Monday, May 10, 2021

Volte, Volte Friends and Volte Alumni Youth All Cap Off Busy Week of Competition

Over the years, even before the official formation of Volte, those involved in our group have strongly supported the development of an activity -- running -- in youth that will serve them their entire lives.

Within Volte, at the risk of forgetting somebody, Laura Godfrey's daughter plays tennis for Montgomery High School, Mayra Caamano's daughter runs cross country and track for The Woodlands College Park, Brian and Laura Hanyzewski's daughter and Jerritt and Kristi Park's son both run cross country and track for McCullough Junior High.

In the past week, two homeschool groups that we've come to know in different ways over the last couple of years competed at the Texas State Homeschool Track and Field Championships that were held in Rio Vista, Texas on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8, 2021.

One, Salt and Light Homeschool, has frequented The Woodlands Running Club's Sunday Night 5K that our founder Bill Dwyer has hosted since 2009 as they have used it as part of their preparation for cross country season each year.

The other, Houston Homeschool Athletics, shares the track with us on Tuesday nights at Knox Junior High during track and field season.

But before that, our Brayden Park, Jerritt and Kristi's son, competed in the John Cooper School Moonlight Mile (1,600 meters) on Tuesday, May 4 for McCullough.

He posted a personal best time of 5:27.47.

And over the weekend, running for his club team, Team Green Running, at a meet in Pearland on Saturday, May 8, he PR'd in the 3,000 meters with a time of 11:05.

Also competing in the Moonlight Mile were the sons of Volte alumni Jill Tresaugue.

Ryan, a senior at The Woodlands, was 11th overall in 4:24.77, while younger brother Luke, a freshman, had a personal best time of 5:16.50 as well as even younger brother Jack - a teammate of Jerritt's at McCullough - also scored a new personal best in 5:39.94.

Back to the Texas State Homeschool Track and Field Championships, both Salt and Light and Houston Homeschool fielded a team in nearly every division of competition.

They fared as follows:

Women's Varsity - U18
3.  Houston Homeschool Athletics - 77
6.  Salt and Light Homeschool - 20

Women's Junior Varsity - U16
2.  Salt and Light Homeschool - 96
8.  Houston Homeschool Athletics - 22

Women's 14 & Under
3.  Houston Homeschool Athletics - 98
6.  Salt and Light Homeschool - 16

Women's 12 & Under
5.  Houston Homeschool Athletics - 42
T8.  Salt and Light Homeschool - 8

Women's 10 & Under
2.  Houston Homeschool Athletics - 94

Men's Varsity - U18
3.  Houston Homeschool Athletics - 87

Men's Junior Varsity - U16
3.  Salt and Light Homeschool - 81
8.  Houston Homeschool Athletics - 24

Men's 14 & Under
6.  Houston Homeschool Athletics - 48
8.  Salt and Light Homeschool - 28

Men's 12 & Under
7.  Houston Homeschool Athletics - 24
12.  Salt and Light Homeschool - 2

Men's 10 & Under
4.  Houston Homeschool Athletics - 39
11.  Salt and Light Homeschool - 10 

Individually, Benjamin Buckelew, the son of Volte alumni Sally, competed in four events at the varsity level finished with a second, two thirds and a fourth-place finish.

Classified as a sophomore, Benjamin's only event where he was off the podum was the 100 meters where he finished fourth with a personal best time of 12.15 seconds.

In the 200 meters, he was third in a time of 24.32 seconds.

His 4x400 relay team grabbed second as he, David Johns, James Boutte, Jr. and Caleb Creamer covered the distance in 3:43.25.

And finally, in the long jump, he was third - one spot behind teammate Caleb Creamer - with a leap of 18 feet, 11.5 inches. 

Sally and Robert's daughter Molly also helps coach many of the younger Houston Homeschool Athletics athletes.

Congratulations to all of our junior high and high school athletes on a spectacular 2020-2021 school year!

Monday, May 3, 2021

Rains, Heat and Humidity Fail to Befall Volte The First Weekend of May

After three good weekends of racing weather, Mother Nature figured it was time to put her foot down.

Rains on Saturday, and then Sunday was the first race day of 2021 where heat and humidity showed that they were in charge.

