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Threatening skies cleared up just in time to let the sun shine down on the Summer Sizzler 5K cross-country race, the 6th race of the season. Sunshine and smiles were abundant as the 25 gave an applause to our two birthday girls for the evening; Julia Cummings (age 11) and Julie Carroll (age 15). Once the crowd settled down the opening bell was rung signaling the start of the race.
Right out of the shoot it is was GSHís Daniel Krasemann leading the field around the first corner with EORCís Joni Beauvais right on his heels. Joni put up a good fight but Daniel was just too strong. Daniel would pull away in the woods and run to victory in 20:18. The victory was Danielís second of the year and second of his career. Joni wound up finishing in second place overall and first female with a time of 22:26. The win was Joniís first career Sizzler victory, earning her a spot in the hall of fame. Third place overall went to longtime GSH Steve OíNeil in 22:56.
Age group winners for the men were Daniel in the Youth (0-19) division, GSH regular Dan McNair was first Open (20-39) male in 24:08, EORCís Dave Gallager was first Master (40-49) in 27:41, Steve OíNeil was first Veteran (60-69) and Don Grant of SMAC was top 70+ with a time of 36:48.
Female age group winners were GSHís Julie Carroll taking top Youth in 23:08, Joni was first Open female, EARCís Jennifer Miller placed first in the Master division in 31:38 and SSís Vicki Quagliaroli was top Veteran in 35:10.
Volunteers for the evening were Brian Goddu, Ed Carroll, Bill Carroll, Brian McCarthy and Bruce Kurtz. Thanks to all the runners, volunteers and spectators.