Archive for Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Norris clinches 10K at Tonganoxie Days

June 16, 2004

Age didn't seem to be a factor at Saturday's Friends of the Library 10K run in Tonganoxie.

Kyle Norris, a former Tonganoxie High standout in cross country and track, won the event with a time of 36 minutes, 39 seconds. At 19, he was the youngest runner at the event.

And at 75, Leavenworth's Al Pursell was the oldest runner with a 1:24:12 time. He finished 30th overall out of 98 entries.

The course started and finished at the Tonganoxie Library at Third and Bury streets. Organizer Debbie Zerrer said the race ran east along Fourth Street and south along Pleasant Street. It then took runners east out of Tonganoxie on Washington before turning around for the return trip back to the library.

"I think this year the times might have been for some people a little bit faster," Zerrer said.

The race primarily attracted runners from Tonganoxie, Leavenworth and Basehor, but one runner came from Manhattan.

Another runner visiting from South Dakota competed, while Eric Wiggington from Jersey City, N.J., finished 10th overall with a 47:51 time.

Lawrence's Marsha Odgers was the top female runner. She finished 11th overall with a 45:16 time.

Steve Riley, who won last year's race, had to settle for second this year. He finished 40 seconds behind Norris. Last year, he ran the course in 36:44.

A 5K race also was staged Saturday, but results weren't available at press time.

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