Bourland wins Carrot Classic run

February 07, 2001|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — Dennis Bourland, 30, of El Centro won the 5-kilometer Carrot Classic in 15 minutes, 40 seconds on Saturday morning.

The fastest woman in the 5K in 23 minutes, 50 seconds was Kristy Windy, 24, of El Centro.

Both Bourland and Windy received trophies and $100.

Bourland and Toya Morris, 36, of San Diego won the open mile and both received $50. Both were repeat champions from last year.

Gary Rust, 54, of Imperial and Martha Walker, 65, of San Diego, won the masters' mile for men and women over age 40. Rust's time was 5 minutes, 14 seconds. Walker's time was 5 minutes, 45 seconds.

In the youth division, ages 9-12, half mile, Jovane Camacho, 11, of El Centro, placed first in 2 minutes, 34 seconds. Nadia Gonzalez, 10, of Mexicali was the fastest girl in this category in 3 minutes, 29 seconds.


In the midget quarter-mile race for ages 8 and under, Rafael Calles, 7, of Calexico won in 1 minute, 33 seconds. Sarina Guerra, 7, of Brawley was the fastest girl in this race in 1 minute, 45 seconds.

The Southwest High School track team won the relay race in 4 minutes, 9 seconds. The team received a large trophy for its efforts.

Other division relay winners were the Holtville Middle School Team 1 and Holtville Middle School Team 2-sixth grade girls. The first-place trophy in the service organization division was won by Calipatria State Prison. Government Agencies Team 1 won in the company division.

More than 150 runners competed. Although 3-and-a-half-year-old Scottie Blackman of Imperial finished "dead last" in his first race, his father, Scott Blackman, was pleased he finished in the age 8 and under category.

The 5-K race was a bit of a milestone, too, for Brian McNeece, 49, of El Centro. McNeece, an English instructor at Imperial Valley College, who has been battling cancer for two and a half years.

"I did pretty well for my personal goal," he said.

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