Peter Burke wins blustery St. Patrick’s Dayish 5K

Adrienne Christy and Catherine Cherry in photo finish for top women.


Eighty hardy souls braved cold and blustery weather Sunday morning in Oak Bluffs for the 20th annual St. Patrick’s Dayish 5K. The event benefits the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) track and field teams. Fittingly, MVRHS sophomore and track standout Peter Burke was swiftest around the East Chop course, clocking in at 18:58. Garri Saganeko finished second in 19:16, followed by a pair of Vineyard track teamers, Owen Porterfield (19:58) and Owen Atkins (20:38). Vineyard Hurricanes Coach Reean Steenkamp (21:42) placed fifth, and Zachary Utz (21:49) was sixth.

At the start of the race, the temperature was in the high 30s, paired with a swirling 25 mph wind. “It was great to see that amount of people race in those weather conditions, for sure,” said Coach Joe Schroeder of MVRHS track and field.

The top two women came to the line in a photo finish to take the seventh and eighth spots, overall. Adrienne Christy, a seventh grader at the West Tisbury School (22:06.28) arrived 0.43 seconds ahead of MVRHS sophomore Catherine Cherry (22:06.71). Jason Kish (ninth, 22:40) and Daniel Bonneau (10th, 22:45) completed the top 10.

Rounding out the top 30 were 11. Chris Edwards, 22:51; 12. J.R. Thomas, 23:43; 13. Gary Barlett, 23:47; 14. Richie Barlett, 23:52; 15. JoJo Bonneau, 24:00; 16. Tom Sykes, 24:08; 17. Eloise Christy, 24:14; 18. Todd Christy, 24:43; 19. Edward Cherry, 25:26; 20. Keats Brown, 25:34; 21. Jackson Engler, 25:53; 22. Mackenzie Condon, 26:33; 23. Rose Engler, 26:33.76; 24. Erica Andrews, 26:36; 25. Kathleen Brown, 26:55; 26. Margaret Sykes, 27:38; 27. Paul Curran, 27:48; 28. Kimberly Kirk, 28:07; 29. Brooks Calvin, 28:14; 30. Renee Arsenault, 28:30.

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