|Proceeds benefit the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center|
Staff Photo by Steven Marsh:
Fifty-eight runners competed in Saturday’s seventh annual Johnny CASA 5-miler.
Friday, September 14, 2012
By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor
MONETA -- If the race organizers were to ever change the name of the Johnny CASA 5-Miler/5K Walk, it would be a fitting tribute to rechristen it in honor of Salem's Andrew Parkins.
Parkins, 28 and a noted distance runner, captured the men's overall championship of the seventh annual race at LakeWatch Plantation Saturday for the fourth year in a row.
Parkins completed the five-mile trek in 28:38.64. His average mile pace was 5:44.
Placing second was veteran local distance runner and past race champion H.T. Page of Wirtz with a time of 31:04.63, followed by Rob Prom of Callaway in third with a time of 35:32.13.
Page and Prom, both in their 50s, bested many runners who are their juniors in terms of age.
Because of their top three showings, Page and Prom were not eligible for the men's masters title, which goes to runners 40 and older who finish outside the top three. Claiming the title and placing fourth overall was Ron Rogers, 60 of Riner with a time of 35:45.65.
Winning the female overall title was Liz Futrell, 46, of Roanoke with a time of 39:56.12: a 7:59 mile pace. She is the seventh female to win the championship, as the division has yet to crown a repeat titleholder.
Placing second was Amanda Rucker (40:18.05) of Rocky Mount and Nikki Flanders of Penhook (40:32.55) was third.
Sherri Braxton of Ferrum won the female masters title with a time of 41:34.17.
Male age group winners were Craig Thornton of Hardy (12 and younger, 41:07.75); John Ayers of Forest (18-22, 43:50.47); James Adams of Lynchburg (23-29, 44:31.00); Jeremy Woods of Roanoke (30-34, 37:01.08); Bradley Wiseman of Roanoke (35-39, 40:14.87); John Mason of Huddleston (45-49, 36:00.48); Ricky Scott of Ferrum (50-54, 41:48.89); Tommy Rakes of Ferrum (55-59, 43:31.59); Jack Gill of Pulaski (60-64, 36:28.85); Harold Ingram of Henry (65-69, 41:42.55); and Ray Gilbarte of Wirtz (70 and older, 1:16:12.04).
Woods is a former Franklin County and Ferrum College distance runner and head boys' and girls' cross country coach at FCHS and Northside.
Female age group winners were Jenna Hullett of Lynchburg (23-29, 51:07.80); Leigh Lester of Rocky Mount (30-34, 42:47.05); Nicki Alexander of Rocky Mount (35-39, 41:08.84); Lisa McDonald of Lynchburg (40-44, 53:11.74); Karen Cowher of Collinsville (45-49, 49:14.57); Kim Wilbourne of Moneta (50-54, 47:47.23); Layne Ferguson (55-59, 41:44.98); and Terri Jones of Moneta (60-64, 48:01.86).
Fifty-eight runners posted finishing times.
Andrew Alexander, 8, of Rocky Mount won the 5K Walk with a time of 32:14.14.
Sixty-eight walkers crossed the finish line.
Proceeds from the race benefit the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center of Rocky Mount.