FAIRHAVEN — The local "Top Five Trio" did it again on a wet Fairhaven Father’s Day Race Sunday, while Meg Hughes of Rochester won her second Fairhaven 5k at the tender age of 15 in a somewhat unexpected appearance.

Showing the way this time for the Top Five Trio (a reference to their habit of finishing in the top five in local races) was Taylor Days-Merrill of Fairhaven as he won the 10k portion of the doubleheader, his second Fairhaven victory, with a time of 33:29.6.

The other winners in the Father’s Day twinbill were 19-year-old Trevor Wysong of Taunton in the men’s 5k, and Rachel Coogan of Cambridge, who notched her third straight Fairhaven victory with a time of 37:43.

Getting back to the Top Five Trio in the 10k, Michael Vaz of Dartmouth was second in 34:04, while Jason Eddy of East Bridgewater (formerly of Rochester) was fourth in 35:36 (of which he is probably not too happy).

Finishing third was another local runner, 17-year-old Bruno Pires of New Bedford, with a time of 35:01.

It was an impressive win for Days-Merrill in that he has been doing marathon training (some 110 miles per week), which is good for building strength and endurance, but not so much when it comes to speed.

He sees his running future, however, in ultra-marathoning, which is more than 26 miles.

“My dad is trying to hold me back a little on the ultra-marathons because he thinks I’m still too young to get into that,” said the 23-year-old Days-Merrill, “but that’s what I like doing. Running through the woods is more of an adventure for me than just your normal marathon.”

Dad, however, shouldn’t be too surprised at his son’s new addiction in that both he and his wife, Fairhaven race director Carol-Ann Days-Merrill, are both former ultra-marathoners (Carol-Ann not only completed a Double Iron Man race, she won it). So the genes are there.

Taylor has so far run two marathons, both in Maine (he finished second in both), and one ultimate marathon last August at Colt State Park in Rhode Island, a six-hour race where the idea is to see how far one can run in six hours. Taylor did 45 miles. So he’s not exactly a novice at this ultimate stuff.

But he can still move fast enough to win the short local races as he showed Sunday with a 34-second victory. He said he ran most of the race at his “marathon pace,” the pace he runs in his marathon training, but still fast enough to keep him even with Vaz as they both hit the midway point of the race with a time of 16:24.

“We were going back and forth (in taking the lead) until about 3.5 miles,” said Days-Merrill. “That’s where I picked it up.and broke away."

Hughes, who won the Fairhaven 5k in 2015 at age 13, was coming off great track season at Old Rochester, where she won the 400 meter event at the All-State meet and finished third in the New England championship the following week. (She’s only a freshman, remember.)

Not being among the early entries for the Fairhaven race, it was assumed she was taking some time off from running. Wrong.

“I was planning to run all along,” she said. “I just didn’t get around to entering. And it was a nice day to run.”

If she was a little burned out in the Fairhaven race, it would have been understandable. She was burned all right, like in hot.

Hughes went right to the front like she had been training all spring for this race and stayed there. The only change was the gap between her and rest of the women’s field getting wider.

Her time was 18:33.6 (without any push), about a minute-and-a-half ahead of runner-up Lynn Vasconcelos of Fairhaven (20:12.6). It wasn’t a "PR" (personal record) for Hughes but it was close, seven seconds close. She ran an 18:26.9 in this race last year in finishing second between former nationally ranked Stephanie Reilly of Northbridge, the winner, and former Olympian Judi St. Hilaire.

As for her plans this summer, there will be lots of soccer, her first passion, but also some road races.

“I may run the Marion race Saturday, but I haven’t made up my mind yet,” she said.

Finishing third in the women’s 5k was Mary Lyn Sullivan of Portsmouth, R.I., 20:24, followed by Elizabeth Sullivan of New Bedford, 20:35.3.

If there was an award for the most improvement, it probably would have gone to Coogan, the women’s 10k winner.

She won the 10k last year in 39:47. She won it Sunday in 37:43.7. That’s almost two minutes faster.

Needless to say, she had no female company during the race. She finished about four-and-a-half minutes ahead of runner-up Julia O’Rourke of Marion, who came in at 42:12. Finishing third was Rebecca Cotugno of North Dartmouth, 42:23.9, followed by Beth Coughlin Newton, 44:36.7, and 55-year-old Mary Cass of Westport, 45:10:2.

If at first you don’t succeed, try try, try again. Wysong wasn’t sure if it was his third or fourth Fairhaven 5k race, but whatever it was, it was the magic one for him as it gave him his first Fairhaven victory with a time of 16:06.2.

That was 51 seconds ahead of second place Cody Gibney of New Bedford (16:57). Wysong’s best finish up until Sunday was third place last year in 16:56. He, too, ran pretty much alone, at least for the last two miles.

“There was a guy that passed me at about a mile-and-a-half, but I took the lead back right away,” said Wysong. “But he was running the 10k and we split there where the two races split. I ran pretty much by myself the last two miles.”

What does he attribute his win to?

“Better training and just improvement as I get older,” said Wysong, who will be a sophomore at Bridgewater State University in the fall.

The sky opened up with a torrent of rain about a half-hour into the race, or when Days-Merrill was charging down the stretch. It didn’t last long, but enough to pretty much soak everyone without an umbrella.

The race didn’t quite make it to the hoped for combined field of 2,000, but it was close at 1,956.


Age-group winners by division

Women’s 5k

13-and-under: Julia Sheridan of Mattapoisett, 24:06.

14-18: Samantha Hathaway of Acushnet, 21:19.

19-29: Elizabeth Sullivan of New Bedford, 20:36.

30-39: Kristie Arruda of Riverside, R.I., 22:17.

40-49: Erica Morency of North Dartmouth, 22:20.

50-59: Jennifer Bogan of Fall River, 22:44.

60-69: Debra Holden of Rochester, 29:28.

70-79: Gail Isaksen of Fairhaven, 33:45.


Men’s 5k

13-and-under: Sebastian Araujo of South Dartmouth, 19:04.

14-18: Zachary Bentley of Acushnet, 17:41.

19-29: Nathan Brito of New Bedford, 17:29.

30-39: Angel Rosado of Fall River, 18:26.

40-49: Doug Roscoe of South, Dartmouth, 20:14.

50-59: James Flanagan of Fairhaven, 18:36.

60-69: Geoffrey Smith of Mattapoisett, 22:23.

70-79: Jim Gray of North Providence, 27:13.

80-99: William Riley of Centerville, 25:01.


Women’s 10k

13-and-under: Eva Dossantos of Westport, 1:04:55.

14-18: Emma Blouin of Acushnet, 56:24.

19-29: Maggie McCarthy of Boston, 46:12.

30-39: Beth Coughlin of Newton, 44:37.

40-49: Niki Harrington of Mattapoisett, 48:56.

50-59: Mary Cass of Westport, 45:11.

60-69: Hope Houston of Providence, 1:02:29.

80-89: Barbara Belanger of Fairhaven, 1:06:59.


Men’s 10k

13-and-under: Owen Levasseur of Acushnet, 52:05.

14-18: Adam Sylvia of Rochester, 39:29.

19-29: Jason Foster of Fairhaven, 37:14.

30-39: Jason Eddy of East Bridgewater, 35:36.

40-49: Brian Grant Jr. of Fall River, 41:13.

50-59: Joe Francisco of Acushnet, 39:43.

60-69: Tom Tuttle of Orleans, 43:55.

70-79: Marty Flinn of New Bedford, 1:01:28.