By Jamie Kempton

Matthew Bach of Jersey City, N.J., captured his second title in three years and Christina Ferencevych of Old Tappan, N.J. won the women’s division in the 24th annual George Wodicka Hook Mountain Half Marathon and 5K run, held April 21 at Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain.

The race, sponsored by the Rockland Road Runners, set a record for the combined number of finishers, 682, topping last year’s mark of 662. The total includes 357 finishers in the half-marathon and 325 in the 5K. Race proceeds were donated to United Hospice of Rockland, which also held an accompanying 5K walk.

With the participants assembled at the starting line, a moment of silence was held to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy on April 15.

Bach, 26, covered the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour 20 minutes 4 seconds, a pace of 6:07 per mile. That was well off his 2011 winning time of 1:16:11, but this year’s course followed a more difficult trail route on the rolling Hook path north to Haverstraw. In previous years the course traveled south along the flat Nyack Beach shoreline trail, but damage from Hurricane Sandy last October rendered that route unusable this year.

Bach won by almost a full 10 minutes over runner-up Brian Clark, 27, of Smithtown, N.Y., who ran 1:29:54. Ferencevych, 25, clocked 1:34:24, a 7:13 per-mile pace, to easily secure the women’s championship. She finished 11th overall.

Anthony Modafferi, 27, of Nyack, a former Clarkstown South standout, earned the Adi Steingraber award as top Rockland finisher, placing third in 1:30:12. Lauren Lundy, 32, of Bardonia was the top Rockland female finisher and third woman overall in 1:37:01.

In the 5K, Ian Clark, 27, of Tuckahoe ran the 3.1-mile flat loop course around Rockland Lake in 18:22, a pace of 5:56 per mile. Pat Driscoll, 33, of Suffern, a former Clarkstown North star and currently assistant track coach at Tappan Zee, was runner-up in 18:40. Cheryl Clark, 26, of Tuckahoe claimed the women’s crown and took sixth overall in 19:14. Julie McElroy, 46, of North Tarrytown finished second in 19:55.

24th George Wodicka Hook Mountain Half-Marathon
Sunday, April 21

Top three overall: 1. Matthew Bach, 26, Jersey City, N.J., 1:20:04; 2. Brian Clark, 27, Smithtown, N.Y., 1:29:54; 3. Anthony Modafferi, 27, Nyack, 1:30:12.

Top three females: 1. Christina Ferencevych, 25, Old Tappan, N.J., 1:34:24; 2. Megan Blank, 32, New York, N.Y., 1:36:41; 3. Lauren Lundy, 32, Bardonia, 1:37:01.

Male
19 and younger
1. Inow Panicker 10 Congers 2:05:26

20 – 24
1 Joshua Itzkowitz 22 Brooklyn 1:47:28
2 John Runde 23 Brooklyn 1:49:30
3 Alex Showerman 24 Burlington VT 1:51:48

25 – 29
1 Brian Clark 27 Smithtown NY 1:29:54
2 Anthony Modafferi 27 Nyack 1:30:12
3 Name unavailable 29 Staten Island 1:44:16

30 – 34
1 Gary Lausin 33 Old Tappan NJ 1:31:30
2 Will Reagan 31 Hoboken NJ 1:32:42
3 Joseph Lynch 33 Yonkers 1:32:52

35 – 39
1 J. Parks 39 Amherst MA 1:32:16
2 Chris Essick 38 Tomkins Cove 1:33:41
3 John Fenton 39 Sparkill 1:36:33

40 – 44
1 Erik Sellstrom 42 Liberty NY 1:32:20
2 Jason Kelly 43 West Nyack 1:33:39
3 Nicholas Agnnbidis 43 Fair Lawn NJ 1:34:24

45 – 49
1 Michael McKenna 48 Sloatsburg 1:35:06
2 Bo Petkovich 46 Hillsdale NJ 1:35:39
3 Baird Stiles 49 Hillsdale NJ 1:36:00

