Lincoln Boosters annual run fun for all ages

Ebert again takes first
By: Joshua Gutierrez News Messenger Correspondent
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On Labor Day morning, in association with the Lincoln High Booster Club, cross-country coach Doug Croall hosted the ninth annual Labor Day Fun Run. The 5 kilometer trail, situated off Twelve Bridges drive, was the site where an assortment of runners of all ages and skills gathered for the run. “We had over a 100 finishers,” said Croall, after the event. “Pretty close to last year, maybe even more.” Last year’s top overall finisher, Kyle Ebert, captured the crown for the second year in a row. The 16-year-old improved on his 2011 time by nearly a minute crossing the finish line at 17 minutes and 37 seconds. Following close behind was Ebert’s close friend Jose Ramirez who came in at 19:14. A touching moment occurred when Ebert, upon seeing his friend approach the finish, ran out and began to shout words of encouragement as Ramirez made his final push. In turn, the top two runners accepted congratulations from the spectators, downed their complimentary water, and set back out on the trail to encourage the remaining runners. They didn’t return until the final participants crossed the finish line. “I’m a little sore, afterwards,” said Ramirez. “But I feel great … I’m definitely coming again next year.” Ebert was pleased to see so many come out in support of the Fighting Zebras. “There were a lot of people here,” said Ebert. “I think they did good in supporting Lincoln.” And the community did just that. The benefits and proceeds of this event go directly to support Lincoln High School’s cross-country team. After medals and prizes were handed out, the 2012 cross-country athletes stepped forward to applause. “This is all for them,” Coach Croall said. The group included two freshmen who finished atop the 13-and-under category. Aaron Jackson narrowly missed making the top 10 with a time of 22:26. And for the girls, Alex Ceja placed 25th in 24:30. Established Zebras’ runners Bonnie Sherman and Kali Federwisch placed 13th and 16th, respectively, just 17 seconds apart. “The Lincoln team looks really good,” said Jackson. “It would be really nice if we can get to at least the sections.” Coach Croall reiterated the freshman’s praise attributing their performance and outlook on the hours they spend training “They’re working hard,” Croall said. Lincoln Labor Day Fun Run 2012 Zebras Cross County Team Place Name Time 1 Kyle Ebert 17:37 2 Jose Ramirez 19:14 3 Dylan Toerpe 20:13 4 Sean Gage 20:29 5 Jake Palmyra 21:02 6 Jacob Edwards 21:10 7 Evan Deatherage 21:18 8 Miles Kemp 21:42 9 Uriah Smith 21:52 10 Daniel Hagge 21:59 11 Aaron Jackson* 22:26 13 Bonnie Sherman* 22:48 16 Kali Federwisch* 23:05 25 Alex Ceja* 24:30