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Firecracker still has some bang left

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By Mike Cote

Local runner Viki Saga was the last person to sign up for Saturday’s 5K race, but she was the first woman to finish.
Saga outdistanced Adrienne Larson in the women’s race of Saturday’s Firecracker 5K, finishing the race in 19 minutes, 8 seconds to win.
The Firecracker 5K, which is sponsored by the Family YMCA of Los Alamos, attracted 154 runners this year. The race, which has become something of an Independence Day tradition in Los Alamos, was postponed this year due to the effects of the Las Conchas Fire in late June.
That postponement actually worked out well for Albuquerque’s Ryan Fenton, who was the top overall finisher Saturday. Fenton turned in a blazing time of 15 minutes, 14.44 seconds, cruising to the win.
After the race, Fenton said had it been run as scheduled July 4, he probably wouldn’t have participated.
The event had a record of 242 runners in 2010, but William Hill of the YMCA said registration this year took a hit by having to push it back a month. To sweeten the deal, the YMCA waived its late registration surcharge.
Numerous prizes were awarded as well, including prizes for the top overall finishers, the first baby stroller to cross the finish line and even the first dog to finish.
Saga, who was the final entrant into the race, said she was looking forward to Saturday’s race as she hadn’t competed in a road race in over a year.
“It’s really nice. It’s a good course. It’s fast,” Saga said. “They always do a good job at this race.”
Saga topped Larson, a collegiate runner at New Mexico State University, by 15 seconds to win the women’s title. Susan Hanson was third with her time of 19:42.
Saga said she was pleased with her time, but the course was slightly shorter than a full 5K — due to the ongoing construction along Diamond Drive.
“I’m 49 and I’m not setting any (personal records), I don’t think,” she said.
Fenton, meanwhile, started to pull away from the back at about the halfway point of the race, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Fenton said the pace started to slow at the turnaround, but he wanted to make sure he pushed through that.
His strategy worked. He finished 28 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, Los Alamos’ Tim Wermer, who was one of three finishers with times under 16 minutes.
“The race was only 2.8 miles, so it’s hard to say if it’s that good,” Fenton said of his time. “I’m still happy with what it was.”

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Here are the results from Saturday’s Firecracker 5K. Runners are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.

Boys 5-9

1. Zachary Schraad, 32:33:01; 2. Ricky Hensley, 41:26.25.

Boys 10-13

1. Greyson Venhaus, 21:22.59; 2. Isaiah Lang, 27:40.94; 3. Jack Vandenkieboom, 31:33.32; 4. Joshua Barraza, 31:48.79; 5. Dylan Mauldin, 32:17.81; 6. John Mamula, 38:34.19.

Boys 14-17

1. Aaron Bao, 18:01.59; 2. Jeremy Goettee, 19:10.00; 3. Nathan Lang, 23:52.83; 4. Alex Kirkland, 24:36.95.

Men 18-22

1. Ryan Fenton, Albuquerque, 15:14.44; 2. Tim Wermer, 15:42.63; 3. Kevin Hemphill, 15:58.73; 4. Vincent Romano, Portales, 39:59.38.

Men 23-29

1. James Miller, 21:10.01; 2. Austin Brown, 21:42.31; 3. Jordan Nelson, Moscow, Idaho, 23:10.63; 4. David Smith, 33:18.82; 5. Gilbert Valdez, Portales, 36:04.74; 6. Mark Zollinger, 40:30.79.

Men 30-34

1. George Perkins, 18:41.44; 2. Christopher Brownsberger, Santa Fe, 29:01.21.

Men 35-39

1. Chip Cooper, 16:52.85; 2. Dwain Keith, 27:03.95; 3. Jeffry Pietryga, 36:36.43; 4. Sean Stanfield, 37:44.12.

Men 40-44

1. Vince Rodriguez, Santa Fe, 24:53.45; 2. Brian Reardon, Jemez Springs, 25:11.61; 3. Andrew Nelson, 27:32.28; 4. Mark Schraad, 32:36.93; 5. Tom Venhaus, 32:43.48; 6. Chance Larson, 33:08.04; 7. David Jackson, 35:53.99; 8. Chris Mamula, 38:36.73; 9. Michael Trujillo, 50:02.18.

