a 1-0 lead into the late innings but an infield 2-run throwing error gave Brookfield the runs needed to win.

So you can imagine that Marlboro got pretty excited early in this game when they put across five runs in the first inning. The visitors were already chanting, “I believe that we will win,” in the top half of the first inning! That’s way too early no matter who the opponent is. Against undefeated, in the tournament, Brookfield it was silly early.

Marlboro’s Ryan Taylor tripled over CF Cameron Cole’s head off of Brookfield starter Casey Katz to lead off the Marlboro first. Cam Ginnetti’s sac fly scored Ryan. Later, Adam Cronin singled to bring home Braden Deckers. Then it was Jack McCabe’s turn to get a big hit as his single to right brought teammates Austin Hunt and Adam Cronin across. Marlboro reloaded the bases and the tenth batter of the inning (Ryan Taylor) walked forcing in LT Quirion.

Marlboro ran into the final out of highly-productive inning at the plate. Brookfield catcher Kyle Rosa quickly retrieved a passed ball and tossed to pitcher Casey Katz who was able to tag Drew DeFranzo for the last out.

Down 5-0, Marlboro turned aggressive and came back with four runs. Key play for certain (maybe of the game?) happened after Brookfield loaded the bases with one out. Catcher Drew DeFranzo chased down pitcher Ryan Taylor’s wild pitch and looked to have a good chance to get Jake Micelli trying to score. Not only did Marlboro not get Jake but Drew’s throw went past Ryan and through the opening into the Marlboro dugout. That throw allowed two more runs to score. So Brookfield picked up three runs on that wild pitch and bad throw. That’s costly for sure! Later, after a terrific catch by CF Jason Knollenberg, Ryan Sanborn tripled to the left field corner scoring Casey Katz.

Jake Miceli slides while Ryan Taylor awaits throw

Jake Miceli slides while Ryan Taylor awaits throw

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ball gets away from pitcher Ryan Taylor and goes out-of-bounds

ball gets away from pitcher Ryan Taylor and goes out-of-bounds

Marlboro added two more runs in their half of the second. An infield bobble (2B Jake Micelli) put runners on first and second. Adam Cronin’s single between third and short delivered Austin Hunt. Jack McCabe’s fielder’s choice enabled Cam Ginnetti to add Marlboro’s 7th run.

3B Adam Cronin about to start a double play

3B Adam Cronin about to start a double play

Brookfield erased their 7-4 deficit with a 4-run second. Matt Guilbeault walked with the bases loaded on a 3-2 count to force in the first run (Caden Borges). Cameron Cole followed with a hot shot through the right side of the Marlboro infield bringing across teammates Jake Micelli and Chris Catania. Brad Deckers came on to relieve Ryan Taylor and was greeted with an RBI single to center by Casey Katz that brought Matt Guilbeault in with the 8th Brookfield tally. Third baseman Adam Cronin started a 5-4 double play to get Marlboro out of the inning.

Never dreamed that no more runs would be scored but that is what happened. Chris Catania and Marlboro’s Austin Hunt threw strikes (Austin had five K’s) and that score held up.

What didn’t hold up was the rain which resulted in a 10-minute delay in the 4th inning. Typical Maine rain. I live five miles from the Bridgton Complex and my wife reported that it never rained there.

Marlboro ran into an out leading off the third inning. Drew DeFranzo walked and just kept running to second. Pitcher Chris Catania’s throw to shortstop Matt Guilbeault had Drew by plenty.

2B Jake Miceli gets an out from his knees

2B Jake Miceli gets an out from his knees

The visitors had solo runners reach in the 4th and 6th but Chris Catania had strikeouts and solid defense behind him to carry the day.

Cameron Cole was named MVP of the Brookfield team. He had two hits, two RBI, and scored a run.

Casey Katz and Ryan Sanborn had two hits apiece in Brookfield’s nine-hit attack.

Jack McCabe registered three RBI for Marlboro.

Adam Cronin (Marlboro MVP) had two of their seven hits.

This tournament was well organized. Three officials were used in the championship game.

If Marlboro had won this game there would have been another game between the same two teams shortly afterwards. Why? This was a double-elimination tournament and Brookfield had yet to lose.

Give credit to the fans from both sides for coming out on a Thursday afternoon. Brookfield is at least five hours away while Marlboro is over three hours.

