An astonishing feat marked the 20th Trophy Cup Runs event on Fall Weekend. Alia Spaker’s 4 minute 55 second time in the girls 11 & 12 year old race was the best ever, boy or girl, in 20 years of racing on the 1,511 yard long course.
Spaker’s startling run smashed the girls course record of 5:36 set twelve years ago by Katie Dykes – a stunning 41 second reduction. That translates into a winning margin, over the Dykes record, of about 180 yards at the 5:43.5 per mile pace which Spaker ran. More astounding still, Spaker was 4 seconds under the boy’s course record of 4:59, set just last year by Joshua Vogt. He was the first ever to break five minutes on the course. Spaker now joins him as the only two ever to run sub five minutes.
Alia Spaker loves to run. She has raced in a number of 5k road races and trail runs over the past several years and currently does about five training runs per week. At the Trophy Cup Runs the previous two years, she set successive course records in winning the girls age 9&10 race ‒ 5:31 last year and 5:43 two years back.
In other races at this year’s event, two additional course records were broken. At age 6, Brooklyn Masters ducked under the previous course record by one second with a 1:33 time for her age group. Linden Bellizzo, age 7, ran a course record 3:14 for that age-group race. He broke Adam Witkowski’s eleven year old record of 3:23 set way back in 2007. A close second to Linden, was Grady Goodberlet. His 3:17 time also broke the previous record.
Other race winners were Breck Masters, age 5, Jackson Coon, age 8, Reese Dussett in the 9&10 girls race and Jack Martin, who ran an outstanding 5:06 time to win among 11 & 12 boys. There were a total of 97 finishers among all age groups at the event this year.
Complete results follow:
5 year old boys and girls race (.264 mile distance): 1) Breck Masters (1:46), 2) Emily Richards (1:49), 3) Collin Bellizzi (1:54), 4) Vivian Marshall (1:57), 5) Megan Merrill (2:01). Other finishers were Wyatt Hunt, Eli Silvestrini, Akol Mathuc, Moregan Spaulding, Maisie Burdett, Beatrice Corey, Emory Lenahan, Sadie Guckenbiel, Betsy Burdett, Mallory Nicole Batz, Melia Zigler, Kelsey Jennejohn, Johnny Gaudieri, Gavin Rose.
6 year old boys and girls race (.264 mile distance): 1) Brooklyn Masters (1:32, new course record), 2) Audrey Samson (1:38), Reed Wodruff (1:40), 4) Chase Banser (1:43), 5) Liam Dailer (1:45). Other finishers were Oren Davis, Carlie Dusett, Awien Mathuc, Anneleise Corey, Kasey Wise, Jace Neilans, Quentin Marshall, Chase McVige, Peter Fasler, Joelle Smith, Siobhan Neenan, Abram Courtney and Jacob Moscicki.
7 year old boys and girls race (.521 mile distance): 1) Linden Bellizzo (3:14, new course record), 2) Grady Goodberlet (3:17), 3) Brian Fanning (3:31), 4) Emily Lawrence (3:34), 5) Cade Merrill (3:38). Other finishers were Brooke Gruschow, Becca Rozzi, Levi Guastaferro, Maxwell Houle, Michael Spaulding, Madison Spaulding, Abigail Frederick, Jasmine Brucato, Katie Montemarano and Elina Magorka.
8 year old boys and girls race (.521 mile distance): 1) Jackson Coon (3:13), 2) Jenna Lawrence and Sam Martin in a tie (3:14), 4) Alysa Richards (3:16), 5) Sean McQuillan (3:28). Other finishers were Finley Neenan, Adeline Beutner, Braden Fugate, Andy Fosler, Elaine Magorka, Gabrielle Chapman, Bridget Wise, Natalie Gilbert, Olivia Hunt, Elias Courtney, Anna Nikoden, Elliana Davis and Sophie Eberle.
9 and 10 year old girls race (.859 mile distance): 1) Reese Dusett (5:56), 2) Kate Dailer (6:08), 3) Ellie Martin (6:10), 4) Grace Martin (6:29), 5) Emma Rozzi (6:45). Other finishers were Madeline Frederick, Iliana Gvastaferro, Lindsay Norvell and Akot Mathuc.
9 and 10 year old boys race (.859 mile distance): 1) Braden Bellizzi (5:42), 2) Andrew Wanzenreid (5:54), 3) Jacob McVige (5:54), 4) Shane Samson (6:35), 5) Sam Burdett (6:36). Other finishers were Cooper Banser, William Banser, William VanDick and Madut Mathuc.
11 and 12 year old girls race (.859 mile distance): 1) Alia Spaker (4:55, new course record), 2) Ann Brennan (5:35), 3) Molly Kravnik (5:36), 4) Cayla Lawrence (5:39), 5) Elizabeth VanDick (6:03) and 6) Giavana Guastaferro (6:51).
11 and 12 year old boys race (.859 mile distance): 1) Jack Martin (5:06), 2) Aiden Neenan (5:17), 3) Sean Dailor (5:22), 4) Trent Wager (5:51) and 5) Tyler Dibartolo (6:29). Other finishers were Bailey Burdett and Robert Cohen.