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WIRC dominates Smelt Run
Seven members of the Whidbey Island Running Club won divisional titles at the Smelt Run in LaConner Feb. 27.
John Rodeheffer, 13, had the most impressive showing in the USA Track Federation certified road race by winning the boys 11-14 division 10K in 35:58.
The time was the fourth fastest of all males in the race and it also put him on the Northwest Runner “Best Times” list, second in the 19-and-under category (27 seconds out of first).
Rodeheffer, a seventh-grader, was just 35 seconds off the national record (33:26 set in 1986) for 13-year-olds in the 10K.
John wasn’t the only Rodeheffer to have a good day. Mother Catie won the women’s 40-49 division and had the best women’s overall time (41:39). Father Bill took the men’s 50-59 race (38:03).
Other 10K winners where Christina Wicker, 14, in the 11-14 race (45:59), and Kaitlyn Chelberg, 10, in the 10-and-under division (48:29).
Five-kilometer winners included Catherine Wicker, 7, in the 10-and-under girls class (26:44), and Ryan Vasileff, 10, in the boys 10-and-under race (21:05).
Stephen Miller, 13 (boys 11-14, 41:02), and Olivia Meyers, 14 (girls 11-14, 46:09), nabbed seconds.
Those finishing third included Dakota Powers, 13 (boys 11-14, 41:29), and Carolyn Wicker, 11 (girls 11-14, 48:35).
Other WIRC participants were Jonalynn Horn, Ethan Wissel, Miguel Guzman, Caley Powers, Theresa Chelberg, Chris Chelberg and Dave Grace.
The WIRC, a North Whidbey Park and Recreation program, is gearing up for the USATF Junior Olympic spring and summer seasons. Everyone is welcome to take part.
For more information, call the John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool (675-7665) or head coach Catie Rodeheffer (279-2196), or stop by practices Mondays and Fridays at the Fort Nugent upper field from 4 to 5 p.m. Two free practices are offered.
Adults are welcome but should call ahead for their practice times.