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Teen soccer player, veteran marathoner win at Apple Festival 5K


ELYRIA — Josh Lewis of Elyria and Columbia Station’s Julie McCarthy had different reasons for running Sunday’s ninth annual Elyria Apple Festival 5K.

They had the same reason to be happy afterward though: winning.

Lewis, 14, an Elyria High soccer player and kicker on the football team, won the men’s title in a time of 19 minutes, eight seconds. The 42-year-old McCarthy was the class of the women’s field in a time of 21:08.

Lewis pulled away from Elyria’s Dave Woodard (19:28) at 1.25 miles as the pair exited Cascade Park. Jerry Chizmar (19:39), Elyria High associate principal and former athletic director, was third.

“I didn’t seriously train for it because of soccer and football,” said Lewis, a 5:07 miler. “But I am a runner. I hate losing. I’ve been a runner since I was age 11 of 12 and ran track for Northwood in seventh and eighth grade. I plan to run track in the spring.”

It was Lewis’ second career win. He also won the Run for Help 5K at Bur Oak Pavilion in 17:56 on June 30.

“Homecoming was last night so I was a little tired,” Lewis said. “I didn’t go to bed until around midnight.”

Sunday was Woodard’s road race debut.

“I’ve been running three to four miles a day for the last couple of years,” said Woodard, 28, an industrial maintenance mechanic for Ross Incineration Services in Grafton. “Some co-workers were the ones that talked me into doing this.

Today was a great experience. I learned that I can compete in things like this.”

Woodard was all-conference in golf and played basketball and soccer in high school at Black Hawk Christian in Fort Wayne, Ind. He grew up in Elyria and attended Elyria First Baptist before moving to Fort Wayne.

A veteran of 21 marathons, McCarthy used the Apple Fest race to work on regaining her speed. She suffered a tear in her left Achilles tendon two years ago.

“My times aren’t the same as they were before the Achilles tear,” said McCarthy, an environmental specialist for the Ohio EPA. “I ran 16 miles (Saturday) so my legs were kind of tired. I’ve registered for the Boston Marathon in April, but I’m on the fence as to whether I’m going to do it or not. ... That Achilles tear really set me back. It’s taken me a long time.”

McCarthy ran the Anchorage Marathon in 3:23:20 in June.

“I had just come off the night shift when I ran that one,” said McCarthy, a 1988 Columbia High graduate and former Raiders track athlete. “I volunteer in Stewart, Alaska.”

A total of 146 runners participated in the event, which started and finished at Northwood Middle School.


Overall: 1. Josh Lewis, age 14 (Elyria), 19:08; 2. Dave Woodard, 28 (Elyria), 19:28; 3. Jerry Chizmar, 46 (Elyria), 19:39; 4. Thomas March, (Elyria), 20:04; 5. Brett Wieber, 36 (Avon), 20:08.

Age group results

9 and younger: 1. Collin Barrett; 2. Brendan Barrett. 10-13: 1. Elijah Newman; 2. Noah Hoefs; 3. Andrew Lewis. 14-18: 1. Joe Schtscherbak; 2. Nathan Marks; 3. Kevin Grau. 19-24: 1. Keith Novarese; 2. Jordan Johnson. 25-29: 1. Dave Smith; 2. Mike Gregor. 30-34: 1. Chad Heuser; 2. Erik Breunig; 3. Chris Collins. 35-39: 1. Xavier Eagle; 2. Jeremy Kline; 3. Jason Newman. 40-44: 1. Brad Perkins; 2. Jason Hendricks; 3. Scott Koba-Nelson. 45-49: 1. Bill Robb; 2. Tim Stephens; 3. Jeff Paddock. 50-54: 1. Paul Heyse; 2. Kurt Roth. 55-59: 1. Paul Norrod; 2. Joe Gensert. 60-64: 1. Joe Gensert; 2. Dave Marciniak; 3. Lennart Huttgram. 65 and older: 1. Gen DeGiau; 2. Angel Rivera; 3. Jack Secrist.


Overall: 1. Julie McCarthy, 42 (Columbia Station), 21:08; 2. Sarah Gensert, 26 (Elyria), 24:35; 3. Courtney Maddock, 20 (Elyria), 24:43; 4. Natalie Barkacs, 29 (Elyria), 24:58; 5. Pamela March (Elyria), 25:00

Age group results

10-13: 1. Emily Nemeth; 2. Sabrina Johnson; 3. Amy Nemeth. 14-18: 1. Angela Urig; 2. Julia Plumb; 3. Dominique Martes. 19-24: 1. Briquelle March; 2. Kathlyn Wilbert; 3. Kelsi Long. 25-29: 1. Lindsey Grooms; 2. Heather (no last name recorded); 3. Kari Jarrett. 30-34: 1. Liz Fox; 2. Jessi Kirsh; 3. Mary Rhoads. 35-39: 1. Renee Barrett; 2. Jennifer Karbler; 3. Laura Schramm. 40-44: 1. Darlene Spishak; 2. Laura Ward; 3. Angela Minnillo. 45-49: 1. Kim LeMaster; 2. Heather deCab; 3. Maggie Agost. 50-54: 1. Carol Newman; 2. Audrey Kaspar. 55-59: 1. Wendy Long; 2. Roxanna Hayes; 3. Bobbie Scherer. 60-64: 1. Pati Habenicht; 2. Linda Dull. 65 and older: 1. Jeanne Sikorski; 2. Marilyn Olsen; 3. Kathleen Secrist.

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