Apr 292014
 

Groton Road Race 10K 1-2 winners Jeff Veiga (l) and Peter Omea at the 1 mile markArt Campbell | The Groton Line

Groton Road Race 10K 1-2 winners Jeff Veiga (l) and Peter Omea at the 1 mile mark

Sunday marked the 23rd annual Groton Road Race, featuring more than 2,000 runners of all ages from across New England, but there was one man who stood out above all competitors but one — Jeff Veiga of Lowell, who won both the 5K and the 10K. The lone competitor who Veiga didn’t run away from was Peter Omea, 38, also of Lowell, who came in second in both the 5K and 10K races.

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.

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1Jeff Veiga4M23LOWELLMA31:10
New record! Old record 31:32 by Josh Ferenc in 2007






2Peter Omea3M38LOWELLMA33:15
3Christopher Gabrielson104M26WESTFORDMA35:00
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1Nina Caron311F54NORTH ANDOVERMA38:34
2Bridgid Selfors501F14OLD SAYBROOKCT39:30
3Rosalie Malsberger299F27BOSTONMA41:23
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1Brian Selfors500M48OLD SAYBROOKCT35:12

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2Sue Lachance448F54CONCORDMA43:56
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1Nick Odell512M16GROTONMA40:19
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1Jennifer Kane427F34GROTONMA48:06

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GUNTIME
1 Jeff Veiga5005M23LOWELLMA 15:47
2 Peter Omea5004M38LOWELLMA 15:53
3 Chris Volante5682M40GROTONMA 16:50







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1 Taryn Sleger 5001F34WESTFORDMA 18:09
2 Lauren Lesniak 5006F25DRACUTMA 19:20
3 Eline Laurent5003F13CONCORDMA 19:26







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2 Mark Mayall5002M42MAYNARDMA 17:08







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1 Kristen Kosiba 5479F41DUNSTABLEMA 23:24







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1 Chris Volante5682M40GROTONMA 16:50







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1 Kerri Strauss5122F40GROTONMA 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