FAIRBANKS — Runners continued to turn out in record numbers Saturday for the Seekins Ford Golden Heart Trail Run at Birch Hill Recreation Area.
More than 150 runners competed in three different divisions of the trail run, which is the seventh of eight races in the Flint Hills Cup Series determining the top overall and age group runners in the Interior.
Devin McDowell and Melissa Lewis set the pace in the adult
McDowell was the overall winner in 16 minutes, 59.1 seconds, edging Eielson High School cross country and track coach David Dyer by less that 10 seconds. Dyer crossed the finish line in 17:07.5.
With his third-place finish of 18:56.0, Steve Chu of Eielson wrapped up the Flint Hills overall championship. McDowell clinched the runner-up spot.
Rounding out the top five in the men’s race were Vanya Rybkin in 19:26.8 and Jimmy Morden in 19:38.6.
Lewis won the women’s division and posted the 10th fastest time overall with a run of 20:48.4. Heather Best took the runner-up spot in 21:05.6 and Maria Bray was third in 21:13.6.
Anna Worden and Kristen Rozell completed the list of top five finishers in 21:17.5 and 22:44.8, respectively.
Worden and Lewis are locked in a battle for first place in the women’s overall Flint Hills Cup standings.
In addition to the main race for adults, there were 1K and 2.5K races for younger runners.
In the 2.5K girls race, Gentry Johnson won the girls age 9 and younger division, while Maggie Druckenmiller took the 10-11 class and Jenna DiFolco won the 12-14 division.
On the boys side of the 2.5K race, Eric DiFolco took the boys 9 and younger event, while Alexander Apicela-Adams won the 10-11 division and Benjamin Koenig captured the 12-14 age group.
Annie Gregor won the girls age 6-7 1K race and Riley Williams took the boys event in the same age-group.
The final race in the Flint Hills Cup Series is the 50th Equinox Marathon set for 8 a.m. on Sept. 15.
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