Grand Prix leaders fall into place
Colorful falling leaves litter the streets and yards of Nevada County as fall heads toward winter and the Gold Country Grand Prix begins its wind down.
Hundreds of runners turned out for the second-to-last race of the season, competing for valuable points in the Falling Leaves 5K/10K race at the end of October.
In the 10K race, the first overall finisher was Bjorn Jones with a time of 38 minutes and 42 seconds, earning him 10 points in the 30-39 age group. Jones now leads Larry DeFeyter, who won the 5K in the 30-39 AG, 90-89 with one race left.
In the women’s 10K race, the first to cross the finish line was Makie Ohler (43:06). Ohler has nine wins through 10 races and has already clinched the women’s 50-59 AG.
The overall winner in the 5K was 16-year-old Devon Cloud (19:08). Cloud has already wrapped up the title in the 15-18 AG.
In the women’s 5K, Joan Lewis (22:17), of Auburn, was the first to finish.
Other AG winners in the women’s 5K were Lynne Hurrell (31:25) in the 70-99 AG. Hurrell has nine wins this season and has locked up the 70-and-over AG in the GP standings.
Leslie King (33:46) took the women’s 60-69 AG. Debi Fairchild (25:40) was the top female finisher in the 40-49 AG. Fairchild is tied with Amanda Balser with 57 points at the top of their AG in the GP standings. Jenn Maier (27:05) was first in the 30-39 AG. Caitlin Oats (26:50) took the 19-29 AG and trails Amanda Bratton in the GP standings, 60-53. Shannon Busse (28:33) placed first in the 15-18 AG, Lexie Madigan (23:43) was tops in the 11-14 AG, and Vlue Bouck (32:15) won the 10-and-under AG. Madigan has already clinched her AG in the GP standings.
In the men’s 5K, Ronald Gross (26:00) won the 70-99 AG and is six points (77-71) ahead of Darryl Beardall in the GP standings. Herve Pastre (20:06) claimed the top finish in the 60-99 AG. Steve Bond (21:12) took the 50-59 AG and, with that win, clinched his AG in the GP standings. Rob Taylor (19:42) won the 40-49 AG and has locked up that AG in the GP standings. Defeyter (19:33) won the 30-39 AG. Daniel Wheeler (27:56) of Auburn won the 19-29 AG, Davis Olsen (22:10) was first in the 11-14 AG, and Conner Drew (25:37) took the 10-and-under AG.
In the men’s 10K race, Raymond Wright (55:54) was the first to cross the finish line in the 70-and-older AG. Mike Buzbee (44:44) placed first in the 60-69 AG and now leads Denis O’Halloran 62-61 in the GP standings. David Madrona (42:53) took the top spot in the 50-59 AG. Dean Walker (47:41) was the winner in the 40-49 AG. Daniel Parker (62:30) won the 19-29 AG. Ryan Meacher has that AG wrapped up in the GP standings. Mitch Hooper (52:33) was the winner in the 15-18 AG.
In the women’s 10K race, Terrie Horlick (81:51) won the 60-69 AG. Dawn Bibeault (69:45) placed first in the 40-49 AG. Lisa Moeschler (47:52) was the first to finish in the 30-39 AG. Moeschler has already clinched her AG in the GP standings. Hannah Hudnall (69:57) won the 19-29 AG. Nevada Union cross country standouts Nora Pizzella (52:58) and Joy Castro-Wehr (52:58) tied for first place in the 15-18 AG.
With several age groups yet to be decided, the final race of the Gold Country Grand Prix should be exciting. The final race is the Turkey Trot 5K/10K set for Nov. 28 at Nevada Union High School.
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Another week on the track and another win for Brad Sweet.