Thursday, July 31, 2014

Freshman takes first

After being postponed due to snow, runners finally compete in Liberty Mt. 5k

People from all over the Greater Lynchburg Area gathered at Camp Hydaway Thursday, April 3, to compete in the Liberty Mt. 5K Trail Race.

“The event ran very well, and we had a great turnout, even with the postponement,” Associate Director of Student Activities (SA) Joshua Yeoman said. “The weather was terrific. Live results were a hit, and everything went safe and smooth.”

Results — Jonathan Houck (left) joined fellow Liberty students and others from the surrounding area who competed in the race. Photo credit: Hannah Lipscomb

Results — Jonathan Houck (left) joined fellow Liberty students and others from the surrounding area who competed in the race. Photo credit: Hannah Lipscomb

After opening ceremonies and prayer, more than 150 runners approached the start line bouncing up and down, stretching and warming up in anticipation of the starting horn.

Only 22 minutes later, the first runner, 21-year-old Liberty freshman and Kristian Samaneigo crossed the finish line with his arms spread wide in celebration, finishing with a time of 22:05.

“All I could hear was first place, here comes first place, as I ran toward the finish line,” Samaneigo said. “Honestly, it was a surprise to me that I ran so fast and even more of a surprise to have taken first place.”

Coming in a close second was Lynchburg College student Dakota Pellman with a time of 22:28, followed by Matthias Dailey, who finished in third place with 23:13.

All times were recorded by Riverside Runners, a custom footwear shop located at 2480 Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg. According to SA, all results can be found on the Riverside Runners website, riversiderunners.com. Yeoman said he anticipates the system potentially being used in all upcoming SA races.

The next SA race is the Bald Mountain 10k Trail Race, which will take place, April 26 at 8 a.m. at Camp Hydaway.

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