Meadows, Burkett lead Santa Trot 5K field

December 8, 2012


Veteran Meadows holds off young Dolly; Back to health, Burkett leads women’s race

* 2012 results — 5K run/walk and 2-mile walk * 2012 photos (more than 600 available for free!)
* Hampshire Wellness and Fitness Center * Hampshire County Pathways 

ROMNEY, W.Va., Dec. 8, 2012 — It’s normal at the start of any community road race that youngsters who don’t have a chance of contending jump out to the front. It’s their moment of glory; their chance to lead as the photographer captures the start of the event.

On Saturday, that’s almost what happened with 12-year-old Bryson Dolly on Saturday in the sixth annual Santa Trot 5K run at the Hapmshire Wellness and Fitness Center in Romney. While 55-year-old Mike Meadows, of Martinsburg, was the pre-race favorite, Dolly, of Springfield, raced to the front. Only once Dolly got ahead, he intended to stay there.

Meadows almost lost the race purely out of disbelief, but managed his typical strong second half and beat Dolly to the finish line. Meadows stopped the clock in 18 minutes, 46.9 seconds. Dolly was second in 19:39 and West Virginia State Trooper Eric Vaubel, 42, of Delray, was third in 20:40.6 and earned the men’s masters crown.

Former Hampshire High School cross country standout Sarah Burkett, 18, of Romney, paced the women’s field with a time of 21:58.4. Burkett, who now runs for the Seton Hill (Pa.) Griffins, has been nursing a hip injury but appears to have recovered just fine. Karena Dolly, 39, of Springfield, edged Jodi Hott for second place. Dolly finished in 24:27.3 while Hott, 27, of Romney, took third in 24:30.

Hali Shockey, 47, of Slanesville, finished 18th overall and won the women’s masters title in 26:14.8.


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