Needham sprints to Great Bear Run

Manish Sagar (#128), Jake DeVries (#403) from Needham.
Race Director John Hrones with Great Bear (Ted Strollo).

Race Director John Hrones with Great Bear (Ted Strollo).

Over 900 runners ages 1 to 86 from 50 towns and as far away as New Jersey gathered on Sunday, May 19, for the 29th annual running of the Needham Youth Track Club’s Great Bear Run at Pollard School. This year’s 5K was run in memory of local teens Talia Newfield and Adrienne Garrido. The event raised funds for Prostate Cancer Research.

Alex Kramer of Cambridge won the 5K in 16:22. Eleven-year-old Abby Artabane led the girls and women in 19:38. Octogenarians Phyllis Mays and Anthony Bellucci continued their regular appearances at the race. Andrew Gardiner of Dover captured the age-adjusted title at 16:39.

12-year-old Miles Sandoski of Lincoln won the 1 Mile Run in 5:22, with 12-year-old Francesca Keeley of Waltham tops for the girls in 6:17. Miles also won the age-adjusted title.

Nine-year-old sprint speedster Blake Carr of Needham broke the 16-year-old 400 meter record for 9-year-olds by 6 seconds in 1:12.5 Eva Geddes of Needham and Addison Bligen also broke 400 meter age group marks

Over 400 children competed in a 26.2 meter mini-marathon for tots ages 0-3, 100 meter for ages 4-5, 200 meter for age 6, 400 meter for age 7-12, and 1 Mile and 5K runs. The Club sponsors a summer program for children ages 3 ½ through 14. Information is available at www.needhamtrack.org.

Boys 100 Meter (5 year olds): Blake Carroll (#439), Hunter Eustace (#451), Cameron Parret (#456)  from Needham.

Boys 100 Meter (5 year olds): Blake Carroll (#439), Hunter Eustace (#451), Cameron Parret (#456) from Needham.

Needham children heat winners

400 Meters – Age 7 – Bayly Chan 1:38.0, Olivia Lebingston 1:45.6, Nolan Hassan 1:33.5, Shepard Wilinski 1:33.6. Age 8 - Alli Manning, 1:28.1, Zaccary Levingston 1:28.9. Age 9 – Eva Geddes 1:20.9, Emma Stewart 1:30.0, Blake Carr 1:12.5. Age 11 – Delia Rauch 1:19.7

200 Meters – Age 6 – Callie Waarich, 47.3, Emily DeSisto 43.7, Sydney Hemming 45.2, Emily Greene 43.8, Lucas Swanson 44.6, Derek Scheper 41.7, Benjamin Irving 43.9, Dylan Geddes 43.7.

Needham age group winners

5K – Age 6 and under – Cadhla Furlong 32:55, Idan Ben Itzhak 32:30. Age 7 – Natalie Curtis 29:12. Age 8 – Eva Scharf 25:56. Age 10 - Emma Moeller 22:50. Age 11 – Davis Young 24:23. Age 12 – Eva Adam 23:04. Age 13-14 – Kiley Williams 23:38, Tyler Mockus 21:04. Age 15-19 – Nell Haney 19:47. Age 35-39 Emily Margolis 21:15, Christopher Klucznik 24:16. Age 40-44 – Kate Joyce 23:58. Age 45-49 – Kimberly McCollum 23:45, Manish Sagar 19:21. Age 55-59 Marianna Borrelli 45:01, Ed Anderson 20:06. Age 60-64 – Paul Siegenthaler 33:51. Age 65-69 – John Leeth 26:32. Age 85+ – Phyllis Mays 59:06, Anthony Cellucci 49:41.

1 Mile Run – Age 5 and under – Sonia Jacobson 9:18. Age 6 – Emily Greene 8:53, Derek Scheper 8:21. Age 7 – Aidan Fava 8:14. Age 8 – Alli Manning 7:27. Age 9 – Gavin Prout 7:08. Age 10 – Emery Carr 7:10. Age 11 – Delia Rauch 6:48, Ryan Callahan 6:27. Age 30-39 – Laura Fava 9:19, Eric Biegeleisen 6:22. Age 50-59 -Audrey Syatt 10:00. Age 60-69 – Christopher Scudellari 10:17.

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