Boxer’s Kick Keyed Win at Ellen’s Run

He’s looking to win too in the Golden Gloves
Luis Mancilla outsprinted Robert Beit in the final yards to the Ellen’s Run finish line. Jack Graves

   Luis Mancilla, 21, a Springs resident who is better known locally as a Golden Gloves boxer, won Ellen’s Run in Southampton Sunday in a speedy time of 16 minutes and 39 seconds.
    After crossing the line, Mancilla, a 132-pounder who trains in Westbury, and who runs on his own, was told he’d undoubtedly be welcomed at John Conner’s track workouts on Monday and Wednesday evenings at East Hampton High School.
    Asked about that morning’s 3.1-mile race, he said he thought he’d put some distance between him and the runner-up, 18-year-old Robert Beit of New York City, but Beit challenged him in the yards leading up to the finish line at the rear entrance to Southampton Hospital, with Mancilla winning out by two seconds.
    “I raced here two years ago,” said the winner, who is a new face on the running scene here, “but I arrived late and never was able to catch up.”
    Concerning his boxing ambitions — he was a Golden Gloves finalist in the 132-pound novice class in 2011, and was a quarterfinalist this year — Mancilla said, “Absolutely, I’m still boxing. I’m looking to win. I’m giving myself one more year in the Golden Gloves, and then maybe I’ll turn pro.”
    He’s not the only one in his family who boxes. Mancilla’s 22-year-old brother, Juan, who also was a Golden Gloves quarterfinalist this year, and who has won a club show, fights at 152 pounds. When they train here, Mancilla said, they train at Gurney’s Inn and at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter.
    Tara Farrell, 33, of East Quogue, was the women’s winner, and seventh over all, in 17:48. Amar Kuchinad, a 38-year-old New Yorker, and former Harvard miler, who won several summer races here last summer, ran with Farrell the whole way. When told he and she had been this writer’s picks to win, he demurred insofar as he was concerned. “Tara pushed me the whole way,” he said. “She’s terrific.”
    Ed Stern, the 47-year-old third-place finisher, who was standing nearby, said, with a smile, “I’m old — I won this race, but I don’t remember what year.”
    Jessie van Binsbergen, 27, of East Hampton, was the second female finisher, and 11th over all, in 18:33.
    Presumably, Barbara Borsack’s group of participants from East Hampton, numbering around 60 this year, was the largest contingent of contestants, for the fourth straight year.
    The first breast cancer survivor was Leslie Bender of Townsend, Md., in 27:05.
    Before the race started, Tony Venesina, 69, of Sag Harbor, said he was running in memory of the late Andy Neidnig, a great half-miler, miler, and two-miler when at Manhattan College (he’s in its Hall of Fame) and a great marathoner later in life. “He’s gone,” Venesina said sadly, “Andy’s gone. . . . I’m running for him.”
    Among the 790 finishers were the following age-group place-winners from East Hampton:
    Olivia Boccia, 10, first among the 11-and-under girls; Evan Boccia, 8, third among the 11-and-under boys; Liana Paradiso, 12, first among the 12-to-15 girls; Jorge Naula, 13, 10th among the 12-to-15-year-old boys; Skye Marigold, 17, seventh among the 16-to-19 girls.
    Daniel Marrow, 19, sixth among the 16-to-19 boys; Mauricio Solares, 23, third among the 20-24 males; Jessie van Binsbergen, 27, first among the 25-to-29 women; Jeanette Caputo, 33, fifth, and Ava Locascio, 32, seventh, among the 30-to-34 women; Mareki Janota, 33, sixth among the 30-34 men; Heather Caputo, 35, first among the 35-to-39 women; Stephanie Brabant, 36, third, Allison Ceraso, 36, sixth, and Kathryn Millica, 36, ninth, among the 35-39 women.
    Dermot Quinn, 43, fourth among the 40-44 men; Leonard Boccia, 45, sixth among the 45-49 men; Sophie French, 50, seventh, Dominique Cummings, 51, eighth, and Emily Rose, 53, 10th, among the 50-54 women; Laura van Binsbergen, 56, second among the 55-to-59 women; Terry Smith, 59, fourth, Joel Zychick, 58, eighth, and Robert Chaloner, 55, ninth, among the 55-59 men.
    Terry Levin Davgin, 63, seventh, and Anne Cantwell, 64, ninth among the 60-to-64 women; Paul Maidment, 61, second among the 60-64 men; Marlene Berman, 69, second among the 65-69 women; Arthur Nealon, 65, fourth among the 65-69 men; Pat Mercer, 71, fifth among the 70-74 women; Michael Epner, 71, fourth among the 70-74 men; Maureen Goldberg, 77, third among the 75-79 women; Doug Mercer, 76, third among the 75-79 men, and Howard Lebwith, 81 (who turned 82 on Monday), first among the 80-and-over men.