Although this year’s edition of the Northland Hospice Run for Life 5K/10K wasn’t as fast at the top of the leaderboard as last year’s, there were still some strong outings Saturday morning in the third race of the Flagstaff Summer Series.
The race, taking runners through downtown and up and around nearby Thorpe Park, had no repeat top finishers from last year’s race -- which saw Chris Gomez take first place in the 5K and Eric Bohn with the top spot in the 10K.
This year, Scott Stevenson led the way in the 5K, taking first in 21:50, edging out Sean Kennedy in second place with a 21:58 mark. Rounding out the top five in the 5K was Cole Troxler in third in 22:09, Tyler Troxler in fourth in 22:16 and Jordan Linder in 22:26 -- who also took the top mark on the 5K women's side.
In the 10K, Joel Liechty claimed first place in 35:47, just shy of a minute better than the race’s second-place finisher, William Drexler in 36:26.
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The second through fourth spots of the 10K were all bunched tightly together, as Drexler, Kyle Larson and Jason Troxler all finished within one second of each other. Lindsay Nelson landed in fifth place overall and No. 1 among the women with her 36:34 mark.
The second- to fifth-place spots on the women’s side of the 10K left small room for separation. Stephanie Hunt landed in second in 41:53 (15th overall), Cierra Winters placed third in 43:32, Missy Verhaeghe landed in fourth in 43:40 and Tereza Chylkova placed fifth in 45:07.
While Linder paced the women’s side of the 5K, the rest of the top five was close much like the 10K. Sydney Marston finished second in 24:37, Melanie Colavito took third in 24:38, Molly Greenwald placed fourth in 24:44 and Laura Noll took fifth in 25:50.
The next Flagstaff Summer Series race is the Downtown Mile on the Fourth of July in downtown Flagstaff, with races going from 7 a.m. through 7:45 a.m.