Volte got started at Woods Edge Community Church in The Woodlands on Saturday morning at the Run for Hope 5K and 10K.

Christopher and Stephanie Reed ran the 5K in near identical times of 23:21 and 23:15, respectively, and both won their age group while Scott Haney finished the 10K in 58:45.

Sunday, Volte had almost 20 participating in the Vintage Park Half Marathon, 5K and 1K.

Luis Murillo gets ready to make the turn to be the third overall finisher in the 5K on Sunday.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

One of our top performances came in the 5K as Luis Murillo ran a PR of 16:32 en route to a third overall placement and first in his age group.

But three more would follow in kind – a new personal best and an age group win.

Maria Sanchez was next with a win in her 20-24 division with a time of 21:00.

After cleaning up in the Texas 10 Series with an Armadillo Cup win in her 45-49 age group, Erika Sampson kept her winning ways going with a mark of 21:47.

And Jane Campbell ruled the 40-44 division with a time of 22:45.

Auggie Campbell, Jane’s husband, and Rich Cooper rounded out our 5K field with times of 24:04 and 28:42, respectively.

Solid, steady performance turned in by coach Rich Cooper on Sunday in the 5K.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

In the half marathon, Volte had a group of eight including five of our friends.

Juan Murillo led us with a 1:37:20 effort followed by Alejandro Bedoya’s 1:43:54.

Three weeks out from the Buffalo Marathon, Steven Sfeir ran 2:03:55 with Jason Bodie, whose official time was a second more.

Michael Gayle and Scott Haney ran the entire way for a 2:06:27 finish.

Too much fun?  No such thing with Scott Haney and Michael Gayle in Sunday's Half Marathon.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Jose Murillo was second overall in his 70-and-over division, covering the distance in 2:08:54 and less than three minutes out of first behind Houston Masters Sports Association’s Fred Ward.

Diana Gayle turned in a very nice performance of 2:21:03, staying under 11 minutes per mile on a tough day.

Volte friends saw Rip Reynolds clocking a time of 1:31:18 followed by Paul Blutt’s 1:33:15 that allowed him to grab third place in his age group.

Terrence Baptiste won his age group in 1:36:49.

As she did at The Woodlands Half Marathon in March, Erika Park paced Pam Greene to a first-place age group win with a time of 1:47:22 while finishing second in her own 45-49 herself.

Cristina Gray rounded out our friends’ efforts with a time of 2:06:44.

And, of course, the best is saved for last – the Kids’ 1K.

Evie Campbell grabbed first in her age group with a one-kilometer time of 3:54, while brother Simon finished in 4:13 but missed out by one spot of winning an award.

With grandmother Erika Sampson behind them cheering and filming, Logan Jenkins and Whitley Sampson ran the distance in 6:47 and 10:15, respectively.

Volte closed out Sunday with a solid group at The Woodlands Running Club Sunday Night 5K.

Darren Hadden dominated with a winning time of 19:09.

Jerritt Park was second in 22:30 while Jane Campbell was the first female finisher in 24:53.

Steven Sfeir, after running a half earlier in the morning, led Volte friend Curtis Barton, across the line with a mark of 25:52.  Barton was less than a minute behind in 26:48.

George Rux finished a little bit ahead of Brooke Hadden.  George made it in 31:42 while Brooke ran almost an identical time to what she did at Cypress last Sunday.  She finished in 32:27.

And 1K wasn’t enough for Simon Campbell, his Dad, Auggie, ran the 5K with him and they stopped the clock in 35:41.
 

Friday, April 30, 2021

Volte and Friends Played The Game Well

Google 4.16666 miles and guess what comes up?

If you are a runner you know it will be the Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra, put on annually by the creator of the Barkley Marathon, Gary Cantrell.

Last year, one of the top female ultramarathoners in the world, American Courtney Dauwalter, won the race in Bell Buckle, Tennessee by completing 68 loops for 283.33 miles over Ohio’s Harvey Lewis, who didn’t go out for the 68th loop.

Oh, we forgot one thing.

You have to run each lap in under an hour.

Ramon (pictured in yellow) with the Murillos and Gary Kroll
(Photo courtesy of Ramon Rosales)

Two weeks ago, Spectrum Trail Racing, an Austin-based event production company, hosted its version of Cantrell’s classic, called The Game at the 88 Ranch in Columbus, Texas.

