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Stockade-athon: Year-by-year recap

Stockade-athon: Year-by-year recap

A year-by-year recap of the Gazette Stockade-athon.

1976

Using the old Grout Run start and finish areas in Central Park, 63 runners finish the first Stockade-athon.

Mark Mindel and Scott Ferguson tie for first after Ferguson is held up by traffic letting out of St. Luke’s Church on State Street, allowing Mindel to erase a 20-meter deficit.

1977

Pat Glover and John Hale mistakenly run off course in the park and finish first and second, respectively, but are moved back to third and fourth behind Mindel and Jay Smith, who tie.

1978

The field nearly triples to 588 as Glover outduels Chet Bieganski to win the men’s division. Chris Bergeron, a member of the Queensbury High School’s Section II champion cross country team, wins the women’s div­ision.

1979

Mindel wins his third championship, pulling away from Larry Frederick in the final 400 yards. Niskayuna junior Sue Hay wins the women’s division.

1980

Despite wintry conditions, Barry Brown of Gainesville, Fla., pulls away from Carlo Cher­ubino and Siena College junior Rich Coughlin to break the course record by over two minutes.

1981

Ellen Weglarz of Ballston Lake fights off snow squalls to win the first of her four women’s championships.

1982

Facing his mentor for the first time in a road race, Tom Dalton outduels Barry Brown and breaks the course record with a time of 45:20.

Weglarz breaks the women’s record by 11 seconds in 55:19. The field of 1,041 tops 1,000 for the first time, as the Schenectady Gazette assumes the title sponsorship.

1983

A record field of 1,271 shows up, including men’s champion Tom Carter of Owego, who rolls to victory. Weglarz becomes the first woman to crack 55 minutes.

1984

Dan Predmore weathers a stiff headwind up State Street to win the men’s title over Dalton, Brown and Coughlin; Weglarz completes her four-year sweep with a record 54:20.

1985

Dalton easily wins his third title in four years, and Kathy Brandell of Plattsburgh makes short work of Weglarz’s women’s record in 52:23.

1986

Jerry Lawson, an unknown 20-year-old from the Utica area, shows up with an orange Mohawk haircut and runs away from the field by almost a minute.

1987

For the second year in a row, Lawson wins easily, as Dalton and Coughlin share second place. Denise Herman rolls to her second straight women’s championship.

1988

Lawson, with the word “Awesome” printed on his T-shirt, sets a torrid pace at the start, but Terry Perreault picks up the pieces at the end and wins in 45:20. The legendary Jim Ryun, 41, participates in the race and finishes third in his age group.

1989

A strong headwind between Central Park and the Stockade, the fast part of the course, prevents Tom Dalton from setting a record, but he wins his third title.

Lori Hewig, who didn’t start running until well after graduating from college, wins the first of three straight women’s crowns.

1990

Dalton and Coughlin, former Siena College teammates and close friends, battle over most of the course before deciding to share the championship by holding hands at the finish line for a tie.

1991

John Trowse of Watertown wins the men’s division by 1:10, and Hewig completes an Adirondack TAC season sweep of the champ­ionship races at all distances from 3k to 15k.

1992

Lawson, up north from his training headquarters in Gainesville, Fla., runs 44:39, shattering the course record. Michelle Simone makes a big comeback to overtake Amy Herold-Russom in the women’s race.

1993

Hewig comes back from a stress fracture to win the women’s race in 51:34, which still stands as the women’s record. Dalton wins his fifth men’s title in 12 years.

1994

The race features a group of elite Kenyan runners who have temporarily made Schenec­tady County their training headquarters.

They take the top five spots, led by Zakaria Kunyiha in 45:14.

1995

Hewig wins her fifth title by a whopping five minutes over Debbie Springer, 13 years Hewig’s junior.

Kevin Collins of Cicero, a U.S. Olympic mar­athon trials qualifier, runs away from Dalton, 13 years Collins’ senior.

1996

Trowse wins his second men’s title, and Springer comes back to win the women’s championship.

1997

Identical twins Lisa and Teresa Vaill of Pine Plains hold hands at the finish line to tie for the women’s championship, but race officials rule that Lisa hit the finish line first and give her sole possession of the title, her second since 1988.

Jason DeJoy, a high school cross country coach, makes a pit stop in Schenectady to win the men’s title on his way home to Jamestown from the state meet.

1998

After years of top-10 finishes, Vinny O’Brien finally wins, the seventh different men’s champion in as many years. He beats Dalton, his cousin (their grandmothers were sisters).

Emily Bryans passes Ellen Predmore (nee Weglarz) at about the three-mile marker and goes on to win the women’s championship.

1999

Hewig wins her sixth title, and Jason DeJoy wins his second men’s crown.

