Come See Us
It's time to meet again this Tuesday evening, June 16, at 7 pm, but we will be moving to the Fellowship Bible Church Office on Main, around the block from the Citizens Bank Annex, which is otherwise occupied. We'll have the usual group run first at 6 pm for all interested parties. If you need sweat incentive, the Chill Factory is Main Street's newest cool business, just a few doors away.
We'll have the usual race previews and wrapups, and a note on the postponed March of Dimes 5K, which is looking for a new date in the next few weeks.
Signs of Aging
It seems we have all been busy on Facebook and filling out our spring racing calendar without keeping up with our club page here: Our last update was April and we've had two club meetings and several races in the meantime, plus wrapping up the Women Run Arkansas clinic and the track season at our area high schools.
Your correspondent is getting a little older and not juggling the workload quite as spryly perhaps. Fortunately, the White River Area Agency on Aging conducts a fundraising race to help us feel young again. UCA graduate Will Henry took time out from his wedding planning and preparation for medical school at UAMS in the fall to take top honors Saturday (June 6) at the annual Sprint for Seniors 5K. Betsy Tucker was best among the women. Following Will came high school juniors-to-be Chris Lyons of Southside and Trey Peugeot of Batesville and freshman-to-be Kendall Townsley of Cave City. In the previous Challenge Race, Townsley led the way May 2 at the Pioneer Day 5k, with Michelle Huff first for the ladies.
While the future looks bright for the younger side of our running community, those of us with a few more years under our belts are also making a mark. Tucker is a grand master and Huff is a masters runner, both collecting points in the statewide Grand Prix as well as in our own Challenge Series. Huff is a solid fourth in 45-49 at the Grand Prix and seventh in Masters on a lighter schedule than those ahead of her. Bruce Oakley is fourth in Grand Masters and third in 55-59, also on a lighter schedule than all those ahead of him. Todd Coleman is eighth in 50-54 with only a few races in his first year in the Grand Prix. Rusty Hinges leads 75-79, with Don Potter his only rival. Recent Grand Prix races are the Easter Seals Rock Run 8K and Toad Suck Daze 10K.
Batesville Pioneer Track Coach Kevin Miller got the next generation going with his "Lil Bit" Olympics May 30 at Pioneer Stadium. A few dozen kids 5-12 years old had a blast with several events, video introductions on the scoreboard, and a chance to watch the 100-yard dash for dads, too!
Miller's own team had finished second in the 5A East championship followed by a strong third in the 5A state meet. Coach Tim Howard's girls won 5A East and also finished third at state. Melbourne's boys finished second in their district meet. Melbourne senior Dalton Romero finished ninth in the state decathlon, with Batesville senior Sam Scaggs 12th and sophomore Kylan Robinson 13th. Robinson's finish earns an automatic invitation to return for next year's event. Abby Edwards and Summer Strecker competed in the heptathlon, with Edwards missing Logan Bishop's school record in the 800 meter run by less than 2 seconds. Scaggs missed Brian Baker's school record in the 800 by less than a second at the 5A state meet. Scaggs anchored the 4 x 800 relay quartet who broke their own record again this year. Tristen Driver, Preston Thompson, and Sam's brother Jacob all return next year needing a new fourth to chase their record again. Robinson broke the school triple jump record, then broke that mark at another meet and did it yet again at a third meet, adding nearly 3 feet to the standard.
Elsewhere, youngsters were out in full force May 8 at the 2nd Annual Football Frenzy 5K in Newark to benefit Cedar Ridge Timberwolves football. Only a dozen of the 69 runners were older than 20. Kendall Townsley won that race as well, and football mom Brandie Cannady brought her inner teen first to the finish for the ladies.
A small but dedicated contingent made it to the Women Can Run 5K on May 9 in Conway, wrapping up the Women Run Arkansas clinic. Group leader Rita Cooke competed in the open race, winning the 60-64 age group. Sonia Mitchell, Merry Anne McSpadden, Lindsey Tapp, Stacey Cossey, and group leader Brandie Cannady also topped off their 12 weeks of work with a good showing. Sonia received the Batesville clinic's Spirit Award for her faithful enthusiasm throughout the training season. Ladies can continue to check for news and running schedules on our local WRA-Batesville page, or our local WRA Facebook page.
Join the Club
Not a member? Have a running buddy or wannabe who's not yet a member? Spread the word and click one of the registration links above left to join the fun as we continue to promote running and fitness throughout our community! Register online or mail membership and other printable forms to: White River Roadrunners, 475 Fayrene Street, Batesville, AR 72501. We have club T-shirts available free to our members in men's, women's and youth sizes, so join today and pick up a tech shirt to run in the best Roadrunner style!
2015 OFFICERS: Suzy Oakley, President; Rebecca Patterson, President-elect; Bruce Oakley, Secretary; and Donna Johnson, Treasurer.
|2014: Bruce Oakley||2013: Dwayne Dickey||2012: Davy Insell||2011: Jennifer Liles-Dorris|
|2010: Andy Buschmann||2009: Robert Barber||2008: Joe Pool||2007: Sandy Pool|
|2006: Ken McSpadden||2005: Rita Cooke||2004: Kay Hermansen-Pool||2003: Ken McSpadden|
|2002: Sam Cooke||2001: Joe Pool|