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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, July 21, 2005

Pine Bush Triathlon

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — Five years ago, Andrew Linehan started a triathlon to do something with his family.

Now his family has grown to include some 500 members.

About 500 athletes — 352 in the individual competition — took part in the fifth installment of the Pine Bush Triathlon on Sunday.

"It was a good time," Linehan said. "We have three members to a team so with them we had about 500 athletes. The weather was pretty good for athletes, not for a day at the beach. It was pretty humid."

Matt Mallet, 30, of Saratoga Springs won the race that included a 325-yard swim in Rensselaer Lake, a 11.5-mile ride on a bicycle, and a 3.25-mile run.

Mallet’s time in the swim was 5:39, 47th place, but he made up time in the bike race, finishing in 31:12 and on the run with a time of 17:59 — the second fastest times in both. His combined time was 54:48.

Todd Salvesvold, 35, of North Chatham was second, finishing with a combined time of 57:48. Keith Alber, 32, of Waterford was third with a time of 58:58.

Maaike Burr, 28, of Ballston Spa was the first female finisher. She ran the race in a combined time of 1:04:35 and was 30th overall.

Stacie Wetzel, 35, of Niskayuna finished second. She had a combined time of 1:04:52 and placed 33rd overall.

Tracey Delaney, 40, of Lake Luzerne was third among females with a time of 1:05:53.

"It’s become a great race," Linehan said. "The support from the community is terrific. We get people who were volunteers one year to form a team to participate or to individually participate. It’s really fun."

The winning team was the Spawn of Rovito, which finished in a time of 57:46. Matthew Gokey was the team’s captain, Kara Gokey, swam; William DeVito biked; and Matt Gokey ran for the team.

The Albany Fire Department was the second-place team and took home the Fire Department Award. Daniel Connell was the team’s captain and runner, Pete Hall was the team’s swimmer, and Pete Rinaldi biked.

The Scrub Oak Award — for the oldest cumulative team — went to a team comprised of Steve McQuide, Charles Rielly, and Hillaire Megwisser. They combined for an age of 206.

The Acron Award — for the youngest cumulative team — was won by Doyle Slick. The team was comprised of Adam Murray, Kevin Bennett, and Brandon Wilson for a combined age of 36. They also won the Middle School Award.

The Police Department Award was won by the New York State Police. Ron Camparo, Jim Foster, and J.J. O’Conner competed to bring home the award.

The Family One Award was won by Mike, Fred, and Joe Zeitler.

The High School Award was won by Mitchell Wohl, Christian Blanche, and David Ferraro.

Art Boyko of the New York State Police Department won the Lt. John Finn Public Safety Award. The award goes to the top finisher from public safety professions.

The City and Suburb Award was won by Guilderland.

Andrew Gorczyca was the top male and Mary Kogelmann was the top female from Guilderland and Albany.

Linehan is proud to see his family grow over the five years of the triathlon. The event itself has grown as well.

The race has gotten more technologically advanced in the past two years. Last year, competitors wore a timing chip that kept track of the results.

"We went with a computer chip timing system," Linehan said. "We realized we had reached a critical mass and we had grown into a big event. The competitors pay for that; it’s about $5 dollars per athlete. It worked out great. It gives us instantaneous results."

All registration for the race is on-line.

"It cuts out all the paper," Linehan said. "The last few years we would lose a lot of hours of sleep. This has been terrific."

The triathlon has also raised over $42,000 dollars in its five years.

"We put it back into the community," Linehan said.

The money goes to Access for Athletics, Inc.

"It’s a public charity," Linehan said. "They accept donations of any kind. We don’t give refunds. If someone can’t make it, we tell them that their fee is going to be used as a donation."

Linehan is happy to see the growth, but also wants to limit the number of competitors; he feels that having too many competitors will provide problems for the course and the competition.

"My focus is not really to grow the event," Linehan. "We want a controlled event with a lot of appeal."

It has become a popular event in the Capital District and at-tracts many competitors.

"I get 20 e-mails from people trying to get in with late registration," Linehan said. "And I know there are 20 or 30 more people that don’t e-mail me."

Female age-group results

The winner of the 10-to-14 age group was Johanna Ohm, 14, of West Coxsackie. She finished in 1:11:02 to edge out Zoe Edmunds, 14, of Voorheesville.

