A fun night at Lynn Woods

Janine Jacques and Harry take up the rear of the short race at Lynn Woods. Harry is a rescue donkey running to promote a 3 mile road race on September 9th at Myopia Polo Field in Hamilton to raise money to held save the donkeys from being processed in China. (Owen O'Rourke)

On a gorgeous night at Lynn Woods, 209 runners raced to the finish line as the weekly cross country series continued Wedsnesday.

In the 2.3-mile Left on Goat Path race, Ipswich’s Kieran Kinnare (13 minutes, 20 seconds) and Alex Vlahos (13:41) cruised through the course to easily take the top two spots. Coming in behind them for the men was Haverhill’s Dave Dunham (15:44), followed by Reading’s David Parziale (15:48) and Peabody’s Patrick and Matthew Hosman (15:53 and 15:59, respectively).

Marblehead’s Sarah Bitterman paced the women, finishing in 16:34. Behind her was Winthrop’s April Ferguson (18:26), Peabody’s Marie Mullen (19:05) and Beth Mullen (19:56) and Peabody’s Kelley Hackett (20:10).

In the longest race of the evening, the 4.3-mile Undercliff Trail, Lynn’s Matt Veiga (28:08) edged Melrose’s Adam Cook (28:16) in a tight race. Chelsea’s Jose LeClerc (28:33), South Hamilton’s Pat Rich (29:44) and Woburn’s Chris Smith (30:32) rounded out the top five.

For the women, Melrose’s Elizabeth Hirsch sailed to a first-place finish (30:20). Lynn’s Amy Damon (34:13), Danvers’ Kristen Smith (35:13), Malden’s Erika Boeckeler (35:44) and Wakefield’s Emily Curran (35:50) also landed in the top five.

For the 1.59-mile kids race, Lynn’s Ryan Amirault turned on the jets to finish first at 11:58. Fellow Lynner Will Bochnak was right behind at 12:34. Swampscott’s Aidan Burke (12:42), Swampscott’s Frankin Dallimer (14:20), Lynn’s Oliver Brooks (14:59), Lynn’s Kaylei Johnson (15:28), Georgetown’s Cameron Harris (15:44), Winthrop’s Bailey and Colton Ferguson (15:45 and 15:47, respectively) and Lynn’s Naomi Ridley (16:43) finished in the top 10.

The regular Lynn Woods races will take a backseat next Wednesday as the 2017 Lynn Woods Relay takes place, beginning at 6 p.m. One hundred teams of four people each will compete in 13 different divisions.

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