This post includes links to pdf files of complete 5-mile and 2-mile youth results
In the 2017 race, Dunsmuir’s Chris Morzenti had to gut it out in the last mile to beat 4-time race winner Ben Keck. “I played it safe last year,” the former Mt. Shasta High trackster said after the race. “This year I tried to drop everyone.” His strategy worked as he finished in 25:54, a quarter-mile ahead of Weed’s Benjamin Stern, 27:18. Morzenti, now running for UCLA, paid a price for his quick start: “It was a death march the last 3 miles.
Sarah Anderson won the women’s 5-mile in 31:35. “I pulled away with a mile to go”, said the U.C. Davis runner from Folsom. She’s prepping for her cross-country season. Lauren Taksa of Mt. Shasta was the first local finisher, winning the 35-39 division in 34:37. Marissa Bonivert , Mt. Shasta High distance runner, was second in the tough 16-19 division where she faced college runners.
Tami Beall of Arcata, formerly Tami Frisbie of Weed, set the only age-group record, finishing fourth overall and winning the 50-54 division in a swift 34:29.
Locals dominated the older age-groups with some inspiring performances. Wearing a jaunty fisherman’s hat, Yreka’s 92 year-old Dwight Roberts won the 90-99 division, that had to be created for him, in 1:31:21. Gene Moyer of Mt. Shasta outlasted long-time rival Harry Daniell of Redding to win the 85-89 division. The two 89 year-olds should challenge Roberts next year if they return.
Jimmy McCullough had a good day. The Mt. Shastan won the 70-74 division and then won a Mt. Bike in the post-race prize drawing.
Wendell Carlile of Mt. Shasta won the 65-69 title, and Weed’s Neil Heiman the 80-84 division.
Terry Stefanelli of Weed had the best women’s age-group effort. She won the 55-59 division in 39:59, the fastest time by a 40+ runner. Linda Held of Mt. Shasta was first 70-74 finisher.
In the division for runners of larger stature, Mt. Shasta’s Jack Crawford was first “Clydesdale” in 36:37, and Jenelle Walker the second “Athena” in 43:25.
Former Mt. Shasta Mayor and current city councilor Tim Stearns was fourth in the 70-74 division. Mt. Shasta High sprinter and pole-vaulter Mawolin Summers ran a credible 34:47.
Out-of-towners dominate youth 2-miler
Mark Ciccone of Dove Canyon in Eastern Orange County won the 2 mile race in 12:43, outlasting Mt. Shasta High School runners Aram Aguirre, 2nd in 13:11, and Emmnanuel Saryon, 3rd in 13:24.
A strong contingent of young runners from Murrieta, California dominated the girls race. 13 year old Kyra Karrer finished fourth overall in 13:56, within a minute of some good local high school athletes. Hannah Barbieri was sixth overall and first 14-15 in 13:59. Karrer’s brother, 12 year old Aiden, won the 12-13 boys division in 13:59.
Forrest Ellena of Redding won the Subaru in the grand prize drawing.