Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Asouzu and Wandahl lead a constellation of stars recognizing America's fallen at Fort Rucker

2017 Survivors and Fallen Heroes 5KEach year starting in 2012, Fort Rucker in Alabama has held a 5K race in honor of Gold Star Families and the fallen soldiers that they've lost. Runners are invited to wear a star pinned to their clothing during the race, each star carries the name of a fallen hero. Athletes may also personalize a star, adding the name of a particular soldier. The Fort Rucker Survivor Outreach Services program provides the stars.


"These stars are a visual reminder of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice," wrote the race organizers.


Fort Rucker hosted the sixth annual Survivors and Fallen Heroes 5K on Saturday morning, 3 June 2017. Columbus State University cross-country runner Charles Asouzu was the overall winner, outkicking Ted Heikkila 16:29 to 16:32 for the title. Evan Crawford, a rising sophomore on the Enterprise High cross-country team, took third in 16:46. James Spruel was the top master runner in the race, placing 23rd overall in 21:37.


Master runner Kristine Wandahl was the first woman in the race, Jill Fassl, a cross-country runner going into her junior year at Enterprise High, finished second in the women's standings and 32nd overall in 22:41. Morgan Greene was the third woman and 36th overall in 23:06; Svenja Adriance was fourth in the women's standings and 38th overall in 23:13.


Wearing a constellation of stars recognizing the fallen, 174 athletes finished the 2017 Survivors and Fallen Heroes 5K.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Survivors and Fallen Heroes 5K
  1. 16:29.0, Charles Asouzu (M, 19)
  2. 16:31.5, Ted Heikkila (M, 24)
  3. 16:45.7, Evan Crawford (M, 16)
  4. 18:01.3, Dan Prial (M, 27)
  5. 18:18.9, Josue Perez (M, 19)
  6. 18:49.4, Joshua Sproul (M, 15)
  7. 18:56.9, David Stout (M, 23)
  8. 19:02.4, Joshua Crawford (M, 16)
  9. 19:06.8, Fawad Safi (M, 30)
  10. 19:08.4, Joshua Campbell (M, 30)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Survivors and Fallen Heroes 5K
  1. 22:02.1, Kristine Wandahl (F, 47)
  2. 22:41.0, Jillian Fassl (F, 15)
  3. 23:05.8, Morgan Greene (F, 26)
  4. 23:12.4, Svenja Adriance (F, 17)
  5. 23:23.9, Bayer Morgan (F, 23)
  6. 23:33.5, Eden Keene (F, 35)
  7. 24:17.6, Ashley Kelso (F, 28)
  8. 24:56.6, Toni Norton (F, 27)
  9. 25:27.3, Lani Lessard (F, 40)
  10. 25:44.2, Nomia Ortiz (F, 29)

Fort Rucker Survivors and Fallen Heroes 5K winners
DateMenWomenFinishers
28 April 201218:19, David Seymour21:13, Emily King
20 April 2013
5 April 2014
11 April 2015

21 May 201617:38, Jacen Lanclos20:06, Ashlee Romani286
3 June 201716:29, Charles Asouzu22:03, Kristine Wandahl174


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