Epic Performance at Chestnut Hill Cross
Wanderer events have been the scene of many wonderous performances
over the years. For instance, Jeff Hayes'
successful assault on the 5-minute barrier in the Wanderers
Open Mile race at last spring's Chestnut Hill Academy Relays,
or Scott Quitel's brave conquest of Mt. Smokey
in the 2000 Cabot Trail Relay, or Wayne "Crusher"
Hamilton vanquishing the same mountain in the 2002
version of the relay.
But none of these feats could match the performance
of Peter Rook at the 2nd annual Chestnut
Hill Classic on September 20. Peter, 23, simply annihilated
the field winning the three-mile race in 15:49. Peter's remarkable
time was only a few seconds off the course record.
Regional cross country strongman Chuck
Shields held off a charge from defending champion
Bill Gould to finish second in 17:07. Bill
was timed one second slower.
Top female finisher was 16-year-old Faye
Korich who completed the hilly course in 19:56.
Jeff Palombaro led the Wanderers
coming in sixth place in a time of 18:10. Fred Kenney
grabbed 10th place 19:14. Other Wanderer standouts were Michael
Branca who finished 20th in 20:41, Werner
Krandick 36th in 22:21 and Petra Kretschmann
44th in 24:54.
The combination of high humidity, heat and rolling
hills made the course a demanding one for the field of 53
Leslie Turchetti was magnificent
as race director bringing order out of chaos. Randy
Clever, who has been on the injury list for the last
month, stopped by to watch the event and was immediately pressed
into service. A big thanks also to Coach Paul Hines
and Athletic Director Stan Parker for staging
the event for the Wanderers.
here for race results