Graves third Mainer to finish 10K race

17 years ago

CAPE ELIZABETH – Duncan Kibet outkicked a fast field to win the men’s crown and Luminita Talpos dominated the women’s race in the special 10th edition of the TD Banknorth Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race,  Saturday.     Kibet of Kenya (27:51.7), perhaps the hottest road racer in the world right now, earned the victory by passing three competitors in the final 600 meters, including runner up countryman Evans Cheryiout (27:52.3) with the finish line in sight.
In the women’s race, Talpos (32:20) of Romania jumped out to a big lead about two kilometers in and never looked back, winning the TD Banknorth Beach to Beacon for the first time in five tries.
The group of elite athletes were among the 4,839 runners from 21 countries and 41 U.S. states who finished the winding, ocean-hugging, 6.2-mile course on a humid but comfortable morning in Maine. Each finisher received a medal to commemorate the 10th anniversary race. Thousands of spectators lined the course to cheer the runners.
In the Maine men’s race, Georgetown-bound Ayalew Taye, 19, of Cape Elizabeth had a dominating run in 30:47. Kirby Davis, 23, of Falmouth, a recent University of Maine grad, took second in 31:34, while 25-year-old Evan Graves of Presque Isle placed third in 32:03 and was 27th overall.
The race course winds through the idyllic coastal town of Cape Elizabeth, starting near Crescent Beach State Park on Route 77 and ending at the Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in the world.
Other local athletes competing, as well as their times, were the following: George Bradbury of Bridgewater, 1:07:49; Timothy Freme of Caribou, 41:10; Bruce Freme of Caribou, 45:34; Carol McElwee of Caribou, 1:07:09; Tess Miner-Farra of Caribou, 52:02; Carl Soderberg of Caribou, 41:41; Josh Tardif of Caribou, 40:19; Jefferson Ashby of Fort Fairfield, 35:14; Arthur Thompson of Limestone, 1:09:02; Robin Caron of Portage, 1:05:38; Erin Graves of Presque Isle, 56:04; Richard Ward of Presque Isle, 1:01:55; Tammy Ward of Presque Isle, 1:01:55; and Sam Sheehan of Woodland, 33:52.