Racing to end hunger |

Racing to end hunger

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John R. Hart |

Chases for Gold Country Grand Prix titles are heating up as several age groups tightened after the eighth race of the series.

At the Race to End Hunger 5K/10K Sept. 8 in Nevada City, it was Larry DeFeyter who took the top spot in the men’s 5K, Brooke Murphy was first in the women’s 5K, Bjorn Jones crossed the finish line first in men’s 10K, and Michelle Newbon was victorious in the women’s 10K.

A total of 73 runners competed at the event with proceeds benefiting the Food Bank of Nevada County.

“I was really happy with the turnout,” race coordinator Heather Bullis-Cruz said. “I know that donations were still coming in late into the race.”

With Jones and DeFeyter both taking home first-place finishes and 10 points each toward the Gold Country Grand Prix standings, they remain seperated by one point, 70-69, in the 30-39 age group with Jones holding the edge.

Murphy’s win pushed her to within two points (44-46) of Caitlin Oats in the 19-29 GP standings. Oats finished seventh overall among women.

Other female age group winners in the 5K were Inka Mims in the 50-59 AG, Lexie Madigan in the 1-10 AG, Lynne Hurrell in the 70-99 AG, Jeanette Smith in the 40-49 AG, Eunice Czarnecki in 60-69 AG and Devon Thomas in the 11-14 AG.

Age-group winners in the men’s 5K were Devon Cloud in the 11-14 AG, Steve Bond in the 50-59 AG, Evan Desjardins in the 15-18 AG, BJ Lindholm in the 40-49, Davis Olsen in the 1-10 AG, John Odom in the 60-69 AG and Raymond Wright in the 70-99 AG.

In the women’s 10K, Leatrice Erickson took the 50-59 AG, and Erica Salter was first in the 19-29 AG.

In the men’s 10K, Rob Taylor was second overall and first in the 40-49 AG, Philip Desjardines took third overall and was first in the 50-59 AG, Denis O’Halloran was first in the 60-69 AG, Ronald Gross won the 70-99 AG, and Ryan Meacher took the 19-29 AG.

There are three races left in the Gold Country Grand Prix, which kicks up again Sept. 28 with the Cystic Fibrosis 5K.

To contact Sports Writer Walter Ford call (530) 477-4232 or email him at

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