Sunday, September 23, 2018

Scholars Nicolas Waddell and Rory Claussen win the School House Run

2018 School House RunWhen it comes to the Panama City Beach, Florida School House Run, bet on the students.

Mowat Middle School schoolboy Nicolas Waddell won the second annual School House 8K in Conservation Park on Saturday morning, 22 September 2018, traversing the trails in 34:22. Another seventh-grader, local schoolgirl Rory Claussen, was the top female in the race, placing third overall in 36:25.

Seth Pietrowski, a junior on the North Bay Haven High cross-country team, finished runner-up to Waddell in 35:15. David Griffin was the fastest master runner in the race and the third male finisher, placing fourth overall in 38:36.

On the women's side, Claussen had run the inaugural School House 8K in 2017, but finished second in the women's standings to Andrea George. Claussen was back in 2018, even though she had raced just two days earlier at the Crusader Classic Cross-Country Meet in Tallahassee, Florida. That had been a three-kilometer race; the School House Run was nearly three times as far. Nevertheless, Claussen set a new Schoolhouse Run women's record with her winning 36:25. Shelle McDonald was the second woman in the race, placing twelfth overall in 48:42. Rebecca DeBell was the first woman master and third female finisher, fifteenth overall in 51:57.

Top Five Men, 2018 School House Run 8K
  1. 34:22, Nicolas Waddell (M, 11-14)
  2. 35:15, Seth Pietrowski (M, 15-19)
  3. 38:36, David Griffin (M, 55-59)
  4. 42:10, Donald Rogers (M, 45-49)
  5. 42:19, Sean Blomquist (M, 40-44)

Top Five Women, 2018 School House Run 8K
  1. 36:25, Rory Claussen (F, 11-14)
  2. 48:42, Shelle McDonald (F, 35-39)
  3. 51:57, Rebecca DeBell (F, 50-54)
  4. 56:20, Tracie Newman (F, 60-64)
  5. 57:50, Carol Benson (F, 50:54)

New at the 2018 School House Run was a 5K race. Chris Rodriguez won the shorter event in 20:02, while Mary Heath was the first woman in the 5K. Heath placed sixth overall in 32:48.

Top Five Men, 2018 School House Run 5K
  1. 20:02, Christopher Rodriguez (M, )
  2. 23:57, Mark McCarra (M, 50-54)
  3. 28:04, Bob Schafer (M, 60-64)
  4. 28:38, Josh Reams (M, 40-44)
  5. 28:41, Spencer Claussen (M, 11-14)

Top Five Women, 2018 School House Run 5K
  1. 32:48, Mary Heath (F, )
  2. 34:11, Maryanne McQueeney (F, 60-64)
  3. 40:32, Melanie Conner (F, 45-49)
  4. 46:44, Shannon White (F, 35-39)
  5. 55:04, Maria Iracheta (F, 60-64)

The 2018 School House Run very nearly didn't happen. The event was originally scheduled for Memorial Day, 28 May 2018, but had to be scrubbed due to the threat of severe weather. Happily, the races were rescheduled for Saturday, 22 September 2018, when 23 athletes finished the 8K and another 18 completed the 5K.

School House Run winners, 2017 - 2018
29 May 20178K32:13, Kory Voelkel36:53, Andrea George75
22 September 20188K34:22, Nicolas Waddell36:25, Rory Claussen23
5K20:02, Christopher Rodriguez32:48, Mary Heath18


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