Rain douses competitors

Quinn, Kopp earn victories at 19th Run for Women

Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2006

 

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  Heather Gaines gets a hug from her fiancee, Eric Russell, after completing the 10-kilometer race. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Najeeby Quinn, center, dodges a puddle near the halfway point of the 10-kilometer race while leading Ari Goldstein, left, and other runners to the finish of the 19th annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women Saturday in Kenai. Quinn won the 10-kilometer in 38:11.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Winning the 10-kilometer run at the 19th annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women in Kenai was all in a day’s work for Anchorage’s Najeeby Quinn.

Quinn, the top road racer in the state, flew down from Anchorage on Saturday morning to participate in the run, then flew back after the race in time to make it to work at 2 p.m. at Skinny Raven Sports.

Running in cold, misty weather, Quinn pulled away from former Soldotna High School cross country and track standout Ari Goldstein to win with a time of 38 minutes, 11 seconds. Goldstein finished 33 seconds later, while third-place finisher Larrell Lockard was timed at 42:35.

In the 5-kilometer event, Holly Kopp won at 20:39, while Rachel McCartan was second at 21:05 and Molly Watkins was third at 21:16.

Quinn was planning on running in the Alyeska Classic Mountain Run on Saturday before a friend told her about the Run for Women. Once Quinn discovered the prize for first place in the 10-kilometer race was $500, she figured she could swing the $150 plane ticket to make her first trip to Kenai.

Quinn said she enjoys running in the Alaska Run for Women, which is held in Anchorage, draws about 4,000 runners and raises funds to fight breast cancer. In May of this year, Quinn held a fund-raiser in conjunction with the Alaska Run for Women at Skinny Raven called Think Pink Ladies Night and raised $7,000.

 

Heather Gaines gets a hug from her fiancee, Eric Russell, after completing the 10-kilometer race.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

“I love women’s-only events, no offense,” Quinn said, jokingly referring to her interviewer. “It’s also always nice to run for a good cause.”

According to Cheri Smith, the executive director of the LeeShore Center, the Kenai Peninsula Run for Women is held to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault in the community. It also is meant to raise awareness of all the services provided by the LeeShore Center.

Smith said a measure of the support the community provides the LeeShore Center comes in the prizes offered in the race. In addition to the $500, winners received things like train trips to Denali, glacier cruises and nights of accommodations at wilderness lodges. And that doesn’t include a nice list of door prizes.

“The support we get from the community is overwhelming,” Smith said.

Although Goldstein ran with Quinn for the first two miles of the race, there was never any doubt about Quinn claiming the $500 because Goldstein is a runner for the University of Nebraska, meaning she can’t accept prize money. After two miles, Quinn pulled away from Goldstein.

“This was my first time racing with her,” Quinn said of Goldstein. “She is such a talented runner. I remember the miles I had to run when I was in college. It takes a lot out of you.”

Goldstein will leave for Nebraska on Tuesday and start her cross country season on Thursday.

“It was just nice to have somebody to run with,” Goldstein said. “In the past two weeks, I’ve done more miles than I’ve ever done before.”

Goldstein is logging all those miles to provide her with a base she can use when she begins the intense workouts associated with a top-flight college cross country program.

“I tried to stay with her at two miles, but it wasn’t there,” Goldstein said. “The next two miles were pretty bad. The last two were better, but she was too far ahead.”

While some runners like the cooling effects of rain, Quinn and Goldstein wanted some sun on Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to the 85 degrees in Nebraska,” Goldstein said.

Kopp, on the other hand, is all about running in the rain.

“I love running in the rain,” Kopp said. “It’s one of my favorites. It’s refreshing because when you get hot, the rain cools you down.”

Watkins led the first half of the race, but then was passed by Kopp and McCartan. Kopp then pulled away from McCartan over the last mile.

“I felt like I was OK to push it,” said Kopp, who will be a sophomore on Cook Inlet Academy’s cross country team. “I still had something in the tank.”

By pulling away from McCartan, Kopp earned her first Run for Women title and kept McCartan from defending her crown.

McCartan and Kopp both worked at Solid Rock Bible Camp this summer and did some training together. McCartan is getting ready for her sophomore season as a runner at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

“This is just a fun race,” McCartan said. “It’s fun seeing a lot of people from the past.”

Watkins, who is actually a sophomore swimmer at Kenai Central, named a final benefit to the event.

“Even if you just come out and walk, you still get some really good, free hamburgers,” she said.

19th annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women

Saturday

in Kenai

Individual 10-kilometer results

15 to 19 — 1. Ari Goldstein, 38 minutes, 44 seconds; 2. Kalee Alsworth, 49:58; 3. Tana Alsworth, 52:18.

20 to 29 — 1. Najeeby Quinn, 38:11; 2. Carrie Setian, 43:33; 3. Rachel Goldstein, 43:49; 4. Mary Krusen, 45:23; 5. Heather Gaines, 52:48; 6. Viorica Thompson, 54:15; 7. Amber Wheat, 57:58.

