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Oates, Wright win HCC Turkey Trot

Oates, Wright win HCC Turkey Trot

November 26, 2009|By RANDY BUCHMAN/Special to The Herald-Mail

The average runner burns about 400 calories in a five-kilometer race.

So, about 30,000 calories were expended Thursday morning at Hagerstown Community College by the more than 700 competitors in the ninth annual HCC Turkey Trot.

Burning those calories faster than everyone else was Hagerstown resident Doug Oates, who won in a personal-best time of 15 minutes, 48 seconds.

Oates, the runner-up in last year's race, pulled away from Naseem Haje during the final sprint around the indoor track at the college.

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Haje, a 2009 Williamsport High School graduate who now runs at King College (Tenn.), paced the two throughout the race with an opening pair of 5:02 miles.

Oates was fresh off a 10-hour overnight shift for the Hagerstown Police Department. His previous best of 15:58 was set seven years ago, but he said he knew he had a shot at lowering that time Thursday.

"At the top of the switchback on the hill before the finish, I knew it was just us two and that I had a chance to win the race and set a personal record," Oates said.

Oates was OK to load up on Thanksgiving turkey and fixings: His next race is the Turkey Burn-Off 10-Miler in Montgomery County, Md., on Saturday.

Haje was running his first fast workout in two weeks after a 15th place finish at the National Christian College Athletic Association National Championships that earned him All-American status.

Jaime Wright, a Catoctin High School and Slippery Rock University graduate, won the women's race for the third year in a row, covering the two-loop course in 18:23.

"I sensed I was in the lead and paced off the men around me to just run a fast, fun workout," Wright said.

Men's group winners were Haje (19 and under), Dustin Adams (20-29), Oates (30-39), Tim Schuler (40-49), Mike Meadows (50-59) and Matt McLaughlin (60-plus).

Women's group winners were Alison Harrell (19 and under), Wright (20-29), Dani Mason (30-39), Kay Harrison (40-49), Karen Abbamonte (50-59) and Marlys Palmer (60-plus).

Williamsport High won the Jeff Scuffins Cup for the school with the most participants.

The race is a fundraiser for the HCC track, cross country and women's softball teams. Collections of canned goods also benefited the Washington County Food Resources, Inc.

Official results were not available at press time.

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