50 – 54
1 Michael Beckerle 51 Pearl River 1:42:33
2 John Miksad 53 Wilton CT 1:45:13
3 Michael Turkovich 50 Lake Ronkonkoma NY 1:48:02

55 – 59
1 Alister Renwick 55 Wesley Hills 1:39:23
2 Gary Scarano 57 Garnerville 1:41:42
3 Bruce York 57 Suffern 1:46:47

60 – 64
1 Peter Auteri 61 Pompton Lakes NJ 1:45:01
2 Francis Beideman 63 Pompton Lakes NJ 1:46:36
3 Frank Nieves 64 Monroe NY 1:48:32

65 – 69
1 Michael Yorio 65 Bronx 2:20:21
2 Domingo Stern 67 North Tarrytown 2:24:24
3 Lawrence Ross 66 Monsey 2:30:42

70 and older
1 Benny Kim 70 Norwood NJ 1:59:56 9:10
2 Clement Chang 71 Hillside Manor NY 2:34:10

Female
19 and younger
1 Rachel Harris 18 New City 2:03:31
2 Erin Garvey 19 Pearl River 2:09:47
3 Catherine Marquez 18 Middletown CT 2:17:16

20 – 24
1 Jess Hackett 23 Palisades 1:41:56
2 Valerie Basciano 23 New City 1:52:04
3 Melina Melendez 22 Valley Cottage 1:57:08

25 – 29
1 Kimberly Barry 27 Bronx 1:50:21
2 Laura Cloherty 25 Somers 1:50:53
3 Theresa Militano 29 Norwood NJ 1:51:47

30 – 34
1 Megan Blank 32 New York 1:36:41
2 Lauren Lundy 32 Bardonia 1:37:01
3 Kimberly Rucks 30 Hoboken NJ 1:37:40

35 – 39
1 Ayako Yamazaki 37 Suffern 1:43:25
2 Tiffanie Natale 38 West Nyack 1:49:24
3 Joanne Jablonski 36 Congers 1:50:44

40 – 44
1 Chiara Lombardo 40 Newton NJ 1:40:54
2 Jennifer Boheim 44 New York 1:42:08
3 Marijana Dinic 42 Hillsdale NJ 1:44:13

45 – 49
1 Carol Guzinski 46 Garnerville 1:39:44
2 Merrill Simpson 45 Ramsey NJ 1:51:21
3 Lisa Rosenfeld 45 New City 2:02:57

50 – 54
1 Susan Anway 52 Old Lyme CT 2:06:54
2 Ann Boland 53 Old Saybrook CT 2:09:19
3 Enide Mitchell 50 Harriman NY 2:11:07

55 – 59
1 Sandra Went-David 59 Hempstead NY 2:12:41
2 Patricia Kutner Fiume 57 Old Tappan NJ 2:14:08
3 Deanna Zawistowski 57 Otisville NY 2:22:06

60 – 64
1 Jo-Ann Lee 60 Westwood NJ 2:17:52
2 Lily Kosaka 63 Paramus NJ 2:19:52
3 Mary Bartha 61 Pompton Lakes NJ 2:23:56

65 – 69
1 Enilda Indyk 68 F Valley Cottage 2:24:32

70 and older
no finishers

5K results
Top three overall: 1. Ian Clark, 27, Tuckahoe, 18:22; 2. Pat Driscoll, 33, Suffern, 18:40; 3. Greg Blank, 34, Maryknoll,, N.Y., 18:57.

Top three females: 1. Cheryl Clark, 26, Tuckahoe, 19:14; 2. Julie McElroy, 46, North Tarrytown, 19:55; 3. Christine Luff, 40, Montvale, N.J,. 21:33.

