New Yorker wins annual Martha’s Vineyard Memorial Day 5K

Men's and overall winner Erricos Mendozopolo of Schenectady, NY, crossed the line in 16 minutes flat. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Four hundred-thirty-two runners completed the annual Oak Bluffs Memorial Day 5K road race Sunday on Martha’s Vineyard. It was a lovely summer-like day, warmer, however, than most distance runners prefer.

Erricos Mendozopolo, 27, of Schenectady, NY, finished first. He covered the distance in 16 minutes flat, 18 seconds ahead of Chris Magill of Cumberland, RI, and 14 seconds faster than last year’s winning time by Jonevan Hornsby of Brooklyn.

The rest of Sunday’s top ten were: 3rd — Eric Mendoza, 26, of Kent, Washington, 16:23; 4th — Jake McCauley, 18, of Darien. Conn., 16:33; 5th — Mauricio Sanchez, 29, of New York City, 17:25; 6th — Carlos Escobar, 23, Marblehead, 17:27; 7th — Elijah Fossas, 31, Dudley, 17:28; 8th — Matthew Zanchi, 21, Natick, 17:29; 9th — Ken Gartner, 50, West Falmouth, 17:46; 10th — Stephan Allison, 32, Roxbury, 17:51.

The first Islander to reach the finish line was Matthew Hyde, 34, of Vineyard Haven. He was 11th at 18:16.

The first female finisher was Grace Chang, 15, of Media, Pa., at 20:07. She was 26th overall. Other leading ladies were Kat Goldstein, 25, of Cambridge, 29th; Alison Cooper, 32, of New York City, 20:56, 32nd; and Bonnie Kingsbury, 32, of Vineyard Haven, 21:19, 38th.

Three members of the MVRHS track and field team finished in the top 20: Michael Schroeder was 15th, Kyle Joba-Woodrup was17th, and Jeremy Alley-Tarter was 20th.

One-hundred-fourteen Vineyarders completed the run.

The real winner Sunday was Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, the race’s beneficiary.