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Delgado breezes to victory

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It seems Hector Delgado can’t get enough of running.

Delgado, 23, who has a summer job as a “change runner” at a Stateline casino, breezed to victory in the 11th annual Carson Valley 10-kilometer run at Douglas High School on Saturday. His time of 28:16 showed he was still in good shape after his senior track season at Sacramento State University, albeit it was agreed that the course was short of the full 10-K distance.

Delgado is staying at Lake Tahoe this summer in order to work in some altitude training toward his ultimate goal of a sub 29-minute 10,000 meters. He recorded a 14:41 5-K for the Sacramento State Hornets this spring and also has clocked a best of 4:10 for one mile.

It showed Saturday when the smooth striding Delgado hit the two-mile mark in 10:06. He finished more than five minutes ahead of Reno’s Enzo Palacios, 30, who was second in 34:00.

Then Delgado took off for his casino job – to run some more, of course.

Masters runners performed well in the 10-K, as seven of the top 11 places were claimed by men over age 40. Bob Pyzal won the division with a 34:08 clocking, third fastest overall. Dennis Pederson, 48, of Carson City and an I.S. engineer at Bently Nevada in Minden, was the second master in 35:56.

Kristi Arthur, 29, was the first female finisher in the race with the time of 39:14. She was the 15th overall runner to finish.

Pamela Barrett of Gardnerville was the third woman overall and first among the women’s masters runners with a time of 44:09.

Frank Boucher, 42, of Stateline was the 5-K overall winner. Boucher, who formerly ran for UNLV, won with a 17:41 clocking, 13 seconds faster than 35-year-old Tom Davidson.

Jared Petersen, 15, who just concluded his sophomore year at Douglas High School, was third overall and first in the men’s 15-19 division in 18:18. Another Douglas runner, 17-year-old Jayson Scheetz, was fifth overall and second in the 15-19 division in 18:22.

Neal Chappell of Stateline finished fourth overall and was first in the men’s 50-and-over category in 18:19.

Ellen Lucas of Gardnerville was the women’s overall 5-K winner and first in the 40-49 division in 21:18. Elizabeth Merry was second among the masters women in 21:54.

This marked the third Carson Valley 5-K overall triumph for Lucas, who previously won in 1992 and ’95. Merry won back-to-back 10-K titles in 1995 and ’96.

South Lake Tahoe’s Katie Sheehan, 13, was the fourth overall woman and first in her 18-and-under age group in 22:44. Jenny Buscay of Minden was the fourth overall woman and first in the 20-29 division in 23:04.

The event was held as a fund-raiser for the proposed Douglas High all-weather track. A total of 114 runners and walkers participated.

Running notes – Barrett is a member of the Northern Nevada Joints in Motion Training Team that is preparing to run at the Honolulu Marathon in December and to raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation. For more information about the project, call Barrett 265-4014. The Joints in Motion Training Team is coached by Miguel Tibaduiza, a former U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier and two-time Carson Valley 10-K champion … Another past Carson Valley 10-K winner of note is Tracy Smith of Bishop, Calif., who ran the 5,000 for the U.S. at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City … Three more local area races are on tap this coming Saturday, including the Start Your Day With a Bang 5- and 10-K starting at 8 a.m. from Mills Park in Carson City, the Bridgeport 18th annual 5-mile run, 5-K walk starting at 8 a.m. from lower Twin Lakes campground and the 9.4-mile 24th Ponderosa Ridge Run from Spooner Summit to Kingsbury starting at 10 a.m. from the Spooner Summit maintenance station … Also, the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department will hold its Lunar Lunacy 5- and 10-K on July 18, starting at 7:30 p.m. from Lampe Park.

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