Weekend medalists win 5K championships

Still sore from the Jack Brow Track Meet in Kelowna, BC, the top man and women pushed through the pain to win Athletics Yukon's Five-Kilometre Road Race Championships, starting and ending at FH Collins Secondary on Tuesday.

Still sore from the Jack Brow Track Meet in Kelowna, BC, the top man and women pushed through the pain to win Athletics Yukon’s Five-Kilometre Road Race Championships, starting and ending at FH Collins Secondary on Tuesday.

Whitehorse’s Rodney Hulstein was the first to hit the five-kilometre mark, crossing the line in 17 minutes and 47 seconds. Hulstein earned himself a silver medal at the Jack Brow in the five-kilometre with a time of 16:29.

“This was slower, but more relaxed,” said Hulstein. “I could enjoy it – I tried to enjoy it. I’m hurting.

“It was good to be back in the Yukon running again. I was on vacation for the last two weeks. I’m feeling a little heavy.”

Hulstein won the half-marathon distance in last summer’s Yukon River Trail Marathon and won the half-distance event in the Skagway Marathon earlier this year.

Following Hulstein in was junior men’s Logan Boehmer in 18:51, followed by masters’ Scott Williams in 18:54 for third.

The top female on Tuesday was Whitehorse’s Brittany Pearson-Smith with a time of 20:22, beating out second-place’s Larra Daley (21:53) and third-place’s Cynthia Freeman (22:28).

“It was a bit of recovery from the weekend – I just came back from a track meet,” said Pearson-Smith, who is going into her fourth year at Carleton University where she skies for the cross-country team.

At the Jack Brow, Pearson-Smith won two golds in the open women category for the 5,000-metre and the 1,500-metre.

“I was the only one in the 20-plus category, so I got gold,” said Pearson-Smith. “But I ran with the 18, 19-and-up girls and I came in fourth.”

Other top finishes by Yukoners at Jack Brow include Logan Roots winning bronze in the 800-metre and 1,500-metre in men 18-19, and Sam Bonar taking bronze in the 1,200-metre for boys 14. Yukon’s Kieran Halliday and Sara Burke-Forsyth both placed fifth in races in their categories.

Road race results

Open men

1st Rodney Hulstein (17:47)

2nd Dan Macdonald (20:20)

3rd Ben Yu Schott (21:14)

4th Michael Lemmon (21:55)

5th Joel Macht (28:31)

Open women

1st Brittany Pearson-Smith (20:22)

2nd Larra Daley (21:53)

3rd Cynthia Freeman (22:28)

4th Coralie Ullyett (24:20)

Peewee men (U-11)

1st Thomas Bakica (27:04)

2nd Luke Bakica (28:30)

Bantam men (12-13)

1st Malcolm Muir (25:25)

Midget men (14-15)

1st Sam Bonner (23:12)

Junior men (18-19)

1st Logan Boehmer (18:51)

Masters (40-49)

1st Scott Williams (18:54)

Masters men (50-59)

1st Tom Ullyett (20:22)

2nd Bruce Cooke (24:26)

3rd Roger Hulstein (25:19)

Masters women (50-59)

1st Debora Kitchen (27:20)

Masters (60-69)

1st Keith Lay (24:13)

2nd Brian Mottus (25:03)

Masters (70+)

1st Dave Kalles (26:13)

5 Km Walkers

1st Bonnie Love (34:55)

2nd Jane Haydock (35:44)

3rd Susan Dennehy (36:51)

2.5 Km Runners

1st Lisa Freeman (19:18)

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

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