Chico Track Club wins 46th DeCelle Relay
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – As the DeCelle Memorial Relay nears its 50th birthday, runners can expect more than the captivating Lake Tahoe scenery.
They can almost always count on the Chico Track Club winning the country’s oldest relay race.
CTC won for the third straight year last Saturday, completing the 72-mile race around the lake in 6 hours, 49 minutes and 47 seconds. Coming in a distant second was the West Valley Track Club in 7:19:55 and claiming third was the College Park Falcons High School team in 7:40:25.
More than 100 seven-member teams completed the 46th relay around the lake, which started and finished at the “Y.” Team member were responsible for 8- to 12-mile legs.
“We love putting on this relay. I think we have the best participants in all of racing,” said race director April DeCelle.
Twelve of the 119 teams represented Lake Tahoe. Leading the local entries was Double Whammy, which finished 28th in 9:35:31.
Team members included Eric Rhodes, Adam Wilson, Colleen Dalton, Andrew Baird, Sean Sweeney, Dolores Fabregas and Kelli Mittrucker.
Other locals teams finishing were The Carpe Diems, 40th, 10:22:01; Girlson the Run, 43rd, 10:24:36; Team Sierra-at-Tahoe Trekkers (Kristi Bray, Megan Waskiewicz, Shelly Bailey, Julie Molesworth, Anne Aaron, Becky Hursh and Dawn Sitchon), 45th, 10:27.15; 7 Wonders, 57th, 10:39:99; Embassy Suites II, 60th, 10:42:57; Embassy Suites I, 64th, 10:55:47; Early Girlies (Nicole Cleaves, Kim Ilvento, Christina Proctor, Cheryl Cannon, Anita Castle, Diana Evans and Michelle Hirschfield), 65th, 11:00:20; Moms on the Run (Kathy Haven, Jen Trew, Shaina Lucas, Mary Wagner, Jeanette Riva, Janae Ballinghorn and Jody Hall), 81st, 11:34:12; Battle Born, 92nd, 11:49:48; Venus Envy (Julia Russell, Samantha Fried, Mechel Henry, Julie Lucksinger, Jenny Kossman, Mary Langolia and Denise Pillsbury), 93rd, 11:52:02; and South Shore Slackers (Laurel Sorensen, Shannon Beril, Marta Rivera, Carrie Carrett, Kelly Neiger, Corinne Kane and Heather Lalone), 117th, 13:10:29.