The fall cross country season is just about ready to get under way, but some of the areas top competitors were already off and running when they took part in the second annual Marshall Clark 4-Miler on Aug. 22 in Saratoga.
The race, a benefit for the Saratoga and Lynbrook cross country teams, is named for the late Marshall Clark, who returned the track and cross country teams at Saratoga to a level of prominence before his sudden and untimely death in September of 2002.
Many of the area's top high school runners competed against adults in the 4-mile run through the streets of Saratoga.
Hari Subramaniam, who ran for Clark at Saratoga, was the defending champion in the race—running 22:42 to win the first Clark 4-Miler in 2003—and was battling for the lead in the early going.
But Jeff Shaver took over the lead for good at the halfway point of the race and won the event in 21:35, a new course record. Subramaniam was second in 22:07, bettering his 2003 time by 35 seconds.
Rob Nast ran third in 22:58 with Loren Hill fourth in 23:52, Jeff Candello fifth in 23:51, Ken Douglas sixth in 24:11 and Henry Barmeier seventh in 24:18.
Alicia Follmar of Saratoga, the state 1,600 meter champion last spring, was the women's winner and finished eighth overall in 24:20. Katie Nast of Saratoga was the second female finisher, and 15th overall, in 26:37 with her mother, Liz Nast, third (17th overall) in 27:21.
Shaver and Follmar topped the list of age group winners in the run.
Shaver took the men's 4049 age division with R. Nast second and Hill third, and Follmar was tops in the women's 1318 class with K. Nast second and Jessica Douglas third in 28:20.
Subramaniam was the men's 1318 champ with Douglas second, Barmeier third and Scott Surette fourth. Tony Vierra won the men's 3039 title in 26:31 and Jose Casillas took the men's 5059 division in 27:24 with Bill Barmeier second and Victor Ragni third.
Amanda Speedy ran 29:47 to win the girls 12 and under division. Heide Biggie won the women's 3039 crown in 29:30 with Kelly Nicholson second, L. Nast took the women's 4049 title with Laura Rooke second and Debra Troxell third, and Debbie Follmar was a winner in the women's 5059 class with Carol Barmeier second.