Sunday, March 30, 2003 -- Morgantown, WV
Cooper's Rock 2003 (MAGP #1) (iPO Event Id#: 5372)
Story and photos by Erin O'Reily
[Overall Results] [Results by Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7]
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For those of you that chose the Coopers Rock 10k for their first ever... Don't worry, not all 10k's are as hilly as this one. Everyone should give thanks to Bob Baker (race director) for putting on a great race and a special thanks for the lovely up hill finish. Check out Bobs picture, I think I see horns behind his ears!
Another great performance was put on by Jaron Hawkins from
Frostburg, MD. The 21-year-old won the race in a time of 33:46, an
impressive time for this challenging course. Many college coaches
wished they could have Jaron on their team.
Third Place overall was the notoriously dominant masters runner out of Morgantown WV, Ed Frohnapfel. Ed ran a time of 35:40. Let me say that Ed often makes the young and out of shape feel guilty. Check out his picture and decide for yourself, is he one or two percent body fat?
Fourth overall as well as third in the men's division was Isaya
Okwiya out of Charleston WV. The 32-year-old ran a time of
36:00.0. Great job Isaya!
This concludes the top three men and women overall for the Coopers rock 10k. But I need to mention two more people who ran with all their heart, Richard Bunner and Maurice Miller. At the ages 73 and 74 Richard and Maurice are an inspiration to everyone in the running community! I hope I'm still going strong in my late 30's.
Last but not least was the 5k race walk. Leading the men overall was
Ken James, a neighbor from north of WV in Trafford, PA. Ken
finished in a time of 30:14. Working hard for his second place was
another race walker from PA, Graig Baer. Graig represents his
hometown of Fort Hill and raced in at a time of 33:22. Third was
Morgantown's Keith Bailey. Keith finished in a time of
36:17. Great job guys!
And rounding out the women's division for the race walk was Leah Hammer of Morgantown. Leah hammered in her third place finish at 38:26. Leah was also 8th overall out of 30 race walkers. Great job ladies and gents!
Thanks again to race director Bob Baker for a great show. And thank you for the painfully challenging course. We can always count on you!