And, we had people there.

Sure, the winner got $400 cash and a pair of La Sportiva shoes, but the crown jewel was a gold coin that gained that individual access to Cantrell’s race in October.

San Francisco’s Vincent Barrientos went 34 laps for 141 miles to capture the win.

Fifth overall was Volte friend Ramon Rosales who finished 24 laps to give him a 100-mile finish – his first of his ultrarunning career.

Yes, Ramon - in an effort to psych a few competitors - took his stick pony out for a ride.
(Photo courtesy of Spectrum Trail Racing)

Ramon won the Habanero Hundred 100K in Cat Spring in August 2019 in 13:50:22 and then posted another overall win last February at Rocky 50 in 7:03:10.

Our Juan Murillo covered 15 laps for 100K (62.5 miles) while brother Luis stopped a loop short with 14 for a still impressive 58.333 miles.

However, Luis' last lap happened to be the one that they declared the fastest would also go home with a pair of La Sportiva shoes.

With 29 runners on the line to the start the 14th lap, Luis broke out a 7:10 per minute pace -- and called it a day.

Volte friend Gary Knoll ran 10 laps – almost 42 miles on a Saturday afternoon.

Ramon, Juan and Luis are all registered to race again next Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the Wildflower Trail Run 50K in Bastrop, Texas.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Better Than The Classic 70's Sitcom, Volte's Eight Was More Than Enough at Cypress 10

And today’s Cypress 10 puts a wrap on the 2020-2021 Texas 10 Series.

Congratulations to our three money winners in the Armadillo Cup standings – Erika Sampson, Darren Hadden and Mayra Caamano.

Thank you to each one of our athletes and friends who either scored points for us in the Ten Gallon Cup competition or were just plain awesome by being out and supporting a great Series.

Thank you to Bill Dwyer, Layton Gill and Rich Cooper, all of whom were out in attendance today and who supported everyone throughout the Series, including making adjustments in training schedules for many athletes to run more races in it.

It was great to be live and local – and absolutely no virtual.

Great looking bunch of Voltes and friends.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Volte was eight for eight today in the group with four PR’s, including three in the 10-miler and first timers are PR's, right?  :-)

Special shout-out to Brooke Hadden, Darren’s daughter, who ran her first 5K today in 32:21 and finishing second in her age group.

Well done, Brooke!

This is the sign of "Running Happy" by Brooke Hadden in her first 5K.
With a first name of Brooke, shouldn't Brooks be signing her to a contract?  :-)
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Our friends did excellent in the 5K as well – Alvaro and Lusi Trejo with the Tough Runners Club finished second and third in their age group in respective times of 25:08 and 29:01.

They were the only two runners who ran every single 5K in the entire Series.

Strike Force Racing’s Dee Akers – and a long-time friend to us here at Volte – was first in her age group.

Couldn't have framed this picture better if we tried!
Strike Force Racing's Dee Akers flanked by our Tammy Grado and Paolo Biagi.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

In the five-miler, it was great to welcome Paolo Biagi and Tammy Grado back to this year’s Texas 10 Series after Tammy ran the 10-miler at Conroe and Paolo the five-miler.

With the pushback of Ironman Texas to the second Saturday in October, it allowed them to get out and run together today to a time of 41:39.  

Paolo earned first in his age group, while Tammy took second in hers.

We certainly cannot wait to cheer them, Yaya Herrera and Gabby Westbrook on at Ironman Texas in the early fall.

After running the 10-miler at both Bridgeland @Conroe and Huntsville, Paul Roche ran the five-miler in 51:51 and won his age group.

Five of our friends ran the five-miler and three of them ran every race while the other two only missed Conroe in late November.

Erin and Jimmie Gowton and Ken Johnson all ran every five-miler, while Ray and Dianna Sarno ran six.

Erin was second in her age group in 42:24, her third best time of the seven, while Jimmie stopped the clock in 47:37, tying his Katy time two weeks ago as his best of the Series.

Ken finished in 1:13:33.  

On Saturday, Ken also finished his 100th Run The Woodlands 5K at Barbara Bush Elementary in 44:36.

