BRIDGMAN — The entire Terre Haute South High School boys cross country team from Indiana participated in the July 10 Bridgman 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run, and they had plenty of company.
Bridgman High School cross country and track coach Spencer Carr (the event is a fund-raiser for both programs) said the 2020 Run/Walk was held virtually with about 50 people signing up.
He said about 200 people registered for the July 10 competitions (including a 1.1 mile fun run held just before the main event).
Winning the Bridgman 5K Run was Matt Gambill, a senior-to-be at Terre Haute South, (16:34). Braves teammate Eric Haworth was second in a time of 17:48.
Both said they enjoyed the race’s long downhill finish on Lake Street.
“That was exhilarating,” said Haworth, also heading into his senior year.
Next to cross the finish line were local runners John Sanderson (third place 18:19) and Drew Dow (fourth, 18:22).
The fifth overall finisher (and first female) was Presley Allen of Mendon (in a time of 18:30).
“I just wanted to get races in before the cross season,” said Allen, who is heading into her freshman year.
Among the Bridgman High School cross country team members taking part in the 5K Run on July 10 were sisters Summer and Clara Fast.
The fall 2021 season will be ninth-grader Clara’s first on varsity (she placed third in the women’s division with older sibling Summer fourth).
“I was thinking if this as a mid-summer sort of marking place to see where I was,” Summer said.
One of Summer Fast’s teammates from the 2019 state champion BHS girls cross country team, Mikaela Owen, also ran the 5K. She recently finished her first season as a sprinter on the Wayne State University track team.
Prior to the adult 5K run/walk and 10K run, 10-year-old Colton Hahaj finished first in the 1.1-mile Fun Run for kids.
“That was pretty hard and also very fun,” he said, adding that he has won races with his friends before by not “an actual race.”
The first girl to cross the finish line was Caroline Conklin, 9, who said she recently participated in track camp, runs with her dad (Matt Conklin), and noted that her mom also is a runner (Sarah Carter Conklin, who placed 10th overall in the 10K run).
Both Hahaj and Conklin are going into the fourth grade at Bridgman Elementary School.
The top 5K walker was Tim Theisen of Riverside.
‘It’s cool and a flat course, there’s no excuse,” he said.
Finishing together in second place among the walkers were Lacey Lucas and her mom, Madlynn Rindfield.
“We walk down to the beach and back daily,” Rindfield said. “So we’ve been practicing.”
First among those running the 10 kilometer distance was Catherine Klank (40:53) of Stevensville.
“I prefer a half marathon, but I’m getting back into it after I had five kids,” she said, adding “I used to push them in stroller races around the area.”
Also participating were members of the Michigan Chapter of My Team Triumph, an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults and veterans who are disabled and would not normally be able to experience endurance events such as road races.
The overall top 10 finishers in the Bridgman 5K Run were: 1. Matt Gambill (16:34); 2. Eric Haworth (17:48); 3. John Sanderson (18:19); 4. Drew Dow (18:22); 5. Presley Allen (18:30); 6. Ike Hults (18:44); 7. Luke Blesy (18:52); 8. Tate Alcorn (19:14); 9. Jack Nicey (19:21, first in boys 14 and Under); 10. Andrew Mabry (19:22).
Top 10 Women in the 5K Run were: 1. Presley Allen (18:30, also overall first place in 14 and Under); 2. Kendra Foster (19:58); 3. Clara Fast (22:10); 4. Summer Fast (22:36); 5. Amanda Veldman (24:46); 6. Emily Howell (25:36); 7. Graciosos Tate (25:54); 8. Mikaela Owen (26:02); 9. Jenna Kalin (26:65); 10. Lauren Hays (27:47).
Top 10 in the 5K Walk: 1. Tim Theisen; 2. Madlynn Rindfield and Lacey Lucas; 4. Hans Schmidt; 5. Tammera Greyerbiehl; 6. Jessica Greyerbiehl; 7. Lisa Kehoe; 8. Madison Micho; 9. Kristen Dow; 10. T.J. Davis.
Top 10 in the 10K Run: 1. Catherine Klank (40:53); 2. Jay Fast (43:01); 3. Curtis Peterson (43:53); 4. Bo Janicki (44:03); 5. Patrick McGarrity (44:59); 6. Rebecca Smith (45:01); 7. Dennis Tsang (46:00); 8. Ryan Finn (48:57). 9. Kurt Hanke (49:08); 10. Sarah Carter Conklin (50:17).