Rippey, Brown earn 4K wins at Campus Classic

April 21, 2013


Bunker Hill man sets 4K course record
Young Rippey, Nutter win 1K titles

* 2013 results
* Photos: Start, 800m and finish and 4K double loop (nearly 500 in all)
* PHDC Facebook page
* Permanent event webpage (bookmark it!)

ROMNEY, W.Va., April 21, 2013 — Brad Rippey traveled the 53 miles from his home in Bunker Hill, W.Va., to the start line in Romney. He certainly made it worth his while. Campus_Classic_2013_results

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

The 46-year-old’s performance meant that, for the second straight year, the Campus Classic 4K race was won by a Berkeley County resident. Rippey manhandled the 2.48-mile road course in 15 minutes and 45.3 seconds, lowering the record set by Martinsburg’s Mike Meadows in 2012 (16:03.1) by 17.8 seconds. Rippey averaged an impressive 6:20 per mile over the course.

The 4K and 1K (0.62-mile) events were staged for the second consecutive year by the Potomac Highlands Distance Club, and hosted by the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. The goal is to foster awareness among the general public of the environment in which WVSDB students and staff operate, and introduce them — and, indeed, welcome them — to be a part of the environment for a day. Proceeds from the low-cost affair benefit the WVSDB Foundation.

In the 4K, Romney resident Joshua Liller, 34, shaved off 42.5 seconds from his 2012 effort to earn a second place finish with a time of 17:09.5. Ray Hunt, of LaVale, Md., earned the men’s senior masters (50-plus) title with a third-place finish and a time of 21.28:3.Campus_Classic_2013_results

Donna Brown (549)

Donna Brown (549)

In the women’s race, WVSDB teacher Donna Brown, an accomplished triathlete in spite of her visual impairment, led all females to the finish line with a time of 27:32.2. Sabrina Rippey, 15, of Bunker Hill, was second in 30:41.5 while WVSDB student Sara Isner, 17, was third in 36:23.2.

Six-year-old John Rippey, of Bunker Hill, left the 1K walk with his mother in time to claim victory. Rippey stopped the clock in 10:17.2. Brooke Nutter, 8, of Nallen, W.Va., took second overall as well as the top female honors in 10:28.2.

The next PHDC is scheduled for Sunday, April 28, in eastern Hampshire County. The Red Bud 10-mile run/walk has been designated the Road Runners Club of America’s State 10-Mile Championship. There also is an accompanying 5K. The 10-mile run begins in Capon Bridge and parallels the Cacapon River to Yellow Spring. The 5K is an out-and-back course with a start-finish line at the Capon Valley Ruritan Club in Yellow Spring.

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This event was a success due only to the wonderful cast of volunteers: Bob, Stephanie, Bill, Hannah, Noah L.,  Noah S., Lindsay, Garrett, Eli, and Margaret. Thank you soooo much for volunteering your time so folks could have some fun under the sun.

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