O’Connor tops Essex Half Marathon field

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The third annual Essex Half Marathon kicks off Sunday at Essex High School. | KIM MARTIN

The third annual Essex Half Marathon kicks off Sunday at Essex High School. | KIM MARTIN

By Anthony Labor
The Essex Reporter

Teage O’Connor was the first person to cross the finish line during the Third Annual Essex Half Marathon on Sunday.

The 30-year-old finished with a time of one hour, 15 minutes and four seconds. His time was over four minutes better than anyone else in the marathon that had a field of 124 people in the stormy conditions.

“We had some thunderstorms about half hour into the race and rain the rest of the way,” said Essex Junction Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Brian Roy. “Everyone was in good spirits though and turned out to be a great race day.”

Jon Buell finished second overall in the race with a time of 1:19:43. Richard Carrick came in third with a time of 1:25:12.

Meg Lout was the first female to finish the race and was fourth overall with a time of 1:25:50.

Eighteen-year-old Jonah Lavigne finished fifth overall with a time of 1:25:51. It was the second straight year he finished fifth in the race with a time of 1 hour, 25 minutes.

Rounding out the overall top 10 were Peter Feehan (1:26:35), Todd Archambault (1:26:40), Logan Brunet (1:27:05), Matthew Davis (1:27:12), and Phil Oldham (1:27:29).

Brunet was taking part in the Half Marathon for the second straight year. He finished 19 spots better than last year’s 26th place finish and took over 22 minutes off his time.

Alex Dewitt rounded out the men’s division top 10 with a time of 1:28:03. He also competed for the second straight year. He finished around the same spot as last year, as he finished ninth last year with a time of 1:27:43.

The women’s top 10 behind Lout were Linda Andrea Wigger (1:29:11), Katherine Kardashian (1:32:01), Kathleen Mack (1:34:34), Julie Kelly (1:40:27), Rose Of Shar Monahan (1:42:05), Emily Saul (1:43:41), Ruth Taylor (1:44:20), Karissa McDonough (1:47:58) and Shelby Farrell (1:48:28).

Kelly competed in last year’s race as well. She finished the race two minutes quicker this year, as she also finished sixth in the women’s division last year.

Monahan was another runner who competed for the second straight year. The 17-year-old also finished two minutes better this year than she did in 2013.

Margaret Barch and Beverly Briley were the youngest runners in the marathon at 14-years-old. Barch finished the race with a time of 2:13:36 with Briley coming right behind her with a time of 2:21:26.

Female age group winners included: Monahan (19-and-under), Wigger (20-29), Lout (30-39), Kelly (40-49), Daria Dooling (50-59, 1:57:12) and Martha DeGrazia (60-69, 1:55:32).

Male age group winners included; Lavigne (19-and-under), Carrick (20-29), O’Connor (30-39), Oldham (40-49), Tom Barnes (50-59, 1:48:01) and RJ Simms (60-69, 1:53:21).

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