WADDINGTON - The Waddington Homecoming 5K River Run-Walk featured one of its largest and fastest fields ever on Saturday.
The race drew 220 entries and the entire field crossed the finish line within an hour.
“It was really a great day. We had a big turnout, great weather and everyone, runners and walkers, completed the race in less than an hour,” said Race Director Jason Brown of the Waddington Volunteer Fire Department which thanked Pepsi Cola for providing the refreshments for the participants and providing the inflatible starting and finish arch.
“Everything went very well.”
The head of the field featured a distinctive collegiate look.
Leading the men’s field was Calvin Conrad-Kline of Palmyra, Pa. who runs for Shippensberg University in Pennsylvania.
“I came up for the homecoming weekend with my friend Alex Daley who is visiting his grandfather Bud Daley.” said Conrad-Kline who finished in 16:33.
“I really like the course, it had a lot of rolling hills.”
Leading the women’s field was Amanda Stopa, a former University of Oregon runner, who coaches Cross Country and Nordic Skiing at Clarkson University.
Stopa finished in 18:59 which was good enough for eighth place overall.
The second through seven positions were filled by members of the River Road Track Club which was represented by 31 runners and walkers.
Waddington resident and club organizer Austin Scott took second overall in 16:44 and was followed by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Cross Country teammates Kyle Morrison (17:04), Dan Mortimer (17:18), and Bryan Mendis (17:31). Gouverneur standout and Clarkson bound Jake Erdman and another WPI harrier in Dan Stromski took sixth and seventh overall.
“It is not really a club and were weren’t raising money. We just got shirts to raise awareness for rheumatoid arthritis,” said Scott. “We want to encourage people with rheumatoid arthritis to stay active. It was kind of a just do it thing.”
His sister Cassidy Scott continues to do just that after being diagnosed with the disease last fall. She has overcome the disease to help Canton Central to cross country and indoor track-field titles and set a Madrid-Waddington School record in the 2000 steeplechase in spring track-field.
Last Sunday she led the women’s field at the Ogdensburg Seaway Festival Maple City Trail 4-Miler while her brother, Austin Scott, paced the men’s field.
“I was diagnosed just before last cross country season,” said Cassidy Scott who placed third in the women’s field and second in the 15-19 age group behind former Madrid-Waddington spring track-field and Canton cross country and indoor track-field teammate Lauren Orosz (20:00). Orosz helped Mansfield State University in Pennsylvania to a conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships as a freshman.
“It helps to keep running and today I felt pretty good after the first two miles,” said Cassidy Scott.“Getting the River Road Track Club going was Austin’s idea. We live on the River Road. It was nice, we had a lot of family and friends involved.”
Male 14 Under: Tim Allen 19:51, Justin Scott, Kevin Cronin.
Female 14 Under: Gabriella Scott 22:45, Danielle Hough, Maria Allen.
Male 15-19: Calvin Condrad-Kline (overall medalist) 16:33, Austin Scott, Kyle Morrison.
Female 15-19: Lauren Orosz 20:00, Cassidy Scott, Cheyanne Tuttle.
Male 20-29: Kyle Cole 20:33, Jeffrey White, David Auringer.
Female 20-29: Amanda Stopa (overall medalist) 18:59, Lucky Merkley, Nicole Filion.
Male 30-39: Aaron Cummings 20:20, Roderick Power, David Wuzburg.
Female 30-39: Christy Bell 25:51, Jen Backus, Lisa Mitras.
Male 40-49: Todd Aldous 22:18, Jon Ryan, Don Erdman.
Female 40-49: Paula Jones 24:44, Melissa Smith, Kelly Scott.
Male 50-59: David O’Leary 19:29, John Pier, Dan Mayette.
Female 50-59: Rachelle Hayes 23:44, Carol Palmer-Garvey, Kathy Buckwell.
Male 60-69: Joe LaBarr 20:47, Gerry Garrigan, Bill Amberman.
Female 60-69: Vicki Carcia 30:45, Elaine Amberman. Eileen Auringer.
Men 70-79: Hugh Wilson 27:32.
Female 70-79: Linda Brouilette 50:07.
Men 80-Over: Jean Bernaquez 28:12.
NOTE: complete races results will be in Tuesday’s issue of “The Journal.”