30 to 39 — 1. Larrell Lockard, 42:35; 2. Angee Maw, 49:11; 3. Shelli Furlong, 54:20; 4. Lisa Turner, 56:21.

40 to 49 — 1. Debbie Cropper, 46:59; 2. Satorene Jackson, 50:43; 3. Pamela Russell, 57:33; 4. Janet Arneson, 58:08; 5. Laura Lancaster, 59:01; 6. Jane Garrow, 1:00:19; 7. Laura Henkelman, 1:03:18; 8. Wysondria Penland, 1:33:08; 9. Cindy Vasilie, 1:45:31.

59 to 59 — 1. Shari Conley, 53:12; 2. Connie Wheat, 1:04:53; 3. Maria Sweppy, 1:09:46; 4. Sandra Hecht, 1:14:32; 5. Colleen Carey, 1:33:08.

60 and over — 1. Marlis Schmid, 1:28:42; 2. Choate, 1:28:43; 3. Marjorie Torgerson, 1:33:10.

Wheelchair — 1. Charlotte Johnson, 1:45:30.

Individual 5-kilometer results

14 and under — 1. Taylor Ostrander, 23:34; 2. Allie Ostrander, 23:43; 3. Sadie Arneson, 24:11; 4. Hannah Hutchison, 24:41; 5. Ivy O’Guinn, 27:04; 6. Michelle Klaben, 27:05; 7. Annalise Theisen, 28:44; 8. Dani Rehm, 28:50; 9. Courtney Stroh, 29:55; 10. Brooke Hughes, 34:15; 11. Lara Lockard, 34:33; 12. Haylee Swanson, 36:03; 13. Jacynne Collver, 39:59; 14. Taylor Shelden, 41:18; 15. Sidney Beauchamp, 55:44.

15 to 19 — 1. Holly Kopp, 20:39; 2. Rachel McCartan, 21:05; 3. Molly Watkins, 21:16; 4. Brooke Forsi, 24:11; 5. Sarah Walton, 24:25; 6. Gerrica Moore, 24:50; 7. Rebekah Summer, 25:24; 8. Lindsary Henkelman, 26:03; 9. Michaela Hutchison, 27:04; 10. Katie Franzmann, 27:12.

20 to 29 — 1. Michelle Edwards, 24:37; 2. Carly Horton, 28:41; 3. Darcy Swanson, 30:32; 4. Melinda Gibson, 31:40; 5. Marcail Webb, 31:43; 6. Ashley Stone, 35:17; 7. Bobbi Mason, 36:03; 8. Holly Maw, 37:59; 9. Mandy Howell, 39:25; 10. Angela Massey, 39:54; 11. Desirea Wilson, 41:26; 12. Kristi Knudsen, 42:49; 13. Karli Knudsen, 42:50; 14. Jamie Montgomery, 42:51; 15. Angela Horton, 44:31; 16. Farrah Collver, 52:02.

30 to 39 — 1. Teresa Ostrander, 23:44; 2. Angie Brennan, 26:52; 3. Heather Huff, 28:19; 4. Marrie Naylor, 30:54; 5. Natalie Opinsky, 31:44; 6. Sharon Bouman, 34:46; 7. Heather Floyd, 41:40; 8. Ginnie Handley, 52:20; 9. Kaarin Johnson, 54:08; 10. Katie Bowers, 56:03; 11. Sherri Baktuit, 57:59.

40 to 49 — 1. Beth Boling, 24:56; 2. Regina Theisen, 27:26; 3. Kelli Stroh, 29:56; 4. Christine Forbes, 33:17; 5. Annette Pankoski, 33:19; 6. Nancy Wiles, 34:07; 7. Lanie Hughes, 34:16; 8. Carleen Harper, 37:04; 9. Lisa Lackey, 53:40; 10. Beth Mishler, 54:08; 11. Krissi Alsworth, 54:49.

50 to 59 — 1. Anna Maria Parkinson, 24:23; 2. Pat Walton, 29:06; 3. Christine Morin, 29:20; 4. Mary Starrs Armstrong, 29:46; 5. Sharon Gaines, 31:19; 6. Patti Berkhahn, 31:22; 7. Colleen Sinnott, 32:10; 8. Susan Kraft, 33:49; 9. Diana Lofstedt, 37:04; 10. Gail Moore, 37:28; 11. Kelly Smith, 38:40; 12. Susan Smalley, 40:17; 13. Elena Horton, 42:25; 14. Kathy Mattison, 43:28; 15. JoyAnn Morgan, 43:40; 16. Jane Marshall, 53:37; 17. Paula Standefer, 53:39; 18. Kathie Tainter, 54:48; 19. Jean Dixon, 55:41; 20. Lauren Wakefield, 1:02:13.

60 and over — 1. Maria Cobb, 24:25; 2. Eileen Bryson, 29:21; 3. Kathy Bush, 36:07; 4. Idamarie Piccard, 41:12; 5. Debora Fullnick, 46:06; 6. Betty Dean, 46:45; 7. Carol Setian, 48:08; 8. Lola Nightingale, 50:38; 9. May Jean Potter, 55:39; 10. Epsie Elmer, 56:05.



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