April 19, 2014

Elyria
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Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon: Westlake’s McConville takes 5th, honors grandpa

CLEVELAND – It was a special day in more ways than one for Westlake`s Shannon McConville on Sunday at the 32nd annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K.
McConville dropped 15 minutes from her previous best marathon time to finish fifth in the women`s division in three hours, 10 minutes and six seconds. But her reasons for wanting to do well ran deeper than personal gain.
McConville dedicated the race to the memory of her grandfather, Bob McConville, who died in March at age 87.
“That kind of spurred the motivation and desire to have something to run for other than simply wanting to run and do better,” said McConville, 27, a 2000 graduate of Magnificat. “He was a great encourager.”
McConville learned to manage the pace better than she did in her marathon debut at Honolulu in December. She ran almost identical 1:35 halves. In December she opened in 1:30, then faded to a 1:55. Fifty-degree temperatures Sunday helped matters for nearly all runners.
Jackie Baumgartner, 25, an Oak Harbor native and former University of Toledo runner now living in Manhattan, won the women`s race in 2:57:49. It was a personal best by 10 minutes for her first marathon win in seven attempts.
“I was running with the three-hour pace group most of the way, but then broke off at the 22-mile mark,” said Baumgartner, who averaged 6:47 per mile. “There wasn`t any real strategy. I just felt great. There were several of us that broke off. I was surprised how fast I went.”
Kent`s Shanna Ailes held off Madison native Melanie Lenk for second place, 3:08:17 to 3:08:36. Ali Christoph of Austin, Texas, was fourth in 3:09.39. Bay Village`s Laura Jeffers, 30, was sixth (3:10:40), just 34 seconds behind McConville.
Wooster native Joe Stansloski, 23, was the class of the men`s field, winning in 2:27.37. He broke away at 16 miles and was never seriously challenged. It was his first marathon win in five attempts, and he defeated Andy Martin (2:31:20) of Bend, Ore., and Peninsula`s Dave Mooney (2:33:21).
“I felt like I wanted to win coming into the race,” said Stansloski, who averaged 5:37.9 per mile. “I wasn`t too worried about time. I just wanted to go out there, be competitive and try to win the race. That was my goal.
“All marathoners start checking up on the weather about a week out before the race. I was doing that and weather for today looked very good. That definitely made me more confident. I barely sweat the whole way.”
North Ridgeville`s Bruce Schmidt, 55, won the 55-59 age category in 3:12:41. His time was two minutes faster than last year (3:14:57) when he took fifth in the 50-54 category. His daughter, Jennifer, was 40th in the
25-29 women`s category in 3:53:55, a personal record by five minutes.
“It was a struggle. The wind was very difficult to run with,” said Bruce Schmidt. “I had a tough second half. I went through the first half in 1:32. I think the cumulative effect of the wind kind of beat me up.”
Elyria`s Jim Mackert extended his Cleveland marathon appearance streak to 32 straight with a time of 4:39:38, a nine-minute improvement from last year. He is one of only three runners with such a streak. Mackert was third in the 70-74 age group.
“I just kept working on rhythm the whole way,” said Mackert, 72. “I got a cramp in my calf muscle at the
17-mile mark. I felt it coming so I just had to shorten my stride and slow down a bit. It just faded away. I follow a 16-week training program prior to each Rite Aid Marathon and it works great.”
Mackert training partner Rich Pool, 68, of South Amherst was second in the 65-69 group (3:56:15). Pool was almost two minutes faster than last year.
“I`m very happy with the time,” said Pool, a 1959 graduate of Amherst Steele. “I did great until the last couple of miles, where I really struggled. I was very happy to cross the finish line. The last mile was especially hard.”
Amherst`s Scott Snyder won the men`s 50-54 10K for the second straight year with a time of 37:17. The 1973 Amherst graduate was fourth in masters and 31st overall.
“I didn`t know if I could average six-minute-mile pace or not,” said Snyder, who averaged 6:00.2. “Twelve years ago, it`s five-minute-per-mile pace you`re shooting for and it feels the same in terms of the pain. As you get older, you have to make adjustments, too. If you accept it and make the right adjustments, you`re going to be OK.”
A total of 12,400 runners competed in the four events, which included a 5K race in the Flats on Saturday. It`s an increase from 2008 (10,400), 2007 (9,077) and 2006 (7,887).
Contact Paul Heyse at 329-7135
or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

