Falmouth man wins St. Pat's
Despite Saturday's bone-chilling, wind-driven rains, 25 stalwart souls reported to the starting line of the 10th Ocean View St. Patrick's Day Boys & Girls Club 5K road race.
The winning runner, from East Falmouth, was 22-year-old Nick Scalfone who splashed around the East Chop course in the excellent time of 17:42 more than a minute better than Carlos Borges of Tyngsboro, winner of the 2006 race, the last time the St. Pat's was run. Nick was Saturday's youngest competitor.
Finishing second, as he did two years ago, was Garry Metters, 42, of Tisbury, in 20:00, 26 seconds behind his '06 time.
The first female finisher was Erica Lasck-Nesselquist of Woods Hole. Her time was 21:01, 1:42 faster than Katherine Shanor, 40, of Oak Bluffs, who was best in '06.
Results by age & gender
Female 20-29: (1) Erica Lasck-Nesselquist, 28, Woods Hole, 21:01 (2) Krystle Rose, 23, Tisbury, 27:36.
Male 20-29: Nick Scalfone, 22, East Falmouth, 17:42 (2) Matthew Hughes, 23, Oak Bluffs, 23:52 (3) Dustin Shaw, 23, Oak Bluffs, 25:02.
Female 30-39: (1) Kathryn Barrows, 30, Tisbury, 22:12 (2) Mary Ellen Ross, 37, Falmouth, 27:50.
Male 30-39: (1) Daniel Vaughn, 32, Edgartown, 21:49 (2) Todd Cleland, 38, Oak Bluffs, 23:42 (3) Jim Geary, 37, Tisbury, 25:41.
Female 40-49: (1) Susan Belcher, 46, Deerfield, 26:18 (2) Karen McAuliffe, 41, Boxborough, 26:32.
Male 40-49: (1) Garry Metters, 42, Tisbury, 20:00 (2) David Belcher, 46, Deerfield, 20:54 (3) Patrick Parker, 47, Oak Bluffs, 21:50 (4) Neal Sullivan, 45, Edgartown, 23:11 (5) Bob Ogden, 41, Tisbury, 24:07 (6) Scott McAuliffe, 45, Boxborough, 26:22.
Female 50-59: (1) Kathleen O'Sullivan, 58, Edgartown, 32:18 (2) Liz Fox, 53, Edgartown, 33:32.
Male 50-59: (1) Dana Gaines, 50, Edgartown, 21:44 (2) Wayne Guyther, 51, Oak Bluffs, 21:55 (3) Al Mahoney, 52, Tisbury, 31:25.
Male 60-69: Adam Ross, 64, Falmouth, 23:46 (2) Tom Cleland, South Hadley, 27:43.
Neal Sullivan, Todd Cleland and Al Mahoney qualified for Clydesdale competition.
Major sponsors of the race, a benefit for the B&G Club, were the Ocean View Restaurant & Pub and the Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank. Other sponsors: Fullin Heating, Shiretown Meats, Hinckley Lumber, Paul Vertefeuille Plumbing, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Mark Pogorzelski Carpentry and Broadway Screen Printing.
Sunday, still cold and windy, but dry, four Islanders ran the New Bedford half Marathon, a distance of 13.1 miles.
Paul Vertefeuille finished the race in 1:34:32. He was 436th.
Patrick Parker was 585th at 1:39:57. Marylee Schroeder was 603rd in 1:40:34. Bill Brown came in 1,123rd at 1:58:22.
High school student athletes are loosening limbs and getting kinks out of winter-rested bodies preparing for the opening of the baseball, softball, lacrosse (boys & girls), tennis (boys & girls), track and field (boys & girls), and coed sailing seasons. Times photographer Ralph Stewart visited the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School campus to catch some of the pre-season activity.
As presently scheduled, the lacrosse teams open away, girls at New Bedford, boys at Salem, both March 27. The baseball season opens Monday, March 31, at home to Sandwich, the same day that the boys tennis team starts play here, also with the visiting Blue Knights. The girls tennis and softball teams are at Sandwich that day. The coed sailing team is at Tabor Academy on March 29, and the boys and girls track and field teams entertain Southeastern here April 3.
The only reported changes in the spring sports coaching staff is the addition of Jeremy Scheffer as JV baseball coach and Kurstin Meehan as assistant girls lacrosse coach.