Sunday, May 6, 2018

Austin Epstein and Katja Blunden each score repeat wins at the Sunset Stampede

2018 Sunset Stampede 5KAustin Epstein won the Sunset Stampede 5K for the first time in 2016, when he was a cross-country runner at Navarre High. Epstein didn't return to the annual race till 5 May 2018, when he was a cross-country runner at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. That Saturday evening he got his second Sunset Stampede victory, running 17:04 on the streets of Navarre Beach, Florida. Katja Blunden won the women's title, placing seventh overall in 19:00. Another repeat winner, Blunden had also been the first woman in the 2017 Sunset Stampede.


Sheldon Harris of Hurlburt Field finished runner-up to Epstein, running 17:34. Nathan Isaacs took third in 18:09. Ken Lawrence was the fastest master runner in the 5K, placing sixth overall in 18:19.


Ashley Selvey was the second woman in the race, and 26th overall in 21:58. Lori Johnson was the top woman master and third female finisher, 28th overall in 22:17.


349 athletes finished the tenth annual Sunset Stampede 5K.


Top Ten Men, 2018 Sunset Stampede 5K
  1. 17:04, Austin Epstein (M, 19)
  2. 17:34, Sheldon Harris (M, 21)
  3. 18:09, Nathan Isaacs (M, 24)
  4. 18:10, Steve Harris (M, 38)
  5. 18:15, Leo Rompotti (M, 16)
  6. 18:19, Ken Lawrence (M, 50)
  7. 18:51, Ryan Sloan (M, 15)
  8. 19:39, Austin Vanarsdall (M, 27)
  9. 19:45, Max Bullock (M, 25)
  10. 19:50, Chris Neal (M, 65)

Top Ten Women, 2018 Sunset Stampede 5K
  1. 19:00, Katja Blunden (F, 39)
  2. 21:58, Ashley Selvey (F, 32)
  3. 22:17, Lori Johnson (F, 48)
  4. 22:36, Kristin Santroch (F, 29)
  5. 24:04, Erica Henderson (F, 26)
  6. 24:09, Christine Murrell (F, 53)
  7. 24:20, Jenifer Tomasello (F, 38)
  8. 24:21, Courtney Zeithammel (F, 34)
  9. 24:38, Suzette Mackenzie (F, 50)
  10. 24:41, Susan McKenzie (F, 52)

Navarre Beach Sunset Stampede 5K winners, 2011 - 2018
DateMenWomenFinishers
8 May 201115:22, Ben Payne20:43, Chelsea Litte507
5 May 201215:28, Stephen Pifer21:06, Paula Piazza541
4 May 201314:49, Stephen Pifer18:14, Laura Pifer588
3 May 201417:28, Dewayne Riley21:33, Michele Williams538
2 May 201518:32, Steve Harris22:19, Paula Piazza
7 May 201617:49, Austin Epstein22:05, Paula Piazza264
6 May 201717:00, Matthew Blunden19:12, Katja Blunden284
5 May 201817:04, Austin Epstein19:00, Katja Blunden349


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