Marathon

Male
1. Joel Stansloski, 23, Tulsa OK, 2:27:37
2. Andy Martin, 34, Bend OR, 2:31:20
3. David Mooney, 32, Peninsula OH, 2:33:21
4. Rory Gilfillan, 37, Canada, 2:36:40
5. Matt Young, 37, Wadsworth OH, 2:37:46
6. Matthew Paullin, 27, Berea OH, 2:38:34
7. Everett Schlawin, 22, Princeton Juncti NJ, 2:39:02
8. Rick Bement, 29, Bay Village OH, 2:39:19
9. Karoly Bozan, 32, Northfield OH, 2:39:41
10. Michael Groholy, 23, Parma OH, 2:39:52
Age groups
(Top local runners per age group)
25-29: 1. Matthew Paullin, Berea, (6) 02:38:34; 2. Rick Bement, Bay Village, (8) 02:39:19. 55-59: 1. Bruce Schmidt, North Ridgeville, (104) 03:12:41.
65-69: 2. Richard Pool, South Amherst, (639) 03:56:15. 70-98: 3. James Mackert, Elyria, (1053) 04:39:38
Female
1. Jackie Baumgartner, 25, New York NY, 2:57:49
2. Shanna Ailes, 30, Kent OH, 3:08:17
3. Melanie Lenk, 27, Wilmington NC, 3:08:36
4. Ali Christoph, 23, Austin TX, 3:09:39
5. Shannon McConville, 27, Westlake OH, 3:10:06
6. Laura Jeffers, 30, Bay Village OH, 3:10:40
7. Ashley Hansen, 25, Sonoma CA, 3:11:09
8. Jean Rennich, 35, Ann Arbor MI, 3:12:14
9. Sharie Bolender, 38, Cedarville OH, 3:12:21
10. Michelle Bichsel, 35, Lexington OH, 3:12:48
Age groups
(Top local runners per age group)
20-24: 5. Kaitlyn Chambers, Westlake, (38) 03:28:50. 25-29: 3. Shannon McConville, Westlake, (5) 03:10:06; 10. Kelly Conley, Columbia Station, (40) 03:29:04. 30-34: 2.Laura Jeffers, Bay Village, (6) 03:10:40; 3. Erin Petkash, Avon Lake, (22) 03:19:34; 7. Carolyn Kuhlman, Westlake, (43) 03:29:37.
40-44: 3. Beth Darmstadter, Berea, (30) 03:25:00. 50-54: 3. Irene Moskwa-Weston, North Ridgeville, (196) 03:59:59

