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Sports September 21, 2010  RSS feed

5K and Fun Run challenge area runners

by Vanessa Goodwyn

Tyler Jones (9) of Neches accepts a congratulatory hug from “Bucky” (Jessica Kaiser) after winning Saturday morning’s 1-Mile Fun Run at the Buffalo Stampede. VanTyler Jones (9) of Neches accepts a congratulatory hug from “Bucky” (Jessica Kaiser) after winning Saturday morning’s 1-Mile Fun Run at the Buffalo Stampede. Van The Second Annual Buffalo Stampede 5K provided local runners with a chance to "do their thang" and proved to be an exciting opportunity for those new to the sport to be medal contenders. At the opening event at Saturday's Stampede, racers met at the entrance to Harriman Park, where they could choose the 5K race (3.1 miles) or one-mile "Fun Run". Adding a unique gimmick that no other 5K can boast, Bucky* even showed up to compete. Finding no division for buffalos, she had to be content to hand out trophies and hugs.

The top 5K finisher, with a time of 19:20, was Fernando Gonzales of Madisonville. The first female finisher, besting a field of younger ladies, was Buffalo's own Mary Jane Hartley (32:20), a charter member of Jimmy Davis' Boot Camp.

Reece Jackson of Palestine took first in the 14-and-Under. Oscar Stanley of Oakwood was first in the 15-19. In the Mens 20-29 division, Jason Nix of Mansfield was first and Joshua Nix (Arlington) was close on his heels for the second place medal. Jamie Nix of Mansfield took the honors in the Women's 20-29. In Women's 30-39, Lynn Van Noy of Grapeland took first and Jessica Greenhaw of Humble was 2nd. Jumping to Men's 50-59, Billy Whitehorn was first and Constantino Gamez second. In the Women's 50-59, Teresa Nix of Buffalo was first and Janet Box of Buffalo was second.

Tyler Jones of Neches was the top finisher in the Fun Run, followed closely by Bryce Jackson of Palestine. Gwenevere and Grayson Greenhaw, Seth Stilley and Josh Owens rounded out the field of young milers.

Congratulations to this year's winners. The rest of you have a whole year to train to join us for next year's run!

* Great job, Jessica Kaiser!


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