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Local Athletes Score in Recent Caumsett 50K and 25k Runs

Perennial Caumsett 50K superstar Michael Wardian of Arlington Virginia did it again on March 7 – his third consecutive victory in the Caumsett State Park 50 Kilometer Run. Mike covered the 10 loop 31.07 mile course in 2 hours, 55 minutes, 50 seconds, a scant 40 seconds short of the race record that he set in 2008, but a solid eight minutes plus in front of runner-up Malcolm Campbell of Marietta, Georgia. Scott Jaime of Highlands Ranch, Colorado scored third, and top Master Dan Verrington of Bradford, Massachussetts crossed the finish line in front of the Winter Cottage at Caumsett in fourth place overall.

Yolanda Flamino of Hancock, New Hampshire, who was the women’s winner of the Kings Park 15K several years ago, emerged as the Women’s champion in the 50K, with a 3:34:26 that brought her to the finish line comfortably in front of runner-up and first place female Master Annette Bednosky of Jefferson, North Carolina. Jill Perry of Manilus, New York, who was the second place finisher in the women’s division in 2009, scored third this year.

The 50K served as the 2010 50 Kilometer Championship for USA Track & Field, and both Wardian and Flamino qualified for a paid trip to the International Association of Ultrarunners World Trophy 50K Run in Galway, Ireland this fall by virtue of their Caumsett wins.

Marty Knapp took top honors in the accompanying 25 Kilometer Run, with a time of 1:37:48, followed by runner-up Jeffrey Votteler only 29 seconds later. Laura Brown, running for the Gubbins Running Ahead team, took top honors among the women in 1:55:33, with Charlotte Johnson second and Emma Riconda in third. A total of 89 runners completed the 25K.

Several local runners did exceptionally well in the 25 Kilometer Run. Top local finisher was 43-year-old Lorie Sheinwald of Old Bethpage, who crossed the finish line in 2:09:36, good for 6th place in the women’s division. 34-year-old Karina Jiminez of Bethpage scored as the 10th woman finisher in 2::14:08. 43-year-old Robert Shaw of Syosset finished in 48th place overall in 2:25:55.The oldest finisher in the 25K Run was 80-year-old Odd Sangesland of Plainview, who scored in 3:32:58.

Caumsett finally hit a great day from a weather standpoint, with bright sunshine and temperatures that reached well into the 50s by early afternoon making it prefect conditions for both runners and volunteers. Those with long memories will remember that last year it was bitterly cold, and the last finishers completed the course just in time to escape the “March Monster” snowstorm that dropped a foot of snow on Long Island later that night and into the following morning.

An incredible job by “rookie” Race Director Amy Goldstein of the host Greater Long island Running Club assured the success of the event, with the support of a senior staff that included Coordinator of Volunteers Ric Diveglio, Logistics Coordinator Fred von der Heydt, and USATF- Long Island representative Carl Grossbard.