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Pat Harmon Run Raises More Than $15K

Run breaks 500 participants for the second year in a row.

While costs from t-shirts and the race timing service are still being calculated, organizer Mike Catalano said more that $15,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society.

Catalano, a senior at West, said donations are still being accepted at crowdrise.com until the end of this coming weekend.

While there were 410 runners with the chip to record their times, Mark Valentino, former West track standout and current Marist College student, said there were upwards of 100 runners and walkers who didn’t have their times recorded, bringing the total participants above 500 for the second year in a row.

Valentino, who organized the first annual run for Harmon, said Catalano did a great job and was happy to participate instead of organize this year’s run.

First place winner was Gregg Cantwell, an assistant coach with the Smithtown cross-country team.

Cantwell said trying for a first-place finish was not his reason for running, but coming out to support what a student from the district put together in honor of a former coach was.

“I think it’s pretty impressive that a kid puts this on this whole race,” Cantwell said. “He did everything and ran on the team, he’s a great kid, he’s one of the smartest in his class, he’s going to a good college, and I came here to support him and coach Harmon.”

Cantwell completed the race in 15:26:96.

Second place winner was Smithtown’s Nicholas Roertgen, completing the race in 15:28:55. Third place belonged to Gavin Shulock, completing the race in 17:02:19.

Kathryn Radzik was the first woman to complete the Harmon run with a time of 18:03:04.

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