New Stars In Cow Harbor 10K
Running in his second Cow Harbor 10K, Fernando Cabada, of Colorado Springs, had his sights set on a top-three finish. He accomplished that – and ran away from the field to capture the 2013 Cow Harbor 10K title.
Cabada was ahead for much of the race, completing the course in 29:32.11 to win the title and $3,500 first prize. He held a sizable lead for much of the race.
“I led after right around 2 miles and I just kept the pressure on. I didn’t have really have a plan, but run as hard as I can,” he said.
Californian Mo Trafeh, who was running for his unprecedented fifth straight Cow Harbor title, never seemed to get on track. The athlete, who was rebounding from a hamstring injury to run Saturday, finished eighth.
The race for the top three in the ladies’ final was a much closer affair than the men’s final. Mattie Suver, another Colorado Springs athlete, pulled off a come-from-behind victory to take the title and first-place prize money with a time of 33:31.74.
She hardly had more than a second to spare, and she poured it on in the home stretch and took the lead in the last 15 meters on Main Street.
“My legs were shot – I was just hoping I wasn’t going to fall over,” she said. “I just kept telling myself to push myself all the way through that line because I’ve been past the line before, and it was disappointing.”
The top runner from the Town of Huntington – and Long Island – was 21-year Northport resident Lianne Farber, who was eighth among the women with a time of 35:06.07.
The fastest woman from Half Hollow Hills was Melville’s Jodie Robertson, 28, who finished 40th at 35:22. The fastest man, 38-year-old Eric Uyguanco, was 126th at 41:19.
According to race results, 4,562 runners crossed the finish line.
Northport hospitality again got high marks from the elite athletes. Third-place finisher Matt Llano, of Flagstaff, Ariz., stayed with Northport Village Deputy Mayor Henry Tobin and his husband Ted Kaplan. They were paired up through the race’s Elite Athlete housing program.
“I got in on Thursday and met the guys for the first time,” Llano said. “It’s a very hospitable, nice place to be.”