Harris, Gibson win Kiwanis River Runs

Published 9:34 am Tuesday, January 22, 2013

TOP 5,000-METER RUNNERS: Sheryl Rosen, front left, and Chase Harris, front right, female and overall winners of Saturday’s ninth annual Bainbridge Kiwanis Club 5,000 meter River Run, hold their championship paddles while being surrounded by Kiwanians. In back, from left to right, are Kiwanians Ray Chambers, Lisa Taylor, Nan McIntosh and Scott Dunn.

Chase Harris, a member of the Bainbridge High School Bearcats cross-country team, won the Bainbridge Kiwanis Club’s ninth annual 5,000-meter (3.1-mile) River Run on Saturday in a time of 17 minutes, 14 seconds.

Myles Gibson, of Tallahassee, Fla., was the winner of the 10,000-meter (6.2-mile) run, with a time of 37:18. Juanita Chambers of Tallahassee was the top female finisher in the 10K, with a time of 46:07. She was the 11th overall finisher.

Sherry Rosen of Tallahassee was the top female finisher in the 5K, with a time of 19:00. She was the third overall finisher in that race.

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Harris, who was named to the Georgia Milesplit South of the Border cross country team’s first team, won first place at the Region 1AAAAA Meet in Columbus, Ga., in a time of 17:02. He helped lead coach Lisa Enfinger’s Bearcats cross-country team to the region championship.

He was named the Bearcats’ most outstanding cross-country runner.

There were 78 runners in the 5K, and 54 runners in the 10K. The winners agreed that, while there were some inclines, the course was mainly flat and fair, They received engraved boat paddles, emblematic of the River Runs.

Runs director Paul Fryer said he was pleased with the turnout and thought the chill in the air provided good running conditions.