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Runners keep memory of Williamsport's lost athletes alive with Adenhart 5K

June 08, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com
  • Tony Clement (270) leads the way at the start of the Nick Adenhart Memorial 5K on Saturday morning in Williamsport
Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Like the proverbial elephant, the community of Williamsport never forgets.

Saturday’s fourth annual Nick Adenhart Memorial 5K was a sea of red and blue, as 275 participants, many decked out in Williamsport Wildcats and Anaheim Angels gear, came out to Williamsport High School to support the Nick Adenhart Memorial Fund.

“This is why I love small towns. Everybody cares about each other and we just have fun,” said Williamsport volleyball coach Emily Crabtree, the organizer of the event.

“I think after four years, what’s special to me is that people still remember Nick,” said Janet Gigeous, Adenhart’s mother, who once again ran the race wearing her son’s No. 34 on her bib. “He worked to the best of his ability and that’s what these people are doing. They’re working to the best of their ability to keep Nick’s spirit alive.”

Williamsport’s sports programs have been marred by tragedy in recent years with the deaths of Adenhart in 2009 and Brendon Colliflower and Sam Kelly last year. Before the race began, Gigeous presented a check for $3,500 from the Nick Adenhart Memorial Fund to the Williamsport Athletic Boosters, which will go to the baseball program in Colliflower’s memory.

“The race and the participation from the community shows the type of talent Williamsport is,” said Williamsport baseball coach Dave Warrenfeltz. “The Adenhart Memorial Fund continues to go strong and support baseball all around the country.”

“Nick would be happy what David has done for the kids,” said Gigeous. “I know David and the Boosters and I know they’ll use the money in a great way.”

Tony Clement, 26, of Williamsport once again won the Adenhart 5K.

The now-three-time winner finished with a time of 15:43.94. Clement also won Friday evening’s Race Against Poverty 5K in Chambersburg, Pa. and the 5K and 10K races at last weekend’s Run Through History at Antietam National Battlefield.

“When you run double races like that, it’s more of controlling the tempo and returning healthy,” said Clement. “It was awesome supporting a good cause and putting in a good effort in my hometown.”

Matt Elgin, 41, of Chambersburg, finished second in 17:24.06 and Brad Sponaugle, 33, of Martinsburg, W.Va., finished third in 17:35.94.

Susan Graham-Gray, 45, of Chambersburg, was the first female finisher with a time of 18:55.44. Tammy Anderson, 39, of Boonsboro, finished second in 19:46.75 and Dani Mason, 40, of Hagerstown, finished third in 20:13.27.

“It’s the start of the season, so I’m just trying to run clean,” said Graham-Gray. “It’s such a great course for such a great cause. There’s good competition out here.”

The 1K Kids Race before the 5K had 32 children ages 12 and under participate. Makenna Luzier, 12, of Boonsboro finished first in 3:10.50 and her brother Liam, 12, finished third in 3:38.15. Last year’s third-place finisher, Christopher Mackley, 11, of Williamsport finished second in 3:18.05.

The Adenhart 5K is just one of the Nick Adenhart Memorial Fund’s annual events. The fund also is presenting scholarships to deserving seniors in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Orem, Utah, two minor league stops Adenhart had on his way to the major leagues.

Nick Adenhart Memorial 5K
Saturday in Williamsport
Men's Top 20: 1. Tony Clement, 15:43.94; 2. Matt Elgin, 17:24.06, 3. Brad Sponaugle, 17:35.94; 4. Bill Walls, 18:17.68; 5. Mike Kidd, 19:14.03; 6. Frederick Huang, 19:25.11; 7. Codi Hawbaker, 19:35.59; 8. Dylan Stamper, 20:30.52; 9. Jonathan Reber, 20:50.62; 10. Wesley Bucher, 20:53.86; 11. David Speaker, 21:16.62; 12. Ben Curry, 21:47.84; 13. Ron Kelly, 21:57.23; 14. Ian Donnakay, 22:20.50; 15. Michael Myers, 22:20.86; 16. Eldon Brown, 22:26.57; 17. Troy Keller, 22:28.80; 18. Jessan Groenendyk, 22:45.32; 19. Anthony Chaney, 22:53.64; 20. Justin Gay, 22:56.15.
Women's Top 20: 1. Susan Graham-Gray, 18:55.44, 2. Tammy Anderson, 19:46.75; 3. Dani Mason, 20:13.27; 4. Zoie Dobrzanski, 22:05.90; 5. Julia Price, 22:12.92; 6. Karen Oyster, 22:13.67; 7. Kristy Hutzell, 22:23.44; 8. Samantha Raidt, 22:49.12; 9. Lindsey Britner, 24:46.69; 10. Autumn Gill, 24:57.05; 11. Gabby Leach, 25:03.23; 12. Sarah Gonyea, 25:13.72; 13. Kristen Kamas, 25:17.47; 14. Corinne Morrissette, 25:18.21; 15. Madison Knode, 25:23.47; 16. Abby Isenberg, 25:27.09; 17. Corrina Ricker, 25:47.55; 18. Karrah Weaver, 25:52.31; 19. Jessica Schlotterbeck, 25:52.55; 20. Karen Douglas, 25:53.78.

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