Snow no problem at Haltom Stampede
By Charles Clines
Deep snow that had covered everything Thursday night and Friday morning was mostly off to the side of the streets, but participants in the Haltom Stampede 5K and 1-Mile on an overcast chilly Saturday (Feb. 13) morning had no problems with the white stuff.
The streets around the Haltom City Recreation Center were still somewhat wet from the melting snow, but runners said the footing was good on the 5K course that had been swept that morning to move most of the lingering snow. The D-FW area had "enjoyed" about 10 inches of snow Thursday and it wasn't going away quickly. Forecasts had called for freezing temperatures Friday night and early Saturday morning, but fortunately the temperature didn't dip that low and the melting snow didn't freeze on the streets.
The male and female 5K winners were Josh Terry, 29, of Addison and Cora Turner, 40, of Alvarado. Terry, who returned to running in September 2008 after laying off most of 10 years after running in high school, ran a 17:44 after taking the lead late in the race. Gabriel Zambrano, 16, of Fort Worth took second after a sprinting duel with Taylor Gill, 19, of Fort Worth to finish in 17:55.5. Gill was right behind in 17:57.3. (gun times).
Turner won in 19:32.7 (gun time) and wasn't challenged as Maria Martinez, 33, of Fort Worth came in second at 21:25.1 (chip time). The winners, including the top three in each age division earned ceramic buffaloes that is considered one of the best awards at road races. Turner currently owns the fifth fastest time at Dallas-Fort Worth races with a 19:18.8, which she posted at the Resolution Solution on Jan. 1 and this was her third overall female victory this year.
For Terry, his first victory in five tries at Haltom gave him some satisfaction after losing the lead at the Texas Half in Dallas on Jan. 30 when Megan Skeels of Fort Worth passed him at about mile 11 and won the race in 1:20:35 while he finished in 1:21:12.
He was somewhat surprised that anyone had caught him because he hadn't seen anyone close for quite awhile. Then he saw a figure moving up and he figured it was one of the male runners he had left behind almost two miles back. Then he heard footsteps, and then he saw Megan pass.
``I was wondering who that was,'' he said. ``I was hoping it was someone on a short training run.'' Nope. She was in the race and was using it, she told him later, as a training run for the Cowtown Marathon on Feb. 27.
``I went home and Googled her,'' said Terry, who said he's used to being beaten by long-time area speedsters Melisa Christian and Melissa Cook. But he didn't know Megan. He was relieved to discover that the former Megan Flowers was a former All-American at the University of Arkansas and owns an impressive rĕsumĕ. ``That made me feel better, though I still catch some grief from they guys I work with. But I've been beaten by females several times, but it's never been for first and second place.'' Terry said he's training to run the Cowtown 10K and then the Rock 'n' Roll Dallas Half Marathon on March 14.
Masters winners were Dan Campbell, 45 with an 18:30.7 and Denise Padfield, 49 in 23:24.2. Winning the Grand Masters (50-older) divisions were Bev DeHart, 53, in 23:46.5 and John Ball, 57, in 20:23.9.
Haltom Stampede, Feb. 13, 2010
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