Despite the threat of rain 767 runners registered for the 48th Annual Yankee Homecoming 5K at Lynch Park last night. Hamilton’s Patrick Rich won in a very quick 15:23, and Larissa Park from Somerville was the first female and sixth overall in 17:14.
Rich, a 36-year old track coach at Gordon College, took the lead at the two mile mark and kept it the rest of the way. It was his fourth Beverly Homecoming win and in his fastest 5K time ever.
“I’m 36, and it was exciting to run my fastest time,” said Rich, who last won in 2009. “I did a 10 mile in Newburyport earlier in the week, but felt good. For the first two miles I was with Tim Richard and Jordan Kinley; we took turns taking the lead, but coming down the hill after Boyles Street I put a little distance between us.
“The last time I ran here in 2010 Richard beat me by one second so I was a little nervous when I heard footsteps in the last three quarters of a mile. I didn’t want to turn around, but I found out later it was Tim. I’ve run this race 10 times now.”
For Park, it marked her second Beverly Homecoming win. She came in first several years ago, the only other time she entered the race.
“This was a good night for running because it wasn’t too hot, and the breeze really felt good,” said the 33-year old Park. “I felt strong the whole way.”
Meagan Nedlo of Salem was the second female finisher and eighth overall in 17:25. She was one of several employees of Karhu Craft Company competing.
“Our company is located in the Cummings Center, and a bunch of us ran tonight,” said the 30-year old Nedlo, who won the race last year. “Karhu Craft is one of the sponsors of the race, and we’re having a company cookout here afterward.
“I ran a 10 mile race in Newburyport on Tuesday, and there was not much snap in my legs tonight. Maybe next year I won’t try to do two races in a couple of days. My time was much better a year ago even though it was much hotter that night. The winner went out really hard and was ahead of me all the way. When I’d get closer she would open it up again.”
Richard finished 11 seconds behind Rich, and 11 seconds ahead of last year’s winner Jordan Kinley.
“I’m from Little Rock, Arkansas,” said the 25-year old. “My family is from Beverly and my father lives here. I was able to stay close to the winner until the two mile mark when he pulled ahead. I tried, but couldn’t catch him.”
Salem’s Kinley took third in 15:45, and wasn’t happy with his time which was slower than last year. The third place female was Layce Alves of Rockport (17:59), who won the Louise Rossetti Race on the same course in June.
Race director Andrew Walker of the Beverly Y thanked the runners and volunteers for making this the best race ever. The field was filled with Beverly and former Beverly residents. Many people wore tee-shirts advertising candidates running for various political offices. Stefanie Frazee wore a bridal veil during the race because she is getting married today, and a group of firefighters ran in full gear.
Allie Sheehan, who will be a senior at Beverly High, wore her orange Panther Pride shirt. She runs track, but plays field hockey in the fall and ran the race for the first time. She finished in 22:31, a good time, especially since she has been working out for field hockey, but not running.
The first female in the 14-19 age group was Danvers High track star Catalina Dominick, who was 22nd overall in 18:19.
“This is my first time running this race,” said Dominick, who will be a junior. “I’m training for the cross country season now, and this is a really nice course. I felt good, and I’m glad the weather was nice and the rain held off.”
Class Winners Male Age 1-13: Sean Kay (Melrose), Billy Beauregard (Salem), Aidan Kay (Melrose) Female 1-13: Ella Schenker (Hamilton), Sarah McVey (Boxford), Colleen Osbahr (Nahant) Male 14-19: Michael Scott (Beverly), Brian McPherson (Beverly), Brendan McGee (Beverly) Female 14-19: Catalina Dominick (Danvers), Carly Curcuru, Madison Shropshire (Beverly) Male 20-29: Steve Gendron (Lowell), Erich O'Neil (Beverly), Steve Rouse (Beverly) Female 20-29: Kristina Simon (Gloucester), Lauren Darrah (Beverly), Jenelle Mullen (Danvers) Male 30-39: Daniel Thompson (Seattle, WA), Jonah Hulbert, Mike Richard (Charlestown) Female 30-39: Jennifer Brooks (Gloucester), Mariah Tinger (Beverly), Katie Swenson (Portsmouth, NH) Male 40-49: John Ayers (Beverly), David Audet (Concord,NH), Carl Swenson (Portsmouth, NH) Female 40-49: Kelly Pszenny (Danvers), Margaret Banker (Beverly), Deborah McHugh (Beverly) Male 50-59: Matt Curran (Gloucester), Dan Verrington (Bradford), Jon Silver (Bedford) Female 50-59: Julie Menosky (Beverly), Ellen Poveromo (Beverly), Maryann MacNeil (West Newbury) Male 60-69: Bill Norris (Portland, OR), David Rein (Beverly), John Wigglesworth (Ipswich) Female 60-69: Patricia Burke (Beverly) Male 70-99: John Van Maanen (Nahant), Jim Green, Joseph Long (Lynnfield) Female 70-99: Wendy Burbank (Boxford) Overall Top 25 Name City Time 1. Patrick Rich Hamilton 15:23 2. Tim Richard Sherwood, AR. 15:34 3. Jordan Kinley Salem 15:45 4. Steve Gendron Lowell 16:15 5. Daniel Thompson Seattle, WA 17:04 6. Larissa Park Somerville 17:14 7. Erich O'Neil Beverly 17:24 8. Meagan Nedlo Salem 17:25 9. Matt Curran Gloucester 17:34 10. Jonah Hulbert 17:44 11. John Ayers Beverly 17:58 12. Layce Alves Rockport 17:59 13. Steve Rouse Beverly 18:02 14. Mike Richard Charlestown 18:03 15. Anthony White Somerville 18:08 16. Jennifer Brooks Gloucester 18:08 17. Scott O'Neil Beverly 18:15 18. Scott Carrier Beverly 18:16 19. Dan Chruniak Beverly 18:16 20. Carl Clarizia Beverly 18:18 21. Brooks Glahn Marblehead 18:19 22. Catalina Dominick Danvers 18:19 23. David Audet Concord, NH 18:25 24. Carl Swenson Portsmouth, NH 18:26 25. Peter Gillis Manchester, NH 18:27