Tuesday, 06 November 2012 09:24
Twenty-four-year-old Conor Shelley of Rockville Centre outlasted a pack of six other top competitors to repeat as the top finisher in the 2012 Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run on Oct. 13. Shelley scored in 15:16 as the top seven finishers crossed the finish line in the Oyster Bay Townsend Square parking lot within 17 seconds of each other.
Top honors in the women’s division went to 27-year-old Jodie Robertson of Melville in 17:16, holding off runner-up Karen Roa of Port Jefferson by six seconds. Indicative of the overall strength of the field, the first 16 finishers broke the 18-minute mark on what is not an easy course, and 38 finishers broke the 20-minute mark. A total of 634 runners and walkers finished the event, 50 more than in 2011.
Top local finishers included Steven Weiss of Plainview, who earned the third-place plaque in the 35-39 age group, crossing the finish line in 20:38, and Shari Klarfeld, who took first-place honors among the women in the 30-34 age group, with a time of 21:31—clearly establishing herself as Long Island’s fastest seven-months-pregnant runner!
Other local award winners included Nicole Henn of Syosset (third woman, 40-44 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (third woman 55-59), Barry Jerson of Plainview (third man 60-64), Constance Sehlmeyer of Syosset (third woman 65-69), Odd Sangesland of Plainview (fifth, 80-84), and Bert Jablon (first in 85 and over, and oldest finisher from the Town of Oyster Bay).
Thanks go to the Town of Oyster Bay for partnering with the Greater Long Island Running Club on what could be the most interesting 5K course on Long Island.
“Supervisor John Venditto and the Oyster Bay Town Board have been incredible supporters of local recreational sports,” observed running club president Mike Polansky, “and we are thrilled to have Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris Coschignano continue to have his law firm of Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker support the event as our presenting sponsor.”
The club also thanked newest sponsor Pro Sports Physical Therapists of Huntington and Oyster Bay. Special thanks also go out to Allan Sobel and South Shore Outdoor for once again generously donating sweatshirts and trophies, and Glen Wolther and All Round Foods for donating baked goods. Extra thanks go out to Bob Cook and The Runner’s Edge for helping with their generous prize money stipend that helped to bring a large contingent of Long Island’s fastest runners to Oyster Bay once again this year.