Spector, Tollefson win Run to Feed the Hungry titles

Nicholas Spector crosses the finish line to win the Run to Feed the Hungry 10K in Sacramento, Thursday Nov 24, 2016. photo by Brian Baer
Nicholas Spector crosses the finish line to win the Run to Feed the Hungry 10K in Sacramento, Thursday Nov 24, 2016. photo by Brian Baer Brian Baer/Special to The Bee

Nicholas Spector, a former collegiate runner now living in Sonoma, won the Run to Feed the Hungry 10-kilometer race by 5 seconds over ultradistance runner Tim Tollefson this morning in Sacramento.

Spector, 24, ran the 6.2-mile course in 31 minutes, 22 seconds. He was an All-American at Soka University in Aliso Viejo and ran one year at Chico State. Tollefson, a Mammoth Lakes runner who used to reside in Placer County, finished in 31:27.

Lindsay Tollefson, Tim’s wife, won the women’s 10K in 36:30. The Tollefsons both ran at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Feburary.

Stacey Worthen, 43, was the first women’s masters runner in 40:55, sixth overall.

On the men’s side, Mike Styczynski, 34, of Roseville finished third in 32:39. Chris Knorzer, 47, of Rocklin, was the top men’s masters runner in 33:00, fifth overall.

Conditions were ideal for racing, in the low 40s with little wind. The event set a record with more than 29,000 participants in the two races combined.

5K men’s results

The Run to Feed the Hungry 5K has become something of a showdown between young runners who once competed for local high schools.

Timo Goehler, 26, who ran with the University of Portland cross-country team that finished 13th at the NCAA Division I Championships last weekend, won the men’s 5K race in 15:06. He finished nine seconds ahead of Edward Chance, a 19-year-old standout who ran for Del Campo High School and now competes for St. Mary’s College.

Finishing third in 15:27 was Chriss Grimble, 23, who ran for John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento and Fresno State University. Logan Stahl, 21, a former American River College and Roseville High School runner who competes for Eastern Washington University, was fourth in the same time.

The top masters runner was Gary Blanco, 48, in 16:19. He edged out Knorzer, who doubled back in the 5K and finished in the same time.

5K women’s results

Lauren LaRocco, a newly minted NCAA cross country All-American at last weekend’s Division I Championships, won the women’s 5K in 16:35. She edged out elite middle-distance runner Lauren Wallace, a 26-year-old UC Davis graduate who finished in 16:43.

LaRocco, 20, runs for the University of Portland and placed 29th at the national championships. She is from Sacramento, where she competed for St. Francis High School.

Erika Barr, 22, a former UC Davis runner, finished third in 17:04.

The top masters runner was Midori Sperandeo, 50, of Folsom, in 18:13. Sperandeo has qualified multiple times in the past for the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials.

Kevin Yamamura: 916-326-5548, @kyamamura

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