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Hesson, Kist Shamrock Classic winners

March 16, 2008
By RON JOHNSTON, Special to The News

MARIETTA — Brian Hesson outkicked Matt Quinet down the home stretch to capture the men’s 5K run of the 27th Annual Shamrock Classic in Marietta Saturday.

“I tried to run even splits, but the mile mark wasn’t marked,” said the 32-year-old Hesson, whose winning time was 16 minutes, 20.76 seconds.

“It was 10:40 at the two-mile mark, and I felt good, so I thought I’d make a run at him (Quinet) and caught him off the bike path at the end of Butler Street. I was hoping to run it in under 17 minutes, and I did.”

In the ladies’ 5K run, Ellen Kist was first in a time of 20:03.77.

George Welch won the men’s race walk in a clocking of 30:35.87, while Donna Graham was first in the ladies’ division in 31:13.23.

No stranger to finishing first in foot races, Hesson was an All-Ohio runner under coach Dugan Hill at Caldwell High, where he graduated in 1993. After high school graduation, Hesson attended and competed at the University of Alabama.

“I’m just trying to get back into somewhat decent shape,” Hesson said. “I do a lot of running with the kids from the (Washington County) Juvenile Center, where I work. About 12 of them are here with me today.”

Hesson said he’s planning to run in a half marathon in Columbus in April.

Quinet, who turned 25 Saturday, was runnerup in a clocking of 16:27.31, and Jeremy Anderson, a running standout at Fort Frye High, placed third in 17:20.32.

A year ago, Anderson finished second to winner David Miller of Athens. Miller was fifth overall in a time of 17:44.98 in Saturday’s race. Michael Siringer of Marietta was fourth in 17:27.04.

Rounding out the top 10 men were David Bright (6th, 18:33.50), Robert Boston (7th, 18:36.76), Jordan Croucher (8th, 19:17.32), Dan Daum (9th, 19:26.17), and Kyle Bankes (10th, 19:34.10).

Kist, a Marshall University freshman long-distance runner on the cross country and track teams, finished almost two minutes ahead of second-place Cindy Martinsen of Williamstown (21:41.70). Kist was also 16th overall in the race.

“I was just home from college on the weekend,” said Kist, a former running and soccer standout at Parkersburg High. “So I thought it would be fun to run this race for the first time.

“My time wasn’t very good today. I was hoping to break 20 minutes, happens.”

Kist said she’ll be running in a college track meet at Coastal Carolina next weekend (March 22).

Rounding out the top 10 ladies were Jillian Pawloski (3rd, 22:18.56), Laurie Jo Hall (4th, 22:42.46), Gillian Rossi (5th, 23:57.14), Kecia Garner (6th, 24:10.56), Michelle Miller (7th, 24:28.64), Alana Lupardus (8th, 24:35.19), Tiffany Dudley (9th, 24:39.31), and Rachel Cunningham (10th, 25:03,73).

In the 5K walk, Welch’s winning time was 30:35.87. Jim Ortt finished second in 33:00.48, and William Cunningham placed third in 33:42.52.

“I’ve been race-walking for three years, now, and won this (Shamrock) the last two,” said Welch of Mineral Wells, W.Va. “I just try to do a little better each time, each year.

Graham of Lowell won in a clocking of 31:13.23. Mary Beth Westbrook was runnerup in 31:33.56, and Debbie Spears placed third in 32:50.48.

“I’m a competitive race-walker,” said Graham, “and this is a nice, nice course. I don’t care for the brick streets, but it makes you think. The weather (cool and overcast) was perfect for me.”


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