Thursday, April 3, 2014
While heavy rain cut the expected field from more than 600 to slightly more than 200 brave souls, it didn’t stop competition Saturday in the annual Race for the Inlet.
A pair of Myrtle Beach residents — John Hynes and Jess Dennison — captured the 5K honors. Hynes, 39, finished the course in 17:53 and Dennison, 23, crossed the finish line in 20:35.
Reed Winn of Pawleys Island won the 8K race in 35:42 and Beth Coen of Myrtle Beach captured the women’s 8K title in 37:16.
The shorter race drew competitors from as far away as Florida and Washington, D.C., while most of the runners in the 8K came from the Carolinas.
Age-group honors in the 5K race went to Serena Elias of Myrtle Beach and Asher Patino of Conway in the 10 and under class. Elias finished in 25:31 and Patino in 29:43; to Michelle Baldassare, 15, of Stewartsville (21:16) and overall runner-up Grant Smith of Murrells Inlet (18:12) in the 11 to 19 year-old class; Heather Tilke, 29, of Conway (28:55) and Shane Norris, 24, of Myrtle Beach (22:11); and Kelly Key, 39, of Cary, N.C. (25:50 and Matthew Sauer, 32, of Mooresville, N.C. (20:29).
A pair of Inlet residents — Tonya Allison and Brian Scully, both 41 — captured the 40-49 year old division.
Allison cross the finish line in 24:01 and Scully in 21:19. Laurie Baldassare, 52, of Stewartsville won the female 50-59 division in 28:18 and Steve Brakefield, 53, of Murrells Inlet won the men’s division in 25:26.
In the 60-69 group Patricia Ferguso of Myrtle Beach won in 22:42 and Robert Thomas of Matthews, N.C., won in 25:40. Delores Rafferty, 72, of Myrtle Beach captured the 70-99 division in a time of 49:29 and George Hagan of Murrells Inlet, 77, took first place among the 70-99 men in 30:52. In the 8K, age group, victors included Cooper Hollandswort, 13, of Surfside Beach (46:40); Jacqueline Rucci , 24, of Myrtle Beach (38:59) and Jeffery Gabriel, 28, of Conway (46:40); Abby McDowell, 34 of Myrtle Beach (39:11) and Brian Colavecchio, 30, of Garden City (36:57); Sabina Monney, 44, of Lancaster (37:20) and Jeff Sanders, 45, of Columbia (39:14).
Also taking age-group trophies were Scottie Ferguson, 51, of Greenville (44:45), Rich Black, 56, Murrells Inlet (39:32); Cathy Sivertsen, 67, of Myrtle Beach (57:55) and Charles Whetstone, 64, of St. Matthews (41:46); and Jack Close, 70, of Murrells Inlet, (47:38).
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