Male
19 and younger
1 Matthew Taylor 17 Chappaqua 20:02
2 Alec Stewart 15 21:03
3 Jonathan Herbstman 18 New City 22:28

20 – 24
1 Nicholas Berrios 24 Bronx 25:07
2 Joel C. Miranda 20 Congers 26:13
3 Robert Bausinger 22 Valley Cottage 26:21

25 – 29
1 John Severiano 28 Tappan 26:38
2 Andrew Ferencevych 27 Old Tappan NJ 28:33
3 Gil Rodriguez 27 New City 28:41

30 – 34
1 Pat Driscoll 33 Suffern 18:40
2 Greg 34 Maryknoll NY 18:57
3 John McFadden 30 Rensselaer NY 25:06

35 – 39
1 Douglas Ward 39 New City 21:09
2 Adam Feinmesser 37 Blauvelt 26:33
3 Jason Carbonetti 38 M Briarcliff 28:15

40 – 44
1 Darren Blank 40 20:08
2 Fredrick Lent Jr. 44 Yonkers 21:22
3 Brian Keenan 42 Suffern 21:41

45 – 49
1 Vivek Pabby 46 Heathcote NY 20:21
2 Henry Cronk 49 Suffern 24:16
3 Michael Lopez 49 New City 26:36

50 – 54
1 Mark Thompson 50 Middletown NY 18:59
2 Logan Scott 51 New City 19:01
3 Stephen Ryan 53 Briarcliff 21:46

55 – 59
1 Roy Altman 55 New City 21:05
2 Stephen Longergan 57 Stony Point 22:38
3 Mark Ferencevych 56 Old Tappan NJ 26:34

60 – 64
1 Ricardo Hernandez 60 West Nyack 25:19
2 Dennis Boutsikaris 60 Nyack 34:19
3 Herman Hellman 60 Suffern 39:29

65 – 69
1 Nestor Morales 67 Bronx 26:53
2 Alan Blank 68 Norwood NJ 27:46
3 Craig Morris 67 New City 28:33

70 and older
1 Curtis Dixon 71 Amityville NY 33:39
2 Stanley Goldstein 77 Ossining 41:10
3 Fernando Ruiz 81 New York 44:15

Female
19 and younger
1 Olivia Sullivan 13 Tappan 23:49
2 Caitlin Hartnett 15 Tappan 23:59
3 Tara Sullivan 13 Tappan 24:11

20 – 24
1 Mary McCarron 22 Beltsville MD 25:53
2 Danielle Fortino 23 Rye Brook 28:19
3 Kristen Lowenwirth 23 Bardonia 28:41

25 – 29
1 Akiko Villegas 27 New City 24:20
2 Melanie Ferencevych 25 Old Tappan NJ 26:34
3 Kathy Hampson 26 26:35

30 – 34
1 Helena Suric 31 New York 24:19
2 Ellen Cataldo 31 Hillsdale NJ 24:57
3 Jennifer Nicoll 33 Suffern 24:58

35 – 39
1 Tracy Ward 38 New City 23:47
2 Jill Sneath 38 Suffern 25:11
3 Tracy Cichner 35 Pearl River 25:20

40 – 44
1 Christine Luff 40 Montvale NJ 21:33
2 Kelly Gould 40 Katonah 24:51
3 Carolyn Hughes 44 Montvale NJ 25:51

45 – 49
1 Julie McElroy 46 North Tarrytown 19:55
2 Diana Ceylan 45 Norwood NJ 22:00
3 Shamala Kandiah Thompson 48 Peekskill 24:29

50 – 54
1 Terri Peri 51 Mahwah NJ 25:59
2 Karen Herbstman 50 New City 28:54
3 Tonette Mahon 53 New Rochelle 29:43

55 – 59
1 Monica Hanley 56 Pearl River 27:47
2 Barbara Paer 58 Old Tappan NJ 30:00
3 Druscilla O’Malley 59 Warwick NY 31:20

60 – 64
1 Therese Casaletta 61 Wyckoff NJ 37:22
2 Lillian Zambardino 61 Yonkers 49:52
3 Sue Weiss 63 Spring Valley 57:36

65 – 69: no finishers

70 and older: no finishers

View full race results here: 2013 Hook Half Marathon & 5K

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