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Skidmore presence felt at 2014 Workforce Team Challenge

May 22, 2014

A team of 29 Skidmore College faculty and staff was among the record 9,700 participants in the 32nd running of the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge May 15 in Albany.

Kevin Treadway, a Colonie High School grad, won the 3.5-mile road race with a time of 17 min., 9 sec. in drizzly conditions, according to an Albany Times Union story. This was the second win for Treadway, who represented Albany Medical Center and won the title in 2012.

Skidmore fielded seven four-person teams and one extra runner. The College’s “Male A” team was 13th of 551 male teams. Team members and times were Brian Woods, 19:52; Joe Porter, 22:30; Dean Mendes, 23:28; and Darren Drabek, 24:22. Woods and Porter were the top two finishers in the Skidmore contingent.

Additional Skidmore competitors and teams were as follows:  Kyle Nichols, John Brueggemann, Peter Von Allmen, Gove Effinger, Male Team B; Michael Eckmann, Michael Marx, Stanley McGaughey, Thomas Bayer, Male Team C; Kim Crabbe, Corine Houry-Kling, Denise McQuade, Rachel Willis, Female Team A; Carissa Miles, Carolyn Chernoff, Beth DuPont, Kate Graney, Female Team B; Joe Murphy, Ron Seyb, Monica Das, Lisa Christenson, Coed Team A; Garrett Wilson, Leo Porter, Judith Messore, Megan Jackson, Coed Team B; and Lauren Sisson, independent. 

Skidmore set a record this year with 29 participants, one shy of the goal that team captain Gove Effinger had set for the event.

This was the 25th year that Skidmore participated in the annual event, and the last time that Effinger served as team captain, a title he inherited 19 years ago from Barb Casey.  Although he is relinquishing the title and retiring from teaching at Skidmore, he will continue to participate in the years ahead. Said Effinger, “Anything having to do with running, and especially with encouraging others to enjoy it along with me, is a labor of love.”

His hope is that Skidmore sponsors at least 30 runners next year under new co-captains Darren Drabek and Joe Murphy. Effinger expressed appreciation for help this year from Beau Breslin, who covered the entry fee for all participants, and Michael Casey and Dan Forbush, who supplied T-shirts.

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