WIRC sets record in winning Anacortes relay

A team from the Whidbey Island Running Club won the 10-mile relay at Anacortes' Washington Park Saturday, March 13.

WIRC team "A," one of seven local squads to compete, won the elementary-middle school division with a record time of 1:04:31. The time was also the best overall regardless of division, topping teams from the high school and adult classes.

Caley Powers (14), John Rodeheffer (13), Dakota Powers (13) and Stephen Miller (13) broke the old record of 1:07:44 set last year by the Powers, Rodeheffer and Sam Rosson.

WIRC dominated the elementary-middle school division with teams finishing 1-3-4-5-6.

Gavin Stewart (14), Gunnar Melnick (13), Laura Rodeheffer (10) and Olivia Meyer (14) finished third (1:09:53).

Ryan Vasileff (9), Miguel Guzman (11), Trevor Sanders (13) and Christian Vasileff (9) finished fourth (1:25).

Jonalyn Horn (12), Michael Fisken (10), MacKenzie Reed (8) and Myles Averrios-Smith finished fifth (1:29:16).

Elisabeth Jenkins (13), Abraham Jenkins (11), Noah Schroeder (8) and Catherine Wicker (7) finished sixth (1:39:45).

In the mixed ages division, Christina Wicker (14), Carolynn Wicker (11), Hannah Kagey (13) and Jack Kagey (7) placed second (1:19:18); and Kaitlyn Chelberg (11), Megan Keating (9), Chris Chelberg (parent) and Theresa Chelberg (parent) placed fifth (1:28:43).

The Whidbey Island Running Club, sponsored by the North Whidbey Park and Recreation Department, is looking for interested runners to train for the spring/summer track season of the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics.

Interested participants can contact the John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool at 675-7665 or head coach Catie Rodeheffer at 279-2196 to get information on practice times and locations.

Interested parties can also visit team practices Mondays and Fridays from 4 to 5 p.m. at Fort Nugent Park. The first two practices are free.

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