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(Neb.)-Garcia Breaks 5K Record During Colter Run

By: Dennis Brown Posted at: 07/09/2017 07:40 AM

               Alejandro Garcia, who has received an array of scholar-athlete awards during his cross country and track and field career at Chadron State College, set a record Saturday while winning the five kilometer race during the 38th annual Colter Run on Fur Trade Days in Chadron.

               Garcia finished the race in 15 minutes, 40 seconds to break the record set in 2010 by Ricky Trevino of Bayard, whose time was 16:22.  The next runners across the finish line were four of Garcia’s Chadron State teammates, but none of them was closer than 33 seconds to the old record.  They were, in order, Kyle Dietsch, Eric Yager, Phil Duncan and Levi Avila.

               For the third year in a row, the women’s record for 60 and over in the 5K race was broken.  The new record-holder is Cathy Donohue of Chadron, whose time was 29:16, bettering the mark set last year by Brenda Booth of Casper by 30 seconds.  Donohue also holds both the 5K and 10K age-group records for women 50 and under.

               This year’s overall 5K women’s winner was Lilia Alvarez, who will be a junior at Omaha South High School this fall.  It was the fourth year in a row that the Omaha South cross country team participated in the Colter Run while holding a training camp in the Black Hills.  Alvarez’s time was 21:26 while Kim Dolatta of Chadron was second among the women 22:06.

               The 10K winners Saturday were Sandi Sellman of Chadron and Dylan Stansbury of Crawford.  It was the third year in row that Stansbury hads won the men’s 10K race.  Aldo Zavala of Omaha South was the runner-up. 

Sellman was second in the women’s 10K race last year, but finished the event 3 minutes and 17 seconds faster this year to win top honors.  This year’s runner-up was Tessa Oetken, who grew up on a ranch in the Belmont area and was a distance runner at Crawford High School.  Her address is now Hebron, Neb.

This year’s Colter Run, which is sponsored by the Chadron Rotary Club, had approximately 180 entries ranging from ages 6 to 69.  While the temperatures rose during the race, a gentle breeze helped the runners get off to a good start and the times for most of the runners were about the same as last year’s. 

Although an overwhelming majority of the runners were from northwest Nebraska, there were entries from at least a dozen other states.     


(Courtesy Con Marshall)


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