of the Charlie Stavros Memorial
MISQUAMICUT "On the Beach" Run
15th Annual 3 Mile Run -
Wednesday, August 28th, 2002

Sponsored by the Pleasant View Inn and
the Westerly Track & Athletic Club

Charlie Stavros was a top flight road racer for many years. One of his favorite training regimens was running on the beach. And he had to be happy watching from above as fellow running comrade Jim Cherenzia stormed to victory for the second year in a row and third overall in the race that is named in his memory.

It was no cruise on the Misquamicut shoreline for Cherenzia however, as he had to deal with a brisk running contingent that included Westerly High crosscountry and track standout Dan Siskiewicz. The high school senior took control at the outset rounding the cone halfway through the 3 mile beach run in a solid 8:31. It was at this point that all contestants encountered a fierce headwind for the return trip to the finish.

Cherenzia, running in 10th place at the halfway point began picking competitors off using his extensive experience with beach running. "It is different in terms of competing" he would later state to the local media. With about a quarter mile to go Cherenzia made his final decisive move on Siskiewicz taking the ribbon in an exciting finish, 18:00 minutes flat to 18:02. Katey Kokomoor of Noank, CT, enjoying a fine season of area racing, was the top finisher for the ladies in a time of 22:50. Jan McLaughlin of Westerly, RI was second in 25:52. The beach race serves as the official close to The Tom McCoy Family Fun Run Series. It is sponsored by the Pleasant View Inn of Misquamicut and the Westerly Track & Athletic Club.

OFFICIAL RESULTS by Southern New England Road Race Officials (SNERRO)

Total Male Finishers Total Female Finishers
(Name, Age, Time)(Name, Age, Time )
1.Jim Cherenzia, 41, 18:00
2.Dan Siskiewicz, 16, 18:02
3.Sam Peck, 24, 18:42
4.Mark Burbelo, 46, 18:45
5.Sean Fedak, 52, 19:33
6.Unknown -- 19:48
7.Pete Weeden, 38, 20:22
8.Dan Springer, 16, 20:30
9.Mark Steele, 35, 20:35
10.Josh Springer, 16, 20:36
11.Brett Matthew, 22, 20:45
12.Kris Kokomoor, 41, 21:39
13.Joe Wojtas, 40, 21:40
14.Kevin Fagan, 44, 21:41
15.John Robinson, 37, 22:32
16.Steve Sullivan, 45, 22:34
17.John McNally, 37, 22:45
18.Way Hedding, 52, 23:08
19.Ryan Buckley, 13, 23:22
20.Michael Costanza, 27, 23:36
21.Barry Steamer, 47, 23:43
22.Jim Besse, 51, 24:07
23.Les Ahern, 45, 24:13
24.Roy Springer, 45, 25:19
25.Andrew Springer, 11, 27:34
26.Jack Valone, 60, 28:49
27.Colburn Graves, 69, 30:16
28.Michael Vettese, 11, 32:48
29.Unknown -- 33:56
30.Bill McGlynn, 40, 45:29

1.Katey Kokomoor, 39, 22:50
2.Jan McLaughlin, 47, 25:52
3.Kathleen Steamer, 42, 27:48
4.Lorri Urso Dean, 40, 29:14
5.Cassidy McLaughlin, 10, 30:27
6.Jackie Ahern, 12, 32:42
7.Sue Gordon, 46, 34:07
8.Laurie Lamb, 49, 41:08


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