Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Waddell and Claussen stage a sixth-grade sweep of the Strides For Scholars 5K

Bay Education FoundationNicolas Waddell has a few years before entering high school. Even though he's still in the sixth grade, Waddell often races in the colors of Mosley High School. And Waddell was racing well enough to compete on the high school level on Saturday morning, 24 February 2018, when he won the seventh annual Strides For Scholars 5K. Waddell's time for the 3.1-mile run on the streets of Panama City, Florida was 20:25. It was the third year in a row that Waddell had placed in the top ten of the Strides For Scholars race. Another sixth-grader, Rory Claussen of the Shaldera Panthers Track Club, won the women's title, placing second overall in 21:22. Claussen was the 2017 runner-up in the 2017 FLYRA Middle School State Cross-Country Championships.


Call it a good day for the sixth grade.


Sandi Kapszyk was the first master runner in the race and the second female finisher, placing third overall in 22:32. Mike Barr was the top male master and second in the men's standings, fourth overall in 23:03.


280 athletes finished the 2018 Strides For Scholars 5K. The race is a benefit for the Bay Education Foundation.


Top Ten Men, 2018 Strides For Scholars 5K
  1. 20:25, Nicolas Waddell (M, Overall)
  2. 22:46, Mike Barr (M, Master)
  3. 23:03, Jonathon Moore (M, 30–34)
  4. 23:11, Brad Breeden (M, 30–34)
  5. 23:16, Jeff Johns (M, 40–44)
  6. 24:36, Jim Loyed (M, 45–49)
  7. 24:53, Spencer Claussen (M, 11–14)
  8. 25:33, Ray Ashworth (M, Grandmaster)
  9. 26:58, J Scott Taylor (M, 50–54)
  10. 27:44, Jeff Tinch (M, 55–59)

Top Ten Women, 2018 Strides For Scholars 5K
  1. 21:22, Rory Claussen (F, Overall)
  2. 22:32, Sandi Kaspszyk (F, Master)
  3. 24:46, Kim Allan (F, 45–49)
  4. 25:03, Rebecca McConnell (F, 40–44)
  5. 25:42, Debbie Chitwood (F, Grandmaster)
  6. 27:00, Theresa Sullivan (F, 55–59)
  7. 27:50, Sherry Jones (F, 45–49)
  8. 28:23, Shanun Commander White (F, 45–49)
  9. 28:25, Natalie Godwin (F, 35–39)
  10. 29:18, Jamie Wardley (F, 35–39)

Strides For Scholars 5K winners, 2012 - 2018
DateMenWomenFinishers
25 February 201217:44, Slade Ward21:36, Katie Carroll356
23 February 201316:38, Jordan Lance24:36, Kathryn Underall208
15 February 201418:28, Corey Pilson19:35, Ella Swigler307
28 February 201516:55, Ethan Mines20:54, Ella Swigler411
27 February 201616:19, Ethan Mines21:28, Ella Swigler333
11 February 201719:09, Tracey Burch24:22, Danielle Mulick409
24 February 201820:25, Nicolas Waddell21:22, Rory Claussen280

Links
#2204