Strong winds keep the times down — Hewig’s time is the slowest of her six winning times, and DeJoy’s time (49:01) is the slowest ever by 18 seconds.

2000

Dana Ostrander, a former star at Shenendehowa High School and Providence College, runs shoulder-to-shoulder with 1998 champ Emily Bryans in the Stockade, but pulls away to win the women’s division.

Chris Getman wins a chess match with Nick Conway and Peter Flynn in the men’s race.

2001

A week after finishing 22nd at the New York City Marathon, Kevin Collins wins in 47:35, 3:26 faster than runner-up Bob Irwin for the largest winning margin in race history.

Emily Bryans also wins easily in 56:51 for her second women’s championship.

2002

In one of the most exciting finishes in race history, Chris Hartshorn kicks away from Kevin Collins as they circle Iroquois Lake in the final stretch. Hartshorn wins in 47:15, 11 seconds ahead of Collins.

Lori Hewig suffers through an uncomfortable 57:27, but still wins her seventh championship, becoming, at 42, the first masters winner of the Stockade-athon.

2003

Kevin Collins, preparing for the U.S. Olympic mar­athon trials, makes history by becoming the fourth men’s runner to win at least three Stockade-athons, in 47:29. Deborah Springer passes Emily Bryans just past five miles to win in 56:02.

2004

Dalton does it again, for the sixth time, becoming, at 46, the first masters runner to win the men’s title.

He runs 48:59 and beats Mike Slinskey, whose race is compromised by the fact that he missed his Thruway exit driving from Wappinger Falls and was sprinting through the parking lot toward the starting line when the horn sounds.

Kara-Lynne Kerr, a 26-year-old Albany Med student from Philadelphia, debuts in 56:24 for the women’s title.

2005

On the verge of retiring from competitive running after years of 100-mile training weeks, Kevin Collins squeezes out one last men’s championship, his fourth, by running away from Fouly Salem in 47:22.

Jessica Manzer of Palatine Bridge wins the women’s race in 56:19 as the race draws the third-largest field ever (1,124 finishers).

2006

Former Cortland State teammates Fred Joslyn of Binghamton and Chuck Terry of Albany duel through almost seven of the 9.3 miles before Joslyn pulls away to win in 47:40, leading a string of six runners who finish in less than 50 minutes.

The battle costs Terry, as his Willow Street Athletic Club teammate, Andy Allstadt, catches him in the final 50 meters.

Kerr wins her second women’s title in three years by 2:15 in 56:41.

2007

The Stockade-athon is big, fast and close.

At the front of the second-largest field (1,133) in race history, former UAlbany star Andy Allstadt holds off Joslyn by five seconds in 46:36, the first time since 1995 that anyone has cracked 47 minutes.

The women’s finish is also tight, as Eileen Combs and Bryans, Willow Street teammates, run side-by-side around Iroquois Lake and kick it in when they see newcomer Maria Valera of Brighton, Mass., gaining.

Like Allstadt, Combs (57:30) wins by five seconds, over Bryans .

The field tries a new twist in the course, up McClellan Street and through Vale Cemetery, instead of the Fehr Avenue hill into Central Park.

2008

The outstanding duels that 2007 produced die before the runners reach Vale Cemetery.

A year after just five seconds separated the men’s and women’s Gazette Stockade-athon winners from their respective runners-up,

Emory Mort of Ghent and Kaitlin O’Sullivan of Syracuse each win by almost a minute after dropping their closest rivals for good on the uphills after the hafway point.

A 25-year-old former Cornell University track and cross country captain, Mort competes elbow-to-elbow with Willow Street teammate Allstadt through 5k.

Mort creates a gap as they head up the State Street hill, and builds even more of a cushion after the course flattens out. He wins in 47:52.

The race is designated as the USATF East Region championship and offers prize money ($3,000 in the open divisions) for the first time.

O’Sullivan, a middle distance specialist, tests 15k for only the second time ever, takes it out quickly at the start, as expected, and stays strong to run a 55:51, to 56:50 for Jen Adams.

On a cool, partly cloudy day, the Stockade-athon crushed the record for participation in its 33-year history, drawing 1,368 entries, of which 1,257 finished, beating the total of 1.159 in 1984 that was almost equaled in 2007.

2009

Fernando Cabada, 27, of Boulder, Colo., wins in 46:35.7, the fastest time in 14 years. The U.S. 25k record-holder doesn’t have an easy time of it, though, as Jordan Davis, a former Auburn and Syracuse University runner, shadows him and finishes 21 seconds back.

The 24-year-old Laurel Burdick, a former All-American at Boston College, wins the women’s race in 54:00.9.

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