JJ Santana and Braidynn Harchis Win 2017 Club Championship 10K
To begin the new year right, JJ Santana picked up where he left off in 2015 and ’16, winning and blowing away the field in a race! On a chilly day in January over the Kellog-Zaher Park 10K course, JJ’s winning time of 32:37 was more than two minutes faster than that of the next finisher, Andrew Duncan. Andrew, the ageless wonder at 49, can still run with most anybody, as his time of 34:50 will attest, but JJ Santana is not just “anybody.”
JJ Santana Andrew Duncan
The next three runners were all within 21 seconds of one another: Ray Fong (35:06), Peter Downie (35:10), and Alejandro Belmares (35:27). Along with Fong (20-29), Downie (40-49) and Belmares (30-39), Ryan Williams (19 & Under), Sergio Ibara (50-59), and Brad Stewart (60 & Over) also took home a age-group trophies.
Braidynn Harchis Shelby Nelson
The first women to finish, 13th and 14th overall, were Braidynn Harchis (42:36) and Shelby Nelson (42:37), who train with LVTC member, Jeremy Wallace. The next three women to cross the finish line were Nicole Jewell (43:01), Bailey Gosse (43:19), and Tanya Carrier (43:37). In addition to Gosse (19 & Under) and Jewell (30-39), other AG winners were Tracy Aukamp (40-49), Toshie Bertsch (50-59) and Maria Riach (60 & Over).
In total there were 38 finishers in the 10K, all of whom collected points towards the 2017 Championship Series. Also handed out at the awards ceremony after the race were the bowls and medals earned by the top-10 finishers in the 2016 Championship Series.
1. Toshie Bertsch and JJ Santana (repeat winners from 2015)
JJ Santana with 2016 CS First Place Bowl
Toshie Bertsch with 10K AG First Place and 2016 CS First Place Bowl
2. Charlene Ragsdale and Kirk Buckley
Charlene Ragsdale 2016 CS Runner-Up Kirk Buckley 2016 CS Runner-Up
3. Erica Schramm and Eric Hosafros
4. Grace Edwards and Gerry Morgan
5. Jennifer Lee and Sergio Ibarra
6. Linda Williams and Terry Stockdale
7. Christina Jimenez and Ryan Williams
8. Maria Riach and Carl Wright
9. Teri Gamer and Casey Price
10. Amanda Henriques and Jeremy Wallace
The next event in the Series will be the Celebrate Education 8K in April.