Jennifer Adams, 19, of Gansevoort won the 15-to-19 age category in 1:06:10. Heather Schoonmaker, 19, of Schenectady was second.

Emily Kindlon, 24, of Brooklyn, won the 20-to-24 age group with a time of 1:06:31. Gillian Sowden, 23, of Williamstown, Mass. was second.

The 25-to-29 age group was won by Maaike Burr, 28, of Ballston Spa in 1:04:35. Colleen Flaherty, 27, of Cheshire, Mass. was second.

Kristen Labatt-Simon, 32, of East Greenbush was first in the 30-to-34 age group, finishing in 1:08:57. Shanley Alber, 33, of Waterford was second.

Stacie Wetzel, 35, of Niskayuna, topped the 35-to-39 age group in 1:04:52. Mary Kogelmann, 39, of Guilderland was second.

The 40-to-44 age group was won by Tracey Delaney, 40, of Lake Luzerne. Alison Van Dyke, 43, of Ballston Spa was second.

Sandy Mancuso-Lopez, 47, of Kingston, was first in the 45-to-49 age group, finishing with a time of 1:09:47. Kathryn Perry, 45, of Niskayuna was second.

Kathie Hillard, 52, of Latham won the 50-to-54 age category with a time of 1:14:27. Margaret Phillips, 52, of East Schodack was second.

Dianna Bopp, 56, of Schenectady was first in the 55-to-59 age group. She ran 1:21:11 to edge out Patricia Auer, 55, of Saratoga Springs.

Male age-group winners

Kyle Roche, 14, of Slingerlands won the 10-to-14 age group in 1:14:57. David Sikule, 14, of Westerlo was second.

Andrew Gorczyca, 18, of Guilderland won the 15-to-19 age group with a time of 59:52. Paul Von Schenk, 19, of Clifton Park was second.

Christopher Mancuso, 24, of Scotia was first in the 20-to-24 age group, finishing with a time of 1:00:03. Brent Watson, 24, of Saratoga Springs was second.

The 25-to-29 age group was won by Matthew Petro, 27, of East Greenbush in 59:01. Topher Robinson, 28, of Crown Point was second.

The 30-to-34 age group was won by Matt Mallett, 30, of Saratoga Springs in 54:48. Keith Alber, 32, of Waterford was second.

Todd Salvesvold, 35, of North Chatham won the 35-to-39 age group in a time of 57:48. Craig Tynan, 35, of Schenectady was second.

David Hettrich, 40, of Delmar was first in the 40-to-44 age category, finishing with a time of 1:00:41. Alton Ostrander Jr., 40, of Albany was second.

The 45-to-49 age category was won by Dale Rothenberger, 48, of Oneonta in 59:54. Bob Connelly, 45, of Stamford was second.

Jay Shelgren, 52, of Valley Falls won the 50-to-54 age group with a time of 1:02:17. Dan Bernstein, 51, of Loudonville was second.

Kenneth Klapp, 55, of Schenectady won he 55-to-59 age group in 1:07:33. Paul Ryan, 58, of Scarborough was second.


Indian Ladder trail run

By Tim Matteson

NEW SCOTLAND — Shamus Nally crossed the finish line at the Indian Ladder Trail Run 15 kilometer race like a conquering warrior.

Mud and sweat covered parts of his body as he broke the tape to win the nine-mile race in just under an hour.

Nally, who graduated from Burnt Hills High School in June, finished the race in 59:50, running over a rugged off-road course through Thacher Park.

"In trail racing, a lot of the parts of the trail you have to have a single track," said the race’s co-director Chuck Tanner. "On a lot of the parts of the trail, it’s mano y mano."

Nally looked like he won his hand-to-hand combat as he finished the race about two minutes ahead of Josh Merlis of Albany. Merlis, 23, of Albany finished the race in 1:01.54.

Nick Willey, 18, of Clifton Park was close behind, finishing with a time of 1:01.59.

Lori Hewig, 45, of Saratoga was the top female finisher. She broke the tape in 1:08.51 and finished 16th overall.

Liz Montgomery, 18, of Glenville was the second female finisher, clocking in at 1:12:39 and Alice Thomas, 42, of Westerlo was third in 1:14:08.

