Employees Support Athletics at Panther 5K
Over 200 people, from toddlers in strollers to men and women in their 70s – and even one canine – came to exercise, socialize, and raise money for Panther athletics at the second annual Panther 5K Run/Walk. The race began at 8 a.m. Feb. 26 at the South Florida Community College Highlands Campus.
The first leg of the race route began at the SFCC University Center and navigated past the SFCC Theatre for the Performing Arts, the northern perimeter of the campus, the Health and Science Education Center, and the Public Service Academy, ending at Memorial Drive. The returning route took runners along College Drive to the starting point.
Jayson Bass became the first runner to cross the finish line by completing the course in 18 minutes, 27 seconds. Mary Rose Heston was the first woman to finish the race with a time of 23:33. The male and female master’s winners were Chuck Best, 20:27, and Rosa Gonzalez, 26:18. The male and female grand master’s winners were Jim Rector, 28:22, and Anna Steffes, 33:02.
“It was a wonderful event,” said Don Appelquist, executive director, SFCC Foundation. “The weather was perfect, and it was well attended. So many people from the college chipped in to support it, and everyone had a good time. The Highlands Campus is a great venue for our race. It’s a beautiful place. We are ready to do this again next year.”
The Panther 5K Run/Walk was sponsored by the SFCC Foundation, Inc., and Bill Jarrett Ford. Chet Brojek of Central Florida Striders served as race timer. Members of the Panther baseball, softball, and volleyball teams assisted runners and walkers under the direction coaches Rick Hitt, Carlos Falla, and Kim Crawford.
The top three finalists by age in the men’s and women’s divisions were:
- 14 and under: Savannah Oldfield, 30:23, Carly Juve, 34:11, and Kailey McCain, 37:38
- Age 15-19: Amanda Kennedy, 24:21, Shelby Smith, 26:38, and Caitlyn Moulds, 26:50
- Age 20-24: Taylor Carson, 26:44, Rose Fowler, 32:02, and Melissa Bendy, 49:16
- Age 25-29: Carrie Tallinger, 25:55, Melanie Aydt, 31:52, and Kaylie Lindsey, 32:17
- Age 30-34: Michelle DeLaney, 25:48, Natalia Terreros, 28:56, and Tammy Surrency, 29:33
- Age 35-39: Kelly Griffin, 25:27, Jennifer Burnside, 26:34, and Lori Ashworth
- Age 40-44: Mary Ann Andrews, 27:26, Laura Barben, 28:17, and Paige Oldfield, 30:15
- Age 45-49: Davida Austin, 32:00, Pam Koralewski, 33:38, and Lisa Jarrett, 42:45
- Age 50-54: Brenda Ropat-Rickert, 26:53, Patti Remick, 32:51, and Marcia Percy, 32:58
- Age 55-59: Martie Brooker, 30:20, Crystal Vanderpool, 31:44, and Peggy Essex-Klammer, 33:30
- Age 60-64: Karen Howard, 37:45, Sandra Daniels, 44:07, and Edie Bardell, 53:23
- Age 65-69: Mary Ann Henry, 35:04, Lois Tejada, 47:57, and Lana Puckorius 56:10
- Age 70-74: Mary Ann Gustavson, 58:31