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University student wins at Summer Sizzler;
Mark Miller continues comeback

By Fiona Green

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Winner Haley McFadden and third-place Rachel Hanes

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The Emery family

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Mark Miller

Haley McFadden, 19, was the overall female winner at Saturday's (July 25) Summer Sizzler XIII in Arlington, breezing through the course at River Legacy Parks in 19:58. McFadden, a biology student at Trinity University, is one of the top runners on the university's track and cross country team. Although she has a PR of 19.02 for the 5K distance, she was pleased with her time considering the hot and humid conditions Saturday morning. McFadden currently logs around 60 miles a week and also includes a couple of sessions of aqua jogging in her weekly training schedule.

Some impressive times were recorded on the male side, but it seems the overall winners continued running after they crossed the finish line as they were nowhere to be seen afterward.

Some other notable performances included that of Mark Miller, 37, who clocked a 20:58, his best time since undergoing micro fracture surgery on his left knee last year. Miller has been one of the better runners in the area for several years.

The  Emery family from Dallas made the event a family affair as James, 39, brought along his three sons, Levi, Christopher and Zachary, to participate in the event. This was 8-year-old Levi's first attempt at the distance and he rose to the challenge, narrowly missing out an age group win by 1 second. His brothers Christoper (10) and Zachary (15) also placed second in their respective age divisions.

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July 25-26 Highlights

By Charles Clines

* Cole Atchison, 21, of Lewisville won the Carrollton Runners 5K on Sunday (July 26) by crossing the finish line about 15 seconds in front of Blair Casey, 28, of Carrollton. Atchison logged an 18:15.11 to win the male title. The overall female was longtime competitor Frances McKissick, 53, of Irving. She clocked in at 23:35.30, showing again that she has recovered from health issues from about two-three years ago.

* Don't know if they are acquainted but Brenda Cox, 57, of Denton and Karen Jones, 55, of Flower Mound were only about two seconds apart (chip time) in deciding first and second in the female 55-59 age group at the Pioneer Power 5K in Denton on July 26. Cox won with a 31:18.8. Cox actually was about six seconds behind via gun time 31:32.9 to 31:26.5. In the male division, the Wainscotts, Bill, 47, and Robert, 46, crossed the finish line at almost the same time with Bill winning the 45-49 age division with a 29:08.3 and Robert next with a 29:08.5.

* It was almost a photo finish at the Plano Pacers Charity Run 5K on Saturday (July 25) as Plano West student Brandon Brown, 16, nipped Plano High's Zachary Atnip 17:14 to 17:15. And third place Ethan Clifford wasn't that far behind at 17:21. The duel for the overall female award also was close as Amanda Moore, 29, of Richardson held off another longtime competitor, Sheila Natho, 49, of Dallas, 20:47 to 20:58. In the female 45-49 division, Lori Sinclair won by only three seconds over Maria Arreguin, 25:53 to 25:56 while John Nance took the top award in the male 65-69 division by four seconds with a 26:34 to Bruce Hill's 26:38.

* Another fairly close race developed at the Wildcat Stroll 5K in Fort Worth on Saturday (July 25). Hogan Campbell, 25, won the male division with an 18:15.83 and runner-up Doug Farris, 28, of Fort Worth finished with an 18:26.03.

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Talented people-person Ben Agger passes away

By Fiona Green

I was shocked and greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Ben Agger last Tuesday, July 14ben agger. Ben, 63, was a regular participant in many local races and was admired by all who knew him for his kindness, his quick sense of humor and his interesting conversation.

A prolific writer who tackled a variety of subjects from public sociology and capitalism to running and nutrition, Agger was known at UT-Arlington as Professor Agger. Yet, to his running buddies
 he simply was Ben. I had many interesting conversations with Ben and was honored to call him a friend. He was very modest about his achievements and it was only by chance that I found out he was a writer.  After a discussion on the importance of carbs for athletes, I received an e-mail from him with a very informative article on the subject. When reaching the end of the article, I realized he was the writer. Now, that he has passed, I have become aware of the variety and depth of his work and am sorry I didn't have the opportunity to discuss this with him.

Ben was a family man who often spoke proudly and fondly of his wife, Beth Anne, and his children, Sarah and Oliver. He was a real "people person"' and was always generous with his time and willingest to help out whenever he could. A few weeks ago, I was taking photos of runners to accompany a magazine article. Ben kindly offered to help me out and jogged back and forth with a few other runners until I got the shots I needed. Afterward, I offered to take a few photos of him on his own. He kindly allowed me to do so. Upon seeing the photos I mentioned, he looked a little serious in them and asked if we should do a few more where he was smiling more. He said he liked the shots as they were. Looking at the photos now I realize his natural expression was more genuine than a posed, smiling shot. They show a man experiencing the joy of running and the opportunity to disconnect from society and be alone with his thoughts. They show Ben, the runner, whom we all knew and loved. They also show a man who will be greatly missed.

Jeph Abara will be dedicating next Saturday's Summer Sizzler 5K (July 25) at River Legacy Park to Ben's memory. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family at this difficult time.

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Junior Olympian Wins in Grand Prairie

By Fiona Green

oscar tolentinoA small but enthusiastic crowd gathered at Mike Lewis Park in Grand Prairie on Saturday (July 11) morning for the 9th annual Race against Misogyny and Sexism.

Leading the pack were 32-year-old Andreas Kreutzer and 16-year-old  Oscar Tolentino. In the end, Tolentino (pictured) prevailed with an impressive finishing kick that Kreutzer couldn't match. Clocking 18:18, 7 seconds ahead of Kreutzer, the teen admitted he had actually been taking it easy in the race. This was only his second 5K although he is no stranger to racing. A student at Dubiski Career High in Grand Prairie, he is planning to compete in the AAU Junior Olympics in Virginia this month, where he will be participating in the 3K, 1,500 meters and the steeplechase. His PRs for the 1,500m and 3K are 4:20 and 9:32, respectively. Tolentino trains with the Heavenly Track Club in Arlington. While running is clearly his passion, he explained that soccer plays a key role in keeping him in top shape.

Jace and Graham JenkinsTaking the male Masters title was 66-year-old Jim Sansone. Sansone is a strange anomaly in the running world as he seems to improve with age. Just four years shy of 70, he ran an impressive 21:48 to finish third overall.

One of the youngest competitors yesterday was 6-year-old  Graham Jenkins from Midlothian, pictured with his father Jace. Graham completed the course in 33:55.

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