Michael Schroeder wins 24th Oak Bluffs Memorial Day 5K

More than 500 compete to benefit Hospice of Martha's Vineyard.



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.