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Jennings wins fifth annual Granby Bear 5K Challenge

Luke Jennings, 16, won the fifth annual Granby Bears 5K Challenge Saturday. (Photo courtesy Walter Hansen)

GRANBY, June 9 – Luke Jennings, 16, became the youngest winner of the fifth annual Granby Bear 5K Challenge Saturday. Jennings won the race with a time of 20:10.66 beating Matthew Kotch, 37, who was second with a time of 21:47.16 and Paul Baldini, who was a close third in 21:47.96.

Amy Briggs, 17, won the women’s race with a time of 23:01.39, good enough for seventh place overall in the field of 52 runners. Second place in the women’s race when to Lindsey Morizio with a time of 23:33.65.

Proceeds benefit the Granby Memorial Athletic Department.

Previous winners

Year Men Women
2017 Ben Yost, Canton, 16:27.53 Melissa Stellato, Windsor (4th overall) 18:12.75
2016: James Yost, Canton, 16:50.07 Melissa Stellato, Windsor (4), 18:32.47
2015: Will Rice, Granby (2nd overall), 18:23.20 Melissa Stellato, Windsor, 17:50.32*
2014 Mike LeDuc, Canton, 16:13.64* Cindy Jones, Granby (9), 20:15.74

*Course record time

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