Sunday, March 28, 2004 -- Morgantown, WV
Cooper's Rock 2004 (MAGP #1) (iPO Event Id#: 6011)
Photos and story by Jason Black
One of the area's oldest races, the Cooper's Rock Challenge ("RUN THE ROCK") began in the 1970's as a 5-mile event and was extended to a 10K distance run in 1991. Weather has often been a factor varying from mild and sunny to blustery with snow, but this year we were blessed with sunny skies and warmth throughout the day.
A little over 200 racers flooded the start, took off uphill, and headed towards the overlook. The first runner to see the downhill finish line was a 15, year old Grafton High School track star. Brandon Miles of Grafton West Virginia finished first with a time of 36:13, ahead of his competitors by nearly 14 seconds. -This course is challenging, but lots of fun!" said Miles, -I like the last half mile because of the downward slope to the finish."
Racing for 2nd was 23 year old, Adam Casseday, (36:26), of Elkins, West Virginia, and coming in 3rd overall was local Morgantown man, Darin Jacoby, with a fine time of 38:26.
Finishing 15th overall, 18 year old Melinda Berryann (41:36), of Morgantown, WV took home 2nd. -This course is a lot of fun!" said Berryman, a red shirt freshman from the West Virginia University (WVU) Track Team, -I wanted to start with a 6.5 pace, and I was able to stay on it, so I'm happy!" Nineteen year old, Nicloe Dorinzi (43:33), also from Morgantown finished a strong 3rd.
Kimberly Zaph of Morgantown, WV finished 3rd overall and first for the women with a time of 33:11. Jill Ross (35:16), also from Morgantown took home 2nd. Third place women's walker Jan Stevens (36:23), came all the way from Marietta, Ohio.
After the race there were plenty of cookies, snacks, drinks, and great conversation about the beautiful day and amazing weather.