31st Annual Madison Courier 10K Run held
Saturday, July 04, 2009 7:30 AM
An 18-year-old Providence High School graduate and a 28-year-old former Goshen College runner were the top male and top female finishers in the 31st annual Madison Courier 10K Run this morning.
The race, an official Madison Regatta Festival event, was contested under cloudy and cool conditions. A field of 281 runners competed.
Oliver Book, a 2009 graduate of Providence from Starlight, Ind., was the overall winner with a time of 33:01.23. Book, a state finals qualifier in both cross country and the 1,600 meters in track, will be a freshman and run for the University of Cincinnati next fall.
Heidi Saunders, a native of Kalamazoo, Mich., who recently relocated to Madison, was the top female runner with a time of 37:50.70.
The two winners were both first-time competitors in the 6.2-mile road race.
Three-time Courier 10K winner Cecil Franke, the course record holder with a time of 29:44, served as the official starter of the event, then joined the field and finished 11th overall with a time of 37:24.62.
Jeffery Johnson, the defending champion from Austin, finished fifth this morning with a time of 34:19.98.
The top male runner from Madison was former Shawe Memorial standout Kenny Leveille with a time of 38:13.66. Madison's standout junior runner Chelsea Stephan was the runner-up in the women's race with a time of 40:13.46.