Wakefield’s Suzy Macero captures women’s title

Published in the November 30, 2015 edition.

WAKEFIELD — The sixth annual AMPT “Earn your Turkey” 5K had a huge turnout on Thanksgiving morning as over 900 runners competed and finished the race which was held around Lake Quannapowitt.

Wakefield’s Suzy Macero, 42, was the female winner of the race in a time of 19:30, while Wilmington’s Carl Hartford, 30, repeated as champion in the men’s race at 15:58.

Wakefield’s Ryan Kerrigan, 35, came in third in the men’s race in a time of 17:12. Taking second was Melrose’s Tom O’Donnell, 20, at 16:59.

Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. resident Claire Smith, 15, and Georgetown’s Kathryn White, 15, took second and third in the women’s race with times of 20:20 and 20:37.

Also finishing in the top 10 in the women’s race from Wakefield were Amy Apfelbaum, 37, who took sixth at 21:07; Kate Chaplin, 41, who was eighth at 21:20; and Erica Ferrell, 33, who finished ninth at 21:23.

Rounding out the top 10 for women were: Melrose’s Amy Devaney (20:41), Melrose’s Alexandra Kay (21:06), Wilmington’s Jill Chisholm (21:19) and Lynn’s Mary Broufas (21:37). They finished fourth, fifth, seventh and 10th.

The rest of the top 10 in the men’s race were: Melrose’s Chris Hancock (17:27), Melrose’s Sean Kay (17:40), Reading’s Evan Dingle (17:53), Melrose’s Jimmy O’Donnell (18:27), Saugus’ Rob Favuzza (18:51), Reading’s Dorian Johnson (18:55) and Peabody’s Zack Grube (18:57). They took fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th place in the race.

There were also male and female winners in a number of age categories.

Melrose’s Sean Kay and Melrose’s Natalia Kay (24:11) were the male and female winners in the 1-13 age group, while Alexandra Kay and Jimmy O’Donnell were the female and male champs in the 14-19 age category.

Dingle and Broufas were the 20-29 age group champs, while Danvers Greg Morse (19:02) and Devaney were the men’s and women’s champs in the 30-39 age group.

Hancock and Chisholm took first in the 40-49 age group, while Wakefield’s Pat Glynn (19:54) and Melrose’s Elizabeth Emerald (23:14) were the male and female winners in the 50-59 age group.

Melrose’s Ronald Siraco (22:04) and Stoneham’s Peggy Figgins-Hill (27:58) were the winners in the 60-69 age category, while Danvers Barry Morse (26:30) and Wakefield’s Helena Zacharska (36:37) came in first in the 70-99 age group.

The rest of the Wakefield runners that ran and finished in the top 100 included: Matt Surrette (19:01), Gavin Macbeath (19:18), Erik Johnson (19:23), John Conley (19:39), Bret Farrell (19:40), Ben Bertrand (19:53), Don Nikosey (20:12), Nate Wilcox (20:12), Ryan Campbell (20:33), Jon Kaufman (20:40), Sam Bridges (20:44), Shane Pelletier (20:48), Manuel Palomino (21:17), Erik Cann (21:19), Darren Stead (21:23), Tim Fitzgerald (21:25), Matthew Kerton (21:31), Tim Maclean (21:48), James Bridges (22:01), Dave Nelson (22:19), Liam Connolly (22:26), Leah Merullo (22:33), Audie Bridges (22:38) and Courtney Leahy (22:40).