Men 45-49

1. Stephen Betts, 18:03.70; 2. Mike Lang, 21:29.60; 3. Kenneth Pearl, 24:52.14; 4. Brian Kliesen, 28:53.80; 5. John Vandenkieboom, 31:33.87; 6. David Coblentz, 36:03.20.

Men 50-54

1. Brian Boyer, 22:04.59; 2. Brian Simmons, 27:42.17; 3. Mark Katko, 39:24.76.

Men 55-59

1. Peter McNiff, 21:13.81; 2. David Kratzer, 21:25.38; 3. Paul Daly, 23:32.50; 4. David Vosberg, 26:23.91.

Men 60-64

1. Steve Shook, 28:51.10; 2. Ted Williams, 33:05.16.

Men 65-69

1. Lonny Morgan, 24:29.01; 2. Tom Wangler, 26:46.02; 3. Mark Jones, 31:49.61; 4. Harlan Harris, 42:54.07.

Girls 5-9

1. Sophia Mamula, 30:35.14; 2. Sophie Schmidt, 33:01.39; 3. Sofi Vandenkieboom, 36:00.42; 4. Amaya Coblentz, 36:01.12; 5. Ava Pietryga, 36:36.00; 6. Patsy Hensley, 41:48.40; 7. Savannah Kimball, 48:13.81; 8. Cassidy Trujillo, 50:01.29.

Girls 10-13

1. Sophia Galvez, 20:57.94.

Girls 14-17

1. Amanda Mercer, 20:18.45; 2. Allison Keith, 26:35.67; 3. Sydney Trujillo, 29:16.16.

Women 18-22

1. Adrienne Larson, 19:23.82; 2. Bryn Morgan, 20:25.52; 3. Kelly Vosberg, 22:38.77; 4. Brynn Larson, 33:08.60; 5. Deziree Iams, 33:19.94; 6. Bonnie Zollinger, 33:40.86; 7. Susan Hargreaves, 35:58.44.

Women 23-29

1. Leanne Smith, 21:15.72; 2. Geraldine Pacheco, 23:51.08; 3. Brandi Grace, 25:37.09; 4. Kelly Gill, 26:34.85; 5. Kristin Chavez, 39:24.21.

Women 30-34

Susan Hanson, 19:42.00; 2. Nikol Strother, 20:37.64; 3. Claire Bradley, 24:28.80; 4. Jacqueline Reardon, Jemez Springs, 25:11.10; 5. Emily Schmidt, 29:22.98.

Women 35-39

1. Jennifer Pitt, 26:33.95; 2. Jill Mauldin, 26:36.78; 3. Katherine Gattiker, 27:32.85; 4. Laura Segundo, 29:50.01; 5. Doran Kliesen, 30:44.69; 6. Toni Keith, 31:01.51; 7. Michelle Kellar, 33:14.79; 8. Nalani Kimball, 48:14.34.

Women 40-44

1. Kristin Coblentz, 23:50.96; 2. Suzette Williams, 27:56.30; 3. Elizabeth Barraza, 28:15.62; 4. Catherine Crane, 28:56.83; 5. Pam Salazar Trujillo, 29:57.15; 6. Lisa Larson, 30:11.10; 7. Ashley Mamula, 30:37.73; 8. Kristin Schraad, 32:33.50; 9. Valerie Adams, 39:57.35.

Women 45-49

1. Viki Saga, 19:08.45; 2. Caroline Spaeth, 23:52.93; 3. Laura Lang, 28:13.26; 4. Katie Bridgewater, 28:28.78; 5. Gan Li, 32:14.79; 6. Kathy Brooks, 32:42.43; 7. Karen Galvez, 39:53.20.

Women 50-54

1. Beth Davenport, 29:11.57; 2. Donna Schaefer, 33:39.30; 3. Catherine Hensley, 38:40.89; 4. Mary Pacheco, 40:16.52.

Women 55-59

1. Elizabeth Hargreaves, 39:58.75; 2. Tina Derr, 41:40.30; 3. Deborah Gritzo, 45:11.94.

Women 60-64

1. Mary Snow, 36:37.09; 2. Martha Zumbro, 38:41.56.

Women 65-69
1. Inez Ross, 42.45.64.