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Saturday, June 14, 2003 -- Parkersburg, WV
RCR Series 5 - Mountain State Classic (iPO Event Id#: 5610)
Articles and results contributed by Joe Corra and the River City Runners Club

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KIDS CLASSIC

The big races in Parkersburg this weekend were not road runs or walks, but the Kids Classic held after The Mountain State Classic (see write-up below) in Parkersburg City Park. The races are the first of four events in the River City Kids Series that finishes in October at The Tony Cottrell Race on Erickson Field track.

The first heat, Five & Under Boys, was a close one with the first ten boys covering the 100 yard event within three seconds of each other. Curtis Haner (20.58) surged and edged out Hayden Kramer (21.65) for the victory. Hayden's twin sister Allie Kramer (22.04) also took second in the girls heat, she finished close behind Madison Burks (21.15), in the Girls Five & Under class. Also in the Same race was "Sweet Pea" Allman (2 years old )who was doing quite well until she veered off course for a Grandma stop and lost several seconds.

The Six & Seven Year Old Boys, was another exciting race with Ryan Shockey (34.94) winning over Ryan Epperly (35.40) in the 200 Yard event. These are serious times, that's a 5:08 pace!

The Girl's 200 yard race was no less serious with Hannah Surface (34.43) winning over Brooke Borich (35.75). These girls can fly!

Cory Haner took the 300 yard, Eight and Nine Year Old Boys Race, with a speedy 55.53 run over Alex Skidmore (59.39). The Girls 300 was a little faster, with Sarah Shockey burning a 53.83 run over 2nd Place finisher, Rachel Fry (55.67).

The final race of the day was a combined girl and boy 400 yard run with the ten and eleven year olds running. Rebecca Fry ran to victory in 1:09.11 with her closest competitor being the first boy Tyler Green (1:09.94). The Girls second place was Aylssa Skidmore, with 1:31.78. Tyler was followed by Wesley Burks (1:19.34).

MOUNTAIN STATE CLASSIC

Humidity, was the word of the day at the 25th running of the Mountain State Classic 10K. Humidity and temperatures warmer than we've grown accustomed to this Spring, but that didn't stop the participants from giving it their best in one of the few 10K races in the Mountain State.

Many of the pasts winners were here, the legendary Kitty Consolo, Kim Nutter, who performed the Starters duties and last years winners Larry Taylor and Barbara Kuhlemeier, plus Jan Hughes, and Parkersburg's own Tony Basta. All of the past champions performed well, with every one of them winning Overall, Age-group or Masters trophies.

Barbara Kuhlemeier, of Scott Depot, improved her time by over two and one half minutes (40:30), on a course that is probably a little tougher this year, for a solid win. In 2nd place was Ravenswood, WV's Monica Vannest (42:59), followed by Vienna's Leslie Molinaro-Craven (46:23). Bringing up the rest of the overalls were Cathy Borich (46:58), of Beverly, Ohio and Leslie Thomas (47:29) also of Ravenswood.

The Men's race was not so easily decided, the two leaders were still neck and neck at the 5 mile mark, after Larry Taylor lead most of the way. Then, as they wound their way around City Park, David Kline of St Albans pulled ahead for a ten second lead at the Finish Line, with a time of 35:32.

Fayetteville, WV's Taylor was forced to settle for 2nd with 35:42. Larry has been either first or second for the last five years, by my records. Third place was Charleston's Glenn Baldwin (36:02) followed by Marietta, Ohio Cross Country star, Danny Carlson (37:20) and Parkersburg's Tony Basta (37:26) was 5th.

The Women's 5K Race-walk was won By Wellsville, Ohio's Barb Kornbau, Barb's time of 30:41, beat the first Male Walker by over a minute. She has been competing in the River City Walking Series this year and has raised the bar quite a bit. Bridgeport, Ohio walker, Roberta Snouffer, (32:40) was 2nd place. Roberta and Barb must be the main competitors from the Wheeling area. Third place went to Brenda Pomrenke (33:04) of Williamstown, WV.

In the men's Race-walk, Terry Whitecotton of Wheeling, WV, was 1st with 31:42. He was followed by Roger Quimby (31:58) of Beverly, Ohio and Kenny Lewis (32:30), also of Wheeling.