Husband and Wife Win Best Overall In 9th Annual MxCC $cholarship 5K

Brian Nelson and Lisa Nelson, a husband-and-wife running “team” from Rockville, Conn., won the men’s and women’s titles in the ninth annual MxCC $cholarship 5K held Saturday, October 29. In winning the Overall Open Championship, Brian Nelson, 31, set a new record time for the course: 16 minutes, 32 seconds, smashing the previous record of 17:11 held by Brendan Atkin of Old Lyme.

The Nelsons were joined on the Middlesex Community College campus by hundreds of other runners and walkers, spectators and supporters. The race event raised more than $24,000, which supports student scholarships and programs at MxCC.

Winner from the MxCC faculty and staff was Matt Weber, professor of Fine Arts, of Unionville, Conn., with a time of 22:45. Awards were also given to the top winners in the following categories:

Kids’ half-mile Fun Run Jada Fong, Moody Elementary School, Middletown (9 years old)
John Elmer, St. John Middle School, Middletown (10 years old)

14 & under -boys Rigby Conners, Branford (26:26)
Montana Roberts, Meriden (30:17)
Drew Kron, Hebron (30:30)

14 & under -girls Kiana Eaton, Agawam, Mass. (24:01)
Tremaine Hall, New Haven (33:17)
Saniya Rain Boone, New Haven (33:18)

15-19 – boys Brody Secor, Middletown (18:25)
Liam Regula, Cromwell (18:30)
Cody Annino, East Haddam (19:16)
15-19 – girls Rebecca Skinner, East Haddam (23:25)

20-29 – men Rigo Zoltan, Berlin (18:41)
Tim Goric, East Hartford (18:52)
Casey O’Brien, West Hartford (21:49)

20-29 – women Anna Dubiel, Rocky Hill (23:42)
Molly Mendez, Bristol (23:51)
Michele Lavoie, Old Saybrook (25:44)

30-39 – men Brian Nelson, Rockville (16:32)
Chris Cosma, Suffield (21:40)
James Taft, Middletown (21:55)

30-39 – women Lisa Nelson, Rockville (22:04)
Johanna Mascola, Avon (25:10)
Samantha Klein, Middletown (27:39)

40-49 – men David Radcliff, Meriden (21:14)
Robert Schaff, Middletown (21:59)
Art Dutra, Meriden (22:07)

40-49 – women Sherri Condon, Middletown (25:02)
Julie Lulo-Medeiros, Middletown (26:30)
Susan Cassidy, Durham (27:49)

50-59 – men Timothy Beach, Prospect (20:40)
Tim Hawley, Middletown (21:27)
Brian Stefanowicz, Southington (21:28)

50-59 – women Chaucey Perreault, Meriden (27:23)
Linda Fleming, Higganum (29:20)
Doreen Vetro, Northford (30:03)

60-69 – men Richard, Zbrozek, Berlin (28:25)
Edward Snyder, Wallingford (36:54)
Robert Montgomery, Wolcott (45:56)

60-69 – women Patricia Phillips, Niantic (31:06)
Smidgie MacPhail, Niantic (35:37)
Sandy Wade, Durham (39:55)

70 and older – men Ted Phillips, Niantic (29:40)
Jerry Shimoda Peterson, West Hartford (30:49)
Charles Merlis, West Hartford (38:38)

For the first time, the race included a “pace car,” sponsored by Liberty Bank. The vehicle, a Jeep Liberty, was driven by Garrett Birdsey, MxCC Foundation treasurer and manager of Liberty Bank’s Higganum office. Birdsey ceremoniously started the race in the Jeep ahead of the runners, and set the pace for all competitors. The course followed a scenic out-and-back route, with some small rolling hills along the way, and a downhill finish in the reservoir area surrounding the community college campus.

Lead sponsor of the event was the Peach Pit Foundation. Other sponsors and donors included Liberty Bank, Webster Bank, People’s United Bank, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, First Niagara Bank, the Teamsters Union local 1150, and Middle Oak Insurance. Also, Darter Specialties, WITS, Super 8 Motel Cromwell, Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center, PIP Printing and Marketing Services, S.J. Services, , East Haddam Scholarships, Inc., Technical Education Solutions, LLC, The Lee Company, Guida Dairy, The Rock 106.9 WCCC, the Killingworth Lions Club, Midstate Tractor & Equipment, Lyman orchards, Coca-Cola, Inc Thyme in a Bottle Catering, FritoLay, Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges (The 4C’s), the Screamin’ Eagles Jazz Band, and MxCC professor Steve Krevisky.

Middlesex Community College Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) single-purpose public charity dedicated to the support of students and programs at MxCC. For years the Foundation focused its efforts on raising support for student scholarships, helping to ensure access to public higher education for students in the 18-town service area of the College. As state support for MxCC’s operating budget declined to 39 percent from 64 percent in recent years, the Foundation expanded its priorities to include developing support for campus projects and academic programs, in addition to student scholarships. Incorporated in 1979, the MxCC Foundation is led by a volunteer board of directors. Resource development is the Foundation’s sole priority and a key part of the college’s Strategic Plan in support of student academic success.

Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (www.mxcc.commnet.edu) is an independent member of the Connecticut Community College System. The school offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs on its main 38-acre campus in Middletown, and at the Meriden Center in downtown Meriden. The college promotes understanding, learning, ethics, and self-discipline by encouraging critical thinking. Current enrollment exceeds 2,950 full and part-time students, and 1,600 continuing education students.