Rector First Overall In First SIRC-it 5K
By Mike Perleberg
(St. Leon, Ind.) – Aurora’s Joe Rector won’t be able to repeat as the champion of the Southeast Indiana Racing Circuit, but that didn’t stop the distance runner from taking first place overall at the Trojan Trot 5K in St. Leon on Saturday.
The 3.1 mile race is the first in the annual SIRC-it series of five races in five weeks.
Rector, 18, won the race against 165 competitors by completing the course in 17:40, about 22 seconds ahead of second-place Brad Barry, 21, of Sunman. Third place went to Justine Noppert, 38, of Lawrenceburg, at 18:12.
Among the women, defending female SIRC-it champion Lisa Andi, 32, of West Harrison, was the top performer at 19:08. Andi was followed by Megan McGraw, 35, of Scottsdale, Arizona, at 21:40 and Sarah Oehlman, 21, of Guilford, at 21:57.
Full Trojan Trot 5K results by runners, walkers, age divisions, and overall are available online at www.stuartroadracing.com.
While Andi may repeat as a SIRC-it champion if her success continues through the next four races, Rector will only appear in up to two more of the participating 5Ks. SIRC-it organizer Greg Stuart told Eagle 99.3 that Rector’s college program – he’s now a member of the Hanover College cross country team – limits how many races he can run.
The next stop for runners looking for the SIRC-it overall championship is the Lakeside 5K at Franklin County High School in Brookville on Saturday, July 19 at 8:30 a.m. Registration details are again at www.stuartroadracing.com/sirc.html.
Proceeds from each SIRC-it race benefit the host school’s cross country program.