By Rob Potter
LAKE HUNTINGTON May 26, 2006 Sullivan West teacher Kevin Mann was smiling on Sunday afternoon as he stood out outside the Sullivan West High School in Lake Huntington.
I am very happy with this turnout, Mann said. I was expecting to have about 50, but 119 people came out for todays event.
The event to which Mann referred was the inaugural Sullivan West 5K Run/Walk. At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, those aforementioned 119 people including many SW students, teachers and staff members took off from the bottom of the SWHS driveway overlooking Lake Huntington.
They proceeded along Route 52 and then turned onto Short Cut Road. The athletes made their way onto Nearing Road and back onto Route 52.
They then made their way to the finish line at the base of the driveway where they began the race.
Mann noted that the course was exactly 3.1 miles.
The first person to cross the finish line was Matt Gain. A 17-year-old SW senior, Gain established the course record of 17 minutes, 3 seconds.
It was fun, Gain said. The course had a couple of hills and I like running the hills.
Gain said the weather, which was cool with intermittent light rain showers, was perfect for running.
It was nice and cool, he said.
Gains SW track teammate Trevor Kreznar took second place as he crossed the finish line a few seconds behind Gain. Max Gunther, who is a member of the Eldred Central School varsity boys track and field team, finished third.
The first woman to reach the finish line was April Ackermann.
It was nice, Ackermann, an 18-year-old SW senior, said of the course. It was a good race.
Like her classmate Gain, Ackermann enjoyed running up and down the hills.
The hills help, she said. They are what we train on around here.
Mann said that the race raised between $2,500 and $3,000 for the SW Class of 2011.
The 5K race was the latest in a series of fundraising events the class members are holding in order to pay for their eighth grade trip. The class will travel to Washington, DC in June 2007.
The top winners in each category were as follows:
1.Matt Gain 17.03 (course record); 2.Trevor Kreznar; 3. Max Gunther
1. April Ackermann; 2. Rianne Erlwein; 3. Jamie Moran
Male 13 and Under
1. Lucas Bower; 2. Andy Kinch; 3. Alex Manzi
Female 13 and Under
1. Jackie Ellmauer; 2. Ashley Mahoney; 3. Mackenzie Norris
1-Brett Cucci; 2. Ross Bernhardt
1. Erin Bernhardt; 2. Brittany Flynn; 3. Lindsey Bauer
1. Michael Bauer
1. Cassandra Boyd; 2. Jennifer Mann
1. Ron Bernhardt; 2. Tim Erson; 3.George Ackermann
1. Donna Freda.