Former Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) track and field standout Michael Schroeder of West Tisbury topped the field of 512 competitors on a beautiful Sunday morning in the 24th annual Oak Bluffs Memorial Day 5K Road Race. Proceeds from the event benefit Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard.
Mr. Schroeder, a member of the Davidson College (N.C.) men’s track and field team for three years, who graduated earlier this month, ran the 5K East Chop course in a brisk 16:37. Bobby Carew of Milton finished second, clocking in 51 seconds later at 17:28. Caleb Gartner of Falmouth (17:42) was third.
Jack Lionette, 12, of Chilmark, charged to the line in 18:48 to place fourth, followed by: 5. Ken Gartner, Falmouth, 18:52; 6. Reaan Steenkamp, Vineyard Haven, 19:21; 7. Henry Gartner, Falmouth, 19:23; 8. Ryan Sawyer, Edgartown, 19:38; 9. Liam Kelso, Princeton Junction, N.J., 19:38; and 10. Jake McCauley, Stamford, Conn., 19:50.
Chloe Smith of Weston was the first woman to cross the finish line, placing 16th overall in 20:26. Catherine Cherry of Edgartown, a talented freshman on the MVRHS track and field team, was the women’s runner-up, and came in 19th overall with a time of 20:53.
Vineyard runners claimed seven additional spots in the top 50, including: 17. Flynn Monahan, Chilmark, 20:48; 29. Chris Cajolet, West Tisbury, 21:27; 32. Zachary Utz, Vineyard Haven, 21:33; 34. Yossi Monahan, Chilmark, 21:39; 39. Liam Conley, Oak Bluffs, 22:01; 46. Becky Bonds, Edgartown, 22:24; and 47. Bryan McShea, Edgartown, 22:25.
Robert Stulmaker of Clifton Park, N.Y., (46:12) was the swiftest of 30 walkers in the field. Edgartonians Stephen Miller (47:29) and Peter Clark (48:15) were second and third.
Prior to the 5K, 48 young runners took part in the one-mile fun run. Kyle Cummings of Tewksbury won the race in 5:58. Sammy Freeman of Westbrook, Conn., (6:24) was the runner-up, and Will Baliunas of Edgartown (6:49) took third.