Westphalia road races draw over 150 runners

Westphalia road races draw over 150 runners


Westphalia road races draw over 150 runners



Over 150 local athletes braved the heat on Independence Day to compete in the St. Mary’s Parish Festival 5k and 5-mile runs, and the winners of the two races are familiar names to local running fans.

Brice Brown, a senior at Ionia High School who helped the Bulldog cross country team to a third-place finish at last year’s Division 2 state finals, won the 5-kilometer race, and Donald Richmond, who won last January’s Portland Winter Run, outraced the field in the 5-mile.

Brown was the only runner in a field of 108 to break the 17-minute mark in the 5k, posting a winning time of 16:59.87 over the 3.1-mile course. Spencer Pioszak finished second overall in a time of 17:37.61 and Greg Trierweiler placed third in 17:52.83.

Sharon Becker won the women’s 5k, finishing 14th overall in a time of 20:52.28, finishing over a minute and a half ahead of the field. Victoria Perez was the second female runner across the finish line in 22:29.55 and Janay Bengal finished third in 22:47.22.

Richmond dominated the 5-mile race, finishing 2:47 sooner than any other participant, in 28:00.25. Jim Thompson, the overall Masters Champion, finished second in 30:47.25 and Darron Birchmeier placed third, in 33:47.63.

Amy Miller won the women’s 5-mile, finishing fourth overall out of 50 entrants, with a time of 34:42.22. Julia Contreras finshed second in 37:07.24 and Erin Leplander placed third in 38:01.98.

The age-group winners are as follows:

5k division winners

Boys 14-under: Gage Cleveland, 20:44.98

Girls 14-under: Alyssa Huhn, 26:59.42

Boys 15-19: Greg Trierweiler, 17:52.83

Girls 15-19: Victoria Perez, 22:29.55

Men 20-24: Spencer Pioszak, 17:37.61

Women 20-24: Anna Krausz, 23:01.10

Men 25-29: Jeremy Doody, 17:54.06

Women 25-29: Janay Bengal, 22:47.22

Men 30-34: Ben Spitzley, 22:05.41

Women 30-34: Lori Maurer, 23:54.21

Men 35-39: Phillip Smith, 19:46.94

Women 35-39: Beth Holben, 25:48.22

Male Masters: Trent Schafer, 19:22.67

Female Masters: Susan Blemaster, 23:24.08

Men 40-44: Mark Meredith, 26:25.09

Women 40-44: Janice Schafer, 28:53.10

Men 45-49: Don English, 26:33.04

Women 45-49: Doreen Schneider, 30:06.34

Men 50-54: Daniel Gibson, 20:43.28

Women 50-54: Dawn Gawel, 36:09.60

Male Grand Masters: David Stierley, 25:50.53

Female Grand Masters: Kathleen Simon, 29:54.20

Men 55-59: David Fedewa, 26:56.74

Women 55-59: Bev Travis, 30:32.24

Men 60-64: Larry McCaskey, 27:09.25

Women 60-64: Karen Irrer, 34:13.68

Men 65-69: Bob Brooks, 28:07.06

Women 70-over: Rit Schafer, 31:57.44

5-mile division winners

Boys 14-under: Nick Martin, 44:40.78

Women 20-24: Julia Contreras, 37:07.24

Men 25-29: Samual Miller, 34:42.47

Women 25-29: Stefani Strange, 40:47.49

Men 30-34: Darron Birchmeier, 33:47.63

Women 30-34: Lisa Werner, 40:13.56

Women 35-39: Genny Bengel, 44:16.25

Male Masters: Jim Thompson, 30:47.25

Female Masters: Jane Bauer, 47:33.58

Men 40-44: John Schafer, 38:53.33

Women 40-44: Dawn Clark, 48:29.41

Men 45-49: Steve Peabody, 35:10.24

Women 45-49: Camie Kesler, 1:00:52.61

Men 50-54: Robert Thelen, 34:48.80

Women 50-54: Susan Thome, 48:26.29

Male Grand Masters: Roy Brown, 38:02.91

Female Grand Masters: Marge Novak, 56:46.55

Men 55-59: Jack Griffin, 39:30.51

Men 60-64: Tom Webb, 44:09.25

Men 70-over: Francis Leik, 53:00.02

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