Summit to Summit race supports scholarships
     2014-05-15      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - The view from the top was beautiful during Saturday’s annual Summit to Summit race held on the grounds of Scotts Bluff National Monument. More than 400 people registered for the race this year.  
The sixth annual Summit to Summit Run/Walk was held on Saturday. The overall winner was John Seiler II, with a time of 51 minutes 55 seconds on the grueling 7.2 mile course that has a 722 foot altitude gain and loss. According to Summit Christian College Marketing and Publications Specialist Hayley Herzog, there were over 440 registered participants this year, 150 more than last year. “We had a really great turnout this year,” said Herzog.

The route taken by the runners was slightly different than the previous years. The runners left the Summit Christian College parking lot and ran up the Monument Valley Pathway to the visitor’s center of Scotts Bluff National Monument. The route then diverted to the Summit road and to the parking lot on top of the monument, to the Saddle Rock Trail, back to the visitors center, and on the pathway to the college.

“The day was a really big success,” said Herzog. “We were all really excited and we lucked out with the weather since there was a snowstorm on Sunday. A lot of people came not only for the run and walk but for the music and the food, the bounce houses and kids’ activities.”

Options for participants included “getting to run, walk, or ride the shuttle to the top. There was a health fair on campus with lab draws and cardio vascular screening. There were bounce houses and pony rides for young people. There was also food and two live bands, Mustang Ministries, and the Green Valley Homesteaders.

“The purpose of Summit to Summit is to allow Summit Christian College to participate in the community,” said Herzog. “It is a great way for community members and other people from outside our community to see the community and see this great college we have here.” Funds raised from the event go back to the students for scholarships. “The college is dedicated to graduating its students debt-free,” said Herzog. “The funds help that to happen.”

Top results for men:

Under 14: 1. Levi Wickham, 1:04:48; 2. Josiah Mobley, 1:19:41.

Ages 15-19: 1. Seth Rudy, 1:01:38, 2. Tristan Bridges, 1:15:31, 3. Danny Waddle, 1:22:00.

Ages 20-29: 1. Geoff Groskopf, 52:19, 2. Geovanny Herrera, 54:29, 3. Jordan Gealy, 55:43.

Ages 30-39: 1. John Marshall, 56:03, 2. Broc Brown, 56:26, 3. Justin Shaddick, 57:03.

Ages 40-49: 1. John Seiler II, 51:55, 2. David Griffiths, 52:55, 3. Darin Hill, 55:08.

Ages 50-59: 1. Emilio Almanza, 1:06:43, 2. Duncan Baker, 1:09:21, 3. Brett Gies, 1:10: 13.

Ages 60 and Up: 1. Danny Martinez, 1:07:05, 2. Allen Ritter, 1:08:17, 3. Monty Feather, 1:16:06.

Top results for women:

Under 14: 1. Tukker Romney, 1:06:32, 2. Nicole Barker, 1:17:27,

Ages 20-29: 1. Meghan Schneider, 54:13, 2. Tahlia Schmaltz, 1:05:04, 3. Britny Schmaltz

Ages 30-39: 1. Mary Barraza, 1:04:36, 2. Stephanie Baily, 1:06:51, 3. Loddie Mercer, 1:07:48.

Ages 40-49: 1. Jackie Musgrave, 1:02:19, 2. Tracy Tuggle, 1:09:49, 3. Michelle Hollatz, 1:10:50.

Ages 50-59: 1. Tammy Harms, 1:11:03, 2. Carol Willis: 1:12: 44, 3. Deanna Stricker, 1:19:12.

Ages 60 and Up: 1. Karol Nyquist, 1:45:00.

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