"Hot day, hot times"
June 11, 2008 · Updated 4:29 PM
"Patrick Hunley, a 16-year-old from Silverdale, was the men's overall winner in the 1-mile race July 29 during the Whale of A Run, which started and finished on Silverdale Way.The races, in conjunction with the Whaling Days celebration, drew 427 runners for races of 1 and 4 miles Saturday morning. There also were a pledge walk and kids' dashes, all conducted prior to the Whaling Days parade.No course records were threatened in either race as temperatures soared even for the 9 a.m. starting time. Hunley's winning time of 5 minutes, 2 seconds was well off the mark of 4:36 belonging to Tacoman Lee Petty.Fourteen-year-old Kelly Clifford of Federal Way won the women's 1-mile race with a time of 6:09.A pair of Port Orchard runners - Tim Barkdoll and Natalie Rasmussen - won the 4-mile titles. Barkdoll, 32, covered the course in 20:16, while Rasmussen, who will be a senior at South Kitsap High School this fall, finished in 24:40.Rasmussen edged Haley Acre, a 1999 Olympic High graduate who just completed her freshman year at Cornell University. Acre finished just three seconds back at 24:43. The top four finishers in the women's 16-18 age group all were from SK or Olympic - Rasmussen, Acre, third-place Julia Corbett of Oly and fourth-place Emily Picinich of South.Still another Olympic runner, Megan Walker-Richards, took third in the girls 13-15 category, and Central Kitsap alum Susan Pevovar - fresh off her freshman soccer season at Carnegie Mellon - was second among 19-29 year-olds.In the men's 4-mile race, CK product Jeff Driscoll, who now runs for Central Washington University, topped the 19-29 age group, finishing in 20:24. Christian Walker-Richards and Phil Borrelli, both representing Olympic, were 1-3 on the 16-18 list. Klahowya cross country coach Marty Krafcik topped the men's 30-39 field.In the 1-mile event, current Central Kitsap runner Erin Jensen won the 16-18 age group, her 6:17 clocking edging King's West's Lindsey Redfern by 5 seconds. Recent CK graduate Starlet Jacobs won the 19-29 competition.On the men's side, Scott Johnson was the closest finisher to Hunley, winning the 39-39 age group with a 5:09 mark."