Steve Bond: DeFeyter takes first in Harvest Run 10K |

Steve Bond: DeFeyter takes first in Harvest Run 10K

Larry DeFeyter won the Monster Gym/South Yuba Club Harvest Run 10K race on the trails behind the Loma Rica Organic Farm on Oct. 9, in a fast 40 minutes, 24 seconds on a deceptively hilly, slow course.

Larry, who won a strong 30-39 age group (AG) has already clinched first place in that Grand Prix (GP), now with 77 points out of a possible 80.

Bjorn Jones was second in that AG in 42:16 (third overall), with Chrys Dudek third AG in 47:48 (fourth) and Lee Wells fourth AG in 53:49 (eighth). Dennis Desmond won this AG in the 5K in 22:22 (sixth), while Matt Osbourn was second AG in 28:10 (25th), which places him third GP with 27 points.

On a beautiful day for racing, 23 competitors finished the 10K, while 78 completed the 5K, which was won by Dixon’s Greg Ngo in 20:50.

Greg holds second place in the 40-49 GP with 64 points, while Rob Taylor, second AG and overall in the 5K in 21:22, is third GP with 48. Troy McNeill, from Oregon House, who won this AG in the 10K and was second overall in 40:35, is first GP with 77. Mike Bernadette was second AG in 53:15 (seventh). Olivehurst’s Rick Browning was third AG in the 5K in 23:44 (13th).

Abby Hunter, winner of three local women’s 10K races this year, was in the lead in the latter half of the women’s 10K race before missing a turn, resulting in her being disqualified for not completing the course.

Amanda Balser stepped up to win in 52:18 (sixth), taking first in the 30-39 AG, tied for first with 50 points in that GP with Katie Chapman, who won this AG in the 5K in 26:59 (22nd). Ariel Lovett, second woman and second AG in the 10K in 54:24 (ninth), is third GP with 41.

Michelle Newbon won a very close women’s 5K race by three seconds, 23:05 (10th) to 23:08 (11th) over Kristina Martinez.

Michelle’s win in the 40-49 AG keeps her first in this GP with 72 points, with Kerri Latter, second AG in 24:23 (and fifth female), second GP with 68. Michelle Hughes won this AG in the 10K in 57:50 (14th).

Kristina holds first in the 11-14 GP with 77 points over her twin sister, Karina, who was third AG in 23:57 (14th, fourth female, 54 points). Joy Castro-Wehr had an outstanding race to finish second AG and third female in 23:19, only 14 seconds out of first (third GP with 51).

Denis O’Halloran won a strong 50-59 AG in 21:43 (third), while I was second AG in 21:58 (fourth) and Yuba City’s Mike Buzbee was third AG in 22:10 (fifth). Mike leads this GP with 56 points, while I am second with 51 and Alex Danner, who won this AG in the 10K in 48:59 (fourth), is third GP with 49. Frank Castro-Wehr was second AG in the 10K in 52:13 (fifth).

Divakar Pandit won the 15-18 AG in the 5K in 22:28 (seventh).

Devon Cloud won the 11-14 AG in 22:40 (eighth) and leads that GP with 59 points, while Callan Warner was second AG in 23:02 (ninth) and Anthony Perez was third AG in 24:00 (15th, second GP with 30).

Rocklin’s Laura Mosbacher won the 19-29 AG in the 10K in 54:27 (10th, third woman), while Courtney Amalong was second AG in 54:42 (12th, fourth woman). Jennifer Mosbacher won this AG in the 5K in 30:15.

Rose Asquith was fifth woman in the 10K, winning the 50-59 AG in 54:52, now second in this GP with 44 points. Diana Wilburn won this AG in the 5K in 25:30 (19th) and has clinched first in the GP with a perfect 80 (the only competitor this year with a perfect score).

Gordon Keller won the 60-69 AG in the 5K in 27:27 (23rd), with Joseph Lambert second AG in 28:36, now third GP with 30 points. Grand Prix statistician Gary Loucks won this AG in the 10K in one hour, 2:00 and is second GP with 45.

Suzie Miller won the 60-69 AG in the 5K in 29:44, first in this GP with 70 points, with Ronda Jensen second AG in 30:26 and second GP with 49.

Joshua Fairchild won the 10 and under AG in 29:59, with the win moving him into sole possession of first in this GP with 60 points.

Michael Airington won the 70 and over AG in 31:36, which moved him up into second in this GP with 49 points. Yuba City’s Ken Gaal, with his AG win in the 10K in 54:39 (11th), moved into a tie for third with 47, while Santa Rosa’s Darryl Beardall, second AG in one hour, 3:34, jumped up into first with 50 in this tight AG competition.

Lynne Hurrell won the 70 and over AG in the 10K in one hour, 4:23 and has won this GP, now with 70 points.

Trinity Eelkema won the 10 and under AG in 33:06.

Miah Taylor, in her comeback from heart surgery earlier this year, won the 15-18 AG in 35:27, now second GP with 31 points, one out of first.

Next up in the Gold Country Grand Prix race series is the ninth of the 10 events, the Run Through the Colors 5K and 10K races, to be held on Oct. 24, starting and finishing at Pioneer Park in Nevada City.

More information can be obtained by calling Race Directors Richard or Theresa Thomas at 530-265-2666 or e-mailing either at You can also find a flyer and complete GP standings online at the Sierra TrailBlazers site:

See you at the races!

Steve Bond is a competitive runner who lives in Nevada City and regularly writes columns and feature stories about running for The Union. He may be reached via e-mail at

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