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Saturday, November 11, 2000 -- Morgantown, WV
WVU Student Nurses (SNA) 5K
Story and photos by Don Parks

[Details] [Coverage]
[Overall Results] [Results by Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]

Race Leaders
JR Luyster sets a fast early pace
For the West Virginia University Student Nurses Association (SNA), the second time was a charm. After a cold and windy day prevailed for 1999's 1st Annual SNA 5K, wonderful running weather and a crowd of over 100 runners and walkers came out for this year's event. The only possible glitch may have been the recent demolition of Morgantown's High Street Bridge and the fact that its replacement is still under construction. But, a quick detour in the course layout made for a fast path around the downtown campus, the center of town, and through the neighborhood of South Park.

Adding to the race excitement was the knowledge that this was the last chance to earn 2000 Morgantown Area Grand Prix series points before the final race. One can only hope that the weather for December 3rd's Back Bay Snowflake Sprint 5K is as mild.

Nancy & Melissa
Even in a race there's always time to wave to the fans
Just after 9:00am the starting signal was given and a fury of feet stormed down Prospect Street. With a strong group of runners quickly forming at the front, J.R. Luyster set a torrid early pace. Luyster's early fire was soon brought under control with Kevin Williams taking up the lead position as the pack headed through downtown Morgantown. Williams' jets never cooled as he held off all challengers to take a commanding win in 15:26.

With the rest of the field left to battle for second, it was no surprise to find the current MAGP series leader Murshid Latif making a late race surge. Content to patiently start off well back of the lead crowd, Latif moved up through the field in the second half of the race. At the finish he out sprinted Derek Clark (15:46) by just two seconds on his way to earning runner-up honors with a time of 15:44.

Just of their heals, fourth overall went to Bill McCollam with a time of 15:50 while Luyster found the finish at 15:57 for fifth overall.

Bill Williams
Orange you glad you ran today?
The women's race also saw some close competition early as Rachel Burns and Stephanie Hatfield set the pace. However, by the end of the first mile Maria Stover had made her way to the front and began to build a solid lead. By the time she reached the finish, Stover had put over a minute on her rivals as she took the overall women's win at 19:12. Burns found the line next for second place at 20:20 with Hatfield rounding out the top three at 20:50.

In the competition to speed walk the 5K course, George Macek worked his way to the finish first with a time of 29:06. Bonnie Whitby walked her way to the first place award for the women in 32:37.

With snacks, prizes, and awards waiting at the finish, the smiles that were so numerous at the start never faded. For providing all the fun, a big thanks goes to the WVU SNA and all the wonderful volunteers and supporters. Keep your eyes out next November as we're sure the third time for the SNA 5K will be as charmed as the second.