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GSH Everett Barney Day 5K

Springfield, MA, April 19, 2001

Results courtesy of the Greater Springfield Harriers.

173 Year Old Everett Barney Places 4th as the 22nd Summer Sizzlers Begin

After an inspiration speech from Everett Barney himself, the Harriers opened the 22nd season of Summer Sizzlers with the Everett Barney Day Race, traditionally held on April 19th. This year's race traversed the historic 5K cross country course in Forest Park, the city park created by the foresight and generosity of the 19th century industrialist.

The race developed into a battle between the generations as 16 year old Mike DeFilippi sprinted to an early lead with 47 year old Celio Hernandez giving chase, both distancing themselves from the pack. Youth was served however as the Agawam high schooler captured his first Summer Sizzler victory with a solid 18:48 effort. Celio held form for second in 19:08 while ultra distance ace Seth Roberts scampered across the finish line in 20:16 for third, as GSHers claimed the top seven spots.

Harrier Bobbi Smith swept all division titles for women with her first place 27:35 effort followed by master GSHer Betty Matthews in 28:36.

At the awards ceremony all talk centered on the answer to the Fast Feet Quiz, ie., who holds the oldest age record on the 5K cross country course. The answer: Sue Counos who set the record for 13 year old girls on June 23, 1981, almost twenty years ago, and two months before Ed Sandifer and Carol O'Connor set their long standing records. Although he didn't have the correct answer, Gary Crowley won the raffle draw among contest entrants and thus a new pair of running shoes from Fast Feet.

Speaking of Ed Sandifer, many thanks for his taking the part of Everett Hosmer Barney at the race. His 4th place finish in 21:09 is impressive enough for any 173 year old, even more so for one who three days before completed his 29th consecutive Boston Marathon. Equally astounding, Ed has not missed a day of running since 1972.

Finally, kudos to Steve O'Neil and the Springfield Journal, who together with the Springfield Parks and Recreation Department, have made noticeable improvements on the course through their ongoing "Restore the Forest Park Trails Project". Proceeds from the Barney Day Race are donated by the Harriers to this project.

 1  18:48  Mike DeFilippi     16M   GSH
 2  19:08  Celio Hernandez    47M   GSH
 3  20:16  Seth Roberts       49M   GSH
 4  21:09  Everett Barney*   173M   GSH
 5  21:37  Gary Crowley       39M   GSH
 6  21:41  Bob Darby          42M   GSH
 7  22:03  Wayne Stocker      46M   GSH
 8  22:36  Ray Charow         39M   EORC
 9  22:40  Doug Falconer      44M   ---
10  22:43  Dan Clark          48M   EORC
11  22:53  John Pashko        49M   GSH
12  23:28  Kevin Morin        40M   GSH
13  23:35  Pete Stasz         53M   GSH
14  23:37  Chris St. George   38M   GSH
15  23:49  Todd Henry         33M   ---
16  23:52  Kevin Young        48M   GSH
17  23:56  Richard Clark      47M   SMAC
18  24:44  Mario Maloni       16M   ---
19  25:02  Tom Dwyer          43M   GSH
20  25:14  Steve Terrien      47M   GSH
21  25:22  Dennis Hogan       46M   GSH
22  25:35  Paul Shanahan      63M   AF
23  26:15  Don Grant          58M   SMAC
24  26:56  Doug Bielefeld     41M   GSH
25  27:24  Brian Fitzgerald   30M   ---
26  27:35  Bobbi Smith        51F   GSH
27  28:36  Betty Matthews     48F   GSH

*aka Ed Sandifer 49M GSH

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