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RICHMOND, Ind. - Seth Prince and Kristina Tabor raced to top honors at the Run with the Wolves 5K on July 21 at the Indiana University East cross country course.
Prince, a sophomore-to-be in the IU East cross country program, finished first in a field of at least 490 with a time of 17:09 on the revamped 5K course.
Tabor, a volunteer assistant coach for the New Castle Chrysler High School cross country and track and field programs, won the women's race in 19:49.
Preliminary overall results
Preliminary age group results
Prince moved to the front of the field at the mile mark and stayed in the lead the rest of the way. He finished 29 seconds ahead of runner-up Jason Newport of Eaton, Ohio.
"I've never won a race of this caliber," Prince said. "I'm happy. It was my first time running the new course (the finish has been moved near the starting area for the benefit of spectators), and it's always good to have a decent time. There is room for improvement, but it was definitely a good time for a 5K."
Tabor showed no signs of fatigue after spending a week at New Castle's cross country camp in North Webster, Ind.
She picked up the pace on the level ground in the wooded area midway through the course and built a comfortable lead. She finished 46 seconds ahead of reigning Run with the Wolves champion Hayley Rogers of Hagerstown.
"It's the fastest I've ever run here," said Tabor, who won the 2010 Run with the Wolves. "It's great to see so many people coming out to be healthy and support the race. It's exciting to see it grow every year."
Proceeds from the Run with the Wolves 5K benefited the Indiana University East Alumni Association and the IU East Athletic Department.
Members of the IU East Alumni Association, the Red Wolves athletic department and many more volunteered their time to make the race a success.
The Red Wolves' cross country runners conducted the Pack Family 1K.
Race volunteers distributed door prizes just before the awards ceremony. Logan Seals of Camden won the top prize, a Gatlinburg vacation.
Six local businesses took part in the inaugural Corporate Challenge. Runners and walkers from BF Plastic, Belden, HYPE, Reid Hospital and Health Care Services, the office of Dr. Smith and IU East received team plaques during the awards ceremony.
IU East interim chancellor Larry Richards finished second in his age division.
"Another great turnout with a lot of different people running, walking and having fun," said race director and IU East alumnus Bob Covington.
The next race in the Wayne County Challenge series is the Hagerstown Jubilee Days 5K on Aug. 11.
Monitor www.iueredwolves.com for photos from the Run with the Wolves 5K.