Stone, Ross Sawmill winners
Mark Guillaume of Greenfield placed 2nd in the Sawmill River 10K Run with a time of 36:51. Guillaume ran the race, held on New Year's Day in Montague Center, to assess how his training for the Boston Marathon is progressing; he was pleased to find he is right on target. Recorder/Trish Crapo
Lauren Ross, 22, of Wilbraham, MA finished first among the women runners in the Sawmill River 10K Run with a time of 43:24. Ross attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is now pursuing graduate studies at Tulane University in New Orleans. Recorder/Trish Crapo
Aaron Stone of Greenfield approaches the finish line of the Sawmill River 10K Run held on New Year's Day in Montague Center, where a volunteer holds a "place stick." Stone, whom bystanders predicted would win, finished with a time of 36:07, a little slower than his 2011 winning time of 34:58. Recorder/Trish Crapo
Runners burst from the starting line of the Sawmill River 10K Run held on New Year's Day in Montague Center. There were 179 runners in this year's race, said volunteer Conor Power of Montague, more than he'd seen enter any previous Sawmill River Run. 1st place runner Aaron Stone, #335, can be seen at the far right; 2nd place runner Mark Guillaume, #344, to the left. Both Stone and Guillaume live in Greenfield. Recorder/Trish Crapo
Greenfield’s Aaron Stone became the first area road race winner of 2013 on Tuesday morning when he crossed the finish line in 36 minutes, 7 seconds to capture the annual Sawmill River 10K Run in Montague Center.
The Montague Parks & Recreation Department hosts the annual event, which drew 166 runners this season, with all proceeds going toward the Sponsor-A-Child Scholarship Program. Stone was slightly slower than 2012 winner Andrew Best, who won with a time of 34:53, but finished faster than 2011 winner Christopher Gould, who finished in 36:23.
Lauren Ross of Wilbraham was the women’s winner with a time of 43:24.
Here’s a rundown of the divisional winners:
• Youth — Female: Madi Eline of Southampton, 45:27. Male: Charlie Hale of Florence, 38:17.
• Open — Female: Ross. Male: Stone.
• Master — Female: Madeline Nagy of Hatfield, 45:49. Male: Marc Guillaume of Greenfield, 36:51.
• Senior — Female: Debra Hevey of Chicopee, 49:14. Male: Mark Billings of Elgin, Ill., 42:35.
• Senior-Plus — Female: Deb Schilling of South Deerfield, 56:39. Male: Richard Larsen of Shelburne Falls, 38:40.