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Hogback Hustle 5K: Scholl much for the competition

Jon Mitchell
Tyler Scholl runs down Main Street on his approach to the finish line as he wins the Hogback Hustle 5K in New Castle on Saturday.
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Top 30 Results

The following are results from the annual Hogback Hustle 5K, which was held Saturday in New Castle.

1. Tyler Scholl, 17;47.39; 2. Josh Hejtmanek, 18:16.05; 3. Luis Vidal, 19:02.78; *4. Tabor Scholl, 19;10.35; 5. Zachariah Robinson, 19:34.42; 6. Warren Swanson, 19;47.85; 7. Cody Sedbrook, 20:23.68; 8. Reid Swanson, 20:24.19; 9. Shawn Scholl, 20:46.94; 10. Eddie Murray, 21:02.86.

11. Alex Tapia, 21:25.82; 12. Aldo varela, 21:49.49; 13. Steph Scholl, 21:44.94; 14. Bob Dubois, 22:21.91; 15. Garrett Like, 22:22.22; 16. Brad Palmer, 22;43.53; 17. John Piccinati, 23:55.28; 18. Renee Hooker, 24:13.11; 19. Johnny Utah, 24:38.10; 20. Kelly Sarno, 25;30.03.

21. Daniel LeMoine, 25:48.68; 22. Carrie Rousseau, 26;04.09; 23. Satomi Gerdes, 26;10.51; 24. Eileen Wysocki, 26:21.02; 25. Dara Schenck, 26:31.41; 26. Rand Schenck, 27;21.46; 27. Laura Bahr, 27;32.99; 28. Joslin James, 27;36.59; 29. Kim Potter, 27:41.22; 30. Stacy Pemberton, 27;59.22.

NEW CASTLE — Josh Hejtmanek has made a habit of winning each race in the Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series this year. There’s just one person who has kept him from winning all of them.

“I got beat by that kid. That same frickin’ kid,” the runner from New Castle said.

That kid happened to be 13-year-old Tyler Scholl of Kremmling, who claimed his second victory in the six-race series by winning the Hogback Hustle 5K run on Saturday. And he did it in convincing fashion, too, crossing the finish line in 17 minutes, 47.39 seconds to beat the second-place Hejtmanek, who finished in 18:16.05.

“I tried to keep up with him,” Hejtmanek admitted. “I just couldn’t.”

Saturday’s race, which drew 83 participants, was the fifth in the six-race monthly race series. Proceeds from Saturday’s event — which climbed Castle Valley Boulevard and looped its way back into downtown New Castle — went to the New Castle Lions Club.

Prizes are awarded to the top runner of the series, which is determined by finishes in the individual races. Hejtmanek won the Sequoia Glen 5K in Glenwood Springs on March 15, the Titan Trot 5K in Silt on May 10, and the Walk/Run for their Lives 5K in Silt on June 7. But it was Saturday’s race, along with the Grand River Gallop in Rifle on April 5, where the teenager from Wolcott prevailed.

“I was really able to keep up with him at the beginning,” said Hejtmanek, who was one of the first to ascend the 2-kilometer climb at the beginning of the race. “But as soon as we got to the top of the hill, that was it.

“That’s OK, though,” he continued. “When he’s in the Olympics, I can say I finished second to him.”

Scholl admitted after the race that becoming a distance runner on the Olympic team is a dream of his, and he’s off to a good start. He’s run in some kind of event every week since March, including a pair of recent races in Boulder and, of course, the annual 5K run in Rifle. He was going to run in the Fairmount 5,000 in Arvada in early May, but an injury sidelined him.

The injury? A growth spurt.

“Yeah,” Scholl said, smiling. “I grew six inches in about three months. Sitting out like that made me really appreciate how much I love running.”

During that race in May, his big sister, Tabor, won it in 18:20 right before she finished second in both the 800 and 1,600 meters during the Class 2A State Championships in Lakewood. And on Saturday, her time of 19:10.35 made her the fastest female of the race.

The sixth and final installment of the charity race series will take place on Aug. 2 in Rifle Mountain Park with the mostly downhill Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase 5-mile run.

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