Half marathon

Male
1. Christopher Paulett, 25, Bath OH, 1:13:57
2. Aaron Apathy, 23, Parma OH, 1:14:29
3. Heath Boylan, 23, Mount Vernon OH, 1:16:11
4. Tom Heraghty, 19, Aurora OH, 1:17:08
5. AJ Baucco, 22, Northfield OH, 1:17:23
6. Kert St. John, 37, Erie PA, 1:17:48
7. Michael Schueller, 21, Akron OH, 1:18:42
8. Jonathan Hastings, 34, Grove City OH, 1:18:59
9. Mark Hogue, 55, Ashland OH, 1:19:11
10. Jeremy Banchek, 22, Beachwood OH, 1:19:26
Age groups
(Top local runners per age group)
25-29: 10. Justin Bail, Olmsted Falls, (38) 01:26:14. 35-39: 9.Brian Kelly, Westlake, (90) 01:31:51.
45-49: 8. Ted Popiel, Avon, (131) 01:35:01; 9. Mark Link, Avon Lake, (133) 01:35:02. 50-54: 3.Rich Oldrieve, Westlake, (98) 01:32:58. 55-59: 4. John Polito, Avon, (235) 01:39:31. 60-64: 8. Joe Smith, Bay Village, (614) 01:50:57. 65-69: 3. Bill Mittendorf, Avon, (1278) 02:08:19; 9. Alton Stephens, Westlake, (1713) 02:55:25. 70-98: 1. Bill Shaffstall, Elyria, (1275) 02:08:10
female
1. Melissa Milstead, 24, Wilmington NC, 1:27:14
2. Elizabeth Hansen, 27, Euclid OH, 1:27:52
3. Corey Randall, 24, Cincinnati OH, 1:29:08
4. Kelly Metzger, 28, Cleveland OH, 1:29:16
5. Colleen Neary, 25, Oregon OH, 1:29:48
6. Wendy Roberts, 30, Lakewood OH, 1:31:48
7. Julia Hanna, 30, Pittsburgh PA, 1:31:51
8. Kristen Hederstrom, 20, Chardon OH, 1:32:36
9. Meggie Feran, 25, Columbus OH, 1:32:58
10. Christina Vanucci, 31, Westlake OH, 1:33:09
16. Colleen Byrne, 29, Avon Lake OH, 1:33:39
18. Jennifer Parker, 36, Avon OH, 1:33:58
46. Dawn Ptak, 28, Bay Village OH, 1:37:41
Age groups
(Top local runners per age group)
25-29: 8. Colleen Byrne, Avon Lake, (16) 01:33:39.
30-34: 3. Christina Vanucci, Westlake, (10) 01:33:09. 35-39: 2. Jennifer Parker, Avon, (18) 01:33:58; 9. Judi O`Malley, Westlake, (56) 01:38:40. 45-49: 8. Laurie Masters, Westlake, (215) 01:48:44. 50-54: 2. Patti Sunagel, Elyria, (110) 01:42:33; 3. Mary Beth Chambers, Westlake, (126) 01:43:16. 65-69: 9. Ilze Bekeny, Westlake, (2176) 03:27:23. 70-98: 5. Betty Knoll, Vermilion, (2281) 03:56:31

10K

male
1. Dereje Tadesse, 22, Ethiopia, 0:28:55
2. Ernest Kebenei, 25, Kenya, 0:29:07
3. Samuel Ndereba, 32, Kenya, 0:29:31
4. Worku Beyi, 22, Ethiopia, 0:29:35
5 .Eric Chirchir, 25, Kenya, 0:29:45
6. Emmanuel Korir, 28, Kenya, 0:29:50
7. Ryan Kiemzle, 23, Canton OH, 0:30:14
8. Peter Matelong, 20, Kenya, 0:30:25
9. Elijah Nyambuti, 30, Kenya, 0:30:29
10. John Itati, 35, Kenya, 0:30:39
17. Brian Gallagher, 20, Westlake OH, 0:32:50
20. Chris Snyder, 34, Westlake OH, 0:35:28
31. Scott Snyder, 53, Amherst OH, 0:37:15
Age groups
(Top local runners per age group)
30-34: 4. Chris Snyder, Westlake, (20) 00:35:28.
35-39: 5. Dietz Lankhorst, Olmsted Falls, 42:48.
50-54: 1. Scott Snyder, Amherst, (31) 00:37:15;
5. Dale Wolfe, Grafton, (66) 00:42:42. 60-64: 4.Vern Hartenburg, Westlake, (134) 00:46:13
female
1. Emebet Bacha, 28, Ethiopia, 0:32:28
2. Jane Murage, 22, Kenya, 0:33:07
3. Marina Ivanova, 27, Russia, 0:33:18
4. Natalia Sokolova, 27, Russia, 0:33:31
5. Buzunesh Deba, 21, Ethiopia, 0:33:35
6. Carrie Messner-Vickers, 31, Usa, 0:33:57
7. Hyron Ngetich, 24, Kenya, 0:34:02
8. Nicole Aish, 32, Usa, 0:34:30
9. Leigh Daniel, 30, Ashland OH, 0:37:23
10. Kelly Green, 27, Newbury OH, 0:39:37
Age groups
(Top local runners per age group)
14 and younger: 4. Grace Cristiano, Westlake, (188) 00:54:08. 50-54: 1.Zsuzsa Csepoinyi, Avon, (50) 00:48:15. 70-98: 1.Marilyn Olsen, North Olmsted, (762) 01:04:33