WILLIAMSPORT — Seemingly everyone involved with the second annual Nick Adenhart 5K was a winner Saturday morning in Williamsport.
The event, which honors the memory of one of Washington County’s all-time great athletes, had more than 400 participants, including a couple dozen of Adenhart’s relatives.
“It was all positives today,” said race director Mike Shifler. “Seeing the family happy is all I wanted to see. Both sides of his family are awesome people. He was truly blessed with family support while he was here.”
Adenhart, a 2004 Williamsport High School graduate who starred on the baseball field for the Wildcats, was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver on April 9, 2009, just hours after making his first pitching start of the year for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Adenhart’s mother, Janet Gigeous, traveled from the Chicago area to help out with the event. She also ran the 5K, wearing an Angels cap with Bib No. 34 (Adenhart’s number with the Angels) pinned to her shirt.
“When they sang the national anthem (before the start of the race), that was the hardest part for me — just what the song means,” she said. “Whenever we went to Nick’s games, he used to always say, ‘I’ll find you in the crowd during the national anthem.’”
While she said that Nick didn’t enjoy distance running himself, he loved competition.
Saturday’s race was competitive.
Former Hagerstown Community College and University of Oklahoma standout Tony Clement, 24, of Williamsport, took first place. He covered the 3.1-mile course, which started and finished at Byron Memorial Park, in 15 minutes, 44.3 seconds.
“It’s always nice to win,” Clement said. “It was a really nice course. I live in Williamsport, so I’m familiar with it.
“It’s just a nice event to honor a past athlete and bring the community together.”
Jake Green, 26, of Reston, Va., was a close second in 15:48.5, and Wade Miller, 20, of Shippensburg, Pa., was third in 16:06.7. Miller, a graduate of Clear Spring and HCC who now runs for Shippensburg University, was last year’s Adenhart champ.
Rob Hovermale, 47, of Smithsburg, was the Masters (40-and-older) champ for the second straight year, finishing sixth overall in 17:18.5.
Amy Rowan, 31, of Cumberland, Md., was the first female in 19:59.3. Laurie Dymond, 45, of Chambersburg, Pa., was a close runner-up and the Masters champ in 20:04.4. Karen St. Clair, 52, of Hagerstown, was third in 22:19.3.
Before the 5K started, there was a 1K Rookie Race for children 12 and younger. Dylan Stamper, 11, of Middletown, Md., topped the field of 66 kids in 3:50.6.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Nick Adenhart Foundation and the Hagerstown Fairgrounds Softball Association.
“All the funds raised will stay in this county,” Shifler said.
Nick Adenhart 5K
Top 30 overall finishers
1. Tony Clement 15:44.3; 2. Jake Green 15:48.5; 3. Wade Miller 16:06.7; 4. Dustin Adams 16:17.6; 5. Woody Snoberger 16:49.2; 6. Rob Hovermale 17:18.5; 7. Andy Mason 17:23.9; 8. Dennis Mickey 17:29.5; 9. Tim Fisler 17:31.7; 10. Stephen Starliper 18:14.8; 11. Jeff Delauter 18:21.0; 12. Evan Hardy 18:21.4; 13. Emory Rowland 19:00.0; 14. David Mertz 19:35.7; 15. Aaron Clark 19:57.9; 16. Amy Rowan 19:59.3; 17. Luke Cessna 20:03.0; 18. Laurie Dymond 20:04.4; 19. Barry Holder 20:55.3; 20. Paul Jenkins 20:58.7; 21. Daniel Hockensmith 21:00.9; 22. Benjamin McAbee 21:07.8; 23. Drew Crawford 21:15.3; 24. David Tufts 21:32.9; 25. Peter Craddnek 21:37.6; 26. Don Kearns 21:40.5; 27. Jim Becker 21:56.4; 28. Jason Ackerman 22:16.7; 29. Karen St. Clair 22:19.3; 30. Judy Emmert 22:22.8.