Carrizales wins Summit to Summit race
     2013-05-16      By Philip Eckerberg - Special to the citizen   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Overall winner Aaron Carrizales round the bend at the Scottsbluff National Monument during the Summit to Summit run held on Saturday. 
GERING - The Summit to Summit race was held on Saturday and Aaron Carrizales was the overall winner with a time of 49:02. The race is hosted by the Summit Christian College in Gering. The race goes from the parking lot of the college at 21ST and U Street to the parking lot at the summit of Scotts Bluff National Monument and back down again.

According to the college president Dave Parrish the grueling 7.1 mile course has been said by some runners to be tougher than the Bolder Boulder in Colorado. Anyone who has walked Saddle Rock Trail from top to bottom can attest to how steep and treacherous it is.

Andy Dietz the information technology specialists for the college said that this is 5TH Summit to Summit run. Dietz said that there were a total of 288 people registered for the event and 68 of them completed the run portion of the course with many of the others walking both ways, riding a shuttle one way and walking the other, or riding the shuttle only.

Dietz said that this was originally organized as a fund raiser for the college; however, it has turned into a community event. Dietz said that the college uses it to raise awareness about the college and their mission to train Christian ministers and missionaries.

Dietz said that the event gets people onto the campus and helps people get to know the college staff. Dietz said that there were runners this year from Chadron to Colorado.
Parrish said that they are trying to get listed on fun run websites so that they can draw more runners and to increase the competition. Parrish said that this is a beautiful area to run and a challenging course so they hope to attract more participants.

The event also included a health fair, lunch, entertainment by the Sugar Valley Singers, bounce houses for children, an appearance by Air Link helicopter, static displays by the Gering Fire Department, and Airport Fire Department.

The 2014 Summit to Summit is tentatively scheduled for May 10, 2014. Dietz said that they hold the Summit to Summit on the same weekend as their college graduation so that the students can help and more alumni are in town for the event.

Individual results:
Aaron Carrizales, 49:02, 1st place overall; Geoff Groskoph, 53:08 , 1st place 20-29 male; Dale Walker, 54:36 1st Place 40-49 male; David Griffiths,54:45, 2nd Place 40-49 male; John Seiler, 57:08, 2nd place 30-39 male; Jordan Gealy, 57:22, 2nd place 20-29 male; Keenan Fogle, 58:35, 1st place 15-19 male; Brian Feather, :01:55 , 3rd place 40-49 male; Zane Ricketts, 1:04:02, 3rd place, 20-29 male; Josiah Mobley, 1:05:55, 3rd place 30-39 male;
Duncan Baker,1:07:04,1st Place 50-59 Male; Emilio Almanza,1:08:29,2nd Place; 50-59 Male, Erik Olson, 1:10:07,3rd Place; 50-59 Male; Monte Feather, 1:06:57,1st Place 60 and Up Male; Rick Hessler, 1:08:20,2nd Place 60 and Up Male; Allen Ritter,1:09:16, 3rd Place 60 and Up Male; Levi Wickham,1:09:14,1st Place 14 and Under Male; Logan Murdock,1:15:15,2nd Place 14 and Under Male; Chase Osland,1:17:01,3rd Place 14 and Under Male;
Josie Vardell,1:11:26, 1st Place 14 and Under Female; Nikki Ahlers,2:18:00,2nd Place 14 and Under Female; Megan Gealy, 1:24:41,1st Place 15-19 Female; Jane Kinberg, 1:35:37,2nd Place 15-19 Female; Michaela Gasseling, 1:13:15,1st Place 20-29 Female; Jenilee Woltman, 1:23:39,2nd Place 20-29 Female; Adee Whitney, 1:24:01, 3rd Place 20-29 Female; April Schenbeck, 1:06:00,1st Place 30-39 Female; Flo Mobley, 1:07:17, 2nd Place 30-39 Female; Loddie Mercer, 1:12:09,3rd Place 30-39 Female; Tracy Tuggle,1:12:04,1st Place 40-49 Female; Tammy Hoffman,1:12:25,2nd Place 40-49 Female; Karla Jenkins,1:19:10,3rd Place 40-49 Female; Wendi McCormick, 1:26:39,1st Place 50-59 Female; Donna Radford,1:32:27,2nd Place 50-59 Female; Cindy Francisco,1:33:44,3rd Place 50-59 Female

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