Hott father-daughter duo take cool Midnight Mile titles

January 1, 2012


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CAPON BRIDGE, W.Va., Jan. 1, 2012 — Young Gentry Shockey spent New Year’s Eve in a fashion most peculiar to his peers.

The 8-year-old Slanesville resident accepted the challenge of the inaugural New Year’s Eve Midnight Mile in Capon Bridge. As it happened, the young man earned a fifth place finish overall by covering the distance of 5,280 feet in a mere 8 minutes, 57.3 seconds.

“It was hard,” Gentry said afterward, “especially up that hill.”

Gentry and 15 other runners and walkers toed the start line, situated in the parking lot of the former Capon Bridge Middle School, in front of Capon Bridge Community Town Park.They headed east and completed the first quarter-mile on Whitacre Loop before returning to School Street and heading west toward the new Capon Bridge Middle School. After circling a perfectly placed orange safety cone at the far end of the parking lot, Gentry and the others headed back down toward the finish line in the parking lot.

Hilary Hott, 23, of Huntington, led everyone to the finish line in 8:18.4. Her father, Lowell H. Hott, 58, took second overall in 8:23.3. Both Hotts took home a 2012 calendar donated by the Romney 250th Anniversary Celebration Committee. Proceeds from the Midnight Mile are to be donated to the Capon Bridge Public Library.

Ann Warner, 57, of Kirby, earned the women’s masters title in 8:25.2.

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