Kayla Run draws some of area’s top runners

Katilin O'Mara (No. 1) reaches out to join hands with Sam Minkler as Danielle Bila strides to meet up with the pair as they approach the finish line at the 2012 race.

Katilin O’Mara (No. 1) reaches out to join hands with Sam Minkler as Danielle Bila strides to meet up with the pair as they approach the finish line at the 2012 race.

GOODRICH — The Kayla O’Mara run, an annual series of races dedicated to the memory of the former Goodrich track and cross country star, took place in Goodrich on Saturday with some of the best runners from our area and beyond showing off their running abilities.

Brittni Hutton of Highland would become the female Open winner in 17:27.7 and Tracey Rizer of Sterling Heights was the female Masters’ winner in 21:52.0. The female Grand Masters’ winner would turn out to be Janet Stiles of Linden, finishing in 24:44.6. Lapeer’s Morgan Turk would claim the top spot for the female 12-andunder in 24:09.7 and in the 13-to- 15-year-old females, it was Tessa Fornari of Clarkston, who crossed the finish line in 20:23.9.

The 16-to-19-year-old division for the females was taken by Holly’s Mariah Ridal in 20:43.7, while the 20-to-24 division was won by Goodrich native Taylor Pogue in 18:23.9. Grand Ledge’s Erin Webster took the top spot for females between 25 and 29 in 17:47.0 and Becki Sue Kugler of Sanford won in the 30 to 34 division in 21:00.7.

Suzanne Larsen of Fenton was the top female between 35 and 39 in 19:07.3, while Goodrich’s Trina Jolley won amongst females between 40 and 44 in 24:14.5. Lisa Bach of Columbiaville earned the top spot in the 45 to 49 division in 22:18.4, Grand Blanc’s Ruth Lara finished in 28:37.1 for first amongst females from 50 to 54, Jane Sanders of White Lake was in first for females 55 to 59 in 29:08.5 and Vicki Salvador of Flint was the top female between 60 and 64 in 34:39.0.

For females over 64, Grand Blanc’s Shirley Larsen was the top runner in 37:20.2. Joe Dimambro of Fenton was the male Open winner in 15:37.0, while the male Masters’ winner was Steven Menovcik of Grand Ledge in 18:22.2. Don Saville of Leonard was the male Grand Masters’ winner in 20:14.8, Nicholas Wolf of Ortonville was the top 12-and-under male in 22:25.6 and Fenton’s Jacob Lee won the 13- 15 age group in 17:10.0.

Grand Blanc track and cross country star Carson Truesdell was the top male between 16 and 19, finishing in 16:17.8, while Alex Ralston of Grand Rapids finished in 15:50.6, making him the top male between 20 and 24. Adam Richmond of Ferndale was in the top spot of the 25 to 29 division in 16:10.5, Shane Logan of Clarkston took victory in the 30 to 34 division in 16:42.0 and finishing in 17:24.4 was Rochester Hills’ Brian St. Onge, placing him in first amongst 35 to 39-year-old males.

Males from 40 to 44 were led by Goodrich native Brian Harville in 19:43.8 and Scott Fisko of Southfield took the top spot in the 45 to 49 division in 18:49.8. Linden’s Dan Skinner was the top runner between 50 and 54 in 21:27.3, Jon Austin of Madison Heights finished in 21:26.3 to lead males between 55 and 59 and Dennis Desimone of Goodrich finished in 31:46.1 to win amongst males 60 to 64. Jeri Stiles of Linden was the top runner between 65 and 69 in 28:05.2, while Norman Shaw of Davison was the top 70-and-over runner in 27:41.9.

The race also donates scholarships to local students, and this year, the scholarships were handed out to Alana O’Mara of Bloomfield Hills Lahser, Brook Kovacic of Oxford, Grand Blanc’s Carson Truesdell, Ryan Scannell and Graceson Kerr, Linden’s Karrah Varner, Matthew LeDuc of Flint Powers Catholic, Goodrich’s Nathan Hagerman and Emily Tippen and Swartz Creek’s Tyler McPherson.

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