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Teenager MacGibbon wins Goffstown Gallop

June 23. 2012 8:28PM

Andy MacGibbon, a junior at Goffstown High, posted a 29:51 to easily outdistance the field and win the 33rd annual David French Goffstown Gallop in Goffstown Saturday.

MacGibbon, 16, who runs cross country for the Grizzlies, was the only runner to complete the 5.2 mile course in under 30 minutes. He improved upon his 2011, fifth-place time of 31:40 by nearly two minutes.

His closest rival, Peter Boisvert, 37, also of Goffstown, earned the silver medal in 32:05.

Heading the women's field for the second consecutive year was Manchester's Stephanie Burnham, 31, with a time of 32:46. She was the seventh finisher overall and edged runner-up Deborah Slason (33:19) by just over a half minute. Slason, 38, of Goffstown, crossed the tape ninth.

The two finished 1-2 last year as well.

Rounding out the top five in the men's division were Jim Clark, 55, and Sean Colligan, 22, both of Goffstown, with respective times of 32:24 and 32:32, and Perry Seagroves, 59, of Concord, in 32:34. Colligan was last year's runner-up.

Manchester's Denise Spenard, 45, was the third women's finisher with a time of 36:02. She also finished third in Thursday night's Lite Up the Nite for Mental Health 5K which was run on the high school cross country course at Manchester's Derryfield Park.

Weare's Liz Johnstone, 47, was fourth in the women's field at 36:10, while New Boston's Cathleen Brown, 37, notched fifth in 36:47.

33rd annual Goffstown Gallop

Top 10 finishers:

1. Andy MacGibbon, Goffstown, 29:51; 2. Peter Boisvert, Goffstown, 32:05; 3. Jim Clark, Goffstown, 32:24; 4. Sean Colligan, Goffstown, 32:32; 5, Perry Seagroves, Concord, 32:34; 6. Joseph Melim, Goffstown, 32:38; 7. Justin Pare, Canterbury, 33:06; 8. Toby Heath, Goffstown, 33:27; 9. Rob Campbell, Manchester, 33:34; 10. Craig Ahlquist, Hooksett, 35:03.

Women: 1. Stephanie Burhman, Manchester, 32:46; 2, Deborah Slason, Goffstown, 33:19; 3. Denise Spenard, Manchester, 36:02; 4. Liz Johnstone, Weare, 36:10; 5. Cathleen Brown, New Boston, 36:47; 6. Susan Black, Bedford, 36:54; 7. Hazel Johnstone, Weare, 40:13; 8. Sara Santoro, Goffstown, 40:24; 9. Meredith Puccio, Goffstown, 40:31; 10. Renee Mitchell, Goffstown, 40:44.

Complete results available at