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Thursday, July 25, 2002 -- Morgantown, WV
Summer Tsunami Slam (iPO Event Id#: 5093)
Story by Heather Bury with Photos by Dave McKain

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[Overall Results] [Results by Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]

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Soaking up the Tsunami 5K on the Deckers Creek Trail
Two hours before race time it looked like the Summer Tsunami Slam 5K was going to be aptly named, the rain was falling down in waves. But the storms subsided and the course was clear for a great evening of racing.

At first glance this race looked like a high school cross country meet with the top six runners all in the 19 and under age group. The race went out fast, with eventual winner Jesse Vernon reluctant to take the lead. Vernon held back until the mile where he started to pull away on the extreme downhill above Marilla Park. As he turned onto the Decker's Creek Rail Trail, it was obvious that he would only extend his lead.

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A fun evening of running, and walking, in Morgantown
Pat Mullaney (17:21) and Kenny King (17:27) showed up to represent Pennsylvania. They did a fine job but on this evening, they were no match for Morgantown's Vernon who's winning time was a personal best of 16:52.

Morgantown High standout Karen Wigal (19:37) had no problem securing a victory. Her nearest competitor was Shannon Kovach of Connellsville, Pennsylvania with a time of 20:55. And finally breaking the streak of teenage winners, the forty-something Barbara Lagodna took third overall with a time of 22:25.

The staff here at iPlayOutside would like to thank all of the friends who volunteered and helped to make the first Tsunami Slam a success. We couldn't have done it without the Morgantown Road Runners and the W.V.Flyers. We sure hope we'll see you all again in August at the Pfizer Run for Men's Health.