Posted on Mon, Apr. 29, 2002
Herald Staff Report
Gavilan Middle School wins large school participation award
Jim Scattini of Salinas was the leading Monterey County
finisher in the marathon and seventh overall.
Scattini, 38, finished in 2 hours, 40 minutes and 41 seconds
- a 6:07 per mile pace - leading a Salinas sweep in the top
three places among locals. Dave Cech, 34, was second in
2:50:50, with Rosalio Campos, 42, third in 2:59:06.
The women’s race saw two locals crack the top 10, as Monterey’s
Jackie Chen took third place, earning a check for $500 with
a time of 3:03:12, and Kristin Armstrong of Pacific Grove sixth,
- Kid stuff: Gavilan Middle School of Salinas again won
the Monterey County Schools Competition for having the most
participants in the 5K Race. Top schools earned $1,000 for first
place, $750 for second and $500 for third. Gavilan View
had 331 participants (students, teachers, family, alumni) to
win the large school division. Oak Avenue School of Greenfield
was second in the division at 182, with Greenfield Elementary
third at 120. All Saints Episcopal Day School of Carmel
won the small schools division with 132 participants, with Captain
Cooper School of Carmel with 68 participants and Washington
Union of Salinas third with 50. Based on participation
based on percentage of school enrollment, Carmel River School
won the large-school division, with Foothill Elementary of Monterey
second and Ord Terrace of Seaside third. Pacific Valley
School of Big Sur won the small-schools division, based on percentage,
with Chartwell School of Seaside second and International School
of Monterey third.
- Return of the Grizzly: Larry England was back, but without
his crutches for his 17th straight Big Sur marathon.
England, 46, of Morgan Hill, finished in 4:02, better than
the 7 hours, 45 minutes it took last year on crutches.
“I was just focused on beating last year’s time,” joked
England, one of the Grizzled Veterans of the Big Sur event -
an elite group who have run the race every year since the inaugural
marathon in 1986. England, who got his cast off a couple
of weeks after last year’s marathon, got to start with everyone
else at 7 a.m. Sunday. Last year he started at 3:30 a.m. so
he could reach Carmel among other finishers, limping on a broken
“It was fun to run,” said England, who has done a couple
of 50K events this year. “I had a few people ask me, ‘Weren’t
you that guy with crutches last year?’”
- Over 70: Among the many locals crossing the finish line,
three Monterey County residents were over the age of 70.
At an impressive 4:32:35, Carmel Highlands Bill Konrad,
71, finished 1,146. Carmel’s Paul Bender, 75, crossed
at 4:43:22 and the youngest of the group, John Eehn of Seaside,
70, finished at 5:14:33.