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Little Big Town 5K: Running for Riley

Leader Photos by Jack Walker  It's all smiles at the start of the Fun RunBuy Photo
Leader Photos by Jack Walker It's all smiles at the start of the Fun Run
Leader Photos by Jack Walker  Coach Miller Family: Kaelyn, Brayden, Ryleigh, Coach Mikeal Miller and wife Denise came to run for RileyBuy Photo
Leader Photos by Jack Walker Coach Miller Family: Kaelyn, Brayden, Ryleigh, Coach Mikeal Miller and wife Denise came to run for Riley
Leader Photos by Jack Walker  Molly McQuirk, first among the ladiesBuy Photo
Leader Photos by Jack Walker Molly McQuirk, first among the ladies
Leader Photos by Jack Walker  Dawn and Cheyenne MotleyBuy Photo
Leader Photos by Jack Walker Dawn and Cheyenne Motley
Leader Photos by Jack Walker  VA Girls- Emma Moreno, Brooke Robertson, Maddie HornBuy Photo
Leader Photos by Jack Walker VA Girls- Emma Moreno, Brooke Robertson, Maddie Horn
Leader Photos by Jack Walker  Robbie Seagroves and Doug Farris of HoweBuy Photo
Leader Photos by Jack Walker Robbie Seagroves and Doug Farris of Howe

Nearly 800 runners took to the streets of Van Alstyne on May 3 to compete in the sixth annual Little Big Town 5K and one-mile fun run.

With proceeds benefiting the Riley Sprowl family, some serious and other not-so-serious runners battled the heat and punishing hills of our town for some friendly competition.

Some of the more spirited battles we witnessed included the closing sprint of Van Alstyne High School athletic director and head football coach Mikeal Miller as he overtook Luke Haker in the final yards of the 5K.

In another, former Van Alstyne basketball standout Jace Williamson most likely allowed his wife Lexie to edge him at the finish as she had the better time.

Sherman High School distance standout Sam Dick was the first finisher in the 5k with a winning time of 18:26.3.

Molly McQuirk finished first among the females, running the hilly course in 20:56.5.

Doug Farris led a large Howe contingent, finishing second just 10 seconds behind the winner with a time of 18:36.2.

Ladies Masters winner was Julie Murray, also of Howe, with a time of 27:08.6. Masters winner among the men was Mark Dick who finished the course in 21:45.1

Complete results of the race can be found at Race Chip Timing.

Top Five by Age Groups

Female 1-14

Emily Hanna

Rachel Greve

Emma Morgan

Kennedy Tanner

Emmye Purser

15-19

Kambri Gabel

Hannah Taylor

Emma Moreno

Raigan Servati

Callie Dunkerson

20-29

Kati Murdock

Casey Thrash

Taylor New

Cecilly Darwin

Cheyenne Motley

30-39

Shanna Howell

Augustina Hernandez

Rachel Sevirino

Jenny Carson

Chrystal Parker

40-49

Vadra Underwood

Melissa Richerson

Linda Mazerolle

Paula Joie

Michelle Hughes

50-59

Julie Murray

Jo Williamson

Dale Lopez

Dawn Motley

Sara Price

60+

Priscilla Josselyn

Carolyn Dotson

Joy Stevens

Vicky Guess

Randy Ekbert

Top Five Males

1-14

Judson Greer

Chicken Morris

Bryce Sevirino

Jake Carroll

Kenny Bibb

15-19

Jacob Taylor

Grayson Leinhart

Joey Jackson

Carter Morgan

Jake Haker

20-29

Doug Farris

Grayson Keppler

Tyler Nicholes

Ian Reutelhuber

Kevin Sheppard

30-39

Kyle Timm

Mikeal Miller

Jeff Tomlin

Jeremy Bibb

Derek Redmond

40-49

Steve McQuirk

Jeff Hood

Robbie Seagroves

Damon Leinhart

Buddy Duncan

50-59

Mark Dick

Honorio Cruz

Glenn Bryant

Ronald Logsdon

Steven Byrd

60+

Glenn Bailey

Rick New

Joe Nedley

Steve Ekberg

James Bib