The finish of the 15-kilometer race was not the end of Nally’s day as he competed in the 3.5-mile run that began just two hours after the start of the 15-kilometer run.

And Nally put together an-other impressive run, finishing second, getting edged out by Guilderland High School running sensation Brian Rhodes-Devey.

Rhodes-Devey, who did not run in the 15K, ran a time of 20:59 and Nally finished in 21:11.

"We have some caliber of athletes that can do that," Tanner said. "But, in fact, with the kids’ races, we want to keep the event enjoyable."

Shaun Horan, 23, of Clifton Park finished third with a time of 21:16.

Mary Town, 22, of Troy was the top female finisher, coming in at 31:19 and 16th overall. Maria Christman, 26, of Rexford was second with a time of 32:15. Susanna Burr, 25, of Albany was third with a time of 32:39.

Trail run pioneer

The Indian Ladder Trail Run is 11 years old — one of the first trail runs. This year 276 runners competed — including a bus full from the Western Massachusetts Running Club.

"Trail running is growing in popularity," Tanner said.

Tanner said that the Indian Ladder Run is 99 percent off-road.

"There is no traffic safety is-sue," Tanner said.

The race was founded by Jim Gilmer, who addressed the runners before the 15-kilometer race began.

Gilmer passed the torch to Tanner and Mike Kelly.

Tanner competes in local races and makes his living as a Guilderland police officer.

Gilmer is the director of the GHI Corporate Challenge that takes place in Albany.

"It’s one of the biggest corporate road races," Tanner said. "He’s a very busy man."

The Indian Ladder race gets a big boost from Chris Fallon and other workers at Thacher Park.

"Chris and Jim have a nice partnership," Tanner said. "They expanded it and refined it over the years.

Other trail races have popped up in the area but this is one of the oldest.

However, the first, Tanner said, was started by Guilderland High School physical education teacher and cross-country coach Bob Oates. Oates held a bunch of races at Tawasentha Park.

"Runners had to cross the Normanskill and sometimes it would be up to their waists," Tanner said. "Then they had to climb up that big hill."

The Indian Ladder Trail Run was sponsored by the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club and there was a chicken barbecue after all the racers had finished.

Tanner said the day was delightful; he hopes the event will continue to grow.

"We’re hoping to get more local sponsorship," he said.

15-kilometer race

Willey was the top runner in the one-to-19 age group. Joel Frost-Tift, 17, of Averill Park was second in the group with a time of 1:02:14. Tony Martini, 17, of Atlamont was third.

Montgomery topped the female one-to-19 age category. Emily Graville, 18, of Ballston Lake was second in 1:26.19 and Andrea Hollinger, 17, of Averill Park was third.

Merlis was tops in the 20-to-24 age group. Tom O’Grady, 20, of Albany was second and Kevin Kelly, 24, of Weehawken, N.J. was third.

Jessica Dunton, 22, of Lebanon Springs was the winner of the 20-to-24 age group. She finished the race in 1:15 and was followed by Heidi Charpentier, 22, of Bennington, Vt. Karen Ruozzi, 23, of Albany was third in the age group.

Mark Field, 27, of Cheshire, Mass. was first in the 25-to-29 age group, coming in at 1:04.36. Patrick Sorsby, 29, of Albany was second and David Newman, 25, of Albany was third.

Jeannine Salvo, 28, of New York City was first in the 30-to-34 age group, running to a time of 1:14.30. Larina Riley, 27, of West Sand Lake was second.

Matthew Martens, 32, of Albany was first in the 30-34 age group, clocking 1:21.31 for the course. Mike DeCaprio, 30, of Saratoga Springs was second and Gary Cunningham, 32, of Saratoga Springs was third.

Julie Monaco, 31, of Carrboro, N.C. was first in the 30-to-34 age category with a time of 1:25.58. Gabriel Holmes, 30, of Schenectady was second and Claudia Marin, 31, of Lexington, Ky. was third.

Jon Rocco, 38, of Colonie was first in the 35-to-39 age group, coming in with a time of 1:05.01. Lanaud Christopher, 37, of Guilderland was second and Bruce Beesle, 39, of Delmar was third.

Dawn Toronto, 36, of Guilderland was the top finisher in the 35-to-39 age category. She ran a time of 1:18.01.