Brookfield box

Marlboro box

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Play at the plate

Play at the plate

Play at the plate

Play at the plate

Play at the plate

Play at the plate

Chris Catania

Chris Catania

Marlboro pre-game

Marlboro pre-game

Kyle Rosa

Kyle Rosa

Runner-up Marlboro

Runner-up Marlboro

Winning coaches celebrate

Winning coaches celebrate

Cameron Cole - Brookfield MVP

Cameron Cole – Brookfield MVP

 

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Boston Red Sox #7 prospect Manuel Margot sighted at Portland

Manuel Margot (#7 Red Sox prospect)

Manuel Margot (#7 Red Sox prospect)

CF Manuel Margot

CF Manuel Margot

(Portland ME) Beautiful weather at Hadlock as the Sea Dogs closed out their 4-game series with the Trenton Thunder on Wednesday afternoon.

The noon start helped pack the place. It seemed to me that every camp and recreation department in the area was on hand. A sea of bright camp-shirt colors gleamed in the sun.

I noted that one of the recognized groups on hand was from Amesbury (MA). I live there part of the year.

The weather was nice but I go to Sea Dog games to try to photograph the up-and-coming players. This time around that meant 20-year-old Manuel Margot.

Since Xander and Mookie moved past Portland, the Sea Dogs have been short on rising stars. Don’t take my word for it, look at the Eastern League standings. Portland has the worst record (35-63) in the entire EL.

Manuel runs the bases

Manuel runs the bases

But now Manuel is on hand and maybe Rafael Devers and Yoan Moncada will get there soon or at least start the 2016 season together with Portland. That would be a remarkable trio.

Manuel hit the gap for a double in his first at bat. No question he’s fast and can play the field. Baseball America, according to the Sea Dogs Notes, listed Manuel as the fastest baserunner and best defensive outfielder in the Red Sox farm system. That’s high praise.

I was able to get a few decent shots of the 20-year-old. That bright sunshine puts shades on the players and getting them without the glasses is a challenge.

I thought that Manuel was too aggressive at the plate a couple of times. He seemed unaware of the Red Sox at the higher level taking pitches. He also had some communication problem with leftfielder Aneury Tavarez on a hit in the gap. It looked like they were dancing out there!

But Boston’s #7 prospect has tremendous potential in centerfield, on the bases, and at the bat. I wonder if he’ll finish 2015 at Portland.

The Sea Dogs lost, 5-1. Their lone run was a line drive HR by Aneury Tavarez that gave Portland a brief 1-0 lead.

Portland starter Danny Rosenbaum walked two and gave up two doubles in the 4th inning that led to three runs for the Yankees farm team and the Dogs were down and out.

Slugger is a personal favorite. I go to these games hoping he will end his life-time losing streak. Today they put him in against a little speedster in an orange shirt. On his best day I’m not sure that the aging mascot could have kept up with a kid like this. It didn’t really matter because, as usually is the case, Slugger found trouble on the base paths. Sometimes he falls down or stops for a chat. This time he had to jump out of the way of one of the Trenton infielders. Instead of just side-stepping the infielder, Slugger went airborne and got completely turned around. That foolishness ended any chance he had of putting any pressure on his young opponent. The finish wasn’t close. From my view it looked as if the youngster went into a taunting strut as he crossed the plate. Slugger was a class act not to get riled up over the in-your-face loss.

Slugger gets turned around by a Trenton player

Slugger gets turned around by a Trenton player

Slugger finishes second.

Slugger finishes second.

Seriously, I had a good time and got the pictures I wanted to get. Chris Cameron (media director) made the greatly appreciated arrangements for me.

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Aneury Tavarez had a solo home run

Aneury Tavarez had a solo home run

Jake Cave (6th round in 2011)

Jake Cave (6th round in 2011)

3B Oscar Tejeda

3B Oscar Tejeda

SS Tzu-Wei Lin

SS Tzu-Wei Lin

2B Carlos Asuaje signed before the game

2B Carlos Asuaje signed before the game

LF Aneury Tavarez and CF Manuel Margot get tied up

LF Aneury Tavarez and CF Manuel Margot get tied up

RF Henry Ramos chases a wall ball (ball in above the TV)

RF Henry Ramos chases a wall ball (ball is above the TV)

1B Sam Travis (2nd round in 2014)

1B Sam Travis (2nd round in 2014)

Manuel in the Portland dugout

Manuel in the Portland dugout

 

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2015 Harrison Old Home Days Parade

Military on the move at teh 2015 Harrison Old Home Days Parade

Military on the move at the 2015 Harrison Old Home Days Parade

Young Engine 5 rider

Young Engine 5 rider

(Harrison ME) I have to admit that I used to go for the candy………but now I go to take pictures.

I viewed the 2015 edition of the Old Home Days Parade this afternoon and collected pictures from the event. Temperatures in the 80’s probably limited the number of spectators, at least in the Harrison boat launch area.

