Flat course, cool temps create fast times at 5K
Approximately 400 runners and walkers registered for the eighth annual Living in the Light 5K/10K event that benefits Hospice of South Texas.
They couldn't have asked for a more perfect morning or a better course for producing fast-paced times.
With temperatures in the mid-50s at the start and beautiful skies, the runners and walkers took to the roads of Riverside Park to run a new course this year. The course took runners and walkers along the Guadalupe River, into Fox's Bend and onto Red River before heading back to the finish line or onto their second loop for the 10K event.
In the 5K event, there were about 250 runners with 164 women and 80 men.
In the men's race, Anthony Baldera, of Point Comfort, set a blistering pace, clocking a 17:37 for the win and averaging 5:38 per mile pace.
Eloy Levario was a close second, coming across the line in a time of 18:12, and Jason Lewis rounded out the top three with his time of 18:43.
Joe Bratton was the top master's male in the 5K and fourth overall with his time of 19:27.
The remaining top 10 men for the 5K were as follows: Marcus Wilson, 20:11, fifth; Dan Dickson, 20:49, sixth; Alec Sacco, 21:08, seventh; Jourdan Hydol-Smith, 21:31, eighth; Jeremy Serenil, 21:54, ninth; Gunner Hobbs, 21:55, 10th.
On the women's side, Jazyln Payne, of Victoria, won the women's race in a time of 20:08, averaging 6:27 per mile.
Kathy Manning, Payne's aunt, came across the line second place overall and master's female winner with her time of 21:20.
Brandee Bratton rounded out the top three with her time of 21:36.
The remaining top 10 in the women's field for the 5K were as follows: Jocee Bennett, 21:56, fourth; Grace Spinks, 23:19, fifth; Dorothy Rusch, 23:40, sixth; Maria Esparza, 23:50, seventh; Nicki Hagel, 24:20, eighth; Grace Bain, 24:33, ninth; Veronica Serenil, 25:08, 10th.
In the 10K race, Victoria West Senior cross country runner Blake Westbrook had a fantastic race and set a personal best in the process.
Westbrook ran an amazing time of 37:41, averaging 6:05 per mile pace.
Coming across the line a close second was Kevin Schaefer, winning the top master's award with his time of 38:04, averaging a 6:08-per-mile pace. Luis Barrios rounded out the top three overall men with his time of 39:52.
The remaining top 10 men for the 10K were as follows: Keith Drago, 39:58, fourth; Nacho Trevino, 40:27, fifth; Gary Krupala, 42:12, sixth; Eric Dohmen, 44:14, seventh; Andy Llanes, 44:20, eighth; Tres Van Dunsen, 44:21, ninth; John Klemczyk, 44:28, 10th.
In the women's race, Kelly Omness proved once again that she is unstoppable in the 10K event; she has won the race the past three years.
The Point Comfort runner came across the line in a time of 42:42, averaging a 6:53-per-mile pace, placing her as the seventh overall runner across the line.
Cheryl Sacco, of Bay City, was the top master's female with her time of 50:08. Rounding out the top three overall females were Jennifer Ives, 43:04, and Monica Chavana, 45:16.
The remaining top 10 females for the 10K were as follows: Leana Elliott, 48:22, fourth; Amy Henry, 50:24, fifth; Sandra Alkek, 50:24, sixth; Courtney Morkovsky, 50:54, eighth; Melissa Carrera, 52:53, ninth; Maria Torres, 53:40, 10th.
For a full listing of the results, visit cadencesports.com and search "results."