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Saturday, October 14, 2000 -- Sharpsburg, Maryland
Running Rams Homecoming 5K
Hosted by Phi Epsilon Kappa
Story and photos by Elizabeth Herr

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Running Rams Homecoming 5K
Scenic Antietam Battlefield
On Saturday, October 14, a battle was reborn at Antietam Battlefield National Park in Sharpsburg, Maryland. This particular encounter was a war waged on foot between men and women of passion, a passion for running that is. The scenic battlefield was home this past weekend to the Running Rams Homecoming 5K. Hosted by the Shepherd College Cross Country team, the second annual event's proceeds benefited the development fund of the varsity sport at Shepherd.

The event was success on many levels, largely in part to the many participants who came out to support the Running Rams. Although none of the team competed in the race, they participated by setting up the course and helping to direct traffic, both motorists and runners alike. Also in the event's corner was the weather. With clear skies and warming temperatures, the contenders crowded the registration table before the race. Eighty-one names were taken before the race began from a command given by the Shepherd Cross Country Coach, Moe Morris, at 9:00 AM.

Running Rams Homecoming 5K
Following the country roads
The course embarked from Smoketown Road, and continued to Sunken Road, also known as Bloody Lane. Once runners reached the Observation Tower, they did a turn around to retrace the course out to Smoketown Rd., and then connected to Cornfield Ave. The last leg of the race was on Dunker Church Ave., back to the starting point.

Two-time state cross-country champion, Tim Mason (15:50) lead the way with Alexander McAbee (15:58) on his tail. Both would finish first and second overall, respectively, as well as beat the course record. Chris Pereschuk (16:21) wasn't far behind, finishing third for the men.

On the woman's front, Sharon Webb (18:45) finished 12th overall but took home the prize as the first female across the finish line. Angie Rhoderick (19:49) would come in second with Tara Saville (22:13) placing third in the women's division. Tara, a graduate of Shepherd College, also took home one of the special alumni plaques given to the first male and female graduates who finished the race. The other alumni plaque went to Mark Palmer (22:19).

Running Rams Homecoming 5K
Having fun during the run
The overall male and female winners of the race were awarded $50 in prize money and plaque commemorating their victory. Divisions were split according to age, and thus received awards accordingly. The first two finishers in the 14 and under and 60+ categories received awards while the 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 categories had three finalists. Other random awards were also given out to chance winners during a drawing held before the award ceremony.

As the crusade between time and runners came to a close, the battlefield was returned to its seemingly halted appearance. And although the rolling hills and luminous scenes reflect a harrowing time in our nations history, this unique battle conveyed a more affirmative sentiment for years, and runners, to come.

Special Thanks... Goes out to Mike Lanning for all of his help!