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Murphy, Richardson win Carbondale’s Jingle Bell 5K

Staff report

Blue skies and sunshine greeted 71 runners, walkers and their furry canine friends at the 10th annual Jingle Bell 5K Dec. 16 at Independence Run and Hike in Carbondale.

Jaeson Murphy led a contingent of fast men through the streets of town, and to the finish line on the Rio Grande Trail, winning the overall title with a time of 18 minutes and 5 seconds. Watkins Fulk-Gray placed second with a time of 18:13, with Jeremy Duncan (18:18) right behind in third. Josh Hejtmanek (18:24) and Enrique Palomares (21:14) rounded out the men's top five.

The women's champion, and fifth-place overall was Glenwood's Tara Richardson. Richardson, who recently qualified for the 2020 women's Olympic Trials Marathon to be held in Atlanta, blistered the course with a time of 18:49. Amy Rollins (21:08), Kendra Joseph (22:11), Tami Kochen (22:18), and Glenwood Middle School 8th grader Sophia Connerton-Nevin (22:34) rounded out the ladies top five.

The popular annual event is a fundraiser for the Glenwood Springs High School track and field program.

Top 20 overall (*Female): 1. Jaeson Murphy, 18 minutes, 5 seconds; 2. Watkins Fulk-Gray, 18:13; 3. Jeremy Duncan, 18:18; 4. Josh Hejtmanek, 18:24; 5. Tara Richardson*, 18:49; 6. Amy Rollins*, 21:08; 7. Enrique Palomares, 21:14; 8. Josh Murk, 21:55; 9. Alec Nykerk, 22:02; 10. Kendra Joseph*, 22:11; 11. Rich, 22:13; 12. Tami Kochen*, 22:18; 13. Jared Rollins, 22:19; 14. Sophia Connerton-Nevin*, 22:34; 15. Eric Westerman, 22:37; 16. Kyle Coon, 23:02; 17. Rob Ringle, 23:03; 18. Morgan Hill*, 23:07; 19. Beth Broome*, 23:08; 20. Mary Cote*, 23:14.