Running: Clifford tops field at pace race

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By The Staff

Most predicted finish times were well off the mark Tuesday, but not James Clifford’s.

Clifford was the winner at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ pace race, which was held near Guaje Pines Cemetery. In all, 26 runners and walkers took part in Tuesday’s race.

Clifford, who ran the 3-mile course, missed his predicted finish time by just 7 seconds.

No one else on the long course was less than 71 seconds off. Tom Sandford missed by 71 seconds and Ted Williams was 76 seconds off.

Allen and Kyle Pittman tied for the fastest time on the 3-mile course this week, finishing in 17:39. Deidre Witherell was the fastest female finisher with her time of 22:05.

On the 1-mile course, Bob Westervelt was the fastest finisher, while 12-year-old Chloe Keilers was the top female finisher. Bob Weeks, with a prediction error of 39 seconds, was the closest to his actual finish time on the short course.

The next pace race will be held Tuesday starting at the San Ildefonoso Play Lot on Barranca Mesa. Start time is scheduled for 6 p.m.

For more information on that race, call 662-2856.