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Saturday, September 6, 2003 -- St. Albans, WV
Homeland Security 5K (iPO Event Id#: 5736)
Story and photos by Ariana Kincaid

[Details] [Coverage] [Overall Results] [Results by Class]
[Pic Set 1] [Pic Set 2] [Pic Set 3]

Race Start
Getting things started in St. Albans
The first ever Homeland Security 5k, with proceeds going to benefit the Family Readiness Group of the West Virginia National Guard's 35th Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction), happened on a flat, fast course that sees many runners earning a PR.  That likelihood increased as the weather, which was sweltering earlier in the week, cooperated by giving cool temps and overcast skies on this particular Saturday morning in Saint Albans.

Just a week out from the Charleston Distance Run, many runners who usually appear for Saint Albans races were missing.  But Matt Null, who was on the losing end of a photo finish at the Distance Run's accompanying 5k, made his presence known. 

Race Pic
Null & Waybright battle from the start
The sole member of Poca High School's cross country team, 16-year-old Matt finished with a time of 16:53.9.  On his heels was Ted Waybright, 33, whose 17:11.1 earned him second place.  17:27.8 were the magic numbers for third place, and Marshall Spradling, 27, had them. 

Perennial wheelchair participant William Riddle finished with a time of 25:55.0, an uncontested win.

The female category was hard fought, with Christina Rawson finishing first (fourth overall) with a time of 17:48.2.  Kelly McGraw finished second for the women, seventh overall, with a time of 19:07.4.  Monica Arnold finished 20th overall with a time of 20.50.2, earning that third place women's overall trophy.

Race Pic
Kelly McGraw races alone for second place
Because of the theme of the event, military personnel had their own categories.   First place Male Military, Dossen Estep, finished 14th overall with a time of 19:44.7.  Second place went to Dale Goff, 18th overall, with a time of 20:00.8.  And in the third place Male Military category, with a time of 21:17.5, was Jeremy Nelson, who finished 28th overall. 

In the Female Military category, Cheley Gabriel finished first, 79th overall, with a time of 26:46.9.  Second place, with a time of 27:25.9, 84th place overall, went to Robin Chestnut.  The third place Female Military finisher was Julia Michaelson, who was 87th overall, with a time of 28:29.3.

Special thanks to Madonna Estep, Poca Valley Bank, Arthur Agency, Dow, Druckman Law Office, River's Edge Restaurant, Pepsi, and Healthy Life Markets for their donations and support for the Homeland Security 5k!