Ray and Dianna Sarno ran together and finished in 56:37 as Ray grabbed second in his age group.

They saved the best for last as it was their best time of the Series.

Left to right, Darren Hadden, Rob Gay and Roger King take aim at keeping up with the women's leader Heather Oliva out of the chute.  Darren would finish six seconds behind the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials competitor.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

In the 10-miler, we had two age group wins, four age group placements and three PR’s.

I think George Jones sang that that would be hotter than a two-dollar pistol!

It was great watching Darren Hadden flying toward the finish line to break 1:02 and lower his personal best by 37 seconds with his time of 1:01:53.

He was the seventh overall male in a masters-laden field, which he placed fourth in.

For those of you counting at home, that is six races and six first-place age group wins for Darren.

Roger King lowered his personal best by 12 seconds with a second-place age group winning time of 1:03:46.  His previous best time came in the Series’ first race in Conroe.

I am sure if Darren could have given five of his faster seconds away, he would have given them to Rob Gay.

After an impressive jaunt last week to bring his best time down to 1:10:14, Rob was on a mission to break 1:10, but came up four seconds short.

Rumor has it that Rob already has the countdown clock started:  Five months and one day to Sienna 10 to kick off the 2021-2022 Texas 10 Series.

And Erika Sampson won her age group for the fifth time in seven races with a time of 1:14:08.

Speaking of our Volte friends in the 10-miler, Mark Amann won his fifth consecutive Texas 10 Series race, with a winning mark of 55:15.

Amann has now won seven races all-time in the Texas 10 Series, tying him with Ryan Miller.

Kevin Baker was second in his age group to seal up the Armadillo Cup win in the men’s 45-49 division – the same one that Darren finished third in.

Rip Reynolds and Josh Rivas finished in respective times of 1:07:21 and 1:11:26, while Northside Running’s Christina Gray and Woodlands Fit’s Randy Bradley closed things out with efforts of 1:26:17 and 1:41:46.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Two More Volte Women Go 1-2 to Win Sienna 10 Five-Miler With 8 AG Placements Overall

It’s been said it isn’t bragging if you can back it up.

Volte’s efforts lately have been so hot they have been setting off sparks on Nine Volte’s snap connectors.  (Battery humor, folks.)

Seriously.  Wow.  Impressive stuff.

Sunday in Fort Bend County at Ridge Point High School at Sienna 10 was a great day for Volte athletes and friends.

Great started with Roger King not only driving 65 miles to pick up his first-place plaque from last week, but most importantly -- to support our athletes with Volte founder Bill Dwyer.

Thank you, gentlemen.

On the roads, for the second day in a row, two Volte women have grabbed the two spots of their respective race as Maria Sanchez and Jane Campbell finished first and second, respectively, in the five-miler with times of 34:58 and 37:16.

Jane Campbell and Maria Sanchez sport Venezuela running singlets part of an effort by Volte founder Bill Dwyer to celebrate every couple of months the group's runners from around the globe.  Auggie Campbell is pictured on the far right.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Maria and Jane were running their first races in their new age groups as they turned 20 and 40, respectively, in March and last week.

Sanchez delivers Volte's third overall win in eight days in the 5-miler.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

And for Campbell, it was her first race at the five-mile distance and the first time she’s placed in any race.  

Sanchez lowered her personal best by a minute and 34 seconds from her 36:32 performance in early February at Bridgeland@Conroe.

In the six races of the 2020-2021 Texas 10 Series, her time is only one of four under 35 minutes and behind only Halley Pigford, The Woodlands (32:35, Bridgeland@Conroe); Jamie Johnston, Mont Belvieu (32:36, Katy) and Zero Dark Thirty’s Keri Amador (33:03, Conroe).

Elsewhere in the five-miler, Jerritt Park posted his fastest time of his four showings this Series with a 33:11, first-place age group effort.

Park races to his fastest five-mile finish of the Series.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Auggie Campbell, Jane’s husband, covered the distance in 42 minutes even, good for third place in his division.

In the 10-mile race, just four of our athletes competed – and we shined like a country at the Olympics:  two firsts, a second and a third-place age group finish.

