Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


December 5, 2013

A hometown favorite

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In one of the best “Andover” finishes of the entire race, the top three runners in the 12-and-under boys 5K race all hailed from Andover.

Jacob Hudgins (21:52), Aidan McBride (22:01), both 12, and Evan Arpin (22:38), only 11, were the first three across the finish line.

In the girls 12-and-under, 10-year-old Megan Gallagher copped top honors at 22:28.

In the women’s 40-49 division, Sonya Hamori, 45, took first place at 22:34, while Kathleen Williamson, 40, was second at 22:43.

In the women’s 50-59 division, Lisa Johnson, 50, took first at 23:34 and Eileen Sciarra, 52, finished third at 25:24.

In the 70-79 division, James Batts, 71, was the top male at 25:40, while Mary Wesson, 77, was the top female at an impressive 27:12.


Andover again claimed the top three spots in the 12-and-under boys division, with Enright besting fellow residents 12-year-old Zach Grover (39:18) and 9-year-old Preston Taylor (40:37).

Anya Zhong (40:30) and Sarah Sullivan (41:05), both 12, finished second and third respectively in the 12-and-under girls division.

Caroline Bjune, 39, won the 30-39 women’s division at 32:14.

In the 40-49 men’s division, Will Swenson (29:13), 42, and Brian O’Neil (29:54), 47, finished second and third respectively. In the women’s division, Kate Jagger, 43, finished third at 36:23.

In the 50-59 women’s division, Evelyn Caron, 53, finished second at 33:44.

Other Andoverites finishing in the top three of their age divisions were 73-year-old John Boness (39:47) and 71-year-old Renate Hunt (58:45), who both claimed third-place spots.

Remembering Ritzer

The T-shirts and the runners wearing them stuck out like rays of sunshine.

Several dozen runners wore the pink T-shirts emblazoned with “Remembering Ritzer” in reference to Colleen Ritzer, the Andover native and teacher at Danvers High School, who was murdered in October, allegedly by one of her students.

A mother-daughter team, Lisa and Rachel Durbeck, both wearing the T-shirts, got a tad emotional talking about the tribute.

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