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New champs in Pemberville 5-miler (8-17-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 16 August 2013 23:40
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Geoffrey Kiprotich finishes first for the men in the Pemberville Five-Miler. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
PEMBERVILLE – It was a night of firsts Friday as two newcomers to the Pemberville Five-Miler took the top spots in the race, aided by unusually temperate weather. PHOTO GALLERY
Geoffrey Kiprotich, 35, a Kenyan living in Toledo, finished first overall with a time of 24:39, just four seconds ahead of 2010 and 2011 Five-Miler champ, and fellow Kenyan, Julius Kiptoo.
A professional runner, Kiprotich said that he was using the Five-Miler as a training race for the Akron Marathon, coming up in September.
“I was coming here for practice of my marathon,” he said minutes after his victory.
The top female finisher overall was Alison Crocker, 28, of Ottawa Hills, with a time of 29:08, just 33 seconds off the course-record time set last year by Dorcus Chesang, also a Kenyan hailing from Toledo.
“I just saw it on the race schedule, and it was an evening I had free,” said Crocker, who works as an astrophysics researcher at the University of Toledo.
She additionally takes part in the sport of orienteering, a race where contestants are given a map and scramble to find 10 points plotted out on the map. She recently took part in the sport’s world championships.
“It’s not even a trail, it’s through the woods,” she said of the sport.
With temperatures below 80 degrees, the 32nd annual Five-Miler benefitted from unusually cool temperatures like during last year’s race. It’s been typical for the heat during the event to soar into the 90s.
“It’s much better,” said race organizer Keith Madaras. “This is very unPemberville-like weather.”
The more moderate temperatures may also have affected turnout – over 430 pre-registered for the event, a record, with a total of 513 registered runners competing – a near-record.
For Kelsey Lauck, a Pemberville native and recent OSU graduate, this was her 10th Five-Miler.
“Definitely every year it’s a different feel to the race,” she said, saying she enjoys “getting to come back every year and see people you haven’t seen.”
She brought along her boyfriend, Josh Nussbaum, Columbus, a first-timer at the race, though no stranger to road-racing: he ran the Cincinnati Marathon in 2010.
“I hated it,” he admitted. However, “Five-Miler, you know, it’s a good race. Doable for even the most casual runners.”

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Alison Crocker drinks water after finishing first for the women in the Pemberville Five-Miler.
PEMBERVILLE FIVE-MILER
The Top finishers in their respective age categories were:
• Female Masters: Jenny Vartanian, Toledo, 34:43.
• Male Masters: D. Leck, Maumee, 29:14.
• Female Local: Maddie Jackson, Pemberville, 33:56.
• Male Local: Corey Johnson, Pemberville, 28:18.
• Female 12 and Under: Maggie Cochrane, Luckey, 43:22; Olivia Thatcher, Woodville, 43:31; Brooke Shank, Fremont, 45:12.
• Male 12 and Under: Austin Biddle, Helena, 35:45; Braden Schaser, Fostoria, 36:36; Kevin Crisp, Metamora, 39:44.
• Male 16 to 19: George McCartney, Toledo, 26:25; Tim Hoodlebrink, Pemberville, 28:54; Jacob Will, Bryan, 29:01.
• Female 20 to 24: Lacy Nacy, Gibsonburg, 32:12; Stephanie Baker, Bowling Green, 35:44; Brooke Burkhart, Bowling Green, 39:13.
• Male 20 to 24: Dexter Lee, Cygnet, 28:01; Eric Magrum, Luckey, 32:20; Craig Potthast, Perrysburg, 32:49.
• Female 25 to 29: Boo Neary, Oregon, 32:55; Molly Donahue, Waterville, 36:59; Alana Stevens, New Reigel, 38:07.
• Male 25 to 29: Evan Gaynor, Perrysburg, 24:56; Aaron Al-Sorghali, Ottawa Hills, 29:04; Stephen Zarick, Pemberville, 30:19.
• Female 30 to 34: Julie Waterfield, Toledo, 33:28; Stacy Ackerman, Toledo, 34:40; Jackie Baumgartner, North Branford, 34:58.
• Male 30 to 34: Justin Riffle, Genoa, 27:41; Brad Miller, Perrysburg, 27:55; Rafael Garcia, Bowling Green, 30:26.
• Female 35 to 39: Karen Klapper, Perrysburg, 33:30; Melanie Grosjean, Toledo, 39:35; Nicole Smith, Gibsonburg, 41:29.
• Male 35 to 39: Julius Kiptoo, Toledo, 24:43; Matthew Folk, Perrysburg, 25:16; John Gilbert, Fremont, 27:53.
• Female 40 to 44: Denise Dashner, Temperance, Mich., 40:32; Jill Otermat, Fremont, 41:35; Julie Daniels, Riga, Mich., 42:45.
• Male 40 to 44: Matthew Flegle, Columbus, 33:51; Daniel Michel, Defiance, 35:11; Jeff Jackson, Pemberville, 37:17.
• Female 45 to 59: Amy Craft Ahern, Bowling Green, 35:33; Dianna Ashton, Maumee, 38:34; Rhonda Frost, Findlay, 38:49.
• Male 45 to 49: Todd Bierley, Bradner, 29:49; John Kolesar, Fremont, 31:56; Tom Silva, Maumee, 32:08.
• Female 50 to 54: Karen Schling, Perrysburg, 41:08; Patti Rapp, Sylvania, 41:23; Becky Etzinger, Findlay, 42:40.
• Male 50 to 54: Ben Waggoner, Maumee, 31:12; Joe Baker, Millbury, 32:24; Todd Schiller, Oak Harbor, 33:04.
• Female 55 to 59: Beth Ann Rife, Perrysburg, 45:56; Cheryl Doyle, Pemberville, 49:19; Beth Horner, Findlay, 49:19.
• Male 55 to 59: Michael Black, Pemberville, 37:00; Tom Kolena, Toledo, 38:35; William Horner, Findlay, 39:10.
• Male 60 to 64: John Dibling, Pemberville, 38:38; Bruce McLean, Loleta, Calif., 41:08; Dwight Shuler, Bowling Green, 41:12.
• Female 65 to 69: Kay Henrichs, Toledo, 42:07.
• Male 65 to 69: Jesus Alvarez, Wayne, 44:19; Bob Brossia, Pemberville, 49:13; David Birckbichle, Johnstown, 53:26.
• Male 70 to 99: Thomas Wiles, Perrysburg, 45:54; Donald Zeek, Pemberville, 47:47; Jerome Tomc, Maumee, 53:56.
Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 08:43
 

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