Leading the way was one of only six athletes in the entire 2020-2021 Texas 10 Series that have won their division five times or more, that being Darren Hadden.

Hadden heads to the 5-miler turnaround focused.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Darren grabbed another win with a showing of 1:04:27.

Eugenia Carter is the only runner to finish first in their division in all six races.  

Hadden joins Volte friend Mark Amann, who won his fourth straight 10-mile race on Sunday; one of the state’s top masters duathletes in Steve Sievert and 11- and 10-year-old Jayden and Haley Roth from Beaumont.

Give a guy a great bib number like 1000 – and challenge him to make something happen with it.

And did Rob Gay ever.

Gay looks like he could step in at tailback for the LSU Tigers en route to the finish.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

How about beating his personal best time from last week at Katy by four minutes and 56 seconds – a time of 1:10:14.

Even Wal-Mart prices are not falling that fast anymore.

Oh yeah, Rob “No Taper” Gay is taking a page out of the Murillo playbook.  

He ran 12 miles yesterday.

Erika Sampson and Mayra Caamano grabbed top ten overall female placements with their times of 1:13:52 and 1:17:18, respectively, as they were seventh and ninth.

1:13 and Sampson looks like she's taking a stroll.  Wow!  Great job.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

They were in a masters’ field that included two of Houston’s top masters’ runners – Catherine Kruppa and Flora Lai – as well as Texas 10 Series’ top master race in, race out, Pasadena’s Eugenia Carter.

Sampson won her age group in 1:13:52, her second-best time of six in this year’s Series.

Caamano joins Sampson and Hadden with five age group placings in the 10-mile division.

A day after winning the Miles for Meals 10K in Conroe on a hilly course, she posted her third consecutive mark of 1:17, specifically on Sunday in 1:17:18.

Volte friends shined too.

Alvaro and Lusi Trejo both finished sixth overall and second in their age group with respective times of 25:18 and 30:25.

They are the only two runners who have run each 5K in this year’s 2020-2021 Texas 10 Series.

Erin and Jimmie Gowton led our friends in the five-mile race with times of 42:22 and 50:09, respectively.  

They are just two of nine runners who have run all six five-mile races.  That list also includes Huntsville’s Ken Johnson.

Erin won her second age group placement of the year as she placed second in her 40-44 division.

Strike Force Racing’s Dee Akers grabbed second in her division in 55:49.

Huntsville’s Ray and Dianna Sarno ran their fifth five-miler of the Series together as the finished in 57:41.  

Well, Ray finished a second later actually – and grabbed second place in his division.

Johnson was second in his age group in 1:13:27, while longtime The Woodlands Running Club member Kathleen Eaton from The Woodlands walked the distance in 1:24:09.

Of course, Amann, as mentioned above, won the overall race in 55:49.

Paul Blutt won his age group in 1:05:07.

Kevin Baker, a day after finishing third overall in the same Miles for Meals 10K that Caamano was first in, ran in 1:08:46.

He has run all six Texas 10 Series 10-milers – and was the first race that he was not on the podium in the 45-49 men’s division.

Woodlands Fit’s Randy Bradley, who ran the 5K in Conroe on Saturday, finished in 1:41:50. 

Volte Women Go 1-2 in the 10K at Miles For Meals

A year ago, even with the pandemic bearing down on the United States and the Lone Star state, the Montgomery County Meals for Wheels program was able – without too much worry of COVID-19 – to host its fourth annual Miles for Meals race at B-52 Brewery in Conroe.

And as our area is now working its way out of it, as are many other parts of the country, those races that were held the closest to the start of quarantines and lockdowns have seemed to have not lost their numbers that other races have.

The Miles for Meals races appeared on Saturday to be the epitome of that notion.

The race’s first year was 2017 and was an untimed event, but the last four years, including Saturday’s fifth annual gathering, numbers have held steady pushing the event to its limits.

This year and last, a 10K was added for the hardier adventurists of the Lake Forest Falls subdivision that two-thirds of the race winds through.

The finisher numbers, by years, are as follows:

2018 – 532 in the 5K
2019 – 556 in the 5K
2020 – 469 in the 5K and 90 in the 10K
2021 – 401 in the 5K and 86 in the 10K

Even though numbers of timed finishers were slightly down, the atmosphere – and return to live racing for many runners – was positive.

