Records fall in Wildcat 5K


By David Johnson - Sports Writer



Lakewood’s JROTC was the winner of the JROTC Challenge against James Kenan in Saturday’s HHS 5K. This Lakewood’s second win of the challenge.


Leigh Sumner rides her “hand powered” bike in the Wildcat 5K Saturday. Sumner, who is retired military, has an active duty injury that prevents her from running any more. She has participated all the Wildcat 5Ks normally in the past.


There was a great showing at the 6th running of the Hobbton Wildcat 5K this past Saturday, April 30. Not only did the winner, Jack Brunecz smash the course record with a 16:42 posting, but the top 3 finishers were all under the course record.

Hobbton head track coach, Jeff Klaves was impressed with the event, and grateful for those who participated in it.

“Huge thanks to our group commitments. The Midways Raiders, Hobbton Elementary, Lakewood JROTC, James Kenan JROTC and all of this year race participants,” said Klaves.

“The event continues to grow, just like the Hobbton Cross Country & Track and Field program because of everyone’s generous and continual contributions,” he continued. “We are proud of our ability to self-support the program and its needs of gas, uniforms, meeting entry fees, and equipment costs because everyone’s willingness to come out and promote fitness at Hobbton High School.”

When the race was all said and done, it was the Lakewood JROTC team taking home the trophy and making it back-to-back wins at the Hobbton Wildcat 5K, as they also won in the Fall of 2015.

James Kenan’s JROTC continued their progress, and closed the gap as the scoring this time around was 55-82, in favor of Lakewood. The scores for this event were calculated based on their finishing place, with the lowest score winning the team battle.

Klaves went on to thank everyone who ran for their cooperation.

“To all the race participants, I want to thank them for going off road and not allowing the locked gate at the cross country course to slow them down,” he laughed. “We will continue to expand the course and the trails to handle the growing numbers of the race. I also have to give a special thanks to Leigh Sumner for leading the way with an adaptive form of racing, called hand-cycling.”

Sumner, who is retired military, has partial paralysis due to an active duty injury and has participated normally in every past 5K run.

Klaves went on to thank each of the sponsors for the event.

“I greatly appreciate of all of our sponsors,” he said. “They all are the backbone of our program that is Hobbton cross country and track and field.

Coming up this week, the Wildcats will hope to take the good vibes from this event, when they will compete at the Carolina 1A Conference Championships on Wednesday. That will be followed by the 1A Mid-East Regional Championships on Saturday, May 14, and the state meet, for those who qualify, Friday, May 20 at NC A&T University in Greensboro.

By David Johnson

Sports Writer

Lakewood’s JROTC was the winner of the JROTC Challenge against James Kenan in Saturday’s HHS 5K. This Lakewood’s second win of the challenge.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Lakewood-JROTC-1.jpgLakewood’s JROTC was the winner of the JROTC Challenge against James Kenan in Saturday’s HHS 5K. This Lakewood’s second win of the challenge.

Leigh Sumner rides her “hand powered” bike in the Wildcat 5K Saturday. Sumner, who is retired military, has an active duty injury that prevents her from running any more. She has participated all the Wildcat 5Ks normally in the past.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Sumner-1.jpgLeigh Sumner rides her “hand powered” bike in the Wildcat 5K Saturday. Sumner, who is retired military, has an active duty injury that prevents her from running any more. She has participated all the Wildcat 5Ks normally in the past.
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