Irish eyes were smiling Saturday morning as Dubliner Conor Dooney won the 35th Chilmark Road Race, best among 1,500 runners who enjoyed beautiful sun-splashed conditions along Middle Road in Chilmark.
The Irishman, who attended Yale University, clocked in at 16:05.31.
“It was good, a tough course, not fast, but very pleasant,” said Mr. Dooney, who won the race in his first attempt.
The race runner-up was another Ivy Leaguer, Brown University graduate Corey Kunz of Hoboken, New Jersey, who came to the line in 16:30.66.
Third place belonged to Hugh Parker of New York City (16:39.76), followed by 4. Keegan Skidmore, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, 17:01.66; 5. Ben Bosworth, Dorchester, 17:03.90; 6. Jake McCauley, Darien, Connecticut, 17:09.83; 7. Peter Metz, Washington, D.C., 17:11.60; 8. Joshua Sohn, Pacific Palisades, California, 17:21.47; 9. John Sullivan, West Roxbury, 17:22.62.
Leading the women’s field was Larissa Park of Somerville, who placed 12th overall with a time of 17:26.96. Sheridan Wilbur, a student from La Salle Academy in Providence, was the women’s runner-up, finishing in 18:28.11 (17th overall).
Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School senior Jeremy Alley-Tarter of Oak Bluffs had the best time for a Vineyard runner, placing tenth overall with a time of 17:23.29. Ceili Brennan of Oak Bluffs had the fastest time among Vineyard women, finishing in 20:39.92, good for 61st overall.
Other local runners to make the top 50 were: 13. Kyle Joba-Woodruff, West Tisbury, 18:02.51; 14. Art Smith, Oak Bluffs, 18:11.56; 18. Bill Regan Jr., O.B., 18:34.95; 23. Michael Schroeder, W.T., 19:05.89; 34. Ben Tabah, Chilmark, 19:48.70; and 46. Reaan Steenkamp, Vineyard Haven, 20:24.45.
Three Vineyarders won their respective age groups. Along with Art Smith, who won the men’s 40-49 age group, Jack Lionette of Chilmark topped the boys 1-8 group with a time of 21:27.02, 94th overall and Jim Austin of Vineyard Haven was first among men 70-79, finishing 284th in 24:56.15.
This article was updated to reflect changes in the official scoring made after the original article was published online Saturday, August 10, 2013.