BRIDGTON — Silas Eastman of Chatham, N.H., and Fryeburg Academy won the 36th annual Bridgton Four on the Fourth this morning, completing the four-mile road course in 21 minutes, 33 seconds.

Emily Ward, 30, of Richmond Va., won the women’s race in 24:26.

A record 2,100 runners registered for the race, which is its capacity. Officially, 1,882 runners finished the race.

Eastman, 17, the two-time Class B Maine high school state cross country champion, broke out in a two-man race with friend and Fryeburg Academy alum Tim Even. Eastman took over with about a mile to go.

Even, 23, who just finished a stellar career at the University of Southern Maine (17th in the NCAA Division III nationals in the 1,500), placed second in 21:41.

Peter Bottomley, 50, of Cape Elizabeth, finished third in 22:08.

Ward, who is in town vacationing with family, was racing the course for the first time. The former University of Richmond runner won by 49 seconds, ahead of runner-up Cathleen Balantic, 25, of Niantic, Conn.

April Werning, 36, a former Bowdoin College runner now living in Portland, was third in 25:21.


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