Season’s Winners Listed As Foot Race Schedule Continues
The last time Mike Bedell ran a competitive race over the Elk Lake cross country course, he didn’t finish.
That was not the case on Saturday, Aug. 6, as Bedell comfortably won the Elk Lake 5K in a time of 18:07.
Bedell, a June graduate of Elk Lake, had collapsed almost within sight of the finish line while leading the District Two cross country championships in Oct. 2010.
While Saturday’s race was a fun run designed to raise funds for the American Red Cross and the Elk Lake cross country team and the graduation project of Elk Lake senior Will Bennett, Bedell did feel the course owed him a little something.
“At least I finished,” he joked with his family afterwards.
The race was run in a persistent rain, but not enough to create any problems on the course.
“The course is really nice,” said Bedell, who left for Campbell University on Aug. 10, where he will continue his running career. “It’s not muddy at all. It’s irrigated pretty well. It’s mowed pretty nice.”
Hunter Bedell, Mike’s younger brother, was second in 19:39, followed by Jeff Horvath in 20:00.
Ellen Squier, former Elk Lake star who will begin her redshirt junior year on the Philadelphia Biblical cross country squad in a couple weeks, was the top female finisher.
She was sixth, overall, in a time of 21:29.
Squier praised the course conditions.
“It’s a little wet from the rain, but still pretty firm,” she said.” It’s a nice course. I enjoyed running it.”
Besides helping support the two organizations, Squier also welcomed the race as a chance to give back to the cross country program and stay in touch with the runners—past, present and future.
“I came mostly to support Will Bennett, a former teammate,” Squier explained.
“It’s fun to come back and run with some of the old team and see the new ones come up.”
With two seasons of college eligibility remaining, Squier is optimistic about this fall’s campaign.
“I’m looking forward to the season,” she said.
Lainey Bedell was second in the women’s race, finishing in 24:47. Jody Daye was third in 26:16.
Bennett might have hoped for a better day in the weather department, but he was pleased with the way the race went.
“It turned out fine,” he said.
Bennett did gain a greater appreciation for the work it takes to prepare the course for an event like this.
“I learned it takes a lot of time getting the course ready,” he said. “I really came to appreciate our coaches and the way they got it ready for districts last year.”
Age-group awards went to Hunter Bedell (13-17), Mike Bedell (18-25), Cambria Ely (26-35), Brian Graves (36-46) and Annette Salsman (47-up).
The results of the race are as follows:
1. Mike Bedell 18:07; 2. Hunter Bedell 19:39; 3. Jeff Horvath 20:00; 4. Jason Vermeulen 20:17; 5. Bryan Grosvenor 20:51; 6. Ellen Squier 21:29; 7. Brian Graves 22:22; 8. Lainey Bedell 22:46; 9. Zach Moon 23:16; 10. Ty Moon 24:47; 11. Jody Daye 26:16; 12. Kellie Grosvenor 27:14; 13. Cassy Salsman 27:17; 14. Cambria Ely 27:44; 15. Martin Farnelli 28:43; 16. Meghan Ragard 29:21; 17. Kailey Ragard 29:21; 18. Tammy Bonnice 29:45; 19. Kelsey Hermick 30:09; 20. Ross Williams 30:11; 21. Jenny Grosvenor 33:31; 22. Lydia Hunsinger 34:35; 23. Keek Morahan 34:36; 24. Annette Salsman 45:05; 25. Gloria Williams 45:05; 26. Gerry Mulkenin 45:23; 27. Tami Ragard 52:58.
Jack Daniels Mile
At Tunkhannock, on Aug. 4, Rob Ahrens won the Jack Daniels Mile in a time of 4:26.
Frankie Redmond was second in 4:31, followed by Ben Robinson in 4:35.
Regan Rome topped the ladies’ race in 5:25. Kate Reilly was second in 5:40, followed by Ali Schappert in 5:51.
Aug. 13: Christy Mathewson Big 6K, Factoryville, 8:30 a.m.
Aug. 13: Larry Hynes Memorial 5K, Owego, NY, 9 a.m.
Aug. 13: Founders’ Day 10K/5K, Dushore, 9 a.m.
Aug. 14: Wilkes-Barre Triathlon, PSU-Lehman, 7:30 a.m.
Aug. 14: Pauly Friedman 5K, Dallas Twp., 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 14: Gino Merli 5K, Scranton, 10 a.m.
Aug. 17: Run for the Fallen, Lehman Twp., 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 17: NEPA Crossfit Kirby Park Mile, Wilkes-Barre, 7 p.m.
Aug. 18: Elmhurst Boulevard Mile, Scranton, 7 p.m.
Aug. 20: Riverfest 5K, Towanda, 9 a.m.
Aug. 20: Pittston Tomato Festival 5K, 11 a.m.
Aug. 21: Hook O’Malley 5K, Taylor, 10 a.m.