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Saturday, July 19, 2003 -- Hurricane, WV
Great Teays 5k Run & Gene Fuller 1 Mile Run/Walk (iPO Event Id#: 5747) Story and photos by Ariana Kincaid

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[Overall Results] [Results by Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]
Past Race Coverage: [1999] [2000] [2001]

Race Start
Jockeying for position early in the Great Teays 5K
In spite of the damp conditions over the previous couple of days that made the mechanics of running more difficult (for example, spongey woodchips and soggy ground), Zach Sabatino pulled out a fast win for the Great Teays 5k. And Erik Eskew earned a three-peat for his performance in the Gene Fuller 1 mile Run/Walk. All of this took place at Valley Park in Hurricane on Saturday.

Also helpful for the runners was the fact that the morning was a misty, gray one. A day good for running, so long as the damp hasn't seeped into the ground. On this day, what the weather added, the soggy terrain took away.

Race Winner
Zach Sabatino cruises to victory
Sabatino, in the 20-24 category, finished with a time of 15:35, almost a full minute ahead of Mikey Guinn, whose 16:27 time gave him a lock on second place. Another minute behind was Glenn Baldwin, with a time of 17:44 who, in the 45-49 category, is doing well trying to hang with the twenty-somethings in the top two spots.

Christina Rawson finished 6th overall, with a time of 18:47 for the 5k. Kelly McGraw came in at 19:50 for second place and 10th overall. And Hannah Kovarik, with a time of 20:30, was not only 15th overall and third place female, but also the first finishing Putnam County woman. (Matt Null, with a time of 18:09, was the first finishing Putnam County man.) The first finishing Putnam Countians, male and female, receive the Joe Varian Memorial Award, named for a runner instrumental in starting the Great Teays Running Club.

Race Pic
Kelly McGraw couldn't catch Christina Rawson
For the third year in a row, Erik Eskew, a teacher at Saint Albans High School, came home with the honors of winning the Gene Fuller 1-Mile Run/Walk. A twelve-year cancer survivor, Eskew finished with a time of 6:49. Second place went to Perry Estep, with a time of 7:37. And at 8:20, Casey Hill was the third place male.

Susan Blackwell, the first place female, came in third overall in the 1-mile with a time of 8:18. Jamie Barker was second with a time of 8:52, good enough for 9th overall. And Tara Elswick, with a time of 9:57, was the third place female, finishing 12th overall.

Masters Awards went to Connie Young, 19th overall, who finished with a time of 20:49, and Bob Swartz, 23rd overall, who finished with a time of 21:37.

Race Pic
A big kick at the Gene Fuller Mile finish line
The Heavyweight Division awards went to first place Jerry Bostic, with a time of 20:32, and second place Larry Gibbs, who finished with a time of 23:15. Bostic and Gibbs finished 16th and 41st overall, respectively.

The Gene Fuller Award went to Chris Lambert.

Special thanks to Putnam County Bank and Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission for their support of the race, as well as to DeWayne Harless, Winston Gregory, and Pat Board for the smooth running of the race.