Ohio State Student Wins Women’s 5K

By BUBBA KAPRAL

5:51 pm Saturday, May 26, 2018

WHEELING — Running in front of the home folks. That was the motivation for Molly Brown in the 42nd annual Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic Saturday morning.
Brown is a Grove City, Ohio resident. She competed in the Friendly City so she could run in front of her grandparents — Kenny and Joanne Burkhart of Wheeling.
She made them quite proud.
Brown toured the 3.1-mile course in 20:21.7 to capture the women’s 5K crown in warm conditions featuring a crowded field.
“I come to Wheeling so my grandparents can watch me run,” the Ohio State University student said. “I enjoying running here but it was a little warm today.
“I have been running about 60 miles a week. In Columbus it is primarily flat and you don’t have hills like we have here in Wheeling. I am very excited and proud to win here. I thought I could run a little faster time but winning makes it very nice. It is a great event.”
The 21-year-old is pursuing a civil engineering degree at Ohio State.
Making Brown’s triumph even more impressive is the person she had to beat to gain the crown.
Tina Seech is a regular at the Ogden Classic. She also entered the talent-stocked event as the reigning two-time champion in the 5K portion.
Brown relegated Seech to runner-up honors this time around. The 56-year-old running standout clocked in at 20.44.8. Her winning time last year was 21:11 in misty and cool conditions.
“The heat was a factor and there was only one-water station on the course. I like to stay more hydrated than that,” Seech said. “My training has been good. I have been doing 50-60 miles a week.
“I am happy with my time. (Brown) ran a very good race,” the Upper St. Clair resident said. “I have been coming here for about 10 years. I love Wheeling. I will be coming back next year.”
Seech is a medical billing specialist. She gets her rigorous workout in before she hits the office.
“I am an early riser. I get my training in at 4 a.m. every day. I am able to get a better workout in that way. It’s a great way to start the day.”
Madison Fogle of Bridgeport placed third with a 22:38.4 clocking. Brenda Lucas of Toronto was fourth on the strength of her 24:12.1 reading.
The women’s 5K field was comprised of more than 100 competitors, a large spike from last year’s total of 68.

Race News

Proceeds from Ogden Half Marathon Classic To Benefit Wheeling’s Gold Star Memorial

WHEELING –Proceeds from the 2019 Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic will be donated toward a tribute to the region’s Gold Star families that sacrificed a loved one for the nation’s freedom. Plans currently are being made to construct a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at Wheeling’s Veterans Memorial Amphitheater later this year. John Nanny, chairman of the Hershel “Woody” Williams Scholarship Foundation, said receiving ...

Perfect Day for the 42nd Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic

The 42nd running of the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic was another successful event as the weather cooperated, the numbers were up and the overall winner will be putting his earnings toward a good cause. Bryan Morseman broke the tape at a time of 1:14.01.5, easily claiming the event in his first running of the race. Morseman has won a number of races with almost all his earnings going to help medical bills for his son, ...

Energy Fuels The Youngest In Race

WHEELING — The youngest participants in the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic have so much energy they don’t need to train. “He makes daddy chase him every day,” said Ed Sparks, of Wheeling. His son, Jaece, was one of three 6-year-olds registered Saturday for the 5K race. Twins Nicole and Nathan Spangler, of Moundsville, also participated in the 5K race along with their mother, Jill Spangler, a registered dietician at Wheeling ...

MORE RACE NEWS