Wallkill soph wins Dooley 5K race
Brendon Sutta, a Wallkill sophomore, woke up on Sunday’s frosty morning and took off with 160 other runners, and he was the first one back during the 1st Lt. Mark Dooley 5K Race of Honor.
Sutta won the race along Patura Road and adjacent to the starting point at Modena’s Thomas Felton Community Park, with a time of 18:41.4. And he was more than 17 seconds faster than Kierann Toth, the race’s fastest female and second overall, who finished with a time of 18:58.9.
“I didn’t think I would win this year,” said Sutta, a Wallkill distance runner who was second in the race in 2012. “But I did beat my time (from last year).”
The race, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Southern Ulster County, honors Dooley, a former Wallkill distance runner who wwwas killed in Iraq, September, 19, 2005 while serving with the Vermont National Guard. Money raised funds a pair of $1,000 scholarships, which are awarded to boy and girl runners at Wallkill. Money raised also helps veterans groups.
“I thought it was a good course because there are hills, and it’s not boring,” said Toth, of Rhinebeck, after her first time running the race. “I got stronger on the hills. I dropped a few people going up the hill before the turn around.”
Campbell Hall’s Frank Colella was third overall and the second fastest male with a time of 19:21.9. Modena’s Jacob Lindenauer was the third fastest male and fourth overall, finishing less than eight seconds behind Colella, with a time of 19:29.2.
Abigail Williams, no address available, was the second fastest female and 18th overall with a time of 21:33.7. Modena’s Courtney Loertscher was the third fastest female and 23rd overall with a time of 22:06.7.
By Bond Brungard