Runners brave the heat in Lynn Woods series

The heat was enough to keep many people away from the Lynn Woods Summer Cross Country Series this week, but 117 brave souls battled the nearly 100-degree temperatures to run across the three races Thursday afternoon.

In the 1.59-mile kids race, seven-year-old Alexander Robertson of Newburyport took the top spot with a time of 17:34. Lynn’s Maddie Cataloni finished second (18:27), while Swampscott’s Stacey Connor placed third (19:05). Lynn’s Aliyah Cataloni (20:15) and Salem’s Lidia Hernandez (20:16) rounded out the top five finishers in the kids race.

The intermediate race, a 2.3-mile run around the Goat Path, was won by Peabody’s Andrea Saccardo with a time of 16:46. Sarah Bitterman of Marblehead placed second (16:55), while Lynn’s Paul Robertson placed third (17:11). Jessica Davis of Quincy finished fourth (17:16) and Cade Buckley of Peabody finished fifth (17:39).

The four-mile long race, which ran to Penney Bridge and back, was won by Lynn’s Jim Pawlicki with a time of 26:03. Greg Esbitt of Salem finished second (27:04), while Groveland’s Kyle Costello placed third (27:08). Winthrop’s Warren MacPhail (27:34) and Lynn’s Peter Gwilliam (28:01) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Lynn Summer Cross Country Series will continue next Wednesday.

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