Meadows, Swick take inaugural 10K distance wins; Burkett leads 2-mile field
ROMNEY, W.Va, Nov. 22, 2012 — Megan Fuller doesn’t compare her efforts during a race against others’. Instead, she’s out to post whatever best time she can on a given day. On Thursday, the Hampshire High School math teacher almost came away with a victory.
Fuller, 34, of Romney, shaved more than a minute off her time from her 2011 performance in the second annual Hampshire County Turkey Trot 2-mile run on Thanksgiving Day morning in Romney. Her time of 17 minutes and 3 seconds this time put her second in the women’s field — up from a fifth-place finish last year.
Hannah Lipps, 12, of Romney, pulled away from Fuller and older sister Rachel Lipps in the second half of the out-and-back race along Foxes Hollow Road. The younger Lipps finished in 16:39.4, well off her winning time in 2011 (14:06.5). Rachel Lipps, 16, was third (17:29.6) and Betsy Cimino, 42, of Charleston, W.Va., was fourth — and the first female 40-and-over (masters) finisher — with a time of 17:44.2.
Kevin Burkett, 48, of Romney, led the 2-mile field to the finish line in 15:21.1. Daniel Barbe, 10, of Springfield, was second in 16:53.5 and Trevor Largent, 18, of Romney, took third in 17:29.2. J.T. Barbe, 44, of Springfield, earned the men’s masters title with a ninth-place finish overall in a time of 17:51.2.
In the inaugural 10K race — sure to return in 2013 — Mike Meadows and Danielle Swick captured the men’s and women’s titles, respectively.
Meadows, 55, of Martinsburg, W.Va., cruised to the overall win in 43:21.1, nearly five minutes ahead of his closest 10K (6.2-mile) competitor. Meadows hit the 5K turnaround mark in about 22 minutes, and his 21:20 return trip to the finish line reflected a smart and fast second half.
Travis Delaplain, 30, of Romney — and chief financial officer at FNB Bank — held off hard-charging Leonard Galvan, 54, also of Romney, for second place. Delaplain stopped the clock in 48:16.1 while Galvin posted a time of 48:22.
Swick, 32, of Capon Bridge, was the only female entered in the event. She finished in 57:25. The next Hampshire County race takes place Dec. 8 at the Hampshire Wellness Center with the Santa Trot 5K. The next Potomac Highlands Distance Club race takes place on New Year’s Even with the second annual Bobby Largent Midnight Mile in Capon Bridge.
Runners and walkers donated 34 pounds of nonperishable food items that will be donated to a Hampshire County food pantry.
Thanks to Stephanie Spradlin (photographer), Sarah Burkett and Noah Spradlin — finish line volunteers — and a special thanks to 10-year-old MacKenzie Spradlin, who baked the four pumpkin pies awarded to the male and female winners of each distance.