Last updated: November 19. 2013 2:09PM - 865 Views
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David Johnson/The Sampson IndependentThe first annual 5K Fun Run got off to a great start Saturday morning. (David Johnson/The Sampson Independent)
David Johnson/The Sampson IndependentThe first annual 5K Fun Run got off to a great start Saturday morning. (David Johnson/The Sampson Independent)
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The Hobbton High School girls’ soccer team and the cross country team held a 5K race Saturday. Approximately 60 runners participated and a small crowd of supporters were there.

This is a year of many firsts for Hobbton High School with the inaugural season of Hobbton Cross Country (Fall), first ever season of Indoor Track and Field (Winter) and the first Wildcat 5k Fun Run.

On the morning of the race, Wildcat girls’ soccer coach Wes Cone was excited about the first ever event for the school.

“We are having a 5k run to raise funds for the soccer team and the cross country team. We are also honoring the memory of Larissa Estrada. We would also like to invite people to check out www.dalelari.com, a website in memory of her and chec kout some of the things they are trying to do,” explained Cone.

“They are trying to raise some funds to get equipment and uniforms for kids in Nicaragua who don’t have equipment.”

“We also wanted to come out and have a nice community event and a good time today,” concluded Cone.

Larissa Estrada was a much loved 13-year-old student and soccer player at Hobbton Middle before she was shot and killed by her father. Her brother and mother presented a $400 check to the soccer team in memory of the young girl.

Wildcat track and cross country coach Jeff Klaves commented, “We could not have asked for a better morning to host the 1st Wildcat 5k, perfect running weather.”

“Speaking on behalf of Hobbton Cross Country, it was a privilege to show off the course that the athletes helped create in the fall. The athletes take pride in having a “home” course and we hope to invite the community to run in more events in the future.

“I want to thank everyone who contributed to make the Wildcat 5k possible. The encouragement and support of the runners was heard throughout the course and resonated even after the race was finished. Exciting times!

“Based on the feedback from the event, we are looking to host another 5k fun run in the spring. Probable April,” Coach Klaves stated.

Winning the top three spots were Matthew Wuester, first, with a time of 23:28 and his dad Bryan Wuester with a time of 23:37 of Bonnettesville, in second. Hobbton High teacher Michael Cook came in third with a time of 23:55.

The overall female winners were 10-year old Jasmine Jackson with a time of 26:39, second went to Alison Bradshaw at 26:43 and third went to Amanda Bradshaw at 27:16.

The winner in the 1-10 age group was 7-year old Sophia Jackson. The male 1-10 age group winner was Loden Bradshaw.

The 11-15 age group winners were Sarah Daughtery, Destiny Horne and Kyndall Williams. The male 11-15 winners were Ty Meyer and Wesley Nelson.

In the 16-19 age group, first place went to Sarah Price, second went to Frances Zeledon and third went to Galdys Aarabia.

The men’s 16-29 age group was Devon Gassaway and Edwin Estrada

In the 30-59 female age group the winners were Christen Eldridge, Terri Turner and Amy Grimes. The men’s 30-59 age group winners were Wesley Johnson, Jose Zapata and Douglas Kosed

In the over 59 age group, Mick Marlin got first place with a 26:45 time, Danny McDowell finished second with a 40:35 time and John Laub was third at 43:59.

“Thanks again to everyone and congratulations to those that set personal bests!” Klaves said, thrilled at the success of the event. “As a school and community we look to continue to build on the outstanding start we have had thanks to all the local support.”

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