At age 51 Cathy DuBay is over the hill.And the next hill.And the one after that.Before anyone else.While it’s true that DuBay can’t zip around the Spring Lake 2-mile cross country course as fast as when she was 30 (11:32, 3rd-best all-time) or when she was 45 (12:34, 3rd-best master all-time), her 12:44 effort this year gave her a 45-second victory in the 29th Annual Viking Opener Alumni Cross Country 2-Miler on September 29.And the Piner HS grad (class of ’82) also broke the women’s 50+ all-time mark, set by Ukiah’s Holly Enzler in 2013, by an amazing 58 seconds.
Eva Stuart, Santa Rosa ’09, was the runner up this year, leading her group of Panther alumni to a 2nd-place team finish.One of her SRHS coaches, Carrie Joseph (Centerville ’88, Ohio) came through the finish next, winning the women’s 40-49 division just ahead of Lower 47 Mix teammate Karen Teuscher (Central Kitsap ’94, Washington) as that team claimed top honors.Empire Runner Tori Meredith (Branham ’75, San Jose) took second among the 50-and-over set and ninth overall.Nancy Clary (San Rafael ’81) finished 4thoverall and claimed a spot on the all-time masters list at 13th with her 13:59.Leona Bratcher (Piner ’79) put her name on the all-time 50+ list in 17th with a 17:46.
Youth would be served in the men’s race as Healdsburg High’s Vojta Ripa (class of ’08) ran away to a 24-second margin of victory, finishing in 10:49.The home team celebrated a second place individual finish and masters title for Jason Selby (Montgomery ’93), who is now 15th-best ever for that division with his 11:13.Jaime Silva (Piner ’13) took 3rd place, outkicking Empire Runner Gerald McCormick (Sela ’01, Washington) by one second.The next two finishers were from the team Marin County Mix, Matt DeShazo (San Marin ’01, Novato) and Brad O’Brien (Terra Linda ’80, San Rafael) setting the stage for the team title.O’Brien was the top 50-59 finisher, tying his all-time #2 mark in that division set two years ago at 11:31.
Although brothers Jeff (’00) and Chris Gardina (’03) for Piner HS took 11th and 13th, respectively, senior runner Andy Howard (Novato ’79) came in 15th to knot up the team score a t 27 apiece for Marin County and Piner HS.The tie-breaker went to Marin County when Travis Reder (Novato ’13) finished 19th, far ahead of Piner #4, Quy Tran.Montgomery’s men took 3rd, just 3 points back.
Besides O’Brien’s repeat performance in his 50-59 division, the most impressive run of the day was by fellow senior runner Tim Wallen (Ukiah ’81) who finished just one second back in 7th place and earned the #3 all-time mark for men in that group.Another who notched a spot on an all-time list was Brian McSweeny (Holy Trinity, New Jersey) who ran 14:38 and is now the 11-fastest 60+ runner in this event’s history.