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    Sayville Summer Series Re-Cap
    August 11, 2014 8:09 am  
    Sayville Summer Series Re-Cap

    by Brendan Barrett

    The 2014 Sayville Summer Series finished last week with the running of the Sayville Summerfest Honorable John P. Cohalan 4 Mile Run.  The series, now in its eighth year, is comprised of 5 races in Sayville. Annual staples Nintzel 5k, Shwachman-Diamond Dash 5k,  Race to Cure Cystic Fibrosis 4 Miler and Sayville Summerfest 4 Miler were joined by the Community Ambulance 5k, which filled the spot vacated by the LIMA 5k Run for Veterans.   Participants are awarded points based on their finish, and earned bonuses for competing in all five events.

    Katie McGrath of Oakdale was dominant in taking home top honors for the women, winning 3 out of the 5 races.  She finished only second in the two she did not win.  Danielle Bowen, also from Oakdale, and Danielle Milo of Coram rounded out the top three with strong performances at each event.

    Staff member of the series sponsor, Sayville Running Company, Dan Gargaro set the pace on the men’s side, edging out Sayville resident Colin Culhane.  Dan was aided by a particularly strong showing at the Community Ambulance 5k, a race he won by 22 seconds.  Nintzel 5k race director Ryan Soltan was third for the men overall.

    Thomas Lankowicz of Sayville had a fantastic series, winning the masters title and finishing in the top 15 of every race.  He was followed by Paul Murphy and James Sanderlin of Blue Point.  On the women’s side Yvonne Leippert narrowly bested Christina Taborsky in a back and forth battle, with Peggy Grote not far behind in third place masters.

    There were some hotly contested matchups amongst the age group awards as well, with Sara Kinsey bettering Carly Accardo by only 5 points out of a possible 5100 in the Female 30-34 category, and Anthony Guida topping Bill Mullaney by about 10 points in the Male 45-49 category.

    “Full series” registration was at an all time high this year, as many took advantage of the excellent value in registering for all five races.  Aided by this, the Nintzel 5k and Community Ambulance 5k’s both set attendance records.  All of the races saw unseasonably cool racing weather, with clear skies except for a rainy day at the Summerfest 4 miler, which kept both the times and attendance down.  Those that did show up for Summerfest were treated to a buzz worthy singlet from New Balance as their race day t-shirt.

    Nikita Dorcinvil of Just Finish, Inc. once again did an excellent job managing the very intricate points system and providing quick and accurate results.  The series is co-sponsored by Sayville Running Company and Long Island Sports and Rehabilitation Center.

    Men’s champion Dan Gargaro of West Islip.  (credit: Eileen Donlon)

    Women’s Champion Katie McGrath of Oakdale (credit: Eileen Donlon)

    Runners on Candee Ave. at the start of the 2014 Keith Nintzel Memorial 5k Run (credit: Bill Gironda)

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