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Sunday, September 28, 1997

1997 NationsBank City of Roses Half Marathon/5K

1997 Edition of Cape's longest distance event.  Another fast field with top 10 men finishers all coming in under 80 min mark.   Randy Starr again led the field with a outstanding finish time of just under 68 minutes and topped the second place finisher by nearly a minute.  Cape Girardeau runners showed well with 3 runners in the top ten.   Marvin Zeman of Carbondale, Ill rounded out the top 20 with a solid 1:26:03 at 49 years of age.  Marc Romine, age 42, was the top Master's finisher.

Top Ten Men
1.  Randy Starr, Jefferson City, MO       - 1:07:58
2.  Jamie Burnam, Joplin, MO                - 1:08:57
3.  Jay Orr, Manchester                         - 1:11:16
4.  Marc Romine, Holts Summit, MO     - 1:13:35
5.  Jeff Janes, Murphysboro, IL              - 1:13:55
6.  Gary Holda, Carbondale, IL              - 1:15:54
7.  Michael Sullivan, Cape Girardeau      - 1:18:18
8.  Ron Keller, Cape Girardeau              - 1:18:24
9.  Terry McDowell, Cape Girardeau     - 1:18:44
10.Phil Wahlbrink, Eldon                        -1:19:38

The women's field was led by local distance star Bernadette Huston who finished 23rd overall in the field of 171 runners. 
Top 5 Women
1.  Bernadette Huston, Cape Girardeau       1:27:14
2.  Trina Graham, Cape Girardeau               1:31:21
3.  Gail Ford, St. Louis                                1:32:36
4.  Sarah Jost, St. Louis                               1:34:10
5.  Sue Pennington, Jefferson City                1:37:33

5K Results

Greg Cox of Roanoke, Texas ventured up and took first overall with a competitive race with one of Cape's best rising stars Bryan Kelpe.  Both runners broke the tape with sub-17 min runs.  53 runners competed in the 5K event. 

Top 5 Finishers
1.  Greg Cox                 16:23
2.  Bryan Kelpe             16:32
3.  Jason Zallares           17:33
4.  Bill Rutledge             17:45
5.  Kevin Hammes         17:58

Top 5 Women
1.  Linda Mattingly         21:21
2.  Jennifer Langston      22:07
3.  Diana Hays               23:13
4.  Candace Wiggin       23:16
5.  Holli Carman            23:18

Ron Ruminer, 56 of Evansville, Indiana won the City of Roses One Mile race in 6:18.  He doubled up as he ran the 5K earlier in the day and placed 14th overall with a time of 20:43.


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