Humid & Fast, the 18th Village Runner 5K Airs It Out on the Riviera
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David Cardona, fresh off a recent tear at the State JC championships, was first to finish in 15:19 (4:57 pace), and Alison Kielty (formerly Torrance High and ASU) took the Women’s crown in 17:17 (5:35 pace). The Club Ed contingent was large (37+ runners), competitive (28 Top Ten age group finishers), and successful (no injuries, I hope!).
The Club men’s contingent was led by Mike Sevier (4th overall, 16:06, 5:12 pace), showing he is fast becoming a serious runner. Our talented and speedy women were led in by Nathalie Higley (27th OA, 17:47, 5:44 pace), as she works her way back into the local competitive racing scene.
Assorted race highlights: lots of Club Ed racing jerseys in the race (nice to see them out there!); a steady stream of Club Ed racers in the pack (another great motivator to work up through the pack); an aggressive Nathalie Higley, holding her ground as she was cut off in the first turn; encouraging words along the route by Club Ed teammates (both on the sidelines and in the racepack); Tamar doing the GI Joe Pushup Challenge (you go girl!); a competitive return for former El Camino runner Juan Fabian, in his new Club Ed singlet; Kristin Cooley jogging through the 5K, recovering from her 2nd consecutive Comrades’ Marathon in South Africa (8:47, run in the uphill direction this year!); Sharon Lotesto trying to give Coach Ed a post-race fruit roll-up treat, because she didn’t want to eat the extra 50 calories; a pack of Club Ed runners on a cool-down loop of the course post-race(nice!).
Complete race results at Resultsbyprimetime.com, but here are some of the 2100+ finishers (apologies to any I missed):
4. Mike Sevier, 16:06; 19. Humberto Sanchez, 17:20; 23. Rich Gust, 17:37; 25. Mike Cortez, 17:45; 27. Nathalie Higley, 17:47; 30. Mike Soto, 17:51; 31. Rick Dodson, 17:53; 37. Juan Fabian, 18:07; 41. James Reinhardt, 18:16; 43. Alison Atkinson, 18:30; 46. Mark Shalvarjian, 18:37; 54. Will Longyear, 18:55; 57. Emily Anderson, 19:00; 62. Juan Reque, 19:09; 63. Debbie Richardson, 19:12; 65. Bryan Johnston, 19:17; 67. Mark Silva, 19:24; 76. Ed Avol, 19:35; 80. Mike Dean, 19:41; 84. Marcio Kleemann, 19:47; 86. Kevin Sullivan, 19:49; 88. Tamar Gamliel, 19:58; 92. Chuck Kaminski, 20:12; 104. Del Carneiro, 20:33; 114. Jim O’Brien, 20:44; 120. Kevin Elliott, 20:50; 121. Diane Silva, 20:52; 126. Jim Newman, 20:59; 138. Jim Morehart, 21:14; 312. Julia Fretschl, 23:40; 335. Barb Frank, 23:58; 421. Steve Weber, 25:09; 581. Sue Reinhardt, 27:04; 803. Monyean Acuna, 29:11; 1151. Kristin Cooley, 32:41; 1153. Corrine Schratz, 32:41; 1488. Hampo Zadoyan, 37:11