5k turns iinto a Green party

October 31, 2004|by ANDY MASON

Run for your life, it's the Green twins.

Unlike most Halloween spooks, these guys are real-life running monsters. And since they were denied a cross country season at Shepherd University this fall, road racers beware.

Jake Green and Eli Green, 20-year-old brothers from Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., placed first and third at the third annual Run for Your Life 5K at Marty Snook Park on Saturday.

Jake blew away the field of 102 participants with his winning time of 16 minutes, 19.7 seconds. Brad Sponaugle, 24, of Martinsburg, W.Va., finished second in 17:52.5, after making a late charge to nip Eli (17:54.5).


Not a bad day for the Greens. But racing over hill and dale for the Rams would be better. That's one of the main reasons the sophomores transferred from West Virginia University, which recently dropped its cross country program, to Shepherd, which then dropped its, earlier this year.

"We transferred back to Shepherd to run and then the program just got cut. The coach recruited us and then never said a word," said Jake Green, the former All-State 3,200-meter runner for Jefferson High School. "This is the first fall they haven't had a cross country team."

So instead, the brothers have spent their fall weekends at area road races.

"The road races are fun, especially when they offer money, but I would rather be on a cross country team because I don't have anyone to run with here," Jake said. "I do all my runs alone."

Jake logs roughly 60 miles per week, while Eli usually goes 45.

"We run at the same time, but he just crushes me," Eli said.

Some 32-year-old bald guy who wears glasses finished fourth Saturday in 18:15.0, while Martinsburg's Mike Meadows, 47, was fifth and the first master in 18:25.9.

Clear Spring's Jennifer Hartnett, 27, led the women's field from start to finish, winning in 20:28.0.

Hagerstown's Dani Mason, 32, who was seen leaving the race with the bald guy, placed second (21:04.5); Jessica Marker, 28, of Fairplay, Md., took third (23:04.1); Hagerstown's Becky Orndorff, 34, was fourth (23:24.2) and Cheryl Scholl, 32, of Hagerstown was fifth (23:30.2).

Hagerstown's Denise Haley, 41, was the first master in 23:56.0, edging Chambersburg, Pa.'s Marlys Palmer, 58, by 3 seconds for the honor.

Tri-State calendar

Nov. 6

The Big Luna Challenge 7-Mile Trail Run/Hike, Caledonia State Park, 9 a.m., 717-729-8865

Nov. 13

Road to Freedom 5K, Martinsburg, 9 a.m., 304-263-0811

Nov. 20

JFK 50-Mile, Washington County, 301-739-7004

Nov. 25

Hagerstown Community College Turkey Trot 5K, 9 a.m., 877-610-6901

Greencastle-Antrim High School Turkey Trot 5K, 8:30 a.m., 301-991-1951

(Bush or Kerry, HCC or Greencastle ... things are getting hot)

Nov. 27

Chambersburg X-C Alumni Run, 3 miles, 11 a.m., 301-393-3984

Dec. 4

Jingle Bell 5K, Buckeystown, 301-663-0303

Andy Mason is assistant sports editor of The Morning Herald. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2334, or by e-mail at

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