NH runners make their mark at Boston Prep 16-miler
Stephanie Reilly of Northbridge, Mass., the women's track and field coach at Bryant University in Rhode Island, crosses the finish line as women's winner of the Boston Prep 16-Miler in Derry on Sunday. Her time, 1 hour 36 minutes 54 seconds, is believed to be a women's course record. (ADAM SWIFT PHOTO)
Josh Andrews of Portsmouth and Justin Montgomery of Claremont were overall top five finishers and, Kristen Ramey of Peterborough was the top female finisher from New Hampshire in the Greater Derry Track Club's 18th annual Boston Prep 16-mile road race in Derry on Sunday.
A total of 556 runners competed in the event won by defending champion, 26-year-old Scott McGrath of Andover, Mass., in a time of 1:30.38.
McGrath improved his time by 37 seconds from last year's win.
Finishing runner-up in 1:31.15 was Jordan Kinley of Salem. Mass., just ahead of Andrews who was clocked at 1:15.45. Chris Mahoney of Chelmsford, Mass., was fourth at 1:32.55 and Montgomery was fifth at 1:36.41. Concord runners Eric Williams (1:38.11) and Brian Lavoie (1:39.06) were in the top 10, finishing seventh and eighth respectively.
Stephanie Reilly of Northbridge, Mass., who represented Ireland in the 2012 Olympic Games 3000-meter steeplechase, finished first among all women with a record time of 1:36.54, good for sixth overall in the race.
She is the first woman to run a sub 1:40 time in this race. She's the women's track and field coach at Bryant University. She was a Big East champion at Providence College as well.
Kaitlin Anelauskas of Somerville, Mass., was 10th overall and the second female to finish at 1:41.48, followed by Ramey (24th overall) in 1:46.41.
The fourth overall female finisher was Christine Doneski of Hopkinton at 1:49.04 (36th overall) and Raelyn Crowell/Coates of Amherst was sixth in the female field (42nd overall) in 1:49.42.