By Rick Platt
To quote Yogi Berra, “It was déjà vu all over again” last Saturday for W&M visiting history professor Gregor Kranjc at the second annual Crapolfest 2010 5K Run/Walk, starting and finishing at Albert-Daly Field, the College of William and Mary soccer stadium. Last year in a field of 195 runners Kranjc placed second to an out-of-town runner (Danny O’Callaghan of
The race benefited the Andrew E. Crapol Soccer Scholarship, and was organized by the W&M Tribe Club, with assistance by the W&M men’s soccer team. Andy Crapol (1978-2009) was a
Andy was diagnosed with esophageal cancer early in 2009, and died tragically within months. His widow, Allison Simmons Crapol, was at all the weekend events (which included a mini-golf tournament at Pirate’s Cove/Adventure Golf), including handing out the race awards. The weekend activities concluded with the W&M soccer game Saturday evening against CAA rival
Race winner Kessler, 27, the Smithfield High head cross-country coach, ran a time of 16:53 to better the previous course record of 17:04 by O’Callaghan. Kessler drafted off of Kranjc, more familiar with the course; which started with a loop of the W&M Dillard Complex dormitories, then a clockwise loop of the James City County Williamsburg recreational bike path along Longhill and Ironbound Roads; then pulled away for an 18-second win. Craig Carey, 30, of
For the women, assistant Smithfield High cross-country coach Karen Terry, 21, of Hampton, smashed the previous course record of 20:53 by almost two minutes, winning in 19:01, with 2010 CRR Grand Prix leader (and 5-time champion) Jennifer Quarles, 38, second in 19:42, and W&M freshman Kelly O’Toole, 18, also under 20 minutes with a 19:54. O’Toole graduated last June from Osbourn Park High in
For the second year, Brooklyn’s Graham Albert, 29, the son of race director Al Albert, and who works for Frontpoint Partners, a hedge fund in
The Crapolfest 5K became a CRR Grand Prix event this year, and the competition reflected that upgrade. Besides the two course records, 22 of the race’s five-year age-group records were broken, with only eight remaining from 2009.