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Oct. 01, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

Students dominate ROCK Pride Inauguration Race

Slippery Rock University’s “ROCK Pride Inauguration Fun Run/Walk” proved SRU students are fast. They took the top six spots for overall men and women runners.

The Sept. 22 race, co-sponsored by BHS FastERcare and the SRU Wellness Committee, raised more than $4,500 for the newly created Norton Undergraduate Research Scholarship at SRU. The event kicked off a weeklong celebration of Cheryl Norton’s inauguration as SRU’s 16th president.

Nearly 230 participants crossed the finish line for the on-campus race that began and ended at the Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

The top three Winners, in various categories were:

Overall Men:

1. Chris Grooms, a secondary education major from Butler, with a time of 15:50;

2. Brock Adams, a computer science major from Rochester; 17:05; and

3. Dylan Klein, an undeclared major from North East, 17:47.

Overall Women:

1. Erin Miller, an exercise science major from Elizabethtown, with a time of 19:46;

2. Becky Searight, a therapeutic recreation major from Philadelphia, 20:23; and

3. Angela Grazier, an exercise science major from Valencia, 20:59.

In the Top Male Masters category, Larry Breitenstein, assistant professor of public health and social work, posted a time of 24:58, and in the Top Female Masters category, Pearl Shaffer, associate director of alumni engagement, posted a time of 27:59.

Jon Holtz, SRU assistant director of sports information, served as race director. Lending a hand were Jeff Lynn, associate professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences, Karen Perry, assistant director of campus recreation, Greg Sferra, director of campus recreation, Randy Nichols, associate professor of physical education, and Nicholas McIntire, constituent services and database assurance manager for advancement services.

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