Francisco Puac wins Firecracker 5K in 16:55

Tommy Nohilly, the 1989 NCAA champ in 3,000 Steeple, ran race
July 2, 2019

The 29th annual Beach Paper Firecracker 5K, run June 28 on the Grove Park course in Rehoboth, was won by Francisco Puac of Georgetown in a time of 16:55. Two hundred runners and walkers crossed the finish line.

Joining Francisco on the top five leaderboard, all under 18 minutes, were Georgetown University runner Eion Nohilly in 17:29, Carl Richardson in 17:33, Martin Rodriguez in 17:40 and Reginaldo Hernandez Gonsalez in 17:56. 

The second tier of runners all finished in under 20 minutes. They included Mike Marciano in 19:05, masters winner Mike Sewell in 19:09, Caleb Bailey in 19:23, Nick Palazzo in 19:25 and Chris Stanley in 19:29. 

Kathryn Nohilly, a sophomore at George Washington University, was the overall women’s winner in 19:40. Her dad Tommy Nohilly, the 1989 NCAA champion in the 3,000 steeplechase while running for Florida, was right behind his daughter in 19:48. 

Susan Dunn was the second overall female in 21:41. She was followed by Faith Mitchell, 13, in 21:47, masters winner Jackie Quigley in 23:25 and Abby Andrews in 24:00. 

JR Ward, 48, was male clydesdale winner in 23:41. Imogen Davidson White won the filly category in 28:13. 

Local notables: Karen Johnston, 55, won her age group in 26:24, while her husband Brian Johnston, 63, won his age group in 22:37. Rick Poppleton, 66, continues to be untouchable in his age group, running 21:37. Dianna Golden, 66, ran 24:10 to win her age group by five minutes. The 70-74 male age group’s top four runners were all fast, led by Jules Woodall in 25:36, Tim Abbott in 25:37, Woody Disharoon in 26:43 and Phil Perry in 27:46. Joann Szczepkowski, 73, holder of many age-group state records, ran 27:32. Jim Batts, 77, won his age group in 29:28. Jack Huxtable, 81, owner of several age-group state records, ran 29:33. 

Next on the Seashore Striders schedule are the 12th annual Race for the Ribbon Saturday, July 13, and the 37th annual Seashore 5-Mile Run Sunday, July 14. 


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