Run for your life: Lambert wins Race to End Hunger 5K
Simon Lambert proved once again he is the top local 5K runner, this time by winning the Race to End Hunger 5K in 17 minutes 56 seconds, Saturday, Aug. 21, on a very hilly course in Nevada City.
This sixth of 10 events in this year’s Gold Country Grand Prix (GP) was the fourth outright victory for Simon, while he was second by one second in another and second to an out of town stud in the other.
Great weather for this August event contributed to a healthy turnout of 108 finishers in the 5K and another 61 in the 10K race.
The 5K served as a time trial for the Nevada Union boys cross country team, which explains why nine of the top 12 finishers, led by Simon, were in the 15-18 age group (AG).
Thomas McAtee was second AG (and overall) in 18:24, with Dominic Castro-Wehr third AG (and overall) in 18:38. Simon leads this GP competition with 57 points, with Dominic second with 36.
Tom Hummel, from Los Angeles, won the 19-29 AG in 19:01 (fourth overall).
Joe Rodriguez finished fourth in the 15-18 AG in 19:31 (fifth), with Parker Scanlon fifth AG in 19:44 (sixth) and Kael Newton sixth AG in 20:12 (seventh).
As a race monitor pointed out to me, I was the first finisher to break the string of “young ‘uns,” finishing eighth and winning the 50-59 AG in 20:35, an improvement of 1:16 over last year’s time on this course. Yuba City’s Mike Buzbee won this AG in the 10K in 42:35 (sixth overall), with Alex Danner second AG in 44:55 (eighth). I lead this GP with 44 points, with Mike a close second with 41 and Alex right there with 39.
John Lawson finished seventh in the 15-18 AG in the 5K in 21:03 (ninth), while Davis Walker was eighth AG in 21:29 (11th) and Sean McGee was ninth AG in 21:45 (12th).
Rob Taylor proved he’s back in fine shape, winning the 40-49 AG for the first time, clocking 21:06 (10th) and moving up into sole possession of third in that GP with 31 points. Olivehurst’s Rick Browning was second AG in 22:35 (14th).
Troy McNeill, from Oregon House, won his first GP race, taking first in the 10K in a strong 38:44, winning the 40-49 AG and holding first in that GP with 57 points. Dixon’s Greg Ngo, second AG in 41:09 (fourth), is second GP with 47.
Larry DeFeyter finished second in the 10K and won the 30-39 AG in 39:20, far out in front in that GP with 57 points. Albert Gomez was second AG in 39:24, pushing Larry to the finish, third overall. Jim Pelton was third AG in 45:25 (ninth). Jason Maier won this AG in the 5K in 26:31 (30th).
Breanne Mitchell, after being the first female finisher in the Bear River Fun Run 5K two weeks earlier, moved up to the 10K distance and finished first female in a blazing 42:08, winning the 15-18 AG (fifth overall) and moving up into a tie for second in that GP with 20 points. Lauren Arnett won this AG in the 5K in 22:59 (16th, third female), while Sara Marshall was second AG in 23:48 (20th, fifth female) and Annie Creasey was fifth AG in 26:46 (33rd, tied for second GP with 20 points).
Michelle Newbon bounced back from her first 10K AG defeat in eight GP races at the Bear River Fun Run 10K and won the 40-49 AG in 43:12 (seventh, second female) to Abby Hunter’s second AG in 47:00 (11th, third female). Kerri Latter won this AG in the 5K in 23:04 (17th, fourth female). Kerri leads this GP with 54 points, with Michelle a close second with 52 and Abby third with 45.
Kristina Martinez won the “women’s” 5K and 11-14 AG in 22:00 (13th) to remain first in that GP with 57 points, while her twin sister, Karina, in her first 10K race, won this AG in 47:52 (14th, fifth female), moving up into second GP with 39. Joy Castro-Wehr, second female and second AG in the 5K in 22:49 (15th), is third GP with 37
Fred Quinterno, Jr., won the 19-29 AG in the 10K in 46:45 and moved into a tie for second in this GP with 20 points.
Tabbitha Bailey was fourth female in the 10K, winning the 19-29 AG in 47:03 (12th), while Quintana Beachell was second AG in 50:58 (22nd), remaining first in this GP, now with 39 points. Jessica Woodward won this AG in the 5K in 33:16.
Devon Cloud won the 11-14 AG in the 5K in 23:37 (18th) and is first in that GP with 42 points.
Al Shook won the 70 and over AG in the 5K in 23:42 (19th). Yuba City’s Ken Gaal won this AG in the 10K in 52:20 (29th) and is third GP with 37 points.
Diana Wilburn won the 50-59 AG in the 5K in 24:03 (23rd) and is the only GP competitor with a perfect 60 points in six races. Yvonne Fuller won this AG in the 10K in 54:29.
Drue Mathies won the 60-69 AG in the 10K in 47:34 and leads that GP with 47 points. GP statistician Gary Loucks was second AG in 57:08 and moved up into second GP with 28. Gordon Keller won this AG in the 5K in 26:05 (29th).
Amanda Balser won the 30-39 AG in the 10K in 48:44 (18th) and is second GP with 30 points, while Katie Chapman, second AG in 51:09 (23rd), is first GP with 33. Kelsey Anderson won this AG in the 5K in 26:41.
Suzie Miller won the 60-69 AG in 28:20 (38th) and is first GP with 50 points, while Ronda Jensen, second AG in 28:47 (41st), is second GP with 35.
Joshua Fairchild won the 10 and under AG in 28:37 (40th) and is second in that GP with 43 points.
Lynne Hurrell won the 70 and over AG in 28:54 (44th) and leads that GP with 50 points.
Sarah Skotnicki won the 10 and under AG in 40:55 and is first in that GP with 38 points.
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