Tony Clement and Ashlee Smalley highlighted the evening with wins at the Chunky Monkey 5k. Tony Clement, after racing on the track earlier in the weekend, tempo'd a time of 16:1x for the win, while Ashlee Smalley, running in her first race as a member of the Dukes, took the win in 19:45!
The Dukes Track Club traveled to Tacoma, Washington to compete against other clubs from across the nation. Although the Dukes did not perform, individually, as well as they had hoped, the trip was still a successful learning experience. Tony Clement, Ben Fletcher, and Sal Perdomo lead the Dukes to a 7th place team finish.
In the 1500, Tony placed 2nd in 3:55.2, while Ben placed 9th in 4:10.8. Ben also ran the 800 and finished 12th in 2:03.
Sal competed in the 10k and 5k, finished 7th in 32:53.9 and 8th in 15:57.7, respectively.
Results can be found here.
Tony Clement en route to his 2nd place finish. Look at that stride.
Led by Arlene Espinoza, the Dukes Track Club set up boxes at local establishments across town and collected food for New Mexican families! The food was delivered and weighed at over 400 pounds! Thank you for all of your donations! Victoria, Fideles, Amat
The Dukes Track Club raced at the Jim Thorpe 5k on Saturday, June 28th! 5 of the Dukes men competed, while the Lady Dukes had Shawna Winnegar representing!
While there is debate as to who took the title, Kris Houghton was the official winner as Tony Clement had bandit the race due to some pre-race difficulties.
Tony Clement and Sal Perdomo took the first 2 miles side by side, coming through in 5:00 and 10:10. Tony opened up a gap, taking the lead over the last mile, while an unsuspected Kris Houghton charged by with a half mile to go chasing after him. As they approached the finish line, with Houghton closing quick, Tony had to duck off of the course and could not cross the finish line. The Dukes will never know if Houghton would have caught Tony. Houghton finished in 15:57. Sal came in at 16:10, while Derek Heeger finished 12th in 17:42. Hunter Claypatch suffered a pretty bad fall during the race and had to hobble past the finish line. Luckily, he walked away with a slight muscle p…