By Drew Budd,
Eritrean Sport News: A native of Eritrea won the 35th annual Shelter Island 10K on Saturday evening, but it wasn’t Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflizighi. It was fellow countryman Yonas Mebrahtu, a 26-year-old who crossed the finish line at 29:06, which equates to a blistering mile pace of 4:26.
Isaac Kitur, 29, of East Northport, finished just four seconds behind Mebrahtu at 29:10, while Diriba Yigezu, 26, finished third in 29:32. Keflizighi, 39, and one of many elite runners in the race, finished fourth overall in 30:24. Jerry Faulkner, 32, of Sunnyside, rounded out the top five in 31:31.
Other notable finishers were Frances Koons, the top female, who crossed the finish line in 34:26, good enough for 10th place overall. Koons, 28, was a star runner at Villanova University. Ben Tuttle, 21, of Eastport, an alumnus of Eastport South Manor High School, who just finished his junior year at Cedarville University in Ohio, finished seventh overall in 32:58.
Luis Ramirez, 23, of Southampton, finished 16th overall in 35:11. Ramirez can be seen at a number of road races on the East End and recently won the Baymen 5K in Hampton Bays. Joan Benoit-Samuelson, the first ever women’s Olympic marathon champion back in 1984, finished 57th overall in 39:27.
Yon Lee, 44, of Brooklyn, won the Shelter Island 5K in 20:01. Full results of both the 10K and 5K can be found at nycruns.com.
The Shelter Island race benefits East End Hospice, Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch and the Shelter Island Run Community Fund.