Fast wind, fast racers in Newspapers Rock 10K race on October 11
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Remarkable winds turned into remarkable times at the 2008 running of the Newspapers Rock 10K race on October 11. A total of 56 racers covered the 6.2 mile race course, which meanders through spectacular Indian Creek canyon from Newspaper Rock to the Dugout Ranch. Heavy winds at the backs of the runners resulted in fast times, including an eight minute drop in the course record.

Taylor Francom, age 16 of Blanding, covered the course in 35:04. Francom’s time obliterated the prior course record of 43:09 by Matthew Larson in the inaugural Newspapers Rock race in 2007.

Francom is one of San Juan High School’s top cross country runners. His top time in a 5K cross country race so far this year is 17:29. By comparison, he averaged 17:32 in back-to-back 5K races in the Newspapers Rock 10K.

Finshing behind Francom is Ben Benally of Blanding in 42:06. Finishing third overall is Walter Bird of Monticello in 42:46.

The fourth overall racer, and top female racer, is Ruth Skouson of Monticello, who scorched the course in 43:08. Skouson’s time is one second faster than the time of the 2007 overall winner.

Brielle Francom, age 14 of Blanding, finished next in a time of 43:14 to be the top youth female racer. She was joined by her father, Steve Francom, at the same time.

The remainder of the top ten racers include Rachel Boisselle, Ryan Doel, Reese Turner, and Ronnie Musselman. The youngest racer, and eleventh place finisher overall, is Jens Brewer. The eleven-year-old covered the 6.2 miles in 46:24 in his first 10K race.

A large group of racers came in under one hour and the last racers squeaked in just under the two hour barrier.

“We really dodged a bullet with the weather, but everyone had a great time,” said Race Director Scott Burton. “We were worried about the weather, but it turned out to be a great day… for a northbound race.”

A group of individuals and businesses contributed to the success of the Newspapers Rock race. “We couldn’t have done it without their help,” said Burton.

He mentioned the City of Monticello, Monticello High School Cross Country team, Blue Mountain Foods, San Juan County Economic Development, Get Go Imagery, Utah Highway Patrol, Pick-a-Stitch, Runners World, and UDOT. Volunteers at the race include Scott Boyle, Suzanne Duke, Sanford Randall, Haley Burton, Scott Shakespeare, Kenyon Fausett, and more.

Second Annual Newspapers Rock! 10K Results


Saturday, October 11, 2008

1. Taylor Francom – 35:04


2. Ben Benally – 42:06


3. Walter Bird – 42:46


4. Ruth Skouson – 43:08


5. Brielle Francom – 43:14


6. Steve Francom – 43:14


7. Rachel Boisselle – 44:19


8. Ryan Doel – 44:33


9. Reese Turner – 44:33


10. Ronnie Musselman – 45:16


11. Jens Brewer – 46:24


12. Mark Endres – 46:53


13. Kevin Webb – 48:32


14. Emily Washburn – 49:05


15. Michelle Adams – 49:19


16. Kacee Adams – 51:30


17. Derek Doel – 51:48


18. Ian Getter – 52:14


19. Sumer Wilcox – 52:17


20. Alisa Nielson – 52:17


21. Julie Bunker – 52:21


22. Dianna Nielson – 52:24


23. Austin Endres – 53:14


24. Vernon Hatch – 54:07


25. Laura Butler – 54:29


26. Scott Burton – 54:48


27. Trisdan Fausett – 55:36


28. Chase Chamberlain – 56:00


29. Tammee Sallmon – 57:24


30. Melissa Shakespeare – 57:43


31. Bill Boyle – 57:46


32. Laurie Randall – 57:49


33. Hannah Plemons – 57:54


34. Lillian Bayles – 58:29


35. Curt Doel – 59:13


36. Sylvia Demille – 59:35


37. Sarah Boyle – 59:43


38. Jenna Larose – 59:57


39. Trent Schafer – 60:26


40. Danielle Lewis – 60:46


41. Jamie Carter – 61:43


42. Trisha Hedin – 61:43


43. Tammy Wallace – 64.09


44. Carol Van Steeter – 64:09


45. Carla Endress – 66:23


46. Jen Scheffner – 67:11


47. Bobbi Holyoak – 69:05


48. William Phillips – 75:54


49. Lynda Boyle – 81:28


50. Suzanne Duke – 81:28


51. Becky Bird – 81:28


52. Laurie Schafer – 88:44


53. Meagan Schafer – 88:44


54. Susie Perkins – 90:38


55. Barb Malone – 99:57


56. Tom Malone – 99:57
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