Volte was charged up as well with seven runners, all in the 10K.

Kim White, Julie Stevenson, Trudy Regnier and Sharon Mitchell represented well on Saturday.
(Photo courtesy of Jon Walk)

For the second week time in six days, Volte had itself an overall winner.

A week ago, Roger King won the 5-miler associated with the Katy 10 race of the Texas 10 Series.

This week, it was Mayra Caamano’s time to strike.

Leading wire-to-wire, and looking strong doing so, Caamano, 43, led Volte teammate Julie Stevenson, 57, across the finish line, with a two-minute, 41-second advantage that gave her the third fastest time in the race’s two-year history with the 10K in 47:49.

She said it brought back memories years ago when Volte athlete Leanne Harris won the 5K at the Southern Star Brewing Company race in Conroe on the other side of Interstate 45.

“Beautiful morning for a run, and a gorgeous route,” said Caamano.  “A bit hilly, but really, really pretty.”

She added that it was “great seeing so many Voltes.”

Including a couple of surprises.

To no surprise, running well was Kim White, 60, who finished first in his age group, and with 15-year-old Zack Zinny of Montgomery to claim the last two top 10 spots in the race.

Stevenson held off 16-year-old Amber Longwell by 20 seconds to claim the second overall women's spot in 50 minutes even.

The surprise of the morning was seeing one of Volte’s top and most consistent marathoners Michelle McGill.

Very classy that McGill, on the out and back, ran ahead of her daughter, Amanda (on the left), to stop and visit for a few seconds before grabbing this shot of the two.
(Photo courtesy of Jon Walk)

Sharing that she’s spent much of the past year, since the start of pandemic, running on her own, she was seen out on the course on Saturday with her daughter Amanda Williams.

The duo ran together in 1:04:52.

Also spending a lot of time running with one another were two veterans of Volte’s Wednesday night track workouts, Trudy Regnier and Sharon Mitchell.

Trudy got a little kick at the end, reminiscent of her finish at the five miler in Huntsville a few weeks ago, and led Sharon to the finish line by 45 seconds.

She stopped the clock in 1:10:50, while Sharon followed in 1:10:53.

Lots of friends of Volte out running the course as well.

Kevin Baker, who just enlisted to be coached by two-time Olympic Trials marathoner and upcoming Obstacle Course Racing star Lauren Stroud, finished third overall in 40:46.

Baker, who is a sponsor of the race, won the 5K in last year’s event in 19:22.

Good group of Red X Running athletes were seen on the course, led by their leader - and community leader - Barry Blanton.

He finished in 1:14:14.

There were also a good group of Woodlands Fit runners, who, of course, man the other corner near our starting point outside of Fleet Feet each week.

Mariela Rodriguez ran well covering the distance in 1:08:45.

In the 5K, John Slate of the Seven Hills Running Club was second in his age group in 26:02, longtime Woodlands Fit athlete – and all-around good guy – Randy Bradley finished in 30:31, while the legend, Jim Braden, at 85, saw his way through the distance in 38:24, winning his 70-and-over age group.


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Volte Blew Down The Door at Katy 10 with 6 AG Placements and 4 PRs

History was made at today’s Katy 10 race.

Nothing too special about it being the 52nd race in the history of the Texas 10 Series.

Of course, any win is special – as our Roger King grabbed the overall five-mile title today the first Volte to do so at Katy since Ken Rieger did it in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014.

It was the first permitted race in Harris County since the start of the pandemic in mid-March 2020.

And just in time.

Even with timed finishers for the 5K and 1-milers included, it was the smallest of the seven Texas 10 Series races in Katy.  (2013 was the first year and 2016 was cancelled due to weather.)

It was also the third largest of the five races of the 2020-2021 Texas 10 Series with Sienna and Cypress to follow.

And today’s weather was perfect for our Volte athletes to clean up at the awards booth – six age group placements – featuring four PR’s and a fifth tie.

As always, our seven athletes were flanked by a host of Volte friends.

It was the second straight race that Roger King competed at the five-mile distance, after finishing third overall two weeks ago in Huntsville in 31:56.