Stephen Roberts, 40, of Dalton, Mass. topped the 40-to-44 age group, running a time of 1:03.31. Kent Sprotberry, 40, of Slingerlands was second and Tyronne Culepeppeer, 42, of Saratoga Springs was third.

Thomas won the 40-to-44 age group. She was followed by Donna Ruppel, 41, of Greenwich and Stephanie Ambrose, 44, of Lenox, Mass.

Bob Dion, 48, of Readsboro, Vt. was first in the 45-to-49 age group, finishing in 1:07.06. James Jacobs, 48, of Berne was second and John Kenny, 46, of Salem was third.

Nancy Taormina, 46, of Albany was first in the 45-to-49 age group, running to a time of 1:18:13. Nancy Briskie, 48, of Schenectady was second and Joan Brown, 47, of Niskayuna was third.

Paul Willey, 50, of Clifton Park was first in the 50-to-54 age category, finishing in 1:08:42. Peter Malinowski, 50, of Beverly, Mass. was second and Mark Kelsey, 54, of Greenwich was third.

Leigh Ann Smith, 50, of Coxsackie was first in the 50-to-54 age group. She completed the course in 1:29:18.

Seamus Hodgkinson, 56, of Glenmont was first in the 55-to-59 age group, running the course in a time of 1:21:07. Juergen Reher, 55, of Wyantskill was sec-ond and David Brown, 58, of Niskayuna was third.

Mary Collins-Finn, 56, of Menands was first in the 55-to-59 age group, running 1:38:01. Laura Clark, 58, of Saratoga Springs was second and Alice Carpenter, 55, of Delmar was third.

Eduardo Munoz, Jr., 62, of Olmstedville was the winner of the 60-to-64 age group, running to a time of 1:20.31. Thomas Adams, 60, of Rotterdam was second and Ray Lee, 63, of Halfmoon was third.

Anthony Scott, 66, of Fort Johnson was the winner of 65-to-69 age group with a time of 1:35:04. Chuck Jensen, 69, of Bennington, Vt. was second and Byron Lane, 67, of Saint James was third.

Ed Doucette, 75, of Bennington, Vt. was the winner of the 70-to-99 age group. He finished in 1:47:12 to edge out Daniel Wellner, 71, of Hillsdale.

5K finishers

Luke Caton, nine, of Clarksville won the one-to-10 age group in the five kilometer race. He ran the course in 39:52 to edge out Tristan Southerd, nine, of Malden Bridge.

Emma Hollinger, 10, of Averill Park was the winner in the one-to-10 age group. She finished the race in 35:42.

Chase Preite, 12, of North Adams, Mass. won the 11-to-12 age group in 34:21. Billy Platt, 12, of Hagaman was second and Brad Fellner, 12, of Schenectady was third.

Robert Hollinger, 13, of Averill Park was first in the 13-to-14 age group, running in 32:41. Denis Hurley III, 13, of Delmar was second and Jack Parisella, 13, of Schenectady was third.

Pamely Barry was first in the 13-to-14 age category, winning in 33:32. Katelyn Choiniere, 14, of Colonie was second.

Josh Thomas, 16, of Wynantskill won the 15-to-16 age group in 22:34. Sam Streater, 16, of Ghent was second and Justin McCarthy, 15, of North Adams, Mass. was third.

Hilary Edmunds, 16, of Voorheesville won the 15-to-16 age group with a time of 32:53. Janet Barry, 15, of Lenox, Mass. was second and Danielle Hiss, 16, of Burnt Hills was third.

Nally won the 18-to-19 group, edging out L.J. Catone, 17, of Valley Falls. Joe Choiniere, 19, of Colonie was third.

Horan won the 20-to-24 age category, beating Joseph Castellano, 21, of Irvington and Greg Tryson, 22, of Malden Bridge.

Jessica Dunton, 22, of Lebanon Springs won the 20-to-24 age group in 35:06. Anne Serdakoski, 23, of Richmond, R.I was second and Maureen Murphy, 22, of Albany was third.

Patrick Sorsby, 29, of Albany won the 25-to-29 age group in 34 minutes. Rian London, 26, of Boonton, N.J. was second and Al Testa, 27, of Albany was third.

