DeFeyter edges Higareda at Race to End Hunger
Distance runner Sergio Higareda has been a force in the 2014 Gold Country Grand Prix series, winning three of the eight races and never finishing worse than fourth.
Often challenging Higareda, 40, this season has been fellow 40-year-old runner Larry DeFeyter. DeFeyter, who placed second in the 30-39 age group (AG) in the 2013 Grand Prix standings, has been runner up to Higareda three times this season, including the previous two races. But, at Saturday’s competition, the Race to End Hunger 5K/10K in Nevada City, it was DeFeyter that edged Higareda by a slight margin in the 5K race to earn his first overall first-place-finish of the year.
DeFeyter won the 5K race in 21 minutes, 20 seconds, creating a five-second margin between him and Higareda. Despite DeFeyter’s win, Higareda still holds a sizable lead in the 40-49 AG with 77 points out of a possible 80.
Winning the women’s 5K race was Marley Mueller with a time of 25:52. It is Mueller’s sixth 30-39 AG win of the year.
In the 10K race, Rob Taylor, 50, finished first overall with a time of 39:36. Taylor has won a race in the 50-59 AG in every grand prix competition this year and has scored 80 out of a possible 80 points. Taylor is the only runner in any age group that has placed first in all eight grand prix events.
Coming in second place overall, and finishing first in the women’s 10K was Makie Ohler (41:29). Ohler leads the 50-59 AG by five points over Inka Mims, 70-65.
Other AG winners in the 10K were Joy Castro-Wehr (47:56) in the 15-18 AG, Faith Collins (68:34) in the 19-29 AG, Melanie Marsico (48:49) in the 30-39 AG, Stefanie Roberts (46:43) in the 40-49 AG, and Lynne Hurrell (64:34) in the 70-99 AG.
Men’s 10K AG winners were Devon Cloud (43:37) in the 15-18 AG, Dave LaPlante (42:03) in the 40-49 AG, Denis O’Halloran (41:36) in the 60-69 AG, Michael Buzbee (43:04) in the 60-69 AG, and Frank Ribeiro (61:45) in the 70-99 AG.
Men’s 5K AG winners were Andrew Tice-Raskin (31:56) in the 1-10 AG, Bjorn Jones (22:18) in the 30-39 AG, Robert Warner (24:57) in the 50-59 AG, Herve Pastre (22:52) in the 60-69 AG, and Ron Gross (32:19) in the 70-99 AG.
Women’s 5K AG winners were Blue Bouck (41:51) in the 1-10 AG, Isabelle Smith (30:02) in the 11-14 AG, Caitlin Oats (29:40) in the 19-29 AG, Emily Paterson (30:29) in the 30-39 AG, Lorra Welden (28:32) in the 50-59 AG, Karen Henderson (31:13) in the 60-69 AG, and Elaine Sierra (43:00) in the 70-99 AG.
A total of 72 runners competed in the Race to End Hunger 5K/10K, which raised funds for the Nevada County Food Bank.
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