St. Bernard recently hosted the 5th Annual Oktoberfest 5K with 36 schools attending. Over 758 runners completed the course which includes 46 in the Open 5K race.
The weather was a bit cloudy and a few sprinkles were felt during the early morning hours; but sunshine prevailed bringing the morning to just the right temperature for running.
The day ‘s festivities started with the annual open 5k with many local runners and several from out of town taking part. The overall male winner was Coach Trent Dean of Cullman with a time of 18:06. Dr. Eric Fillinger of Cullman 2nd (also masters winner ) 19:15 and Matt Huddleston of Cullman was 3rd 19:42 SBP 8th grader Marshall Rosenhoover was 6th place (21:04). Caley Dean (Trent’s wife) was the overall female winner (21:21) Caitlin Muncher was 2nd (21:28) and former SBP teacher Lisa Rawlings was 3rd (22:03) Monica Muncher from the Huntsville area was the female (over 40) masters winner (27:39) St. Bernard Middle School Science teacher, Martha Wells was the 2nd place finisher among female masters runners (31:54).
In middle school competition the top five female runners were: Zoe Evans of Randolph School (15:18.69); Adi Burns, of Florence High School (15:44.72); Eva Barck of St. Bernard Prep (15:50.18); Katherine Hunter of Randolph School (15:58.72); and Tiffany Lodge of Fairview High School (16:09.64).
Results of the female 3200 meter competition placed Randolph first; Cullman second, and Florence finished with third place.
Top five male runners in the middle school division were: Matthew Phillips of Randolph School (13:10.21); Luke Welborn of Randolph School (13:17.51); Tucker Franey of Cullman (13:17.94); Logan Murphree of Fairview (13:52.47); and Jon Danford of Arab (13:56.10).
Cullman took the top honors in the Middle School male division followed by St. Bernard Prep. Randolph finished third.
In the high school 1A-3A female division, St. Bernard’s ladies took advantage of home trails taking five of the top ten finisher spots. Logan Ayers of St. Bernard crossed the finish line first with a time of (19:58.53) followed by teammate Leahrose Mami (20:28.47); Autumn East of Coosa Christian (20:35.65); Bailey Steadman of Hatton (20:37:47); and Jaden Edge of St. Bernard (20:42.04).
The top five runners in the 1A-3A male division were as follows: Paul Richardson of Whitesburg Christian (17:14.48); Steven Mami of St. Bernard Prep (17:39.30); Brett Roden of Pisgah High School (17:57.26); John Smith of Pisgah (17:57.45) and Colt Montgomery of Hatton (18:00.85).
4A-6A Division Female top five runners were: Keira Larson of Buckhorn (19:54.92) followed by Lawrence County High School Runners Lexie Burfield (20:15.10); Duranna Thomas (20:28.63); Laura Bennett (20:28.63), and Maggie Graham (20:45.41).
Lawrence County finished the competition with first place in the female division followed by Pope John Paul II, and Arab High School.
The top five spots in the 4A-6A Division Male competition went to Grissom High Schools Anthony Wells (16:20.18) and Cameron Thomas (16:36.81). Eshan King (16:39.08) of Randolph School took third; followed by Caleb Lipsey (16:44.25)of Lawrence County and Braxton Linder (16:44.94)of Florence High School.
Lawrence County took first place in the overall competition. Grissom claimed the second spot , and Buckhorn High School came in third place.
“It was our largest Oktoberfest Invitational to date with 758 finishers in the seven races. The competition was intense but good sportsmanship was exhibited by the runners and spectators alike. There were many positive comment made about the beauty of the campus, the organization of the event and the overall festive atmosphere.” Coach Calvert said.
School President, Fr. Joel Martin said each school should be very proud of their athletic representatives, and invites all runners to participate in the 2nd Annual Half Marathon on Saturday, March 8, 2014; and the 30th Annual Bloomin’ Festival 5K on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at St. Bernard.