Sep 07, 2009 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Here is a brief summary of the top performers during the annual Skaneateles Labor Day Race Weekend, sponsored by Honeywell:
Skinnyman Triathlon – In the test of swimming, biking and road racing on Saturday, Virginia native Ben Delia won on the men’s side, his time of one hour, five minutes and 24 seconds beating Ithaca native Nick Lehecka by 1:40. Andy Powell (Marcellus) was fourth in 1:07:48.
In the women’s division, Heather Leggi, from Bryn Mawr, Pa., dominated, winning in 1:10:40, which was the 10th-fastest time of the entire event.
Jennifer Peterson gave Skaneateles residents a point of pride, finishing second to Leggi (and 23rd overall) in 1:12.42.
Escape From the Judge One-Mile Open Swim – In Sunday’s event on Skaneateles Lake, Dan O’Connor, a nationally-ranked swimmer from Westhill High School, covered the mile in 20 minutes, 11 seconds, beating the runner-up, Skaneateles native Reid Swartz, by 43 seconds.
Abby Delia took fifth overall, as the Wayne, Pa. native won the women’s title in 22:09, with Marie Ann Lozito (Syracuse) holding off young Margaret Fletcher by seven seconds for second place in 23:33.
Coon Hill Grind Two Bicycle Time Trial – Syracuse resident James Eagen needed seven minutes, 37 seconds to bike the two-mile course on Sunday. Eagen won by six seconds over Brett Sherwood, from Morris, and seven seconds over LaFayette resident Robert Kenney.
Julie Rosa also lives in LaFayette, and she took the women’s championship in eight minutes, 24 seconds. Heather Leiggi returned for a second-place time of 8:37, just 13 seconds behind Rosa.
Skaneateles Labor Day Four-Mile Road Race – To the delight of the Skaneateles crowd, Jennifer Peterson kept the women’s title at home, running four miles in 24:07, making her 13th overall. Peterson beat the ever-present Heather Leiggi, who was second in 24:46.
Hailing from Orlando, Fla., Steve Curley needed exactly 21 minutes to charge down the four-mile course and win on the men’s side. Curley won comfortably over Skaneateles track star Calvin Davis, who still notched an impressive second-place clocking of 21:40.
When all the results were added up, Ben Delia took away the “I’m All That” men’s prize for his overall performances.
Delia’s total time of one hour, 56 minutes, 58 seconds was the only one under two hours, as Horseheads native Billy Gilbert was second in 2:06:09.
Heather Leiggi went to the top of the women’s standings and had the sixth-best overall time, too, prevailing in two hours, nine minutes, 22 seconds, with Jennifer Peterson (2:13:34) in second place.