A pair of former standout South-West Conference high school runners invaded Washington on the Fourth of July and earned respective titles in the Stephen Reich Freedom Run 5 K road race at Steep Rock Reservation.

Ex-New Milford High cross country ace David Hunt, 22, captured overall honors with a blistering 16:23 time over the scenic out-and-back course along the Shepaug River.

His toughest competition 38 seconds back was hometown hopeful Jay McGorty, 17, who just graduated from Shepaug Valley High after a strong career in the Berkshire League.

Jeanne Theleen, 18, of Southbury, a recent Pomperaug High grad, claimed women's laurels with her overall 10th-place time of 20:02, edging 36-year-old Kirstin Powers of Roxbury by a scant second.

The top 10 also included Andrew Levy (3rd, 17:43) of New Milford, Sam Luff (4th, 17:44) of New Milford, Stephen George (5th, of Cambridge, Ma., brother-in-law to Maj. Reich, Adam Kozak (6th, 19:43) of Washington, Karl Quist (7th, 19:49) of New Preston, Logan Ross (8th, time not recorded) and Graham Rogers (9th, 19:54) of Washington.

The race is held in memory of Maj. Stephen Reich, a longtime Washington resident and Shepaug graduate who died June 28, 2005 in Afghanistan while serving with the U.S. Army Special Forces.

Hosted by the Washington Parks & Recreation Department, the event attracted a record field of more than 200 runners and walkers of all ages.

Among the prizes dished out at the Steep Rock horse ring awards ceremony by Maj. Reich's father, Parks & Recreation Commission member Ray Reich, were the first runners aged 50 or older to Steve Haas (14th, 20:37) of Washington and Cindy Scannell (58th, 24:35) of Middlebury; the newest commissioned military to 2nd Lt. Christopher Moore of the U.S. Army, and the "honeymooners" award to recently married Michael and Kristine Kersten of Marble Dale.

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For the complete race results, call the Parks & Recreation office at (860) 868-1519.

-- Norm Cummings