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Saturday, September 13, 2008 -- Morgantown, WV
September Stride 5K-MAGP Sprint #7 (iPO Event Id#: 10760)

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Former Track Stars Hit the Road

Story by Julie Black, photos by Maria af Rolen

Sept. Stride Photo by Maria af Rolen
Racers crowd the start line
Prize money always seems to attract fast runners. This year's September Stride 5K was dominated by former track stars all vying for the top three male and female spots to earn cash prizes.

Jay Dolmage set his sights on Mike Dudley's 1997 course record of 15:11.

Referred to as a "Morgantown genius" on a local run blog, 30-year old Dolmage is a well-known runner in the Mo-town scene. The English professor at West Virginia University (WVU) was in the press most recently for his 2nd place overall finish in the 2007 Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race (10K). The race had more than 10,300 competitors. On this day Dolmage dominated the field finishing the 5K in 15:38 for the overall win, but did not beat the course record.

In second (17:13) was 24-year old Travis Cyphert of Morgantown, WV. A former member of the Men's Track & Field Team at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Cyphert's top performance was at the 2007 Bison Open Indoor when he finished first in the Men's Mile with a time of 4:36.37.

Stride Photo by Maria af Rolen
Heather Parks... still turning heads
Seth Crislip, a former runner for Emory University, trailed Cyphert by 7-seconds to claim third with a time of 17:20.

Another former track star (WVU), Heather Parks, also dominated. She finished as the first woman with a time of 18:39 which also earner her 7th overall. Parks is sponsored by Saucony and

Also a WVU runner, Nicole Dorinzi, claimed 2nd for the women (19:46). Annie Schuerger, formerly of West Virginia Wesleyan College, took home third place with a time of 20:25.

After the 5K was over, the kids took center stage. Running in heats according to age, everyone cheered as the little ones enjoyed their fun run.

The September Stride benefits the Richard Rosenbaum Memorial Fund, which provides medication and equipment to children with cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary problems.

Special thanks to this year's community sponsors... BOPARC, Centra Bank, The Dominion Post, Sams Club, HealthWorks Rehab & Fitness, and Glenmark Holding.

MAGP Sprint Series Points Update:

Stride Photo by Maria af Rolen
Kaylyn Harris leads the Sprint Series... again!
With only 4 more sprint races to go, the heat is on to see who will be the overall points winner of the 2008 Morgantown Area Grand (MAGP) Prix Series Presented by Dynamic Physical Therapy.

Jim Banks leads the men with 510 points after Saturday's race. Warren Smith is just 5 points behind.

Ten-year old, Kaylyn Harris, leads the women's race for sprint points with a total of 509. She has yet to miss an event this year. She won last year's sprint series women's title and now she's working on another.

Sue Heavner remains in second after missing race #5.

Special thanks to this year's 2008 MAGP title sponsor for both series is Dynamic Physical Therapy. Look more articles about training and injury prevention from them on iPlayOutside. Visit one of their four offices in Westover, Fairmont, Jane Lew, and Mannington, WV.

New overall series supporting sponsor this year, We-Shred Document Shredding & Storage Company offers on-site shredding, off-site shredding, and secure document storage with climate controlled rooms. We Shred is an American company owned and operated by three native West Virginian brothers, Jeff, Ryan, and Jeremy Edwards.