Bordoni does it again as GP races heat up at Freedom Run
Nearly 140 runners started their Independence Day off competing in the fifth race of the Gold Country Grand Prix, the Freedom Run 5K, and when all was said and done, some grand prix age group races tightened while others grew in margin.
Jack Bordoni, 19, of Los Altos, retained his overall title in the race, winning the run for the third straight year with a time of 18 minutes, 48 seconds.
The event took place at Nevada Union and benefitted the NU track and cross country teams, which lent to many prep runners competing in the race.
Nevada Union track and cross country standout Nora Pizzella, 15, was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 23:19.
Fellow NU runner Garrett Migliozzi (19:23) was the second to finish in the men’s race and the first in the 15-18 AG.
The current GP leader in the men’s 15-18 AG is Devon Cloud with 38 points in five races. The leaders in the women’s 15-18 AG are Holly Harrison with 34 points and Joy Castro-Wehr with 24 points.
In the men’s 70-and-over AG, Ronald Grass (28:03) finished first, extending his lead in the GP to 12 points over Gary Loucks, who sits in second place with 38 points.
Lynne Hurrell (36:46) earned her fourth straight first-place finish this season in the women’s 70-and-over AG and now has firm control in the GP standings with 40 points.
In the men’s 60-69 AG, Herve Pastre (22:44) was the winner. Denis O’Halloran leads the 60-69 AG with 44 points in five races.
In the women’s 60-69 AG, Carol Merrall (36:12) was the top finisher but remains eight points behind Genielle Odomin the GP standings.
In the tightly contested men’s 50-59 AG, Steve Bond (23:45) took first and now trails Philip Desjardins by just one point in the GP standings, 41-40. Robert Warner isn’t far behind in the 50-59 AG with 35 points.
In the women’s 50-59 AG, Makie Ohler (23:27) continues her stellar season with her fourth first place and now leads her AG by 11 points over Anne King, 40-29. Sherri Glenn and Rose Asquith are not far behind with 18 and 27 points respectively.
Rob Taylor (22:13) grabbed an eight-point lead in the men’s 40-49 AG with his win at the Freedom Run. He leads Ben Thomas, who has 32 points, and Dave LaPlante, who has 29 points, in the GP standings.
In the women’s 40-49 AG, it was Amanda Balser (27:01) winning and continuing to lead in the GP standings with 40 points.
In the men’s 40-49 AG, Bjorn Jones (20:46) won the race and gained ground on Larry DeFeyter in the GP standings. DeFeyter leads that AG, 47-40.
Kimberlee Naisbitt (30:19) won the women’s 30-39 AG, but Alexis LaCentra still leads in the GP standings with 27 points.
In the women’s 19-29 AG, Caitlin Oats (30:13) was first to cross the finish line and, with the 10 points, closed to within two points of leader Amanda Bratton in the GP standings.
Colby Scanlon (24:38) won the men’s 11-14 race but still trails GP leader Joshua Fairchild, who has 37 points.
In the women’s 11-14 race, Erika Wolf (26:35) placed first. The AG is still controlled by Lexie Madigan who has 35 points.
The sixth stop on the Gold Country Grand Prix is the Bear River 5K Aug. 3 at Bear River High School.
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