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 pull and no broken bones.
Shawna Winnegar took the women's race unchallenged in 17:56. It was a great day for all of the Dukes and many came out to support their fellow teammates!
Race Results: http://nativeamerican5kchampionships.org/sites/all/documents/2014-results/JTR_2014_Results.pdf