The photo may look like she has sprouted wings and an extra pair of legs, but it is just CRR Jo Baird’s strong and determined finishing kick, as YoUDee—the University of Delaware mascot—peers over her shoulder while she finishes the UD Homecoming 5K last Wednesday. Baird was the second overall finisher and top woman, crossing the line in 18:44.
CRR Bruce Weber trailed Baird by just seven seconds, clocking a 18:51 in third place as the top master’s runner. CRR Bill Rose finished 13th overall and took third in the 50-59 age group with a 20:32. CRR Doug Repetti took second place among the 65-69s in 25:21.
CRR Anja Leefeldt took first in the 40-49 age group in 25:29, less than three seconds off the finishing time of the woman who took the top master’s place. (Leefeldt’s chip time was actually three seconds faster than the top master’s chip time, meaning she’ll have to get closer to the starting line in the future.) CRR Becky George took third in the 50-59 age group in 26:34.
Great results for Baird, who was training for the Marine Corps Marathon, and for many of the other Creek Road Runner women at this race. CRR Christine Schultz even raced in her UD-colored Homecoming tutu!