Neal Singles 5K results 2009.09.23

Written by David Green.

A record number of 5K runners participated in the fourth annual Neal V. Singles Memorial Run Sunday in Morenci.

Despite the absence of several veterans of past runs unable to attend this year’s event, the 325 runners topped the tally from previous years.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have dedicated sponsors and volunteers that have supported us every year, as well as new people who offered their help for the event,” said Jackie Schaffner, who coordinates the annual fund raiser with Heather Walker.

Proceeds from the event go to a scholarship fund named in honor of the late Morenci school administrator, Neal Singles.

Morenci Education Foundation director Bill Van Valkenburg expected to see a profit of between $2,000 and $2,500—a significant drop from previous years in a stronger economy.

“Jackie and I were both really pleased with how easy the event was to organize this year,” Walker said. “With a few exceptions, most of our volunteers have been with us since the beginning, which makes it much easier to plan. The volunteers know their jobs and they handle them without much help at all. It's great.”

Walker noticed a change in participation over the years.

“The first year we had many, many one-mile walkers—more than runners in the 5K. As the years have passed, the event has shifted to more of a traditional 5K, with more runners and fewer one-milers,” she said. “I assume it’s because the commemorative spirit of honoring Neal carried us the first few years and now word of the event being a well-organized 5K has gotten out to more runners, so we're seeing an increase in those numbers.”

Dominique Miller of Tecumseh repeated as the top female runner with a time of 19:40, and that was good for eighth overall. Tom Romanowski of Hudson took the overall title at 16:52. He competes in the 35 to 39 age group and Miller is in the 19 to 24 group.

Males

11 and under—Cameron Fee, 23:45; Zane Woerner, 26:37.07; Ian Pizzo, 26:37.59.

12 to 14—Jake Spaulding, 20:22; Luke Spaulding, 20:25; Reagan Stowell, 23:01.

15 to 18—Aaron Mountain, 18:39; Jacob Halsey, 18:58; Micah Gillen, 19:00.

19 to 24—Eric Lutton, 17:59; Ben Bloom, 19:09; Eric Momyer, 20:24.

25 to 29—Jason Whitcomb, 22:44; Brandon Donahue, 23:52; Shane Morse, 29:32.

35 to 39—Josh Donnelly, 19:54; Matt Rupp, 21:44; John Rorick, 22:29.

40 to 44—Keith Stowell, 21:33; Jun Tsuji, 25:34; T.G. Cook, 28:32.

45 to 49—Timothy Speed, 23:02; Orrin Whitcomb, 32:55.

50 to 54—Dave Barrett, 20:49; Domingo Valdez, 26:34; Jim Singles, 32:51.

60 to 69—Ron Carpenter, 20:28; Rich Wilkins, 23:03; Larry McCaskey, 23:46.

70 and older—Everett Luoma, 31:21; Bernie Marvin, 31:46; Earl Woerner, 38:40.

Females

11 and under—Darian Double, 27:17.4; Bailee Dominique, 27:17.93.

12 to 14—Madison Gleckler, 24:56; Taylor Baugh, 32:06; Mary Margaret Hollstein, 38:36.

15 to 18—Kyla Goetz, 24:21; Sylvia Fisher, 25:54; Mercedez McCaskey, 26:00.

19 to 24—Christina Lapidus, 27:03; Taryn Donahue, 27:16; Kristyn Olszewski, 27:48.

25 to 29—Kristy Castillo, 25:01; Kendra Rodriguez, 25:26; Carmen Ely, 27:30.

30 to 34—Andi Rorick, 25:54; Kirsten Cook, 28:33; Katie Frank, 31:59.

35 to 39—Mindy Goetz, 23:14; Denise Dashner, 23:29; Shanda Borck, 24:22.

40 to 44—Karen Donahue, 23:04; Jean Blankenship, 26:10; Tina Double, 26:43.

45 to 49—Kym Ries, 30:38.

50 to 54—Jo Essenmacher, 24:49; Cheryl Stromski, 29:14; Kathie Brock, 30:54.

55 to 59—Linda Dusseau, 41:12.

60 to 69—Mary Steinhauser, 30:56; Theresa Marvin, 38:40; Diana Rupp, 42:28.

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