If you weren’t there these pictures are what you missed. If you were there, here are my pictures of what you saw.

One thing I made sure I did was to time the length of the parade. Today’s was nineteen minutes. You snooze you lose!

There were four specific things about today’s parade that caught my attention; (1) there was no music, (2) almost no candy, (3) no tractors, and (4) there were no sirens. Plenty of fire trucks, however.

The four missing pieces caught me by surprise because they have always been parts of previous parades.

I guessed that things were different for the 2015 edition of the parade when I noticed that there were no signs on Route 117 alerting drivers that a parade was going to happen. That may have been an oversight.

First place antique auto

First place antique auto

A number of antique cars traveled the parade route. One couple displayed a plaque declaring their vehicle the 2015 antique auto winner.

I caught a couple of youngsters riding in prominent spots in fire engines.

I wonder how many years Averill Davis has had his car in the parade?

Kids with squirt guns and me with my camera. What could go wrong? That’s why camps have counselors! “Let’s use common sense when we see someone with a camera,” directed one Camp Wigwam counselor.

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State rep Phyllis Ginzler

State rep Phyllis Ginzler

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Dale McDaniels

Dale McDaniels

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Averill Davis

Averill Davis

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Jordan Cole and Shannon LeVangie win Harrison 5K by the Lake

Jordan Cole cruises home to win the 13th annual Harrison 5K over Dom Sclafani

Jordan Cole cruises home to win the 13th annual Harrison 5K over Dom Sclafani

Remarkable finish by 13-year-old Shannon LeVangie earned her the top spot for the women.

Remarkable finish by 13-year-old Shannon LeVangie earned her the top spot for the women.

(Harrison ME) It wasn’t advertised as a kiddie run but the younger folks dominated the 13th annual Harrison Recreation Department 5K by the Lake on Wednesday night in Harrison, Maine.

Teenagers Jordan Cole (17) and Dom Sclafani (15) were the top two finishers.

Two more teenagers, Shannon LeVangie (13) and Jillian Davis (13) claimed the top spots on the women’s side.

Jordan (18:49) and Dom (19:13) separated from the pack quickly and left little doubt that they would be the top two finishers.

Jordan will be a senior at Lisbon High School and has been very successful versus high school competition. He finished 4th in the Maine state meet in June in the 3200 meter race.

Dom will be a junior at Oxford Hills High School.

Erik Martin (19:40) and Arno Bommer (19:44) duked it out along Route 117 with Erik holding the lead.

Arno, from nearby (?) Houston TX, took second last year at 18:51. A time like that in 2015 would have given Jordan Cole plenty to think about. Last year’s winner David Krall ran the race in 18:11.

Arno also was the only returning top ten finisher from 2014. The turnover in participants in the Harrison 5K continues to amaze me.

Teenager Nicholas Houch (14) coasted to 5th over Christopher Hayes of Raymond.

The battle for 7th was a close one.  Brian Ladd finished very strong to get the spot.

The battle for 7th was a close one. Brian Ladd finished very strong to get the spot.

The battle for 7th was very competitive. Four runners (Michael Mayetes, Zachary Hoexter, Brian Ladd, and David Brooks) were seen jockeying for position near the Gateway Marina and that jockeying continues past the Grange to the Post Office finish. Brian Ladd got the job done for 7th.

From my Long Lake Park vantage point, I was quite sure that Jillian Davis would be the girls’ winner. But that is not the way it turned out. Somewhere between Long Lake Park and the finish, Shannon LeVangie (Hanover, MA) gained ground at a remarkable rate to nip Jillian by two seconds.

Misty Brown of Wilmington, North Carolina finished 3rd in the women’s division.

The weather was pleasant: low 70’s with a little breeze.

Good idea by those in charge of the race to limit the amount of time the runners interfered with traffic. Once the runners got down to the Harrison Boat Launch they were limited to the well-marked breakdown lane (on the Route 117 part) the rest of the race. Only problem? The limited space made it tough for runners trying to pass other runners especially near the end of the race on 117.

