Fast times at the Buffalo Boogie 5K
Matt Daniels and D'Ann Arthur, both 19, haven't made a lot of apperances at area road races, and their competitors probably are thankful about that. Daniels, of Arlington who attended OU for a semester this past year, won the men's title in 14:58.5 and Arthur, a triathlete who runs cross country and track for Trinity University, won the women's title in 19:10.8 on May 12 at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge.
The warm and humid morning was perfect and runners liked the ample shade the tree-lined course provided. Everybody and their dogs showed up -- dogs were allowed though they started in the back.
Matt shook off his recent training partner Brock Simmons near the 2-mile mark after both went out fast on the downhill start. The course flattens to near the 2-mile mark when it begins a slight include back to the finish. Brock, 18, who won the TAAPS 5K 1,600 and 3,200 last week in Waco, finished second to Daniels in 15:24.3. The Argyle Liberty student set state records in each event at the TAAPs meet, erasing Matt's previous mark by maybe ``a half second.'' He won the 3,200 in 9:32.24 and the 1,600 in 4:20.23.
Matt said he actually had a faster time last week in the last three miles of a four-mile tempo run. ``I ran a 14:48.''
Matt said he left OU because of some differences with the coach, and ``I came back here, took a semester off, have been training and trying to figure out where I'm going to go next year.''
He said his previous road race probably was two years ago at the Tarrant Komen Race For The Cure when he ran a ``15:30 something.''
D'Ann said she didn't run cross country or track in high school (Covenant Christian Academy in Colleyville), but was in gymnastics. After competing in some Ironkids events, she began competing in triathlons again in 2005 when she began attending Trinity University in San Antonio. She joined the cross country and track team at Trinity ``when a girl saw me in a triathlon and said, `you need to run cross country,' so I did.'' Trinity won its third consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title this past season. D'Ann said she has won several age-division titles as a triathlete and started running competitively in a few road races last year. She said her winning time Saturday was about a 1:20 faster than her effort last year at the Buffalo Boogie.
Besides the competitive runners, there were several participants who brought their dogs to trek along the 5K, a course that winds through the Fort Worth Nature Center, past the buffalo, and on a road that 's under a canopy of trees. Afterward, there was a live band, face painting, portrait painting and several other tents of interest for the participants.
Apparently the course was a little short, according to some runners who ran it last year. A little sidestep in the course just before the two-mile mark apparently didn't go up far enough a side road before reaching a turnaround point. One runner figured it might have made 10 to 25 seconds difference, depending on a runner's pace.