Veiga was a three-time NCAA Division II cross-country All-American at UMass Lowell. So it’s no surprise that he performed especially well. But to win both races within minutes of each other? That takes skill and motivation — although Veiga wasn’t shy to admit what his motivation was.
“It’s probably the money,” Veiga said, who took home $150 for winning the 5K and $450 for the 10K. “I did a few road races in college, but because of the NCAA, I couldn’t collect money, so I didn’t end up doing many.”
Omea stayed right with Veiga in the 5K, finishing seconds behind, but dropped two minutes behind in the 10K.
Veiga graduated from UMass Lowell last May, and since then, he said, “I did some races in the summer. I was hurt all fall and in the beginning of winter, but I’ve been getting after it since January and I’m in really good shape right now.”
Veiga won the 5K in 15:47, then, after a short break, won the 10K in a record time of 31:10, topping the previous best of 31:32 set by Josh Ferenc in 2007.
“I usually don’t double up ever,” Veiga said. “It went pretty well.”
In addition to Veiga’s prizes for being the overall winner in the 5K and 10K and the winner of both races in the 20-29 age group, there were prizes for the top finishers in several other age groups, the master’s division, and the fastest Groton residents in each race.
Other top performers included 38-year-old Peter Omea of Lowell, who finished second in both events, and 49-year-old
Titus Mutinda of Dorchester, who finished fifth in both events. Taryn Sleger of Westford was the highest-finishing woman in the 5K, while Nina Caron of North Andover led all women in the 10K.
The events began with the Tot Trot for children up to six years old, followed by a 2K, then the 5K, and 10K. All races started and ended at Groton-Dunstable Middle School, and for the 22nd year, the race was started by Brian Alcott, of the Groton Minutemen Company, firing a shot from his musket.
|FIN10K - OVERALL WINNERS - OPEN MALE|
|New record! Old record 31:32 by Josh Ferenc in 2007|
|FIN10K - OVERALL WINNERS - OPEN FEMALE|
|1||Nina Caron||311||F||54||NORTH ANDOVER||MA||38:34|
|2||Bridgid Selfors||501||F||14||OLD SAYBROOK||CT||39:30|
|FIN10K - OVERALL WINNERS - MASTER MALE|
|1||Brian Selfors||500||M||48||OLD SAYBROOK||CT||35:12|
|FIN10K - OVERALL WINNERS - MASTER FEMALE|
|FIN10K - RESIDENT WINNERS - MALE|
|FIN10K - RESIDENT WINNERS - FEMALE|
|FIN5K - OVERALL WINNERS - OPEN MALE||GUNTIME|
|1 Jeff Veiga||5005||M||23||LOWELL||MA||15:47|
|2 Peter Omea||5004||M||38||LOWELL||MA||15:53|
|3 Chris Volante||5682||M||40||GROTON||MA||16:50|
|FIN5K - OVERALL WINNERS - OPEN FEMALE|
|1 Taryn Sleger||5001||F||34||WESTFORD||MA||18:09|
|2 Lauren Lesniak||5006||F||25||DRACUT||MA||19:20|
|3 Eline Laurent||5003||F||13||CONCORD||MA||19:26|
|FIN5K - OVERALL WINNERS - MASTER MALE|
|2 Mark Mayall||5002||M||42||MAYNARD||MA||17:08|
|FIN5K - OVERALL WINNERS - MASTER FEMALE|
|1 Kristen Kosiba||5479||F||41||DUNSTABLE||MA||23:24|
|FIN5K - RESIDENT WINNERS - MALE|
|1 Chris Volante||5682||M||40||GROTON||MA||16:50|
|FIN5K - RESIDENT WINNERS - FEMALE|
|1 Kerri Strauss||5122||F||40||GROTON||MA||23:48|
For complete results of both the 5K and 10K, visit http://www.coolrunning.com/results/14/ma/Apr27_Groton_set1.shtml
For event photos, visit http://grotonroadrace.com/results_photos/results.htm