More than 400 runners and walkers gathered for the 2017 Stan Jones and Caleb Barnwell Memorial Huckleberry Run on Saturday, July 1, after the event resumed this year following a one year hiatus.
When it was all said and done - through a high humidity run, which included at least one wayward copperhead snake - former Kansas High School and current Rogers State University runner Seth Whittington came in first with a time of 16 minutes and 35 seconds.
"It is a nice course. I it is pretty flat to run on for the most part. It is fun to come back home and run," said Whittington. "I went out pretty hard today but then I start breathing all the humidity and I slowed down my pace a little bit."
Travis Wickliffe was second over all with a time of 17:33.
"It was a great race," said Wickliffe from Tahlequah. "I came out little slower because of the humidity. It was a pretty even pace for me until close to the end then it started getting to me."
Spencer Londagin from Grove came in third overall with a time of 18:16.
Suriyah Fish from Tahlequah was the top female finisher and sixth overall with time of 19:39. She was first place in the 20 to 24 year old division.
"It was a great race. I got my best on it today," said Fish.
Adair's Jamie Cousatte was the second place finisher in the women's division and she finished seventh overall.
"It was humid and it was hot but a lot of fun," said Cousatte, who also finished second among the females and seventh overall. "It was fun finishing her on the track in front of all the spectators. And I will definitely come back next year."
Broken Arrow's Amyu Alexander was third in the women's division and eighth overall.
"I run for Oklahoma Sports and Fitness. This is the first time for me to run the race. I had a personal record today," said Alexander. "I love running around the track and the great support. It was a lot of fun."
In the women's division Jacey Birkenfield from Adair was first in the 8 and under division while Lillyan Allen from Jay was eighth the same division.
Yo Fish from Moody was the winner in the 9 to 12 year old female division while Laynie Nichols from Claremore was first in the 13 to 15 year old female division. Jay's Lexie Farley was second in the 13 to 15 year old division, while fellow Jay students Alexa Duncan, Leann Bell and Tabetha Jackson were fifth to seventh, respectively.
Arizona Hummingbird of Coweta was the winner in the 16 to 19 year old division while Fish took the 20 to 24 year old division. Former Kansas Lady Comet basketball player Kelsey Barnwell won the gold medal in the same division.
Talisa Budder from Salina was the top runner in the 25 to 29 division, Chandra Kingfisher from Tahlequah won the gold in the 30 to 34 year females while Alexander was tops in the 35 to 39 years old and Cousette in the next age category 40-44.
Kimberly Fish from Tahlequah took the gold in the 50 to 54 with Jay's Cindy Tuder taking the gold. Lenette Russel of Spavinaw won the 55 to 59 age group with Debbie Creekmore of Grove taking third.
Gold medal winner in the 60 to 64 age group was Cathy Hill of Stilwell with Ann Miesner the top runner in the 65 to 69 and Ruth An Schroeder from Leavenwood, Kansas in 70 to 74 with Joretta Duncan of Grove edging Barbara Brown-Scott taking the top honors in the 80 to 98 age group.
Evan Nofire from Stilwell won the 8 and under male runner's division with Rylan Nofire first in the next division 9 to 12 year olds.
Grant Dishman, from Bixby, had the best time in the 13 to 15 year old males, Jay's Bailey Allen in the 16 to 19 year old males. Whittington and Londagin one and two in the 20 to 24 year old males and Wickliffe winning the next age group 25 to 29.
Michael Gray of Eucha won the 30 to 34 year age group. Norman's Michael Tupper won the 35 to 39 with Jay's Rob Thompson from Jay getting the bronze.
In the 40 to 44 year age group Kevin Marteney of Olathe, Kansas won the gold medal Aaron Levi from Coweta the same in the 45 to 49.
Grove's Rick Miller won the 50 to 54 age group edging out Colcord's Clint Copeland for the gold medal. Derby. Kansas Matt Bickhard was the top runner in the 5 to 59 age group, Jack Hatzenbuehler the tops in the 60 to 64.
Harley Dishroon of Hulbert won the gold in the 65 to 69 with Jerry Creekmore of Grove the silver. David Gill of Muskogee edged Charles Odle of Kansas in the 70 to 74 year old men. Maurice Markwardt of Tulsa won the gold medal in the 75 to 79.