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Steve Bond: Hurrell runs top time in Draft Horse Classic

The Draft Horse Classic 5K and 10K races, held last Sunday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, went off without a hitch.

Despite courses with numerous turns and concern about the potential for runners going the wrong way, no one did that I heard about (and I almost always do).

Ron Gross did a great job of designing and marking the race routes so that 87 stayed on course to finish the 5K and another 44 finished the 10K.

In addition to hours spent setting up the course markers last weekend, Ron won the 70-74 age group (AG) in the 2008 National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Run 5K Saturday night in Sacramento in his best time this year of 24 minutes, 44.2 seconds. The next morning, he won the 70 and over AG in the Draft Horse 5K in 26:23 to hold onto first place in the Grand Prix (GP) with 70 points.

Darryl Beardall won that AG in the 10K in 53:40 to remain second in the GP with 67. Herb Ketzler was second AG in the 5K in 37:05 and remains third in the GP with 46.

The dazzling performance of the day was turned in by Lynne Hurrell, who ran 27:13.8 to win the 70 and over AG, having already won the GP, now with 80 points. Despite a very hilly course, with a trail segment and a muddy section to run through twice, Lynne ran an 88.86 percent age graded time, only 21 seconds off a World Class time. Wow! There’s no doubt in my mind she could run that much faster on a flat course.

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Chris Badolato, as he has in six other GP races this year, finished first and won the 30-39 AG, running 17:19, to lead that GP with 70 points, followed in second with 64 points by Larry Defeyter, who was second AG (third overall) in 18:50.

Pete Lubbers won the 10K in 41:30 to move within one point of third place in the 30-39 GP, which is held by Mark Epperly (40 points), who was third AG in the 5K in 26:35.

Amber Kinaston won the women’s 10K by over five minutes in 45:43 (ninth) to remain first in that GP with 60 points, followed by Mallory Meier in second with 44, who was third AG and fifth female in 53:39. Leigh Collins was second AG and second woman in 51:00, while Kelly Shoberg won that AG in the 5K in 46:34.

Breanne Mitchell ran her best race of the year to win the women’s 5K by almost two minutes in 21:24, also winning the 15-18 AG and clinching first place in that GP for the year with 70 points. Brooke Robinson was third AG in 31:45 and holds second in that GP with 33.

Austin Violette finished second in the 5K in 17:49, winning the 15-18 AG and clinching first place for the year in that GP with 77 points. Simon Lambert won that AG in the 10K in 43:19 (third).

Jeff Boutte remained undefeated in the 40-49 AG for the year, finishing in 19:11 (fourth) and remaining first in that GP with 70 points. Jeffrey Gail, second AG in 20:54 (sixth), remains third in that GP with 52.

In the 10K, V. Neelakantan, back from an injury, won the 40-49 AG and finished second overall in 41:41, boosting himself up into fourth in the GP with 37 points. Robert Warner, second AG in 43:52 (fifth), remains second in that GP with 65. Al Petrie was third AG (sixth) in 44:15.

Cody Carlton ran his best GP race this year, one day after placing second man on the N.U. J.V. cross country team in a race, finishing in 20:04 and winning the 11-14 AG, holding second in the GP with 64 points. Jordan Halleib was second AG in 22:38 (12th).

Zach Stoll won that AG in the 10K in 43:29 (fourth), with Kael Newton second AG in 44:59 (eighth). Kael still leads that GP with 68 points to Zach’s 63 in third. That’s right, five points separate the top three!

Denis O’Halloran ran 21:04 to win the 50-59 AG in the 5K (seventh), while I was second AG in 21:17 (ninth). Mike Buzbee won that AG in the 10K in 44:51 (seventh) to remain first in the GP with 75 points, while I’m second with 66 and Denis third with 52.

Conor Medley continues to improve, running his best time this year, 21:15, to win the 19-29 AG (eighth), and lead that GP with 52 points, while Kevin Schleth, second AG in 22:17 (11th), is second in the GP with 49. Micah Chavez won that AG in the 10K in 46:17 (tenth) and is third in the GP with 25.

Nadja Young-Warner finished second female and won the 30-39 AG in 23:20 (13th), leading that GP with 72 points, with Debi Fairchild second AG and fifth female in 23:43 (17th), second in that GP with 47. Ariel Lovett, fourth AG in 25:50, holds third in the GP with 38 points. Abby Hunter won that AG in the 10K and was third woman in 51:06 (18th).

Gene Gilligan won the 60-69 AG in 23:20 (14th), with John Darlington second AG in 23:59 (18th). Ken Gaal won that AG in the 10K in 50:16 (14th) and is second in that GP with 52 points (two out of first), with John third with 36 and Gene fourth with 30.

Kirstin Dawson, third female and winner of the 40-49 AG in 23:28 (15th), moved up into second in the GP with 42 points, behind Diana Wilburn, fourth female and second AG on her birthday, 16th overall in 23:38, first with 62 points. Heather Bullis, third AG in the 10K in 54:42, is now third in that GP with 39 points. Rose Asquith won that AG in the 10K in 52:02 (19th).

Devon Cloud won the 10 and under AG in 25:09 (21st), with Callan Warner second AG in 25:17 (22nd). Devon leads that GP with 61 points, while Callan is second with 50 and Joshua Fairchild third with 45.

Dori Anderson won the 11-14 AG in 25:40 and is now one point out of first in that GP with 49 points. Sierra Mitchell, second AG in 25:56, is third in that GP with 34.

Anne King, first in the 50-59 AG in 25:54, remains second in that GP with 63 points. Nola Kinaston won that AG in the 10K in 53:51 and holds third in the GP with 35.

Ronda Jensen won the 60-69 AG in the 5K in 27:54 and leads that GP with 70 points. Linda King, second AG in 37:00, is third in the GP with 36.

Amaya Dempsey won the 10 and under AG in 28:09.

Now for some really interesting, and possibly surprising age graded results from the two races.

Lynne Hurrell ran the best age/gender graded race of anyone, by far.

Because age grading doesn’t take into account the difficulty of the course, it’s unfair to compare it to flat courses as this one was quite hilly. But it is fair to compare to others who ran the same route.

The second best age graded race in the 5K was turned in by Austin Violette (75.8 percent), with Chris Badolato third (74.9) and Jeff Boutte fourth (74.5).

Denis O’Halloran ranks fifth age graded (74.0), with Gene Gilligan sixth (73.2), and Sara Woerner and Breanne Mitchell tied for seventh (72.0). Diana Wilburn was ninth (70.7), I was tenth (70.6) and Cody Carlton, 11th (70.0), which concludes the list of all those who achieved Regional Class or better.

In the 10K, V. Neelakantan ran the best age graded race (72.9), with Mike Buzbee second (72.1), Ken Gaal third (72.0), Darryl Beardall fourth (70.1), Robert Warner fifth (69.4), Zach Stoll sixth (69.1) and Pete Lubbers seventh (67.5).