By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, native David Justus felt right at home in Somerset, Kentucky on Saturday evening, as he cruised to victory in the Somerset 5K Cool Run and Walk at the Rocky Hollow Recreation Center.
Justus, a 25-year-old from the Volunteer State, outlasted 176 other runners to claim the first-place trophy in the race’s 16th edition. Justus’ winning time was 17:02.
Pulaski County High School cross country and track standout Mason Blevins claimed the runner-up spot, as he ran the 3.1-mile race in a time of 17:33. Somerset residents Tyler Adams (fourth place) and Cory Owens (fifth place) both finished inside the top five.
Sharon Ronch, who finished seventh in the overall standings, was the overall female winner. Ronch, a 24-year-old of Columbia, had a clocking of 19:50.
12-year-old Devin Mayfield and 18-year-old Paige Ingram, who were each the top runners in their respective age categories, finished 21st and 23rd, respectively.
Mark Hamm, a 41-year-old resident of Somerset, was the master male winner in the race. Hamm covered the course in a time of 21:16.
Mount Vernon’s James Bullen was the grandmaster male recipient in the run. The 51-year-old crossed the finish line in a time of 22:17.
Debbie Carrington, who coaches both cross country and track at Southwestern High School, was the master female winner. Carrington, age 41, finished the 16th annual Cool Run in a time of 24:11.
The grandmaster female winner was Jean Campbell, age 63. Campbell’s time was 27:44.
Jackson Stogsdill, a six-year-old, was the youngest runner to complete the race, while 71-year-old Jimmy Gilbert was the oldest racer.
There were a total of 177 runners and walkers that completed the entire race on Saturday night.
2013 Cool Run
1 372 David Justus M25 Murfreesboro, TN 17:02.00
2 309 Mason Blevins M17 Science Hill, KY 17:33.00
3 365 Layne Gaynor M19 London, KY 19:04.00
4 378 Tyler Adams M23 Somerset, KY 19:10.00
5 401 Cory Owens M18 Ferguson, KY 19:10.00
6 478 Chase McCord M18 Raleigh, NC 19:36.00
7 488 Sharon Ronoh W24 Columbia, KY 19:50.00
8 455 Austin Hyden M16 Somerset, KY 20:14.00
9 380 David Hays M32 London, KY 20:24.00
10 348 Morgan Stevens M17 Somerset, KY 20:57.00
11 313 River Duncan M17 Pine Knot, KY 21:15.00
12 324 Mark Hamm M41 Somerset, KY 21:16.00
13 301 Miguel Roque M18 Somerset, KY 21:35.00
14 468 Jason Harmon M35 Somerset, KY 21:44.00
15 350 Sage Evans M19 Albany, KY 21:50.00
16 347 Frank England M18 Albany, KY 22:05.00
17 412 Zachary West M14 Monticello, KY 22:09.00
18 304 James Bullen M51 Mt. Vernon, KY 22:11.00
19 474 Nathaniel Dalton M15 Eubank, KY 22:19.00
20 358 Frank Carrington M46 Somerset, KY 22:21.00
21 461 Devin Mayfield W12 Somerset, KY 22:28.00
22 340 Harper Smith M52 Frankfort, KY 22:47.00
23 490 Paige Ingram W18 Crab Orchard, KY 23:01.00
24 475 George Gill M56 Somerset, KY 23:09.00
25 342 Charissa Phelps W32 Science Hill, KY 23:14.00
26 422 Larry Ellison M34 Somerset, KY 23:43.00
27 485 Jessie Adams M44 Somerset, KY 23:44.00
28 315 J C McCullah M15 Strunk, KY 23:45.00
29 443 Rick Caffee M52 Louisville, KY 23:47.00
30 353 Jeff Parmelee M47 Somerset, KY 23:48.00