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Taylor earns first victory of career in Friendship 5K

Rob Taylor had a breakthrough month of racing, winning his 40-49 age group for the first time at the Race to End Hunger 5K on Aug. 21, then running his personal best 19:32.0 5K at the Race for the Arts in Sacramento on Aug 28., followed by the first overall win of his life in the Run for Friendship 5K in Nevada City, on Sept. 11, in 20 minutes, 1.2 seconds.

With the win, Rob is third in the Gold Country Grand Prix (GP) in his age group (AG) with 41 points. Steve Latter was second AG in 22:37.8 (12th), with John Fairchild third AG in 22:42.7 (13th).

Troy McNeill, from Oregon House, won the very hilly 10K in 39:31.2 and remains first in the 40-49 GP with 67 points, while Dixon’s Greg Ngo, third overall and second AG in 41:05.3, is second GP with 54. Watsonville’s Vincent Oberst was third AG in 41:48.8 (fifth overall).



Michelle Newbon, who usually runs the 10K, made a smart strategic move over to the 5K and won this distance for the first time in a GP race, finishing in 21:02.7 (sixth), moving up into first in this GP with 62 points. Kerri Latter, second AG and third female, ran 22:17.5 (ninth) and is second GP with 61.

Abby Hunter won the women’s 10K (sixth) in 45:56.3 to remain third GP, now with 55.




Sixty-nine competitors finished the 5K, with another 36 completing the 10K on a great weather day for racing.

John Lawson was still with Rob with less than a half mile to go and finished second in 20:14.9, winning the 15-18 AG.

Four of the top seven in the 5K were in the strong 50-59 AG, led by Yuba City’s Mike Buzbee, who won in 20:21.3 (third, GP leader with 51 points). Denis O’Halloran was second AG in 20:26.4 (fourth), with Michael Lehmberg third AG in 20:34.3 (fifth) and Robert Warner fourth AG in 21:10.1 (seventh). Frank Castro-Wehr won this AG in the 10K in 49:57.9 (11th).

Kristina Martinez was second female in the 5K, winning the 11-14 AG in 21:27.1 (eighth), while twin sister Karina won this AG in the 10K in 51:57.3 (third female, 14th). Joy Castro-Wehr was second AG in the 5K and fourth female in 22:21.4. Kristina leads this GP with 67 points, with Karina second with 49 and Joy third with 44.

Callan Warner, Robert’s son, won the 11-14 AG in 22:31 (11th), with Devon Cloud second AG in 22:51.6 (first GP with 49 points, 15th) and Matthew Moscini, running his first 5K, third AG in 26:46.3 (30th).

Al Shook won the 70 and over AG in 22:45.1 (14th), his fourth AG win in four GP races, boosting him up into third GP with 40 points. Ron Gross, second AG in 26:15.3 (26th), leads this GP with 47. Santa Rosa’s Darryl Beardall won this AG in the 10K in 57:45.6 and is now second GP with 43.

Diana Wilburn, the only GP competitor with a perfect 70 points in seven races, won the 50-59 AG in the 5K in 23:46.6 (fifth female, 16th), clinching the GP win for the year. Anne King, second AG in 26:37 (29th), is tied for third GP with 27. Chico’s Lorna Andreatta won this AG in the 10K in one hour, 7:46.3.

Larry DeFeyter finished second in the 10K in 39:51.9, winning the 30-39 AG and clinching first in that GP for the year with 67 points. Rancho Cordova’s Tony Giglini was second AG in 41:30.7 (fourth), with Petaluma’s Kyle Restad third AG in 48:11.5 (ninth) and Lee Wells fourth AG in 55:39.7 (second GP with 28, 19th). Matthew Osbourn won this AG in the 5K in 26:30.8 (28th).

Fred Quinterno, Jr., won the 19-29 AG in the 10K in 46:03 (seventh) and leads that GP with 30 points.

Drue Mathies won the 60-69 AG in the 10K in 46:30 and leads that GP with 57 points. Gary Loucks, GP statistician, finished second AG in 59:51.2 and is second GP with 35.

Amanda Balser was second woman in the 10K and won the 30-39 AG in 49:41 (10th), moving into a tie for first in that GP with 40 points with Katie Chapman, second AG in the 5K in 24:23.5 (21st). Tamara Zuromskis won this AG in the 5K in 24:15.7 (20th), while Ariel Lovett was third AG in 25:27.2 (23rd) and is third GP with 34. Chico’s Nikki Stradler was second AG in the 10K and fourth female in 53:38.1 (17th).

Rohnert Park’s Andrea Woodcock was fifth female in the 10K and won the 19-29 AG in 54:08.5 (18th). Quintana Beachell won this AG in the 5K in 24:10.9 (19th) and leads this GP with 49 points.

Suzie Miller won the 60-69 AG in 27:03.3 in the 5K and leads that GP with 60 points, while Ronda Jensen, second AG in 28:07.4, is second GP with 42. Linda Hegle won this AG in the 10K in 57:12.5.

Joshua Fairchild won the 10 and under AG in 27:45.5 and now is tied for first in that GP with 50 points.

Lynne Hurrell won the 70 and over AG in 28:13.6 and has clinched first place for the year with 60 points.

Miah Taylor, Rob’s daughter, after having open heart surgery on June 28 this year, came back to win the 15-18 AG in 32:44 and is second in that GP with 21 points. Twin sister Madison finished second AG in 34:05.1 and step-sister Emily Hessenauer was third AG in 37:56.5, keeping the awards in that AG all in the family. What a day for Rob and his kids!

Sarah Skotnicki won the 10 and under AG in 41:48 and leads that GP with 48 points.

The next event in this year’s GP is the Harvest Run, with 5K and 10K races starting and finishing at the Loma Rica Organic Farm on Oct. 9. Races start at 8:30. More information is available from Race Director Michelle McIntosh at michelles@southyubaclub.com or 530-470-9100 x 24.

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 stillrunning55@sbcglobal.net.


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