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Race Results Round Up

June 06, 2011 By: John Blue Category: Road Races

Kirsten Schneider finishes 3rd at the Women's Fitness 5K. Photo courtesy of Randy Wehner.

There has been a lot of racing going on around here! With all the rain and mud we’ve been slogging through, it’s hard to believe that this is the beginning of the summer, short-distance race season–but it is.

At Sunday’s Kaiser Permanente Women’s Fitness Festival 5K, Caroline Kirui, of Auburn (by way of Kenya), smoked all comers with a 16:26. This was surely one of the fastest women’s 5K times we’ve seen in town lately.

Rounding out the rest of the top-three were two of Sacramento’s top masters talents–Mary Coordt, of Elk Grove, was the second finisher in 17:45, and Kirsten Schneider, of Sacramento, was third in 18:24.

This women-only race has some fun team categories, including sisters, mother-daughter, and grandmother-granddaughter. The top-team result was the mother-daughter team of (surprise!) Stacey and Chase Worthen. Stacey ran an 18:45 (4th overall) and 13-year-old Chase finished in 21:23. Tough competition! Complete results can be found here.

Last weekend, on Memorial Day, Sacramento’s Land Park played host to another long-standing popular race: The Buzz Oates No Excuses 5K. In this race, finishing times are run through a patented age-grading calculation, ensuring that none of the fast, young guys are going to come out on top. If you want to win this race, you need to be older than 50 or younger than 16, and fast.

This year, the top age graded finisher was Janice Kesterson (57), of Oakdale, who ran a pretty speedy 20:38. This 2o:38 age grades out to a 14:21!

The start of the No Excuses 5K. Photo courtesy of Rich Hanna

Next in age-graded performances was Joannie Siegler (54), of Davis, who ran 19:57/14:27. Wendy Pratt (50), of Davis, was third with a 19:01/14:30.

Age graded or not, these ladies have some wheels!  Complete age-graded results are here.

In case you are somewhat curious, the top-three non-age graded finishers were Scott McIntyre, of Davis, who ran 15:48, Chris Badolato, of Reno, who ran 16:07 for 2nd, and Tomas Evangelista, of Auburn,  who finished 3rd in 16:13.

The top-three non-age graded women’s finishers were Stacey Worthen, of Sacramento, in 18:43, Fiona O’Keefe, of Carmichael, with 18:58, and Wendy Pratt, of Davis, who ran 19:01. (As I noted above, Wendy’s time was fast even without age grading!) Complete non-age graded results are here.

Also on Memorial Day, but further away in Kentfield, was the Marin Memorial Day 10K. This race is part of the PA USATF grand prix and is always very competitive. It is the kind of 10K you can run 6:00 pace and not crack the top 100. The winning times were 30:12 for the men (Phillip Reid of San Luis Obispo) and 34:09 for the women (Teresa McWalters of San Francisco).

There were  a couple of local runners with noteworthy performances. The fastest local was Kevin Pool, of Folsom, who was 4th overall with a 30:32. (This was only a week before his personal best 2:19:52 at the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon!) Midori Sperandeo was the top local woman, coming in 5th with a 36:20.

Also, worth mentioning here was Sacramento’s 50-year-old Iain Mickle who ran a 33:42! Way to represent! Complete Marin Memorial Day 10K results are here.


Photo of Kirsten Schneider was courtesy of Randy Wehner Photography. Be sure to check out his other race photos at his website and Facebook page.

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