Chinese New Year Festival Race Results

January 24, 1998
Lafreniere Park, Metairie
Race Director: Chuck George
Race Chairman: Ed Lee

The Chinese New Year Festival Race in Lafreniere Park proclaimed the Year of the Tiger. A field of 500 participated in the 1 mile and 5K and enjoyed the many oriental dishes, crafts, games, cultural entertainment and demonstrations as well as the Lion Dance which is the highlight of the day. The kids in the 1 mile and 5K were all presented with kites and the overall and age group trophies for both races were accented with figurines depicting various Chinese gods. In the 5K race, overall winner Paul Mutai defended his 1997 title with a time of course record time of 15:40, this is even more impressive in that he was fresh off his overall win at the Nokia Sugar Bowl Mardi Gras Marathon only one week prior. Stacy Cusimano led the womens 5K and won with a 19:26 time. Also in the womens field was Cathie Koss, the defending 97 womens winner and also Marathon champion from one week prior, she finished 4th. The 5K racewalkers were led by Jose Villata at 28:28 and Sonia Lombardiono at 32:30. Winter Trapolin, the senior member of the NOTC celebrated his 85th Birthday, walked the 1 mile and was the official starter of the race. Charlie Wimberley, captured the 60-64 age group and celebrated his 63rd birthday.

Proceeds benefited the Chinese Presbyterian Church.

Top 5K Finishers

Male Age Time   Female Age Time
Overall
Paul Mutai 25 15:40 Stacy Cusimano 17 19:26
Masters
Leo Lafrance 45 19:49 Harriett Handshaw 44 21:48
12-Under
Spence Colwell 10 25:39 Sara Ann Stuart 11 23:00
John Pratt 11 26:52 Naomi Cross 10 33:40
13-19
Ben Broussard 18 18:33 Krissie Cusimano 16 20:09
Ryan Raiford 17 18:46 Jeana Richard 15 30:05
20-24
Brian Ham 20 18:02 Lisa Bergeron 22 25:39
Cliff Franz 24 19:21 Angela Smith 22 25:48
25-29
Paul Bodet 29 18:14 Erika Hewitt 26 22:18
Pat Herron 26 20:53 Angie Casagrande 27 23:01
30-34
Darrin Napolitano 31 18:52 Cathie Koss 31 21:15
Jose Cusco 32 19:18 Annet Janssen 32 22:06
35-39
Don Goff 36 18:26 Vickie Reade 36 19:46
Jerry Kennedy 39 20:07 Donna Burke 37 21:15
40-44
Jeff Gohd 44 20:15 Patty Carey 44 23:06
Bob Lanteigne 43 20:47 Jo Ann Duhe 41 23:26
45-49
Ron Brinkman 47 20:05 Yoko Pepera 47 22:38
Terry Langley 47 20:49 Mary Dee Brinkman 47 25:16
50-54
Paul Baran 51 19:52 Jackie Wolverton 50 28:06
Richard Holmes 52 21:06 Rosa Bonilla 52 31:21
55-59
Robert Meyers 55 23:08 Jane Stewart 56 31:44
Bill Jennings 59 24:23 Marie Boesch 55 32:31
60-64
Charlie Wimberley 63 21:02 Betty Waguespack 62 34:28
Lester Verbois 63 23:12 Tina Soonet 63 41:27
65-Over
Bob Allen 70 24:18 Amelia Gassen 70 40:59
Robert Madere 65 26:09 Maudell Greco 67 41:38
RaceWalkers Overall
Jose Villalta 40 28:28 Sonia Lombardino 41 32:30
Fred Thibodeaux 64 34:30 Denise Surratt 48 33:28
Glen Laborde 51 34:53 Connie McClosky 35 34:36

Top 1 Mile Finishers