Runners help raise money for scholarship at Epic 5K Challenge

Published 10:07 am Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Poncherrella Leonard, the Bainbridge High School Bearcats most outstanding runner award winner, won the Dylan Reid Faircloth Epic 5K Saturday at Spring Hill Christmas Tree Farm with a time of 18:24.

Eric Juarez, who won the recent Bainbridge-Decatur County YMCA Veterans Day 10-K Run with a time of 39:08, finished second with a time of 19:56. Greg Waddell was third with a time of 20:47.

The overall female winner was Viviana Schuyler with a time of 25:15.

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The run, which is named for a former outstanding Bearcats cross-country runner and young man who was an organ donor that tragically lost is life in a vehicle accident, raises money through registration, merchandise sales and donations, which go into a $1,000 Scholarship fund and awarded to a Bainbridge High School graduating senior who is a member of the cross-country team.

This year’s scholarship awarded at the Bainbridge High School Bearcats and Lady Cats cross-country banquet by Dylan’s mother June Faircloth, went to Bennett Enfinger.

Former Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Stan Gann, who received Dylan’s heart, and his wife Sissy, who live in Kathleen attend the Epic 5-K each year.

On Saturday, coach Gann, who coached the Warner Robins High School Demons to national high school championships in 1996 and 1991, said he is eternally grateful to June and the Faircloth family.

“The Faircloth family is in my thoughts and prayers every day,” he said “I come every year to walk this event and fondly remember Dylan.”

Also coming down to take part in the Epic 5K Saturday was Dylan’s former Bainbridge High School cross-country coach Mandi Omara, who now lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Age division winners Saturday included Wyatt Carpenter in the 19 and under male division, Hannoh Klock in the 19 and under female division, Eric Juarez in the 20 to 29 year old male division, Kylie McGlincy in the 20 to 29 year old female division, Trey Byrd in the 30 to 39 year old male division, Dawn Richardson in the 30 to 39 year old female division, Greg Waddell in the 40 to 49 year old male division, Suzanne Angell in the 40 to 49 year old female division, Jim Tulley in the 50 and older male division, and Dorinda Cox in the 50 and older female division.