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. 

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