Angelos, Thomas set pace in Marietta Times 5K race

Caitlin Thomas of Marietta College was the first female to cross the finish line in the Marietta Times 5K run Saturday. Photo by Ron Johnston.

MARIETTA — Franklin Angelos was unchallenged.

The 13-year-old Wood County Christian School student/athlete dominated the 15th annual Marietta Times 5K male running field with a winning time of 18 minutes, 51.65 seconds at Marietta’s Muskingum Park Saturday morning.

“I was just running to get ready for the first cross country tournament on Aug. 21 at Blennerhassett Island,” Angelos said.

Caitlyn Thomas, a Marietta College assistant cross country and track coach, was first in the 5K female run.

TJ Foraker of Marietta won the 10K male run, while Becky Poling of Vienna did the same in the women’s distance.

David Torbett, an MC professor, claimed the 10K male walk race and Karen Meeks of Parkersburg did the same in the 10K female run.

Carol Seely of Vienna and Brenis Phillips of Parkersburg won the 5K female and male walks, respectively.

About 158 runners and walkers competed in the event.

Angelos is the son of George Angelos, a former Parkersburg Big Reds running standout and head XC coach.

The younger Angelos said that he was pleased with his clocking.

“I probably could’ve gone faster, but I didn’t mean to,” Angelos said.

Marietta’s Shawn Farrah, runner-up in the male division and third overall in the 5K run, finished in 19:55.92

“It’s hard to keep up with these younger kids,” said the 44-year-old Farrah. “They’re blazing fast. He (Angelos) took off like a shot from the start.”

Farrah said that he and his wife Deana would be running the Parkersburg News andSentinel Half Marathon next Saturday.

The 28-year-old Thomas, a multi-time Boston Marathon qualifier, was the closest to Angelos with a time of 19:32.84.

“Today was kind of a workout for me,” she said. “I’m still getting back in shape, because I took some time off. I just wanted to see where I’m at, now. It’s a ways off my PR (personal record), but it was the best I could do today.”

The 42-year-old Foraker, a former Caldwell Redskin, covered the 10K distance in a PR of 41:36.31.

“I was just trying to set a personal record, which I did,” Foraker said. “I’ve never run a competitive 10K before. I just run them on my own.”

Foraker, who now resides in Marietta, said that he did not run in high school in Noble County.

Poling was ninth overall in the 10K run in 49:39.89.

“This is the first time I’ve ever run in the 10K (at the Y5 event),” the 51-year-old Poling said. “I usually do the 5K. It’s a nice course except for going around twice. Not a bad morning (for the 10K), but it’s getting hotter.

Poling said that she, too, was “going to try” to run The Half next week.

In the 10K race walk, winner Dave Torbett’s winning time was 1:02.14.40, a PR.

“I guess more of the race walkers signed up for the 5K,” the 52-year-old Torbett said. “But I was also feeling pretty good.”

Torbett is the defending Parkersburg News&Sentinel Half Marathon Half walk winner. He will be seeking another first-place finish next Saturday.

The 62-year-old Meeks was clocked at 1:15.14.33. She said that it was a PR.

Seely and Phillips were 1-2 overall in the 5K race walk in 33:09.76 and 35.11.72, respectively.

“I’ve been doing this for seven years,” said the 62-year-old Seely. “So, it’s become my life and my first family.

“Mostly, it’s the people you meet and the friends you make that makes it all worthwhile besides of course the benefits of weight control. This is a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and you just feel so good when it’s over.”

Seely said that Saturday’s Y5 was her 11th walk race of the year. She’s now 11-0.

“This was my best time for a 5K, and I’m happy with it,” she said.