Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase: Sedbrook, Keeper claim titles
CHEATIN’ WOODCHUCK CHASE
Saturday at Rifle Mountain Park, Rifle
5-mile run (Top 10)
1. Cody Sedbrook, 25:43.80; 2. Brenden Wagler, 26:31.89; 3. Wesley Toews, 26:49.28; 4. Josh Hejtmanek, 27:23.59; 5. Michael Palmgren, 28:14.88; *6. Holly Keeper, 29:56.82; 7. Candy De Leura, 32:51.29; 8. Brad Palmer, 33:23.81; *9. Sarah Wagler, 34.35.81; 10. Bob DuBois, 34:45.65.
2.3-mile run (Top 3)
1. Gavin Harden, 13:42.37; 2. Megan Duncan, 19:54.55; 3. Bruce Kollar, 21:28.24.
RIFLE — The final race of the annual Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series didn’t disappoint on Saturday morning.
A group of close to 100 runners took part in the annual Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase, a completely downhill race straight past the limestone rock formations of Rifle Mountain Park.
And along with the race proceeds from entry fees going to a local charity, most of the runners who entered each of the six races over the past six months were rewarded with door prizes based on their overall finish in their age group. Runners who participated in at least four of the six races were eligible for door prizes.
This event — a 5-mile race that also had the option of a shorter 2.3-mile race included on the course — differed from the other five races that were all 5 kilometers in length. It ended right at the south entrance of Rifle Mountain Park just north of the Rifle Fish Hatchery.
Winning the overall title for the 5-mile race was Cody Sedbrook, who finished in 25 minutes, 43.8 seconds. Sedbrook, who is on the cross country team for Division II Minnesota-Duluth, has also won the 14-mile Mount Sopris Runoff from Basalt to Carbondale, the Firecracker 4K in Glenwood Springs and the Hogback Hustle 5K in New Castle this summer.
Sedbrook finished ahead of last year’s winner, Brenden Wagler of Rifle, who crossed the finish line in 26:31.89.
Finishing as the top overall female in the 5-mile race was Holly Keeper of Rifle, who posted a winning time of 29:56.82. She finished sixth in the overall race standings.
Gavin Harden of Meeker won the 2.3-mile race in 13:42.37. Behind him was Glenwood Springs native Megan Duncan, who drove from her home in Denver to finish as the first overall female — second place overall — in 19:54.55.
Complete series point champions will be announced by the Rifle Parks and Recreation Department — which organizes and runs the races — later this week.
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Colorado Mountain College’s men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished higher than their rankings coming in at the Nov. 14 National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division 1 Cross Country 2020 Championships.