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Track club sends 7 to Oregon event

Running Unlimited Fitness athletes (from left) Wyatt Pauley, Miguel Guzman, Ryan Vasileff, Caleb Thompson, Meg Keating, Laura Rodeheffer and Kaitlyn Chelberg stand inside Hayward Field after competing in the middle-school mile. - Photo by Bill Rodeheffer
Running Unlimited Fitness athletes (from left) Wyatt Pauley, Miguel Guzman, Ryan Vasileff, Caleb Thompson, Meg Keating, Laura Rodeheffer and Kaitlyn Chelberg stand inside Hayward Field after competing in the middle-school mile.
— image credit: Photo by Bill Rodeheffer

Seven members of the newly formed Running Unlimited Fitness track club participated in the middle-school mile at the University of Oregon's famed Hayward Field in Eugene May 5.

Laura Rodeheffer finished eighth overall (5:38.82) and was the top seventh-grade female runner.

Kaitlyn Chelberg, seventh grade, placed 23rd (6:08.2) and Megan Keating, sixth grade, finished 27th (6:24.29).

Caleb Thompson, eight grade, led the boys in 31st (5:28.31); followed by Miguel Guzman, 7th grade, 32nd, (5.59); Ryan Vasileff, sixth grade, 33rd (5:41.00); and Wyatt Pauley, seventh grade, 34th (5:44.73).

Coach Catie Rodeheffer said, "All seven tallied up personal records for themselves and it was no wonder, running under the lights in the near perfect weather on Hayward Field."

The mile was part of meet hosted by UO at Hayward Field, home of several Olympic trials, and included many world leaders in their events for 2012.

The Running Unlimited Fitness club has the same coaches and athletes formerly of the Whidbey Island Running Club sponsored by the North Whidbey Parks and Rec District. Rodeheffer said, "Now all the dues go back into the club in supporting the endeavors of the kids; all the coaches are volunteers."

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