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School Success Off And Running
Runners of all ages take off at the start of the SOS run/walk 5K race on March 24 in front of Cloverland Elementary School. There were 360 registrants for this years event. - photo by Dawn M. Henley/The Leader

The third annual SOS (Support Oakdale Schools) Fun Run/Walk event brought out runners and walkers of all ages to raise money for schools in Oakdale on Saturday, March 24. SOS committee member Stacey Aprile reported that there were 360 race registrants this year for the 1-mile and 5K event that wound its way through the neighborhood streets of Oakdale, starting and finishing at Cloverland Elementary School.

SOS proceeds go to the Oakdale Educational Foundation (OEF) to be distributed in the form of teacher grants to support students in the classroom.

“It was a wonderful event made possible with many community volunteers. Generous community members sponsored 50 students by covering their registration cost,” Aprile said. “We raised about $10,000 for Oakdale students through OEF teacher grants…and the event was made possible through generous sponsors who donated money and materials.”
Below are race results for first place runners with names spelled as provided.

Overall winners

One mile: male – Efren Martinez; female – Lexi Halsey.

5k: male – Efren Martinez; female – Stara Visser.

One mile first place males by age

0-8 – Caden Frazee; 9-12 – Westen Wright; 13-15 – Raul Plascencia; 16-19 – Mario Jimenez; 20s – Kevin Gonzales; 30s – Johnny Deardorf; 40s – Efren Martinez; 50s – Mark Montgomery; 60s – James Curtis; 70s – John Utne; 80s – Joe LoBianco.

One mile first place females by age

0-8 years – Morgan Merzon; 9-12 – Madison Deardorf; 13-15 – Lexi Halsey; 16-19 – Jennie Siemsen; 20s – Danielle Petroni; 30s – Davina Diebner; 40s – Michelle Goodreau; 50s – Cheryl Vierra; 60s – Donna Wallace.

5K first place males by age

0-8 – Simon Appel; 9-12 – Nathan Richarson; 13-15 – Andrew Howard; 16-19 – Mario Jimenez; 20s – Kevin Gonzales; 30s – Esteban Zapien; 40s – Efren Martinez; 50s – Ned Anderson; 60s – Don Harris; 80s – Joe LoBianco.

5K first place females by age

0-8 – Morgan Merzon; 9-12 – Grace Verdegaal; 13-15 – Kyla Novotny; 16-19 – Jennie Siemsen; 20s – Niki Simoncini; 30s – Stara Visser; 40s – Jackie Gazdik; 50s – Gloria McKaughan.