Tingelstad, Ribich race to wins at Hafer Run
ENTERPRISE — A record turnout of runners faced cool temperatures at the annual Amy Hafer Run in Enterprise Saturday morning.
Recent Enterprise High School graduate David Ribich, who will run track and cross country for Western Oregon University this fall, won the men’s 5k in a time of 16 minutes, 43 seconds.
This was his first time on the Amy Hafer Course, but he said it’s part of his regular training regimen.Ribich called Western Oregon track and field coach Mike Johnson for advice.
“He said to race at 90 percent and to race it as if you could race it again tomorrow,” Ribich said.
Isabelle Tinglestad, an incoming Joseph High School sophomore, won the Women’s 5k. Tinglestad qualified for the 1A state cross country meet in the fall of 2013 and ran the 1,500 and 3,000 at the state track meet in May.
“I felt pretty good,” said Tinglestad. “I wasn’t out of breath and could have gone faster.”
She said right now she’s running to stay in shape, but will start training with teammates later this summer.
John Green, an incoming college sophomore at Chapman College in California and former Enterprise High School track and cross country runner, is home for the summer working as a U.S. Forest Service wildland fire figther. Running, he said, is part of the crew’s regular physical training. He and incoming Enterprise High School Senior Rocky Davidson ran the 5k, Davidson placed third and Green placed fifth in the men’s overall standings.
Tim Vandervlugt of La Grande placed second overall for the men. “It was a pretty hard course.” Vandervlugt returns next week for the Lostine River Run and will face Ribich again, this time in the 10k.
Aaron Maxwell of Joseph won the Men’s 10k race in 39:52. He said, “I don’t generally like to run on roads.” Maxwell runs ultramarathons and mountain races, completing a 40-mile race in McCall Ida. last summer.
Krista Stangel, formerly of Enterprise and an OSU graduate who ran cross country for the Division 1 school, was the second 10k finisher and the top woman, in a time of 45:52.
The top finisher in the 1-mile race was Morgan Shaw, 9, who finished in 6:37. Zac Knapp, 9, was the top male in the 1-mile race with a time of 7:38.
The races are open to all ages. Candyn Weer, age 6 ran with her father Jeff, and sister Lilly, age 4, ran with Mother Maria. Candyn, a first-grade student said she likes to run. Maria Weer said Lilly Weer, “Had some extra zoom at the end.”
Organizer Stacy Green, the Wallowa Health Care District’s director said, “This was our biggest year ever with 205 runners.”
Green said the Center for Wellness had a team of 28, honoring former co-worker Sharon Spriggs-Flanders who died this spring of cancer.