Maria Christman, 26, of Rexford was first in the 25-to-29 age group. Susanna Burr, 25, of Albany was second and Gina Burnetter, 29, of Bearsville was third.

Larry Cauell, 31, of Saratoga was first in the 30-to-34 age group with a time of 36:17. John Carr, 32, of Albany was second and Billy Caton III, 34, of Clarksville was third.

The 30-to-34 age group was won by Nicole Robilotto, 34, of Albany in 39:22.

Brian Carter, 35, of Saratoga Springs won the 35-to-39 age group in 35:13. Kurt Swan, 35, of Albany was second and Robert Foulks, 37, of Albany was third.

Jill Frankoski, 37, of West Sand Lake was the top finisher in the 35-to-39 age group with a time of 39:22. Claudine Preite, 38, of North Adams, Mass. was second and Deirdre Keating, 37, of Clarksville was third.

Peter Constantakes, 41, of Albany won the 40-to-44 age category in 35:58. Denis Hurley Jr., 42, of Delmar was second and Brian McCarthy, 44, of North Adams, Mass. was third.

Jeannie Dunbar, 44, of Chatham, won the 40-to-44 age group with a time of 34:55. Mindy Mackesey, 41, of Altamont was second and Andrea Zahnleuter, 43, of Clifton Park was third.

The 45-to-49 age group was won by Thomas Rest, 45, of Ballston Spa in 30:21. Chris Burns, 49, Albany was second and John Dickson, 47, of Schenectady was third.

Karen Dott, 45, of Colonie topped the 45-to-49 age group in 35:07. Nancy Taormina, 46, of Albany was second and Thersa Brown, 46, of Rensselaer was third.

Paul Willey, 50, of Clifton Park won the 50-to-54 age group in 31:19. Paul Williams, 53, of Burnt Hills was second and Peter Gordon, 50, of Troy was third.

Donna Choiniere, 51, of Colonie won the 50-54 age group in 35:17. Bonnie Engelman, 52, of Rensselaer was second and Elaine Humphrey, 51, of Glenmont was third.

David Loux, 56, of Delmar won the 55-to-59 age group in 32:30 age group. Greg Rickes, 55, of Latham was second and John Meehan, 55, of Fort Edward was third.

Laura Clark, 58, of Saratoga Springs won the 55-to-59 age group in 50:27. She edged out Judy Dewey, 59, Chicopee, Mass.

Bob Massaro, 61, of Chicoppee, Mass. won the 60-to-64 age group in 37:26. Ray Lee, 63, of Halfmoon was second and Michael Connelly, 60, of Schenectady was third.

Jim Hotaling, 65, of Niverville was first in the 65-to-69 age group, finishing in 37:32. Tony Lucia, 67, of Agawam, Mass. was second.

Andy Keefe, 75, of Saratoga Springs won the 70-to-99 age group in 42:08. Donald McBain, 72, Wyantskill was second.


Empire State Games

By Tim Matteson

Local athletes will be trekking down the New York State Thruway to the Poughkeepsie area for the Empire State Games on July 27 until July 31.

The athletes will compete for the Adirondack Region in scholastic and open divisions and will take on athletes from five different regions of the state.

The scholastic division is for athletes still in high school and the open division is for athletes out of high school.

The other regions are Western, Central, Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island.

The opening ceremonies are July 27 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie and events will take place throughout the lower Hudson Valley region, wrapping up on July 31.

Here is a list of local competitors arranged by sport.

Archery

John McCullen of Guilderland in open men’s all-around; Helen McCullen of Cohoes in open women’s all-around; Edna McCullen of Guilderland open women’s coach; Alex Mason of East Berne in scholastic men’s all-around; and Jacob Ostrander of Westerlo in scholastic men’s all-around.

Athletics (Track-and-field)

Gered Burns of Altamont in open men’s 800-meter run; Nelson English of Guilderland in open men’s 100-meter dash; Dan Haggerty of Guilderland in open men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase; Scott Hannay of Westerlo in open men’s javelin; Robert Irwin in open men’s 10,000-meter run; Dan Olson of Voorheesville in open men’s high jump; Clare O’Connell of Guilderland in open women’s shot put; Heather Weldon of Guilderland in open women’s javelin; Brian Rhodes-Devey of Slingerlands in scholastic men’s 5,000-meter run; and Sarah Hannay of Westerlo in scholastic women’s javelin.

