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Strong Field Highlights Town Of Oyster Bay 5k Run

A total of 634 runners and walkers finished the event, 50 more than in 2011

Seventeen seconds separated winner of 2012 Oyster Bay Supervisor’s 5K run, 24-year old Conor Shelley of Rockville Centre from a pack of six other top competitors to repeat as the top finisher on Oct. 13. The event was the opener for the Oyster Festival. Conor scored in 15:16 as the top seven finishers crossed the finish line in the Townsend Square parking lot within 17 seconds of each other.

Top honors in the women’s division went to 27-year old Jodie Robertson in 17:16, holding off runner-up Karen Roa of Port Jefferson by six seconds. Evidencing 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 magic 20-minute mark.  A total of 634 runners and walkers finished the event, 50 more than in 2011.

Local Runners

Top local finishers were Kevin Giannetti of Oyster Bay, who scored in 25th place Overall and second in the 59-54 age group in 18:36, and Kevin’s daughter Nicole Giannetti, who was the fifth woman overall in 19:10, and took first place honors in the women’s 15-19 age group.

Other local award winners included Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley (1st, Athena Weight Division), Tyler McBride of Oyster Bay (2nd 14 and under), Windy Finn of Oyster Bay (3rd 14 and under), Kiera Scognamiglio of East Norwich (4th 14 and under), Lia Stanco of Oyster Bay (5th 14 and under), Carlonie Kelly of Oyster Bay (4th 15-19), Cody Exum of Oyster Bay (4th 15-19), Eamonn Conway of Oyster Bay (5th 15-19), Kate Cifarelli of Oyster Bay (4th 25-29), Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay (3rd 50-54), Mark Fallon of Bayville (1st 55-59), Bob Bartolotti of Oyster Bay (5th 55-59), and Nina Jennings of Mill Neck (1st woman 75-79).

Thanks go to the Town of Oyster Bay for partnering with the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) on what could be the most interesting 5K course on Long Island. The club also thanked its  sponsors: Pro Sports Physical Therapists of Huntington and Oyster Bay; Allan Sobel and South Shore Outdoor for donating sweatshirts and trophies; Glen Wolther and All Round Foods for donating baked goods. Extra thanks to Bob Cook and The Runner’s Edge helping with the generous prize money stipend that helped to bring a large contingent of Long Island’s fastest runners this year.

Thank You To The Community  

Club President Mike Polansky added one final note: “We thank all of our Oyster Bay friends and neighbors for their patience and their understanding as we bring one of Long Island’s most important running events to Oyster Bay each October.  I am well aware that there may be some inconvenience to some local residents as the race proceeds, although we do everything we can to minimize that inconvenience.  We try to notify everyone who could be affected by the event by mail, but if we missed you this year please call me at 349-7646 and we will be happy to add you to our mailing list.  Please also feel free to call me at that number with your thoughts as to how we can minimize any inconvenience to you.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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