The second annual Decatur County Youth Running Club clinic took place last week from June 3 to June 6.
During the week, more than 20 volunteer coaches coached 90 young runners from our community. Throughout the DCYRC clinic, the young runners were guided through a variety of running games and activities. They were also instructed in several topics to help them become better runners. The clinic hosted several guest speakers to give daily mini lessons in running. Two dieticians from Decatur County Memorial Hospital, Connie Million and Alexis Laska, guided the athletes in how to make the right food and drink choices to become a successful athlete. Adam Sanborn from Runner’s Forum and Semi-State Qualifier Shelby Pake demonstrated proper running form, which improves running performance and diminishes the possibility of injuries. Franklin College coach Paul Sargent and Rylie Smith spoke to the youth about having a great attitude in running as in life. Coach Josh Payne of Hanover College and Mary Kate Porter, also presented the importance of focusing on a personal-best time when running a race.
At the conclusion of the clinic all the participants, second through eighth graders ran a mile race in their specific age division. Despite the morning rain, the young runners had great attitudes and ran spectacular races, some for their first time ever. All the participants received certificates at the end of the clinic for their successful completion of the clinic. The top three girls and top three boys in each age group earned medals for their performances and prize drawings were made after the races.
The Decatur County Youth Running Club would like to thank their primary sponsor, the Decatur County Community Foundation, for supporting the event. The DCYRC would also like to thank KOVA, Doerflinger’s Insurance, Decatur County Memorial Hospital, and Drs. David Weigel, Carol Lohmueller, and Eric Weigel for their contributions; and Water-Tek, Anytime Fitness, YMCA, Indiana Pork, Arby’s and Curt and Julie Hasselbring for their in-kind donations.
Second grade -
Annie Pumphrey 7:53; Lily Hellmich 8:09; Brayley Sundal 8:26; Haley Robinson 8:31; Katlyn Roszell 8:36; Hermione Robinson 9:51; Alana Osborn 9:53; Venessa Porter 9:54; Lauren Richards 9:56.
Third grade -
Hanna Sanders, Samantha Luttel, Emma Evans, Megan Weber, Lydia Balser, Kenedee Lowe, Jenna Ankney 8:37, Ashelyn Corbin; Zoe Bartosz.
Fourth grade -
Emily Mangels 7:19; Sophie Taylor 7:41; Emily Million 8:17; Grace Young 8:24; Elizabeth Mitchell 8:39; Alexandra Fleenor 8:54; Kate Acra 9:03; Madison Wagner 9:34; Layla Miller 10:05; Ella Lowe 10:06; Mallori Noah 11:50; Daelee Couch 12:17.
Fifth grade -
Brenner Hannah 6:38; Mollie Pumphrey 6:54; Sara Hasselbring 7:09; Elizabeth Pavy 7:42; Megan Reisman 7:50; Shannon Pake 7:53; Madelin Hoover 8:04; Emma Deweese 9:07; Katherine Beam 9:42; Sarah Springmeyer 9:43; Jenna Geis 9:45.
Sixth grade -
Bailey Menkedick 7:15; Ellie Acra 7:16; Julia Ankney 7:37; Raegan Rigney 8:34; Molly Brandes 8:00; Takisha Lee 9:34; Cheyenne Wolter 10:02.
Seventh & eighth grade -
Morgan Winkler 6:17; Cathy Newhart 6:28; Kirsten Fong 6:43; Claire Dennett 7:07; Davilyn Wesseler 7:46; Delaney Bruns 8:06; Emily Lowe 10:19.