Basketball

Steve Dagostino of Guilderland in open men’s; Jason James of Slingerlands in open men’s; Kaitlin Foley of Slingerlands in open women’s; Andrew Catellier of Voorheesville in scholastic men’s; Nicholas Duncan of Voorheesville in scholastic men’s; and Greg Klopfer of Voorheesville in open men’s.

Baseball

Nicholas Polsinelli of Guilderland in scholastic men’s.

Boxing

Mike Faragon of Guilderland in open men’s light welterweight division.

Canoe/kayak

Jesse Chartier of Voorheesville; William Dergosits of Rotterdam; Maclin Norra of Berne; Lawrence Staubach of Altamont; Chad Staubach of Altamont; Rhiannon Darrone of Berne; Rebecca Dergosits of Rotterdam; and Jill Dergosits of Rotterdam, coach.

Cycling

Matthew Purdy of Voorheesville in open men’s all-around; Chuck Quackenbush of Slingerlands in open men’s all-around; Andy Ruiz of Voorheesville in open men’s all-around.

Diving

Kaitlyn Dameron of Guilderland in open women’s one-meter and open women’s three-meters.

Fencing

Analise Peleggi of Slingerlands in scholastic women’s.

Field hockey

Julia Ostrowski of Guilderland in scholastic women’s.

Gymnastics

Steven Swider of Guilderland in open men’s all-around; Dana Goodknight of Altamont in open women’s all-around; and Brenda Goodknight of Altamont, scholastic women’s coach.

Ice hockey

Joe Buicko of Altamont, scholastic men’s; Tim Montgomery of Guilderland in scholastic men’s; Matthew Tyksinski of Altamont, scholastic men’s, and John DeRubertis of Rensselaer, scholastic men’s coach.

Lacrosse

Mike Camardo of Altamont, scholastic men’s; Shane Mahar of Slingerlands, scholastic men’s; Robert McIver of Altamont, scholastic men’s; Kayla Best of Guilderland, scholastic women’s; Valerie Feldman of Guilderland, scholastic women’s; Theresa Ladouceur of Slingerlands, scholastic women’s; Kelsey Schwan of Guilderland in scholastic women’s; Emily Szelest of Slingerlands in scholastic women’s; Lynn Tran of Guilderland in scholastic women’s; and Kaitlyn Vennard of Guilderland, scholastic women's

Shooting

Thomas Stark of Voorheesville in open men’s skeet and Robert Tigue of East Berne in open men’s trap.

Soccer

Philip Venditti of Voorheesville, open men’s; Amy Loughridge of Guilderland, open women’s; Jennifer Mihok of Guilderland, scholastic women’s.

Swimming

Timothy Degroff of Feura Bush in open men’s 200-meter backstroke; Kaite Linehan of Guilderland in open women’s 100-meter breaststroke; Becca Stern of Slingerlands in open women’s 50-meter freestyle; Nathan Foley of Slingerlands in scholastic men’s 200-meter freestyle; Stephanie Bintz of Altamont in scholastic women’s 100-meter backstroke; and Brittney Ginsburg of Slingerlands in scholastic women's 100-meter flystroke.

Syncronized swimming

Traci Jill Bologna in open women’s team.

Volleyball

Susan Spierre of Guilderland, open women’s; Adrian Michalski of Voorheesville, scholastic men’s; Ian Michalski of Voorheesville, scholastic men’s; and Lauren Passarelli of Voorheesville, scholastic women's

Wrestling

Mike Cubillos of Guilderland in open men’s Greco-Roman 152-pound weight class; Don Favro of Guilderland in open men’s freestyle 139-pound weight class; Matt Cubillos of Guilderland in scholastic men’s Greco-Roman 106-pound weight class; Ian Desol of Guilderland in scholastic men’s Greco-Roman 154-pound weight class; Kyle Hussey of Guilderland in scholastic men’s Greco-Roman 275-pound weight class; Kevin O’Neill of Guilderland in scholastic men’s freestyle 192-pound weight class; and Joshua Wronski of Slingerlands in scholastic men’s Greco-Roman and freestyle 192-pound weight class


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