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Great Cow Harbor 10K

Northport, NY

September 20, 1997

Results courtesy of the Great Cow Harbor Race Committee (516-261-8341)
Northport, NY - Two-time Great Cow Harbor 10K Champion Jeff Jacobs of Roscoe, Illinois made a return to Northport today to seize his third victory and a cash prize of $2000 at the 20th anniversary running of the race. While a third win for the defending champion and course-record holder may have seemed predictable, the race debut of U.S. Track and Field Olympian Todd Williams posed a definite threat to Jacobs, as did the sufficating humidity of the hot day. Jacobs held on to his lead throught the 6.2 miles to finish in 29:42.2, 40 seconds off his 1991 course record and 10 seconds in front of Williams.

In addition to Williams (Knoxville, TN), Jacobs faced other national class athletes, including Terrance Mahon of Haverford, PA and Rod DeHaven of Madison, Wisconsin. All four set out aggressively, with Mahon and DeHaven hanging behind the pace setting Jacobs and Williams. But by the two-mile mark at the crest of James Street hill, Jacobs and Williams pulled away, defining the remainder of the two-man race. Williams tucked in behind Jacobs to run closely throughout the hilly course. The deciding move came in the half-mile or so, when Jacobs steadily pulled away from Williams on the downhill finish. "I don't know what happened," Jacobs recalled. "I just ran! I'm not sure when I lost him."

In post-race words to the crowd, Jacobs suggested that this race is one for those familiar with its unusual course. Unfortunately, even those familiar with its challenging hills can be stumped by it. Defending women's champion Sunny Clarke faced this problem today, finishing a crushing ninth to Christine McNamara of Boulder, Colorado, who won in 33:38, nearly two-minutes faster than Clarke. Citing the heat of the uncomfotrable day, Clarke remained positive about her experience. "My coach says today was a character builder," she remarked.

McNamara had been among those favored to win. Coming off a recent victory at the Chili's Park Forest 10-Miler, making her the U.S. 10-Mile Champion, McNamara ran with confidence, beating the second-place Elaine Van Blunk of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania by 31 seconds and third-place Wendy Nelson-Barrett of Lebanon, Pennsylvania by 45 seconds. McNamara earned $2000 also, the first-place prize from today's $20,000 purse.

Local racers stood out among the top finishers this year, as well. An impressive performance by St. John's University's Christian Fogarazzo earned him fifth-place with a time of 30:50, and his teammates Chris Graff and Brian Quinn, both of Jamaica Estates, NY, placed sixth and eighth, respectively. On the women's side, the top local finisher was Northport's own Regina Ronan, who came in 11th in a tough field with a time of 35:59, her Cow Harbor best.

A notable masters' field made the over-40 race an equally impressive one. Visiting from Emmaus, Pennsylvania, Runner's World magazine's Budd Coates, 40, placed tenth overall in a time of 31:53 - over four minutes ahead of his nearest masters' pursuer. Coates was ranked among the top 10 U.S. marathoners in 1989. The best female masters' time was run by another local runner, Kathryn Martin of Northport, in 38:38.

The Cow Harbor 10K, which is the Road Runners Club of America National 10K Championship, has been selected for the fifth consective year by ESPN-TV for broadcast on its Running and Racing series. This year's race will be aired on October 28th at 3:30PM. Proceeds of the day are donated to the Special Olympics of Suffolk County.

Top Ten

1 29:24.2 Jeff Jacobs 33M Roscoe, IL 2 29:34.6 Todd Williams 28M Gray, TN 3 30:02.4 Rob DeHaven 30M Madison, WI 4 30:46.9 Terrance Mahon 26M Haverford, PA 5 30:50.4 Christian Fogarazzo 21M Bellmore, NY 6 31:01.9 Chris Graff 21M Jamaica Estates, NY 7 31:20.5 Travis Walter 27M Wilmington, NC 8 31:29.5 Brian Quinn 22M Jamaica Estates, NY 9 31:46.5 Artie Green 27M Poughquag, NY 10 31:53.7 Budd Coates 40M Emmaus, PA

Top Ten Women

1 33:38.0 Christine McNamara 31F Boulder, CO 2 34:09.3 Elaine Van Blunk 33F Drexel Hill, PA 3 34:23.6 Wendy Nelson-Barrett 28F Lebanon, PA 4 34:24.5 Jennifer Rhines 23F Haverford, PA 5 34:49.7 Cindy James 37F Homewood, IL 6 35:07.7 Alisa Hill 32F Manassas, VA 7 35:12.1 Kim Pawelek 23F Jacksonville, FL 8 35:18.9 Marty Shue 30F Fairfax, VA 9 35:33.7 Senoria Clarke 33F Chevy Chase, MD 10 35:53.6 Amy Manson 28F Boulder, CO

Men's Masters - Top Three

1 31:53.7 Budd Coates 40M Emmaus, PA 2 35:16.4 Tim Engstrand 40M Arvada, CO 3 35:31.2 Thomas Hall 47M Lincroft, NY

Women's Masters - Top Three

1 38:38.7 Kathryn Martin 45F Northport, NY 2 40:26.0 Diane Gordon 44F Central Islip, NY 3 40:38.0 Helen Visgauss 42F Port Jefferson Station, NY

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