Steve Bond: Lambert, Freitas win rain-soaked Colors 10K
Simon Lambert, winner of numerous local 5K races this year, showed he is just as strong at a longer distance, winning the hilly Run Through the Colors 10K in 36 minutes, 44 seconds in the wind and pouring rain on Oct. 24 in Nevada City.
The weather was particularly nasty that day, and still 60 hardy souls finished the 5K and another 47 the 10K, an impressive turnout considering the conditions.
For the record, 10K is 6.2 miles, and this course has been reliably measured as almost a quarter mile short, a bit under six miles, accounting for the unusually fast times compared to the 5K.
Simon, the top Nevada Union cross country runner this year, led a strong pack of his teammates in the 15-18 age group (AG) across the finish line.
Dominic (aka “Domingo”) Castro-Wehr was second AG (third overall) in 39:29, with Joe Rodrigues third AG (fourth) in 39:37, Sam Asher fourth AG (fifth) in 39:39 and Parker Scanlon fifth AG (sixth) in 39:41.
Kael Newton, the youngest of that AG at 15, was sixth AG (ninth) in 40:27, followed by Peter Roediger, seventh AG (12th) in 45:18 and Walker Davis, eighth AG (16th) in 46:52.
Simon has clinched first place in this AG in the Gold Country Grand Prix (GP) with 67 points, while Dominic is locked into second with 43.
Matt Freitas, a former cross country star at N.U., finished second overall, winning the 19-29 AG in 37:01. Joey Bratton won this AG in the 5K in 24:32 (ninth).
Sara, Matt’s mother, showed she is getting back into very good shape quickly after recovering from an injury by winning the women’s 10K and 50-59 AG in 44:28 (11th). Rose Asquith, fourth AG in 55:36, locked up second in this GP with 48 points, while Diana Wilburn, winner of this AG in the 5K in 24:58 (second woman, 12th overall), has clinched first GP with a perfect 90 points in nine races. Smartville’s Inka Mims was second AG in 26:06 (third woman, 15th), while Ann King, third AG in 28:56 (21st), holds third GP with 34.
Kerri Latter won the women’s 5K and 40-49 AG in 23:29 (seventh), keeping her second GP with 78 points behind Michelle Newbon, who won this AG in the 10K in 45:26 (second woman, 13th), who leads with 82 with one race to go. Abby Hunter, second AG in 48:11 (fourth female, 17th), clinched third GP for the year with 63.
Oregon House’s Troy McNeill won the 5K and 40-49 AG in 19:40, clinching first in this GP with 87 points. Dixon’s Greg Ngo, who won this AG in the 10K in 40:19 (seventh), has locked down second GP with 74. Rob Taylor, second AG in the 5K in 21:30 (third), has wrapped up third GP with 55. Steve Latter was third AG in 24:44 (11th), with Machen MacDonald fourth AG in 25:28 (13th).
Larry DeFeyter won the 30-39 AG in the 5K in 20:03 (second), having already clinched first in the 30-39 GP. Now with 87 points, Larry is tied for first with Troy for the top male point scorer for the year going into the last race. Jason Maier was second AG in 25:56 (14th), while Kevin Baker won this AG in the 10K in 40:24 (eighth).
The amazing Lars Weston won the 10 and under AG and finished fourth overall in the 5K in 21:49, second GP with 60 points to Joshua Fairchild, who was second AG in 30:45, first GP with 67.
Yuba City’s Mike Buzbee won the 50-59 AG in the 10K in 44:26 (10th), with Alex Danner second AG in 46:40 (14th). I won this AG in the 5K in 22:24 (fifth), with Sacramento’s Rick Pincombe second AG in 22:39 (sixth) and Yuba City’s Manny Cardoza third AG in 24:38 (10th). Mike is first GP with 66 points, while I’m second with 61 and Alex is third with 56.
Anthony Perez won the 11-14 AG in the 5K in 23:58 (eighth), wrapping up second place GP with 40 points. Devon Cloud, second AG in 29:55 (27th), has clinched first in this GP with 66.
Ariel Lovett won the 30-39 AG in 26:37 (fourth woman, 16th) and is third GP with 51 points. There was quite a battle in this AG in the 10K with Tamara Zuromskis winning in 51:44 (24th), Katie Chapman second AG in 51:49 (25th) and Amanda Balser third AG in 52:18 (26th). Katie leads this GP with 57, with Amanda second with 55.
Annie Creasey won the 15-18 AG in the 5K in 27:00 (fifth female, 17th) and is third GP with 30 points, while Miah Taylor, second AG in 35:45, is second GP with 38. Sara Marshall won this AG in the 10K in 46:50 (third female, 15th) and is first GP with 42.
Joy Castro-Wehr won the 11-14 AG in the 10K in 50:31 (fifth female, 21st), and is now second GP with 61 points.
Amanda Bratton won the 19-29 AG in the 5K in 27:12 (18th), while Rocklin’s Rayanna Laux won this AG in the 10K in 53:20. Quintana Beachell, second AG in the 10K in 53:45, has clinched first in this GP with 56 points.
Yuba City’s Ken Gaal won the 70 and over AG in the 10K in 53:06 and is now tied for second GP with 57 points with Santa Rosa’s Darryl Beardall, who was second AG in 58:40. Michael Airington won this AG in the 5K in 32:20 and is first GP with 59 in a very close competition.
Joseph Lambert won the 60-69 AG in the 5K in 29:23 (23rd) and has locked up third in this GP with 40 points. Frank Kight, from Sparks, won this AG in the 10K in 55:07, while GP statistician Gary Loucks, second AG in one hour, 37 seconds, is second GP with 52.
Lynne Hurrell won the 70 and over AG in the 10K in one hour, 4:02 and has wrapped up first GP with 80 points. Twain Harte’s J. Beltran won this AG in the 5K in 33:32.
Suzie Miller won the 60-69 AG in the 5K in 29:31 (24th) and has clinched first in that GP with 80 points, leaving her tied for third in the overall women’s top point scorer competition with Lynne, behind only Diana Wilburn (90) and Michelle Newbon (82).
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 email@example.com.
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