NEW HAVEN — High school senior Travis Kearns proved to be the fastest runner in the eighth annual Wahama Scholarship 5K Walk/Run for Education, held Saturday in New Haven.
In fact, it was members of the school’s track team who finished in the top five spots overall. Kearns won the race with a time of 19:12; followed by senior Mason Hildreth, second place at 19:18; junior Isaiah Pauley, third place at 19:48; senior Jimmy McCormick, fourth at 21:01; and sophomore Jacob Lloyd, fifth at 21:22.
Approximately 150 people were registered for the event, which provides scholarships for graduating seniors. A total of 11 seniors participated.
Dr. Wes Lieving, who founded the run along with wife Amanda, told participants following the race that the event is meeting its goal. That goal, Dr. Lieving said, is to raise money and to get people moving. He said over the past seven years, $45,000 has been raised for scholarships. (The amount raised in Saturday’s run has not been fully tallied.)
Two seniors were immediately named scholarship winners, resulting directly from the race. Kearns will receive one as the top senior finishing the race, and Nena Hunt was announced as the second. Hunt received the most sponsors for the race.
Ribbons were presented to the top three finishers in each age division, and each first place winner received a gift card, as well. All participants were treated to a pancake breakfast.
Age division winners were:
13 years and under – Josiah Lloyd, first; Mikie Lieving, second; and Amber Wolfe, third.
14-21 years – Travis Kearns, first; Mason Hildreth, second; and Isaiah Pauley, third.
22-31 years – Jolisha LaValley, first; Deanna Johnson, second; and Katie Smith, third.
32-41 years – Joel Lloyd, first; Michael Brewer, second; and Ryan Russell, third.
42-51 years – Benny Hoffman, first; Carrie Miller, second; and Stephen Duncan, third.
52-61 years – David Siders, first; Scott Brewer, second; and Wahama Principal Kenny Bond, third.
62 years and over – Gale Shrimplin, first; Harriett Nibert, second; and Jane Bird, third.
All funds, with the exception of the two scholarships winners from Saturday’s race, will be given to the Wahama Scholarship Committee, which distributes around $40,000 in scholarships donated by businesses and organizations. Scholarship committee members include Bernita Allen, Sue Barnitz, Linda Brewer, Joni Knight, Roberta Hysell, and Amanda Lieving.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.