Official race stats  – http://www.coolrunning.com/results/15/me/Jul8_Harris_set1.shtml

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Jordan Cole (1st)

Jordan Cole (1st)

Dom Sclafani (2nd)

Dom Sclafani (2nd)

Erik Martin (3rd)

Erik Martin (3rd)

Arno Bommer (4th)

Arno Bommer (4th)

battle for third between Erik Martin and Arno Bommer

battle for third between Erik Martin and Arno Bommer

Misty Brown (3rd woman)

Misty Brown (3rd woman)

Wesley Martin (9)

Wesley Martin (9)

Jillian Davis ( #36) gets caught down the stretch

Jillian Davis ( #36) gets caught down the stretch

Nicholas Houch (14) from Hiram

Nicholas Houch (14) from Hiram

the race for fifth

the race for fifth

Joseph Buckley (9)

Joseph Buckley (9)

Denise Chicoing

Denise Chicoing

Alexandra Sykes

Alexandra Sykes

Leanne Weston rolls to the finish

Leanne Weston rolls to the finish

battle for 7th in front of Grange

battle for 7th in front of Grange

 

 

 

 

 

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Andrew Stewart wins the 2015 Bridgton 4 on the Fourth

Winner Andrew Stewart leads the way past the Bridgton News office with second-place Silas Eastman in the distance

Winner Andrew Stewart leads the way past the Bridgton News office with second-place Silas Eastman in the distance

Silas Eastman (Colby) controls second

Silas Eastman (Colby) controls second

(Bridgton Me) Moninda Marube dominated the last two Bridgton 4 on the Fourth’s.

This year Moninda was missing and newcomer Andrew Stewart turned in an equally dominating win in the 39th edition of this race.

The University of Louisville junior finished with a time of 20:19 on the four-mile course in an overcast day with temperatures in the high 60s at the outset.

Silas Eastman (winner in 2012) took second. The Colby junior trailed Andrew by 22 seconds. My picture shows Andrew passing the Bridgton News office as Silas is seen in the distance.

Good race for third between Nate Richards (Principia College) and Taylor Days-Merrill (Assumption College). Nate got it done by taking over a minute off of his 2014 time.

Chris Garvin of Charlestown (Rhode Island) ended 5th.

The bragging rights battle was between Kennett High School (Conway NH) track coach Tim Livingston and KHS runner Nicholas Brown for 6th. The 16-year-old finished thirteen seconds behind his coach.

Will Hopkins (counselor at Camp O-At-Ka) via Maryland was 8th and Benson Worthington, who starred at Brunswick (ME) High School got 9th.

Jeff Lindy from Brookline (MA) rounded out the top ten.

Erin Flynn led the women runners

Erin Flynn led the women runners

Erin Flynn topped the women with an 18th place finish. The Newton (MA) resident took over 1 ½ minutes off her 2014 time.

Mary Pardi of Falmouth (ME) was the second woman while Jodi Theriault of Portland completed the top women’s trio.

I mentioned earlier that Moninda Marube was unavailable. Moninda set out from Auburn (ME) on July 1st on a 3,700 mile cross-country run. The purpose of his run is to raise awareness of human trafficking. Moninda hopes to reach California in November and run in a marathon at Santa Barbara. Godspeed to him!

Another missing piece in this year’s race was some sort of vehicle conflict. Every past year there are vehicles that try and navigate the race route from downtown Bridgton just as the Main Street part of the race is about to happen. Last year a truck drove up Main Street just seconds before the runners popped the hill after Highland Lake. None of that “excitement” this time around.

The early runners are so serious and fast. Then you get to the runners who are out for a fun run. They almost always have friends/family ready to let out hollers when they pass by. One of the event staff at the end of Church Street had several runners come over to her and hug her before they ran on to the finish.

Impressive rendition of the National Anthem by a nine-year-old before the race began.

I can’t wait to find out what brought winner Andrew Stewart from Kentucky to Maine for this race.

RACE RESULTS

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Andrew Stewart (Louisville) before the race

Andrew Stewart (Louisville) before the race

Silas Eastman before the race

Silas Eastman before the race

Taylor Day-Morrill (1909) chases Nate Richards for 3rd place

Taylor Day-Morrill (1909) chases Nate Richards for 3rd place

Chris Garvin (5th)

Chris Garvin (5th)

Kennett High coach Tim Livingston (6th)

Kennett High coach Tim Livingston (6th)

Benson Worthington (9th)

Benson Worthington (9th)

Mary Pardi (2nd woman)

Mary Pardi (2nd woman)

Nicholas Brown (453) 7th and Will Hopkins 8th

Nicholas Brown (453) 7th and Will Hopkins 8th

Jodi Theriault (3rd woman)

Jodi Theriault (3rd woman)

time to greet a friend

time to greet a friend

Nick Wilmott of New Zealand

Nick Wilmott of New Zealand

riding to the finish

riding to the finish

showing the colors

showing the colors

Stella Rose Boucher (1312)

Stella Rose Boucher (1312)

Marsha, Bill, and Sheila

Marsha, Bill, and Sheila

9-year-old dazzled with her rendition of the National Anthem

9-year-old dazzled with her rendition of the National Anthem

Song Kim of York, Maine

Song Kim of York, Maine

 

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