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Spouses earn top honors at Foxcroft Academy Alumni Weekend Pony Pride 5K

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — For the last 23 years Foxcroft Academy graduates, community members and visitors to the region have been able to kick off the Saturday of Foxcroft Academy Alumni Weekend/Dover-Foxcroft Shiretown Homecoming by running in the Pony Pride 5K. For the fourth year in a row on Aug. 3 the course started in front of the main school building, traveled across several streets in town as well as a trail before concluding with over a half a lap on the track to end at the finish line.

1996 Foxcroft Academy graduate Shawn Keenan won this year’s Pony Pride 5K, running a time of 17 minutes, 40 seconds for the top performance among a field of 26 entrants. Keenan also won the 2010 race, which started and finished across town by the PRYMCA.

Foxcroft Academy Pony Pride 5K

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PONY PRIDE 5K — Twenty six entrants galloped through Dover-Foxcroft during Foxcroft Academy’s 23rd annual Pony Pride 5K on the morning of Aug. 3 during Alumni Weekend. 1996 graduate Shawn Keenan won the race in a time of 17:40, earning first-place honors for the second time (2010). Keenan’s wife Diane was the top women’s runner in 19:04 as she earned the women’s title for the second year in a row, third time in four years and fourth time overall.

Keenan’s wife Diane Keenan ran a time of 19:04 to earn the 2019 Pony Pride women’s title. Kennan earned top female honors for the second year in a row, third time in four years and fourth year overall dating back to 2013 (the second-most top performances in women’s division history). Her 19:04 set a women’s record for the newer course starting and ending on the Foxcroft Academy campus, surpassing her time from last year by about 16 seconds.

The full 2019 Pony Pride results are as follows: 1. Shawn Keenan 17:40; 2. Cooper Nelson 18:29; 3. Diane Keenan 19:04; 4. Justin Bates 20:30; 5. Peter Cannon 21:31; 6. Jason Rowe 22:19; 7. Shelly Hanson 23:18; 8. Mike Shorey 23:59; 9. Angus Mailhot 25:10; 10. Elyse Pomeroy 25:29;

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TOP RUNNER AND ALUMNUS — Shawn Keenan, a 1996 graduate of Foxcroft Academy, won the Pony Pride 5K on Saturday morning in a time of 17:40.

11. Shawn Grass 25:52; 12. Kieran Beckham 26:02; 13. Harita Reddy 26:03; 14. Sierra Yost 26:42; 15. Jordan Thomas 26:49; 16. Andrew Pomeroy 27:13; 17. Nicole Pomeroy 27:13; 18. Rob Laskey 27:36; 19. Lincoln Robinson 28:39; 20. Morgan Kimball 30:07;

21. Lars Mailhot 30:17; 22. Heather Mailhot 30:25; 23. Mike Cook 32:30; 24. Judy Snow 33:40; 25. Donna Peterson 38:55; and 26. Erica Dale 40:20.

Age group winners (women’s and men’s when applicable): 10 and under: Angus Mailhot.

11-19: Beckham and Thomas.

20-29: Nelson and Yost.

30-39: Bates and Keenan.

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WOMEN’S WINNER — Diane Keenan earned top female honors in this year’s Pony Pride with her time of 19:04. Keenan won the women’s title for the second year in a row, third time in four years and fourth time overall.

40-49: Keenan and Mailhot.

50-59: Cannon and Peterson.

60-69: Snow.

All-time Pony Pride 5K winners (year, men’s winner and time, women’s winner and time): 1997 Tim Wakeland 16:20 Jana Crocker 21:26; 1998 John Chase 17:05 Sunshine Weinrich 20:30; 1999 Justin Bates 17:06 Amanda Thompson 22:14; 2000 Wakeland 17:00 Dana Frasz 20:39; 2001 Dave Nelson 16:16 Frasz 20:31; 2002 Mike Chilly 17:21 Katherine Carroll 21:35; 2003 Bates 16:24 Cassie Hintz 18:40; 2004 Wakeland 16:24 Hintz 17:15; 2005 Eric Rudolph 17:02 Hintz 17:13; 2006 Greg Hammett 16:50 Hintz 18:07 (due to bridge construction on Essex Street course was 3.19 miles); 2007 Hammett 16:16 Elizabeth Brunton 19:11; 2008 Rudolph 16:17 Brunton 19:36; 2009 Rudolph 16:25 Katie Herbine 19:37; 2010 Shawn Keenan 17:20 Brunton 18:24; 2011 Jerod Hayes 16:55 Hintz 19:22; 2012 Graham Pearsall 16:42 Meghan Keane 21:53; 2013 Pearsall 17:11 Diane Keenan 20:13; 2014 Pearsall 16:47 Heather Mailhot 24:31; 2015 Pearsall 16:41 Jenny Clawson 23:41; 2016 Cooper Nelson 17:20 Keenan 20:21 (new course); 2017 Nelson 18:22 Angelina Teachout 23:01; 2018 Nelson 18:11 Keenan 19:22; and 2019 Keenan 17:40 and Keenan 19:20.

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PONY PRIDE RUNNER-UP — 2016 Foxcroft Academy graduate Cooper Nelson finished as the 2019 Pony Pride 5K runner-up in a time of 18:29.

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FOURTH PLACE — Justin Bates came in fourth at 20:30.

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FIFTH PLACE — Placing fifth was Peter Cannon at 21:31. Cannon was also fifth in 2018.

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