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Saturday, December 2, 2000 -- Wheeling, WV
Santa Trot 5K Run/Walk
Story and photos by Mike Monroe

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Santa Trot 5K
Could I borrow a Reindeer for this race...
Old man winter was making a statement on Saturday December 2nd. The weather was cold, windy and did I mention cold. The American Red Cross Santa Trot 5k was over a hundred runners strong and everyone was excited to be out in the cold early in the morning. Compared to last year it was a totally different race with the temperatures being a third of the temperature last year. Santa was out keeping an eye on everyone to see if they were cleaning their acts up for the approaching holidays.

Julie McGee, Wheeling native, said that the race shouldn't be called the Santa Trot, but the Santa Sprint instead. "The course is flat and fast and makes for a good fast race," Julie also said. Everyone that I talked to before and during the race told me how much they loved this race because of the festive feel and since it was for a good cause. With the anticipation of the start of the race around the corner everyone started to line the streets of Elm Grove.

Cindi Robbins
It's not that cold
With the click of the gun the race was off to a start. From the start Matt Barnes, Craig Nething and Dustin Meeker led the way. The top 3 males were close all through the race and only the last half-mile or so decided who won. Matt Barnes came out on top with Craig Nething right on his heels. Dustin Meeker was a little disappointed with his finish even though this was his first race back since regionals a few weeks earlier.

The women's race was close also, but not as close as the men's. Last year's winner, Kristen Hetzel, was ready to repeat her performance last year and did! Right behind her was Julia Kirby from Ottawa Canada, and also cross-country runner for Wesleyan. A few seconds behind Julia was Julie McGee. Julie stayed at third the whole race even though she tried to race the other two down, it just didn't happen today.

The top three from men's and women's was represented with two schools. Wheeling Jesuit had the number one and three spots in men's and women's divisions. Wesleyan owned the number two spot in both divisions. The two schools are rivals all through out the year, and even in the off-season you can kind of sense the school rivalry, but they didn't let that get in the way of having a great day.