(Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
(Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
After three straight wins by former Scottsburg and Franklin College runner Kristopher Sandlin, a new champion was crowned Saturday morning in the 38th running of the Madison Courier Firecracker 10K Run/Walk.

Kyle Stansbury, 30, of Springville, was the top overall finisher with a time of 31:57 while Courier 10K veteran Danny Fisher was second and Sandlin’s bid for a threepeat finished just a tick under a minute behind the winner.

Stansbury, running in his second Courier 10K ever, ran the 6.2-mile course from Madison Consolidated High School on the hilltop to Lytle Park in downtown Madison in a personal best time. He had finished third in the event last year with a time of 33:26.

Running under cool and sunny conditions on Saturday, Stansbury shaved almost a minute and one-half off his previous time but was still well off the Courier 10K course record of 29:44 set by three-time winner Cecil Franke in 1990.

Fisher, himself a former Courier 10K winner in 2010 when he covered the 6.2 miles in 31:38, was the runner-up Saturday morning with a time of 32:21. Sandlin’s third place in 32:56 was well off his winning time of 31:12 last year and his winning times of 31:44 in 2013 and 31:18 in 2014.

Although Sandlin’s string of Madison Courier 10K wins came to an end — leaving him tied with Franke’s three victories for the most in the history of the event — he couldn’t have been much more happy.

Now living in Vevay and teaching and coaching at Switzerland County High School, it was one of Sandlin’s high school runners who finished as Saturday’s top female. Leah Anders, 15, of Rising Sun, ran the course in 43:11 — 25 seconds ahead of Leah Flanagan, 37, of Sunman — which was good for 28th place overall.

Overall 295 runners and 156 walkers registered for the event with 279 of the runners starting and finishing the course.

The Madison Courier 10K is an official Madison Regatta event. The honorary starters of the 2016 race were retiring race coordinators Lou Knoble and Dick Naylor.

Complete coverage with additional details will be published in Tuesday’s Madison Courier.