Thanksgiving is a time for remembrance, thoughtfulness, family, and a old-fashioned gallup through City Park. Every year the annual Turkey Day race brings together a stacked field of distance runners looking to try their hand at the rarely contested 5 mile distance. For many it is simply a great race with great weather, while for others there are bragging rights on the line. No other race outside of the Crescent City Classic brings the local running community together like Turkey Day.
This year the competition was fierce and some usual suspects found themselves in the mix for the individual title (there is an informal alumni title as well). Familiar names to be found on the men’s side include Zachary Albright of Princeton (formerly of St. Paul’s) back in town on holiday; Beau Robinson of UL-Lafayette (formerly of Hahnville); DC Lipani of LSU (also of St. Paul’s); Corbett Ourso of UL-Lafayette (St. Thomas Aquinas); Adam Wise of Fontainebleau; Christian Bergeron of UL-Lafayette (St. Paul’s); and Dylan Heck of UL-Lafayette (Mandeville) were all found in the top 15 finishers.
The race took out slow compared to usual Turkey Day races with the first mile only in around 5:15 which kept a large pack in the race through the first half of the race. A pack of five runners including Albright and Robinson held through the middle of the race before starting to break up slightly during the last two miles (coinciding with the weather warming up a bit towards the end of the race). Locals Richard Bouckaert (25:52) and Ian Carr (25:57) battled through the end of the race with Bouckaert taking a five second lead into Tad Gormley which Carr could not recover from. Albright took a close third in 26:05, five seconds over Beau Robinson (26:10) who coincidentally battled Albright all through high school as well. Only two seconds behind Robinson was masters runner Brandon Wingate (26:12) who is getting better with age, now at 41 years young. A big surprise is high school sophomore Adam Wise who ran 27:28. Take note college coaches, this kid could be major star by the time he graduates. Other local high schoolers in the top 50 include: Matthew Myrtue of Fontainbleau in 20th, Carlos Zervigon of Jesuit in 22nd, Bryant White of Shaw in 32nd, John James of Jesuit in 33rd, John Kling of Jesuit in 34th, Antonio Imbornone of St. Martin’s in 38th, Bryce Monier of St. Martin’s in 43rd, Luke Malter of Jesuit in 46th, and Andre Aguillard of Catholic in 50th.
Richard Bouchert, Men’s champion.
In the women’s race, LRC’s leading lady Mia Meydrich, fresh off her competition at NCAA nationals, took it to the women’s field and won in a commanding 30:01 over local Katherine Telfeyan who ran 30:56. Former Texas high school standout Daphney Stanford, now of Southern Miss, took third in 31:32. Dominican assistance coach Laura Aleman took fourth in 31:48. Local high school runners who competed and placed in the top 50 include: Paige Anderson of Fontainebleau in 28th, Natalie Aguillard of SJA in 37th, Sam Messonier of Dominican in 40th, Maddie Bogart of Dominican 43rd, and Anne Marie Young of Mandeville in 45th.
In the alumni division St. Paul’s scored a close victory over Brother Martin for the 2015 title. Scoring is the same as XC and top 5 alumni score.
Alumni Teams posing for a photo: Photo credit New Orleans Track Club
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Bring in your 2015 Turkey Day race number for a 10% discount (excluding sale items) at Louisiana Running Company – good until the end of the year!