DANBURY -- Area running fans, here's a name to remember in the coming years: Sabrina Rautter.

She's an eighth-grader at New Fairfield Middle School, a member of the XTP (cross training performance) running club, and as everyone at Sunday's Stratton Faxon Greater Danbury 5K found out, a budding star in the area running world.

The 14-year-old Rautter finished the 5K course at Rogers Park in 19:46, which ranked first among all female competitors -- most of whom had many years of experience on Rautter -- and eighth among all participants.

I just wanted to have fun and have a nice run, Rautter said. It was definitely cool to be able to win. When we went up a hill, I passed the girls in front of me and I just stayed in front of them.

Rautter, who runs the 3000, 1600 and 800 during track and field season, finished ahead of several standout high school athletes, including Newtown's Erin Begg, who placed 18th overall with a respectable time of 20:53.

Though she was the top female at the 5K, Rautter wasn't even the fastest runner in her own family.

In fact, her 12-year-old brother, Michael Rautter, raced to a 19:05 finish, which was good for fifth place overall.

Matt Klein (16:26) of Trumbull was the runaway winner while Nicholas Carlsen, an All-FCIAC sophomore runner at Danbury High, placed second (16:57).

As the afternoon wore on, the wind drastically picked up, making it difficult for the runners competing in the half-marathon.

It didn't seem to affect Demesse Tefera, though.

Tefera, a 29-year-old from Ethiopia, defended his 2010 title in convincing fashion as he completed the 13-mile course in 1:08.25.

He beat runner-up Girma Serni by nearly a full minute.

I was by myself for most of the race, Tefera said. It is more difficult to run when you're by yourself, but you have to keep going.

Tefera's time was 0.17 seconds faster than his winning time from a year ago. If the wind had subsided, though, Tefera felt he could have pushed for the event record of 1:06:56, set in 2006 by Alene Reta.

The wind really is in your face, Tefera said. That does have an effect on the times you run.

Muliye Gurmu took home first in the female division (and 20th overall) with a time of 1:23.40.

Danbury 5K

Matt Klein, 16:26; 2. Nicholas Carlsen, 16:57; 3. Garrett Bell, 17:10; 4. Kevin Boughan, 18:49; 5. Michael Rautter 19:05; 6. Tucker Schaefer, 19:40; 7. Tom Sassi 19:43; 8. Sabrina Rautter, 19:46; 9. Jonathan Klar, 19:47; 10. Nick Kulhay, 19:54; 11. Kyle Riordan, 20:05; 12. Wes Byerly, 20:06; 13. Greg Schroko, 20:09; 14. Sara Belles, 20:10; 15. Kristen Izzo, 20:12; 16. Jorge Moreno, 20:16; 17. Michael Farkas 20:44; 18. Erin Begg, 20:53; 19. David Adam, 20:58; 20. Peter Remillard, 21:09; 21. Jorge De La Rosa, 21:15; 22. Robyn Woolley, 21:17; 23. Adam Huges, 21:17; 24. Vincent Mazzaferro, 21:21; 25. Jay Pearlman, 21:26; 26. Andrea Mindell, 21:28; 27. Jim McElroy, 21:29; 28. Chi Ryder, 21:32; 29. James Parker, 21:42; 30. Ryan McManus, 21:44; 31. Cliff Collins, 21:48; 32. William Going, 21:54; 33. Wanderson Oliveiera, 22:04; 34. Jennifer Schneider, 22:11; 35. Brandon Schneider, 22:11; 36. Ross Sandoval, 22:16; 37. Christopher Rivas, 22:17; 38. Ryan Fox, 22:18; 39. Michelle Parker, 22:20; 40. Christopher Heaver, 22:34; 41. Krys Russo, 22:35; 42. Joshua Bent, 22:46; 43. Mickey Greber, 22:47; 44. Douglas Freitag, 22:50; 45. Brian Schmiedel, 22:54; 46. Evan Colley, 22:59; 47. John Denker, 23:01; 48. Mike Espejo, 23:03; 49. Genci Gjeci, 23:05; 50. Leah Begg, 23:09.

Half Marathon

  1. Demesse Tefera, 1:08.25; 2. Girma Serni, 1:09.17; 3. William Sanders, 1:09.25; 4. James Gathoga, 1:09.40; 5. Brendan Callahan, 1:10.00; 6. Michael Dolan, 1:17.30; 7. Joseph Lemay, 1:17.52; 8. Desmond O'Grady, 1:17.57; 9. Pat Dennen, 1:18.11; 10. Jim Zoldy, 1:18.48; 11. Leigh Sorrells, 1:19.05; 12. Matthew Patrick, 1:20.33; 13. Chris Schulten, 1:20.33; 13. Chris Schulten, 1:20.45; 14. Daniel Lennox, 1:20.56; 15. Darren Walden, 1:21.13 16. Nick Fraticelli, 1:21.28; 17. Tim Cote, 1:22.07; 18. Mitch West, 1:22.30; 19. Jordan Paullo, 1:23.33; 20. Muliye Gurmu, 1:23.40; 21. John Minervino, 1:23.51; 22. Chris Deming, 1:24.47; 24. Alejandro Abella, 1:25.40; 25. Ralf Hennig, 1:25.43; 26. Jim Harron, 1:25.53; 27. Michael Dontfraid, 1:25.55; 28. Christopher Cain, 1:26.10; 29. Scott Holmes, 1:26.12; 30. Pedro Cobos, 1:27.17; 31. Maximino Veiga, 1:28.28; 32. David Roscoe, 1:28.41; 33. Tyler Kurijaka, 1:28.42; 34. Brian Hennessey, 1:28.57; 35. Daniel Chulsky, 1:29.20; 36. Artur Grzybko, 1:29.50; 37. Marc Tierno, 1:30.03; 38. Alex Weil, 1:30.04; 39. Brian Wilantowicz, 1:30.18; 40. Kevin Edwards, 1:30.29; 41. Kenneth Brown, 1:30.42; 42. Michael Silvestri, 1:30.47; 42. Mike McQuillan, 1:31.11; 44. Nick Logan, 1:31.13; 45. David Keating, 1:31.32; 46. Peter Convard, 1:31.39; 47. Michael Schmutzer, 1:31.53; 48. Scott Smith, 1:31.57; 49. Randy Kozel, 1:32.11; 50. Leonid Taveras, 1:32.33

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