Swain re­peats as July Fourth 6k win­ner

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com Follow me on Twit­ter @DEa­gle_s­ports

A late surge in reg­is­tra­tions brought more than 200 run­ners to the start­ing line of the Dun­dalk Her­itage July Fourth 6k race last week.

Some­thing of a team agree­ment brought Dan Swain the in­di­vid­ual ti­tle for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

Swain fin­ished with a time of 20:28.7 to win by a wide mar­gin over run­ner-up Drew Land­gren, who came across in 20:57.

An­drew Can­tor took third in 21:51.4.

The women’s cham­pion, Nelly Budrow, fin­ished 12th over­all with a time of 25:52.6. She was fol­lowed in the top three women by Katie Har­ring­ton (20th, 28:46.1) and Michelle Bar­rick (21st, 28:52.3).

Swain was slightly be­hind last year’s pace, when he won in a time of 19:56.8, nearly a minute ahead of run­ner-up Daniel Colop­i­etro (20:50).

But he had plenty of com­pany for most of the race, as he and sev­eral team­mates from the Falls Road Run­ning Club ran as a group.

“We ran as a pack for about a mile,” Swain said. “All of us usu­ally run about the same times, so who­ever felt best dur­ing the day was go­ing to win.”

Swain must have felt the best, by a lot.

“I guess I felt best to­day,” he said. “This is a nice race. It’s a hol­i­day week­end, get to en­joy the day, see the pa­rade af­ter­wards.”

A 2009 Calvert Hall grad­u­ate who grew up in Parkville, Swain cur­rently lives in Philadel­phia.

The Falls Road group took five of the top six places. The one spot they didn’t get, fifth, went to Dun­dalk res­i­dent Sean Caskey. He fin­ished with a time of 22:17.4.

Swain fin­ished sec­ond in the July Fourth 6k to Caskey in 2014.

There were 202 of­fi­cial fin­ish­ers.

The male age group win­ners were:

1-10: Guy Good­e­nough, 8, 29:19.2; 11-19: Nathan Je­celin, 18, 23:44.1; 20-29: Drew Land­gren, 26, 20:57; 30-39: Al­lan Phillips, 38, 22:11.6; 40-49: Dan Knapp, 42, 25:46.7; 50-59: Rob San­toni, 51, 24:15.9; 60-99: Michael Blair, 60, 34:14.2.

The fe­male age group win­ners: 1-10: Isabella McLaugh­lin, 9, 48:08.1; 11-19: Madison Ma­gaha, 14, 39:44.7; 20-29: Brooke Tauber, 20, 32:41.8; 30-39: Katie Har­ring­ton, 35, 28:46.1; 40-49: Laura Thurston, 46, 29:48.7; 50-59: Michelle Bar­rick, 53, 28:52.3; 60-99: Mar­i­lyn Bev- ans, 67, 40:49.1.

The youngest fin­isher was five-year-old Grace Good­e­nough with a time of 51:40.9. The old­est fin­isher, Daniel Clune, 68, was 101st over­all with a time of 39:48.5.

John Tauber, who judg­ing by his shirt, has been run­ning the July Fourth 6k for 20 years, crosses the fin­ish line of this year’s race.

PHOTOS BY BILL GATES

Dan Swain won the Dun­dalk Her­itage July 4 6k race for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

Chris­tian Cosentin, 7, has his eye on the fin­ish line as he nears the Dun­dalk Mid­dle School park­ing lot.

Sean Caskey, who fin­ished fifth over­all, was the first Dun­dalk res­i­dent across the fin­ish line in the July Fourth 6k race.

Nelly Budrow won the women’s por­tion of the event in her Her­itage July Fourth 6k de­but.

Dun­dalk High grad Shannon Pi­janowski fin­ished 48th over­all with a time of 33:02.5, and was the 13th women.

Drew Lang­ton took sec­ond over­all in the July Fourth 6k race.

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