Victoria runners race down Navarro

April 23, 2012 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated April 22, 2012 at 11:23 p.m.

Approximately 450 runners and walkers hit the streets of Victoria to support Young Life of Victoria on Saturday.

The temperatures were perfect and skies were blue as the competitors, both adults and children, raced down Navarro.

The addition of the new course, as well as a 10K race with a purse prize, had runners and walkers excited about the 2nd annual Chick-fil-A Young Life event. All money raised will go towards program costs to support the Christian-based, non-denominational youth group organization.

The addition of a 10K race, along with a purse prize for the overall winners, drew in a few elite runners from out of town.

There were 80 participants in the 10K race with 48 women and 32 men taking on the 6.2 mile course.

The overall winner in the 10K and male category was Sammy Kiplagat who covered the course in a time of 33:57, averaging 5:28 per mile pace.

Victor Viesca placed second with a time of 34:13, averaging 5:31 per mile, and rounding out the top three was Matthew Gonzales with a time of 40:07, averaging 6:28 per mile.

Nacho Trevino was the top masters male with a 41:22, averaging 6:40 per mile pace.

Rounding out the top 10 men were: Michael Felchak, 41:33; James King, 42:15; Eric Dohmen, 42:38; Joseph Galan, 43:09; Jim Humphries, 43:46 and Jeremy Chapa, 44:07.

On the women's side, it was a group of Victoria women battling it out for the prize money.

A teenager came out victorious with Destinee Kueker winning the top prize and top placing with a time of 42:54, averaging 6:55 per mile.

Kathy Manning came in a close second with a time of 43:08, averaging 6:57 per mile, and Denise Tomanek took third with a time of 43:22, averaging 6:59 per mile.

Missy Janzow claimed the overall Masters title with a time of 45:26, averaging 7:19 per mile.

Rounding out the top ten women were: Leana Elliott (4th place overall), 43:58; Andrea Delagarza, 47:09; Spring Taylor, 47:43; Leah Harvey, 47:54; April Deleon, 48:34 and Ana Garza, 49:14.

There were 296 participants in the 5K portion of the event with 193 women and 103 men competing and walking.

John Cuellar was the top male with his time of 18:27, averaging 5:53 per mile.

Joe Bratton came in second, but was the overall male masters, with a time of 19:20, averaging 6:11 per mile, and John Klemycyk placed third with a time of 19:24, averaging 6:13 per mile.

Chris Gussman finished fourth with his time of 19:29, averaging 6:15 per mile.

Rounding out the top ten men were: Nivory Stovall, 21:12; Tommy Beyer, 21:37; Kevin Escalante, 21:41; Jim Brzozowski, 21:46; Kevin Goebel, 22:05 and Arthur Hernandez, 22:09.

On the women's side, Maria Morris claimed the overall win with a time of 21:44, averaging 6:58 per mile.

Cassidy High came in second with a time of 21:56, a 7:01 per mile pace, and Sarah Southern took third with a time of 22:24, a 7:11 per mile pace.

Dawn Brown took top masters female with her time of 23:38, averaging 7:30 per mile.

Rounding out the top ten for women: Jessica Anderson, 24:11; Monica Chavana, 24:14; Melissa Chacon, 24:42; Silvey Estrada, 24:48; Sabrina Emiliano, 24:51 and Mallory Draper, 25:06.

Over 70 children participated in the kids fun run, helping to raise over $30,000 for Young Life Victoria.

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Missy Janzow received her B.S. in Dietetics from Southeast Missouri State University and owns Fit4U, a personalized coaching and nutrition business that serves to train the novice or sea soned triathlete or runner. You can reach her with your questions at



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