This is what a winning race looks like from Roger King in the five miler today.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Today, with an influx of Houston area running talent from the west side of town, Roger put the hammer down and rattled off a new five-mile personal best of 30:26 for the overall win.

In doing so, he led Volte friend Paul Blutt to the line by a minute and 13 seconds as Paul finished in 31:39.

Jerritt Park was fourth overall in 33:42 – the best of his three five-mile races in this year’s Texas 10 Series.

Volte friends Erin and Jimmie Gowton from Montgomery posted their best five-mile times of the season as well with marks of 41:48 and 47:37.  They have run all five of the five-milers in this year’s Series.

Ray and Diana Sarno from Huntsville once again ran the course together as Ray took first in his division and Diana was third in hers.  They finished in 57:37 as they completed their fourth race of the season.

Finally in the five-miler, Ken Johnson, who has run all five, was second in his age group in 1:12:06.

In the 5K, our friends from the Tough Runners Club, Alvaro and Lusi Trejo had superb days.

Alvaro was third in his age group in 25:27 and Lusi, who’s been putting her new Peloton bike to the test, achieved her fastest of five 5K finishes in the Series dipping under 30 minutes in 29:32.

On to the marquee race.

Darren Hadden led us today with a 45-49 age group winning time of 1:02:30, equaling his best from Bridgeland 10 @ Conroe.

He entered the Armadillo Cup standings today in third with 48 points, behind Kevin Baker with 65 and Michael Prejean with 59.

With the age group win, he grabs 14 points to move to 62 overall.  

Baker was second, picking up 13 to move to 78 and retaining the lead.  Prejean was fifth, good for 10 points and keeping him in second with 69.

Seven Hills Running Club’s Steve Allen was seventh, adding eight points and staying in fourth with 53 points.

Finishing third in his age group, Robert King earned a new personal best with a 1:03:56 showing – just over two minutes better from his time at Conroe in late November.

With her third age group win in the Series, a new personal best by two minutes and 45 seconds and the best 45-49 time in the five races, Erika Sampson punched out a time of 1:12:28 and was the third overall masters behind Hailey Pigford and Pam Meaux.

Erika Sampson's time was so hot ... the fire hydrant was even chasing her today!
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Sampson earns 14 points in the Armadillo Cup to push her total to 75.  

Second-place Mary Moellmer of Tomball was third today getting 12 points to stay in second with 61 points while Bobbie Peterson was sixth earning nine points to remain in third with 57 points.

An age group win from Sampson as Sienna 10 should seal up her $175 first place age group prize, even if she does not race Cypress in two weeks.

Running in his second straight Texas 10 Series race, Rob Gay set a new 10-mile personal best with a time of 1:15:10.

And rounding out our Volte athletes is Mayra Caamano, who leads the Armadillo Cup standings for 40-44 year old females.

Needing to run two of the last three races to qualify for the $175 first place age group prize, Caamano earned her second straight age group win – and fourth podium finish of the Series – with a 1:17:07 time.

Since Pigford’s masters win will give her the 14 first place points, Caamano earned 13 points to give her 62 points and more of a firm grip on first place.

Aiding Caamano’s cause is the fact that Courtney West, second in the Armadillo Cup standings, was 11th in her age group today meaning that she will earn only five points to move her to 44 points – 18 behind Caamano.

Jennie Elliott in third and Leticia Sandoval in fifth, with 31 and 25 points, respectively, both didn’t race.

Finishing third on the course today was Cypress’ Karen Ellis who was nipping on Caamano’s heels in chip time eight seconds back.

Ellis will collect 12 points to move to 42 points and third place.

An age group win at Sienna, with the 18 points, would give Caamano 80 points and give her the ability to clinch the $175 prize without racing Cypress.

Or Caamano could skip Sienna, grab the 14 points with a win at Cypress, giving her 76 and even if West won at Sienna and finished second at Cypress it would only give West 75 - and Caamano the Armadillo Cup win.

Volte friend Mark Amann won his third straight 10-miler and fifth for his career, collecting $225 for his 54:41 effort.

More Volte friend finishes included Kevin Baker in 1:05:23, good for second in his division; Cristina Gray in 1:27:33; Randy Bradley in 1:45:58 and Mayra Alvarado in 1:53:02.