SEBRING — The inaugural Summer Sunrise 5k Series came to an end at Highlands Hammock State Park on Saturday and Michael Quigley cruised to a comfortable victory in a time of 18:52.3. David Drach was second with a time of 21:26.8 and Krista Schult finished third overall and first among female runners with a time of 22:31.3.
Nicholas Gregor was fourth with a time of 22:40.2, followed by Eli Collins (22:58.0) and Jeremy Schreiber (23:07.6). Maria Munoz placed seventh in 23:24.6, Marcos Rivera was eighth in 23:53.2, William Edgar placed ninth in 23:57.3 and Yini Schreiber was 10th with a time of 24:15.
The Summer Series consisted of five races, four which were held specifically for the series, along with the Firecracker. Runners took their top four times to determine overall winners and age group winners. There were 70 runners who completed the required four events and 172 who competed in at least one of the events.
The overall male winner was Quigley, who was consistently strong throughout each of the five events, with times ranging between 18:32.4 and 18:52.3.
The overall female winner was 9-year-old Zoe Wortinger, who finished each of the four races she entered in less than 22 minutes. She did not compete in Saturday’s event.
Sebring Mayor John Shoop was the male Masters winner and Peter Lewia claimed the male Grand Masters title.
Karen Spurlock won female Masters honors and Bettye Hart took home the female Grand Masters title.
In age groups, J.J. Wortinger won the male 9-and-under class and Christian Angeletti won the 10 to 13 classification. Nicholas Gregor placed first in the 14 to 19 age group.
Ian Naylor took home the top honors in the 20 to 24 group, Terry Owens placed first in the 30 to 34 age group and Shane White placed first in the 35 to 39 age class.
Brian Pinson won the 40 to 44 group, Ron Scali won the 50 to 54 age class and Randy Severn won the 60 to 64 age class. Dale Bargar took home honors in the 70 to 74 age class and the ageless one, Harold Smith, took the 75 to 79 age group with a combined four-race time of less than two hours, finishing in 1:59:17.4.
Munoz won the female 14 to 19 age group and Schreiber captured the 25 to 29 age group. Dorothy Lyons won the 30 to 34 age group and Marlene Brantley placed first in the 35 to 39 age group. Aleesa White took the top honors in the 40 to 44 age classification and Mary Ann Andrews won the 45 to 49 age group.
Sharon Mercer placed first in the 50 to 54 class and Nancy Drach was first in the 55 to 59 class. Laura Bowen claimed the 60 to 64 age group, Mary Carol Plott was tops in the 65 to 69 class and Aubrey Smith won the 75 to 79 age group.