New winners in Coffee Trail Run Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 05:44

By Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter | Saipan Tribune

Amy Sletten heads to the finish line of last Saturday's 6th Annual Marianas Coffee Trail Run at the American Memorial Park. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)Three first-timers had winning debuts in last Saturday's 6th Annual Marianas Coffee Trail Run.

Nicholas Martindale led the list of new winners, topping the 15-kilometer race, while Soledad Tenorio ruled the women's division, and Amy Sletten prevailed in the 10K event. Paul Viator completed the winners' circle, as he recorded his first 10K win after doing the Coffee Trail's long course a few years ago.

Martindale made it to the finish line at the American Memorial Park after going up to Navy Hill through the coffee plantations and some XTERRA Saipan Championship trails leading to Mt. Tapochao at the 1:49:55 mark, beating perennial run races participants Ronald Villafria and Tyce Mister.

Villafria, who won last year's 10K race after pulling off an upset over Ketson “Jack” Kabiriel, decided to take the longer course last weekend, but settled for a runner-up finish this time after logging 1:54:44. Mister also tried the long course in preparation for this year's XTERRA Saipan and Tagaman Triathlon rounded out the Top 3 with his 1:56:56.

In the women's division, Tenorio cut the tape at the AMP more than four minutes ahead of runner-up Pipit Ball. Tenorio clocked in at 2:25:18 against Ball's 2:29:37. Japanese runner Miwa Hakutaka completed the Top 3 with a time of 2:38:05.

In the women's 10K, which followed the same route as the 15K, but runners headed back to AMP without going up to Mt. Tapochao, Sletten ended Akane Imaya's three-year reign after negotiating last weekend's shorter course in 1:04:57. Imaya missed her fourth straight 10K title by less than two minutes, as she made it to AMP at the 1:06:11 mark. Last year's runner-up Wantha Aldrich dropped to third with her 1:14:05. In the men's division, Viator finished the 10K at the 53:19, leaving him with enough time to catch up with the 8th Annual SSC Meek & Mighty Ocean Swim at the Pacific Islands Club. Viator defeated Charlie Sendin (55:06) and Steve Pixley (1:01:39).

The Top 3 overall finishers in both 10K and 15K races received medals and gift packs from event sponsor Marianas Coffee.

Meanwhile, the organizing Marianas Visitors Authority also recognized the top finishers in the various age groups of both the 10K and 15K races in the awards ceremony held at the pavilion at AMP. Age group winners will be announced in Saipan Tribune's Wednesday edition.


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