General Running

February 27, 2010

Carpet Capital Running Club Banquet: Banquet is a time for accolades

— The Carpet Capital Running Club banquet, postponed for a month due to earlier inclement weather, went off without a hitch Saturday night at The Engine Room.

Club members received 2009 awards for various runners of the year in age categories. Also, The Daily Citizen’s All-Area Cross Country Team was honored for the first time.

In the midst of the accolades observed by some 100 people, the organization’s charity endeavors were focused.   

“Last year, we managed 12 races,” said outgoing president David Sanders. “We raised almost $110,000 for local charities. This next year, the club will have probably between 11 and 13 races.”

Awards’ recipients included:

MALE — Overall: Adam Dodson; Junior: Walt Douglas, first; Omar Lopez, second; Adult: Ben Palmer, first; John Windom, second; Masters: David Moghani, first; Patrick Douglas, second; Senior: Randall Godwin, first; Terry Strawser, second; Elder Statesman: Doug Hawley, first; Frank Patterson, second.

FEMALE — Overall: Holly Kimsey. Junior: Kim Jade Wycherley; Adult: Ali Donahue, first; Jenny Godwin, second; Masters; Janice Wycherley; Senior: Pam Bearden.

Rick and Sally Little were honored as recipients of the first Woody and Elaine Cornwell Volunteers of the Year. The Cornwells now live in Newberry, S.C., but attended the banquet. They served the club several times as president and set the standard for volunteer work.

The Daily Citizen’s All-Area cross country members, who were selected last fall, included Carina Nieto (Runner of the Year), Bekah Houston, Meral Henton and Paxton Plunkett, Dalton; and Melissa Ortiz, Southeast Whitfield. Honorable Mention: Natalie Williams and Shelby Wilson, Northwest Whitfield.

On the boys team were Andrew Bruner (Runner of the Year) and Christian Pineda, Dalton; Josue Limas, Southeast Whitfield; Isaac Pacheco, North Murray; and Josh Stanley, Murray County. Honorable Mention: Fernando Morales, Dalton; and Jordan Jones, Northwest Whitfield.

All club members and cross country recipients received jackets with their names on them. Patrick Douglas coordinated overall activity.

Daniel Parson was installed as the club’s new president.

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