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Upper Valley Runners Post Noteworthy Marathon Times

  • Hanover native Laura Hagley runs during mile two of the Olympic Marathon Trials on Feb. 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Courtesy photograph)

  • Wilder's Kennedy Mullen finished second in the girls 13-14 triple jump at the Hershey Youth Indoor Nationals track and field championship in New York on March 13, 2016.



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Boston — Hanover’s Fan Zhou led a group of close to two dozen Upper Valley residents across the finish line at Monday’s Boston Marathon with the only top-100 result among area competitors.

Zhou, 28, ran the 26.2-mile route from Hopkinton, Mass., to downtown Boston in 2 hours, 37 minutes, 36 seconds, good for 98th place overall.

Three members of the Upper Valley Running Club also came home with significant results. Of them, Hanover’s Laura Hagley, 31, finished 10th among all American women with a time of 2:52.45. A recent participant in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Los Angeles, Hagley was also the first New Hampshire woman across the line and the 30th woman overall.

Two other UVRC runners finished in the top 10 among men from their respective states. Thetford’s Matt Ozahowski was the second Vermont man to finish, taking 363rd overall in 2:47:40. Lebanon’s Alden Hall, 46, was sixth among all New Hampshire men (and 19th overall in the men’s 45-49 age group) with a time of 2:49:51.

A chart with all Upper Valley finishers can be found on this page.

Mullen SecondAt Hershey Indoors

New York — Wilder’s Kennedy Mullen produced a runner-up result in the triple jump at the Hershey Youth Indoor Nationals track and field meet on March 13 at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island.

Mullen jumped 31 feet, 3 inches, to place second among girls ages 13-14 at the national meet. Mullen finished about 1½ feet behind the winner, Taliyah Furtick, who jumped 32-11¾.

To make nationals, Mullen had to finish in the top six of her event at the Northeast Zone meet, which was also held at Ocean Breeze back on Feb. 21.

Tuck Run for Vets Sunday

Hanover — Runners and walkers are invited to join the Tuck Armed Forces Alumni Association, the Tuck Athletic Club and other groups for the annual Tuck Run for the Veterans on Sunday.

The event, open to all, includes five- and 10-kilometer road races for runners as well as one-kilometer kids race. Walkers are welcome as well. The kids race starts at 9:30 a.m., the road race follows at 10 a.m., and organizers will conclude the day with a special cermony at 11:30 a.m.

The run is a fundraiser for Project VetCare, a Hanover-based nonprofit that provides services to veterans living in the Upper Valley, focusing on emergency relief and services. Last year’s proceeds helped Project VetCare assist 13 homeless veterans transition to permanent housing and assist some 200 veterans in filing for benefits.

The road races cost $35, with a $10 discount for undergraduate students and members of the military. The kids race is free. Music, prizes and a post-race barbecue follow the event. Registration is required at register.chronotrack.com. Contact David Donahue at david.j.donahue.tu17@tuck.dartmouth.edu for more information.

Getting Muddy at Oxbow

Bradford, Vt. — The Oxbow High School track and field team will host its first Woods Road Mud Run on Saturday, a fundraiser to help the Olympians purchase their first record board for the program.

The run will cover 3.75 miles over a wooded course, with walkers and runners both welcome to participate.

The event begins at 11 a.m., with competitors meeting in the OHS cafeteria in the case of rain or on the OHS track should the weather cooperate.

The cost to join in is $10 for ages 12 and up and $5 for ages 11 and younger, a fee that includes a post-race barbecue lunch along with prizes. As a low-waste event, organizers are asking participants to bring their own plates, forks and water bottles.

Registration is available by emailing Amy Cook at amycook@fairpoint.net.

For more information, contact Keisha Luce at 603-728-5636 or events@oxbowhs.org.

Zackathlon Offers Options

South Pomfret — Zack’s Place is calling all runners, riders and those looking for a little exercise to join in the Zackathlon at Suicide Six Ski Area on May 22.

The event will offer multiple options for all ages and abilities. The day begins at 9 a.m. with a 45-mile bike ride through Pomfret, Barnard, Bethel, Sharon, Hartford and Woodstock, along with a biathlon consisting of a 4.5-mile run around, up and over the Suicide Six summit and a 17-mile bike ride.

Those choosing only the 4.5-mile run or 17-mile ride will go at 10 a.m., and a one-mile run up Su Six’s Easy Mile kicks off at 11 a.m.

Everything returns to the ski area, where Zack’s Place personnel will provide a lunch featuring food from local sources.

The costs to participate are $15 for the one-mile run or $45 for the run or either bike ride. The biathlon costs $45 for individuals and $65 for teams.

All registration begins at 8 a.m., and all proceeds benefit Zack’s Place.

Online registration is available at www.zacksplacevt.org.


On the PitchLightning U11s Win

Meriden —Tinashe Mhulauri struck for a pair of goals as the Lightning Soccer Club U11 Shooters rolled to a 4-2 boys soccer win over Seacoast United Select at Kimball Union Academy’s Carver Field on Sunday.

Playing their first match of the spring, the Shooters surrendered two goals in the opening 10 minutes before finding their legs. Liam Worden brought LSC to within 2-1 in the 22nd minute, and Mhulauri tied the match just before halftime on a counter started by Alex Smail’s midfield steal.

Mhulauri broke the tie early in the second half, and Nolan McMahon’s clincher in the 58th minute secured the points.

Joey Blackburn, Zane Schiffman and Becket McCurdy joined Smail in sharing goalkeeper duties, blanking Seacoast for the match’s final 50 minutes.

On Two WheelsRhim, Team SecondAt Time Trial Nationals

Greenville, s.c. — Norwich’s Brandam Rhim and his Holowesko-Citadel racing team took second place in the Men’s Pro division at the USA Cycling Professional Criterium and TTT National Championships on Saturday.

Holowesko-Citadel recorded a team time trial time of 38 minutes, 3.68 seconds, to finish second behind Rally Cycling in the event. Rally won in 37:47.50.

Rhim also participated in the Sunday criterium at nationals, placing 28th in the Men’s Pro division, finishing in a pack of riders in 1:48:55 less than a half-minute behind winner Rally Cycling rider Charles Huff.

At the NetQuechee PlanningPickleball Clinic

Quechee — Quechee Club director of tennis Chuck Kinyon will host an exhibition and clinic for the growing sport of pickleball on June 18 on the club’s outdoor tennis courts.

Tournament pickleball player Dan Gal will be on hand to put on a demonstration of the sport, which involves elements of tennis and paddle tennis. The clinic will be staged on Quechee’s two new courts dedicated to pickleball.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kinyon at greentennis@me.com for more information.

With a Stick Field Hockey ClinicIn Windsor

Windsor —Rebekka Dimick and Riley White will hold a one-day field hockey clinic for players in grades K-12 on June 25 at MacLeay-Royce Field.

The clinic will be broken into two sessions, with grades K-6 going from 9 a.m.-noon and grades 7-12 set for 12:30-5 p.m. All players are asked to bring mouth and shin guards, goggles, a stick, appropriate footwear, water and a snack. Some goggles and sticks will be available for borrowing for those players who lack either.

Each session will feature instruction followed by small games, with the emphasis on skills, fun and safety. Players will all receive and get to keep a ball as part of their registration.

The clinic costs $50, and participants are asked to pre-register via email at rdimick@vtc.edu by May 1. The clinic fee will be due upon arrival at the clinic.

Contact Rebekka Dimick at the above email for more information.