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Sentara Colonial Half-Marathon Another Rousing Success
Updated: Thursday 02/23/2014 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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Near-perfect weather Sunday welcomed over 1,000 runners to Williamsburg for the 35th Annual Sentara Colonial Half-Marathon, with thousands of dollars in prizes awarded and a terrific time had by all.  More than 700 runners completed the half-marathon itself within the time limits (3 hours), and over 250 more completed the 5K run around the campus of William and Mary.

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Overall winners included men's half-marathon champion Ayele Kassaye of Ethiopia, who ran up the ramp and through the finish line in Kaplan Arena in a time of 1:10:36.  Tribe track and field alum Skeeter Morris '10 of Burkeville, Va., was second in 1:11:03, and Ethiopia's Baisa Moleta was third in 1:13:35.  Another Green and Gold veteran, Adam Otstot '05 of Williamsburg, was fourth in 1:13:43 and Greg Mariano of Alexandria, Va., completed the top five in 1:14:26.  The men's master's champion was Doug Fernandez of Richmond, Va., who crossed the finish in 1:20:02.

On the women's side, 2004 Olympian Tezeta Dengersa won by over a minute with her race of 1:23:29 ahead of Alison Nolan of Central, S.C., who took second in 1:24:45.  Morgan Denecke of Norfolk was third in 1:26:31, and Arlington's Carolyn Shaw was fourth in 1:27:54.  Rounding out the top five was Madeleine Gunter of Williamsburg, finishing in 1:28:45, just ahead of women's master's champion Laura Shannon (also of Williamsburg), who was sixth overall in 1:31:39.

Top honors in the women's 5K went to Sika Henry from Newport News, in 18:42, while Yorktown's Edward Daly claimed men's laurels in 16:21.  Winning the master's divisions were Eric Sonnenschein of Washington, D.C., in 18:26, as well as Kimberly Votava of Virginia Beach, who cross the finish in 23:46.

The Sentara Colonial Half-Marathon includes not just the headline 13.1-mile race, but also a 5K, a 1/2-mile fun run around W&M Hall, and a vendor expo for runners and friends.  For 35 years, this event has been at the forefront of promoting an active, healthy lifestyle in the Hampton Roads area and around the nation, as well as providing support to William and Mary's nationally-recognized track and field and cross country teams.

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