2007-06-07 / News

Four hundred compete in Ali's Run event

By Adrienne Downing

The wind looked as if it was going to be a factor in Sunday's Ali's Run, but over 400 runners and walkers were undaunted by the headwind they faced at the beginning of the race.

The children's race started promptly at noon, with 75 more runners than last year. The runners, who ranged from ages 1 to 10, were rewarded with a trophy when they crossed the finish line.

Course record holder, Keven O'Neil of North Kingstown, was the 5K-race winner this year and he was only seven seconds off of his 2002 record time, finishing in 15:56.

O'Neil is the North Kingstown girls' cross-country team coach and he encourages his runners to support the race every year.

"They have done a lot for the North Kingstown cross country and track teams and we should be supporting them every year we can," O'Neil said. Last year the teams were unable to participate in the race because the state meet was rescheduled because of rain to the same day as the race.

Finishing slightly behind O'Neil was Brandon Burns of North Kingstown. Burns was also the Men's' 18 and under category winner and he finished with a time of 16:52.

Islander Nate Wigton, who had raced with the state champion Skippers team the day before, came in third place with a time of 18:02.

Jeff Walker, of Westerly, placed fourth in the race and was also the winner of the Men's' 40-49 division with a time of 18:42.

Jeffrey Vuono, also of Westerly, finished seven seconds behind Walker to round out the top five finishers.

Other division winners included; Kristen Rugg (21:54), Women's' 18 and under; Jon White (18:50), Men's' 19-29; Kate Buckley (19:25), Women's' 19-29; Jennifer Décolleté (20:23), Women's' 30-39; Lisa Meehan (22:38), Women's' 40-49; Joe Hall (19:52), Men's' 50-59; Andrea Davis (25:54), Women's' 50-59; Andrew MacKeith (23:22), Men's' 60 and over; and Leslie Maher (27:00), Women's' 60 and over.

There will be an Ali Dunn Island Cup soccer match on Sunday, starting at 1 p.m., at the Eldred Avenue fields between Jamestown's Rams FC Fortuna and South Kingstown's premier team..

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