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New Records Set At Panther 5K Run-Walk

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UPDATE 2/29/12: The SFCC Foundation announced that the 2012 Panther 5K Run-Walk raised $5,000 for SFCC’s athletic programs.

Past course records came tumbling down at Saturday’s third annual South Florida Community College Panther 5K Run/Walk.

Sponsored by the SFCC Foundation, Inc., as a fundraiser for SFCC athletic programs, the race took participants on a brisk jaunt around the SFCC Highlands Campus, beginning and ending at the SFCC University Center.

Staying just steps behind the Corvette pace car provided by the Sebring International Raceway, overall winner Renee Marin sailed around the course in 17  minutes, 2 seconds, shaving nearly a minute and a half off Jayson’s Bass previous course record of 18 minutes, 27 seconds. But Bass also beat his own record, fini­shing in 17 minutes, 37 seconds, and setting a new standard in the men’s 35-39 age division.

With a time of 19 minutes, 39 seconds, male masters champion Boris Plavsk surpassed the previous record of 20 minutes, 27 seconds held by Chuck Best. Michael Stewart set a new grand masters record of 23 minutes, 52 seconds, besting Jim Rector’s previous record of 28 minutes, 22 seconds. But Rector sliced minutes off his old record, too, completing the 5K in 26 minutes, 10 seconds, and setting a new course record in the men’s 70-74 age division.

Michelle Delaney was the overall female winner with 24 minutes, 41 seconds. Davida Austin claimed the female masters title with a time of 27 minutes, 8 seconds. The grand masters female winner, Sandy Brosius, boasted a time of 34 minutes, 58 seconds.

Approximately 160 runners and walkers took part in the Panther 5K Run/Walk, many for the chance to enjoy the scenic Highlands Campus on a spring morning while boosting their health and college athletics at the same time.

Rick Hitt, SFCC’s athletic director and head baseball coach, helped organize the event and managed the numerous student baseball, softball, and volleyball players, who volunteered to direct traffic, supervise the course, and hand out participation medals.

“Each year the Panther 5K continues to get better and better,” Hitt said. “This year, the weather was beautiful. The committee did a great job organizing this race. We got lots of cooperation from the student athletes and many different departments on campus, and we are very appreciative of it. This is becoming a great fundraiser for us.”

Don Appelquist, executive director, SFCC Foundation, called the third Panther 5K “the best so far.”

“The weather was perfect. We had a very nice turnout, several age group course records were set, and we raised needed funds to support the SFCC Athletics Program. I really want to thank all the runners who participated, but I especially appreciate our generous sponsors, without whose support the SFCC Panther 5K would not be possible. As for me, I didn’t win a trophy this year, but I’ll try harder next year.”

Sponsoring this year’s 5K were Bill Jarrett Ford, Hodges University, Florida Hospital, Sebring International Raceway, Dr. Norm and Laurie Stephens, Tim and Vivian Cook, Anytime Fitness, Association of Florida Colleges, Collar Fitness, Charlie and Tami Cullens, Swaine and Leidel, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, Jessica Wackler and Kailey McCain, All-Star Car Sales, Robin C. Weeks, C.P.A., P.A., SFCC Alumni Association, and Wauchula State Bank.

The complete list of winners by age division is as follows:


Age 14 and Under: Danny Cool, 21:52; Chase Doty, 24:49; and Patrick Boulay, 26:45. Age 15-19: Grey Lawrence, 19:28; Junior Chavez, 20:17; and Ryan Blount, 21: 54. Age 20-24: Orvanel Valdez, 25:49, and Alex Zirwnik, 26:19. Age 25-29: Jose Chavez, 20:56; Terry Hancock, 23:46; and Bruce Beumel, 24:02. Age 35-39:  Jayson Bass, 17:37; James Brown, 18:29; and Chris Chandler, 24:38. Age 40-44: Chris Doty, 20:05; Jack Bailey, 20:43; and Earl Rigdon, 21:58. Age 45-49: Terry Elders, 24:08; Jon Beck, 24:37; and John Snyder, 28:42. Age 50-54: Randy Grice, 20:06; Steve Marquart, 22:35; and Bill Jarrett, 25:54; Age 55-59: Chuck Best, 21:05; Joe Wright, 24:24; and James Hawker, 26:06. Age 60-64: Dan Hamilton, 25:50; and Bob Rawlings, 35:27. Age 65-69: Red Matthews, 26:58; Mike LaCount, 28:12; and Cliff Ables, 36:38. Age 70-74: Jim Rector, 26:10; Richard Godfrey, 27:40; and Dale Bargar, 33:52. Age 80-84: Ken Filppula, 41:01.


Age 14 and Under: Savannah Oldfield, 28:16; Rayann Kulig, 41:53; and Alexis Collins, 44:00. Age 15-19: Christine Gourley, 27:41; Samantha Klemp, 30:07; and Mikaelyn Miller, 48:47. Age 20-24: Desiree Burris, 29:47; Chelsi Huddleston, 33:11; and Dana Barnes, 33:50. Age 25-29: Monica Scholl, 30:04; Elena Comperatore, 35:22; Mindy Meyer, 36:23. Age 30-34: Corien Peavy, 25:16; and Lindsay Lynch, 1:01:17. Age 35-39: Trudy Benton, 27:45; Anna Welker, 46:04; and Stacy Sharp, 49:13. Age 40-44: Sharon Beck, 29:54; Erin Bukovac, 31:23; and Pam Lanier, 31:39. Age 45-49: Theresa Elders, 28:03; Margie Gourley, 29:38; and Tammy Jackson, 35:24. Age 50-54: Nancy Marquart, 31:25; Linda Schubert, 37:04; and Mary Luster, 42:23. Age 55-59: Dee Rawlings, 52:13; Jeri Canale, 58:20; and Marcia Lao, 1:16:31. Age 60-64: Deborah Fuschetti, 35:51; Cathy Futral, 41:52; and Viny Crews, 48:47. Age 70-74: Audrey Smith, 38:33; Julie Creed, 44:03; and Pauline Belton, 58:18.

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