Repeat winners in Lake Monticello Spirit 5k and Lake swim

By Duncan Nixon

The Lake Monticello 5K Spirit Run took off at 7 a.m. on the Fourth of July. The weather conditions were excellent. On the men’s side the winner was absolutely no surprise. Matt Barresi won for the 18th time. He finished well ahead of the field again in a time of 17:30. He is a consistent runner. He won the 2021 Spirit 5K in a time of 17:36. Barresi ran in college for American University. Second place in the men’s race went to Tim Sick who finished in 19:31.

 In the women’s race the winner was a teenager, Sophie Farley, a rising junior at Fluvanna County High School, who finished first with a time of 21:29. Second place went to Kari Waksmunski, who was best in the 31-40 age group. Age group winners were as follows. 

Men Women
7 and
CJ King Gabriella Barresi
8–12 Max Cantagallo Allison Krogh
13–17 Mathew Cantagallo Kayla Kozella
18–30 Matt Valentic Jackie Huffman
31–40 Tim Sick Kari Waksmunski
41–50 Mat


Michele Mogavero
51–65 Bill Pemberton Deb Lugar
66 and over Paul Sick Mickey Hurwitz

The Lake swim consists of an open water dash from Beach 3 to the main beach at Lake Monticello. This year 164 swimmers of all ages were entered. The race started in timely fashion, only a couple minutes after the scheduled 3 p.m. time. The temperature and humidity were tolerable as opposed to some Fourth of Julys in the recent past with temperatures in the 90s. The winners of the swim were once again Cooper Dillman and his older sister Shannah Dillman. Cooper, who is 15 and a rising sophomore at Monacan High School in the Richmond area, won easily. Shannah was closely followed out of the water by her younger sister Carleigh Dillman. Shannah has just graduated from Monacan High School and will be attending The University of West Florida in the fall.

Age group winners are as follows.

Men Women
10–12 DA Roberts Issabella Thompson
13–17 Jaxon Brooks Carleigh Dillman
18–24 Sito Arroyo Aoifa Arras
25–34 Jordan Arenciba Carly Csapo
35–44 Harris Arnoff Michelle Cook
45–54 David Roberts Michelle Kershner
55–64 Alan Adadg Joan Albistor
65 and over Greg Stamper Helen Ficke

The children’s Fourth of July putting contest was held on the putting green at the golf course and was monitored by Head PGA Professional Mark Marshall, assistant PGA professional Steve Shriner and Mark’s wife Loren. The winners by age group were.

5-7 Lucas Dunaway
8–10 Brando Kalznosky
11–12 Peter Bergstesser

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