Domingo Torres wins Summit to Summit race
     2015-05-21      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Scottsbluff resident and Summit Christian College student Domingo Torres crosses the finish line first with a time of 45:35.1. 
For the first time a current Summit Christian College student, Domingo Torres, has won the Summit to Summit race. The 7th annual Summit to Summit race was held on Saturday, a day with beautiful weather a rarity this year, with 515 total participants, 158 of them were runners that crossed the finish line. Torres was the first with a time of 45:35.1.

Long distance running is familiar to Torres as he ran cross country and track for Gering in the 2010-2011 season and ran the 10K for Chadron State College in 2012. The Summit to Summit is a grueling 7.2 mile race from the parking lot of Summit Christian College to the top of Scotts Bluff National Monument and back down again. The 7.2 miles includes about 650 vertical feet of altitude gain.

The route starts in the college parking lot, west on U Street to the Prairie View trail, and to the monument visitor’s center lot. The run goes up the summit road and gains most of its verticle in this section. The run returns down the narrow and winding Saddle Rock Trail as the bluff tries to throw you off. It is debatable as to which is harder, running up the road or trying to control yourself coming down.

This is not the first time Torres has run the Summit to Summit race as he ran it back in 2012. Torres said “I began to train for this last year with the goal of being first. Everyone was telling me that I got first; I was like, that was the goal, but it was just a run and I wanted to be first. It means to me that the training that I did was for something.”

It was not an easy win for Torres. Competitor Jarred Berger of Gering was hot on Torres’ heels when they arrived at the museum parking lot and Berger was ahead by about one minute when they reached the bottom of the Saddle Rock Trail. Torres made up the time on the flatter sections of the trail and ended 24 seconds ahead of Berger’s 46:11.2.

The first female runner was Meghan Schneider with a time of 55:05.6. Tucker Straub of Scottsbluff won the male under age 14 in 58:29 while his running mate Tukker Romey of Gering won the girls youth division in 58:59.7. Damaris Martinez of Gering won the girls 15-19 division in 1:07.54 and Christopher Vasquez took the boys 15-19 division at 1:15.08.

Torres was the 20-29 division winner while Berger was the 30-39 division winner for males. Other men’s division winners include Scottsbluff’s John Seiler winning the men’s 40-49 division in 47:39.5, Dale Walker of Sidney won the 50-59 age group in 56:15.9, Rick Hessler of Gering won the over 60 division in 1:08.37.

Schneider was also the winner of the women’s 20-29 age group. Other women’s divisional winners include Florence Mobley of Scottsbluff taking the 30-39 age division in 1:04:22.2, Jacki Musgrave of Bingham, Neb. won the 40-49 age in 1:01:30, Scotsbluff’s Deana Stricker won the 50-59 age group in 1:12:35.2, and Lois Bridges of Gering won the age 60 plus division in 1:26:35.8.

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