Bright and early: Stevens runs away with HellCat victory

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Matthew Stevens ran 10 kilometers long before most had their first cup of coffee last Saturday.

The 36-year-old runner from Jacksonville won the 10K portion of the HellCat run at the Military Museum of North Florida.

“This is a fantastic course,” Stevens said after being clocked at 40 minutes, 46 seconds. “I liked the variety. You had gravel, off road, pavement – a little of everything.”

HellCat race director Chris Rodatz combined his two passions into one event – running and the military. Since he was proficient in running, shooting and swimming, he was one of 20 in the nation to train for the Olympics in the Military Pentathlon in 1968.

Saturday morning’s run featured 10K, 30K and 50K levels. The starting gun for the 10K fired at 7 a.m.

Michelle Krueger was first among the women in the 10K event. Her winning time was 44:14.

Michael Morales (42:42) finished second in the men’s 10K, followed by Xander Kean (43:18) in third. Monica Showers (49:46)) was second in the women’s 10K, edging Kasey Crossley (49:50).

Jennifer Borgio won the 30K at 2 hours, 49 minutes, 35 seconds. She was more than 12 seconds ahead of the first man, Max Neumayer (2:59:08).

Ginny McFall (3:04:49) was second among the women runners, while Joanna Tunnicliffe (3:09:44) was third.

Dave Goldstein (3:05:09) was second in the men’s division, followed by Tony Hanneken (3:07:40) was third.

For the second year in a row, Joel Rich easily won the 50K run at 3 hours, 59 minutes, 23 seconds. Steven Kellett (4:47:32) was second, followed by Brent Gibson (5:02:07) was third.

Lauren McMillen (5:02:39) was seventh overall in the 50K and first among the women runners. Brittany Harrison (5:10:46) was second, while Stacy Bovinet (5:24:20) was third.

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