GOLD COUNTRY GRAND PRIX: Falling Leaves event draws runners to Nevada City |

GOLD COUNTRY GRAND PRIX: Falling Leaves event draws runners to Nevada City

Gold Country Grand Prix

Remaining races

NEO Empire 4M – Oct. 24

Turkey 5K/10K – Nov. 26

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As the 2015 Gold Country Grand Prix season nears its end more than 100 runners toed the line for the ninth race in the series, the Falling Leaves 5K/10K/Kids Run and 3K walk in Nevada City Saturday.

Leading the pack in the men’s 5K was Bjorn Jones, who completed the race in a time of 19 minutes. Jones finished just 12 seconds ahead of Sergio Higareda who took second.

Marley Mueller was the top finisher in the women’s 5K race with a time of 22:34.

In the men’s 10K race, Rob Taylor was the first to finish with a time of 42:13. The women’s 10K was won by Stefanie Roberts, who crossed the finish line at the 47:07 mark.

Both Taylor and Roberts are leading their respective gender and age groups in the Gold Country Grand Prix standings.

Age group (AG) winners in the women’s 10K were Caitlyn Cathey (55:34) in the 15-18 AG, Caitlin Oats (51:04) in the 30-39 AG, Roberts in the 40-49 AG, Jodie Lindberg (52:37) in the 50-59 AG, and Terrie Horlick (1:13:01) in the 60-69 AG.

Age group winners in the men’s 10K were Raymond Wright (1:00:24) in the 70-99 AG, Mike Buzbee (50:01), and Taylor in the 50-59 AG.

In the men’s 5K, age group winners were Jackson Teitel (24:04) in the 10-and-under AG, Davis Olsen (22:06) in the 11-14 AG, Devon Cloud (19:28) in the 15-18 AG, Russ Hooper (22:04) in the 19-29 AG, Jones in the 30-39 AG, Higareda (19:12) in the 40-49 AG, Phillip Desjardins (20:46) in the 50-59 AG, Denis O’Halloran (21:01) in the 60-69 AG, and Ronald Gross (29:02) in the 77-99 AG.

Age group winners in the women’s 5K were Megan Hundemer (28:10) in the 10-and-under AG, Caitlyn Sullivan (29:45) in the 11-14 AG, Mallory Russo (32:08) in the 19-29 AG, Jennifer Palmer (24:29) in the 30-39 AG, Mueller in the 40-49 AG, Karen McMenomey (25:35) in the 50-59 AG, Heidi Agler (31:24) in the 60-69 AG, and Lynne Hurrell (30:53) in the 70-99 AG.

The race was presented by The Nevada City Schools Foundation. All proceeds from the event went to the NCSF to provide grant money to the Nevada City School District to support art, technology, health and wellness programs and other special student programs.

There are just two more events left on the Gold Country Grand Prix’s 11-race schedule. Next up on the race slate is the NEO Empire 4M Oct. 24. The series concludes Nov. 26 with the Turkey 5K/10K.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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