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More than 160 individuals compete in annual Prineville Fourth of July fundraiser

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - From left to right Jesica Hicks, Rene Stemmerman, Sophia Rider, Baylie Thompson and K.J. Thompson leave the starting line for the John Marsh Memorial 5K. The race was part of the Splash N' Dash event that starts at the Prineville Swimming Pool each Fourth of July. Jason Colquhoun won the 5K with a time of 19:45.68. The annual Splash N' Dash event is in the books, and it was one to remember.

"I thought it went great," said race organizer and Crook County High School Track & Field head coach Ernie Brooks. "We had a great turnout. Our volunteers were awesome and our sponsors absolutely rocked it."

Although race organizers don't promote records or worry too much about times, the four-person team Redeeming the Time broke the course record for the quadrathlon at this year's event, finishing the 500-meter swim, 13-mile bike, 1.5-mile kayak and 4-mile run in a time of 1:25.33.

"The team that set the course record, they upset Lethal Dose," Brooks said. "It was pretty darned close. Both teams brought in ringers to help. They are the top of the top and trying to get the best time, so it was fun to see. We don't worry about records, but they were pretty pumped and they did a great job."

Lethal Dose finished in fourth place overall with a time of 1:32:23.04. Sandwiched in between were a pair of solo competitors. Kevin Brown finished second overall with a time of 1:26:23.28, while Travis Neuman was third in 1:29:23.41.

Other teams straggled across the finish line with Three Beauties and A Beast, the last team to finish taking 2:27:55.92 to complete the challenging course.

"Having some fast teams was good for the Splash N' Dash because it promotes competition," Brooks said. "But it was a little spread out this year. We had a little bit of everything. Especially with the kids teams, we don't worry about you can only have four competitors. This is a fun fundraiser where people are able to get out and have fun and earn your burger later on."

The triathlon, which featured a 500-meter swim, 13-mile bike and four-mile run was won by the Carne Family, which finished with a time of 1:06:20.62. Second place was Hard AF, but Still Cute with a time of 1:08:36.87.

The first individual to finish was Danny Cecchini with a time of 1:16:50.36, while Connor Chaney was close behind with a time of 1:17:01.32.

Bob Trautner was the winner, and only finisher in the duathlon, completing the 13-mile bike and four-mile run in a time of 1:28:59.56.

In the John Marsh Memorial 5K, Jason Colquhoun ran away from the field to win in a time of 19:45.68. Liam Powers finished second in 20:38.72, while Ron Deems was third in 20:42.37.

The first woman to cross the finish line was Maggie Powers, who took fourth overall with a time of 21:06.23.

Although the Splash N' Dash is a fundraiser for the Crook County High School track & field team, LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Rachel Wendt-Chaney swims the opening leg of the Splash N' Dash on Thursday, July 4. More than 160 athletes competed in this year's event, which included a quadrathlon, triathlon, biathlon and 5K run.Brooks said that it was important that the team learns to give back to the community. Consequently a portion of the proceeds is set aside each year to help support worthy causes in the community.

This year, the race gave some funds to the family of Bristol Hagen, a three-and-a-half month old, who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Funds were also donated to the family of Sadie Bennett, who recently underwent a heart transplant.

"That's the cool thing about being able to raise funds," Brooks said. "You know what, we have been blessed. We have things for our track program that we want to get, but the bigger picture is helping out the community because they help us out all the time. Just that servitude attitude, that's what we want."

This year's event had 163 participants and more than 60 volunteers.

Although the Splash N' Dash went well, Brooks noted that there is always room for improvement.

"The big thing is our volunteers," he said. "We met the day after the Splash N' Dash for about two hours and we looked at how we can make it better. Every year it gets better and better. It gets easier because we have the same people coming back to help year in and year out — dedication and willingness to assist. It's awesome to have."

Splash N'Dash

Thursday, July 4

Quadrathlon — 1. Redeeming the Time, 1:25:20.33. 2. Kevin Brown, 1:26:23.28. 3. Travis Neuman, 1:29:23.41. 4. Lethal Doswe, 1:32:23.04. 5. Tate Metcalf, 1:40:16.81. 6. We Just Want to Have Fun, 1:41:28.08. 7. Ronan Feely, 1:42:53.90. 8. Nathan Yuma, 1:43:21.92. 9. Jordan Reecher, 1:44:05.54. 10. Are We There Yet, 1:44:09.33. 11. Jonas Rice, 1:47:13.28. 12. Kyle Westfall, 1:48:17.59. 13. Radar Fixott, 1:49:27.82. 14. Kadens Angels, 1:51.37.35. 15. The Fast and The Curious, 1:53:55.27. 16. Swift Justice, 1:55:24.69. 17. Rebound, 1:56:16.78. 18. The Regulators, 2:00:55.13. 19. The Salty Pretzels, 2:01:14.25. 20. Jake Schwab, 2:12:46.81. 21. Keeping Up With The Joneses, 2:19:03.56. 22. Three Beauties and A Beast, 2:27:55.92. Joseph Oehlschlaeger, DNF. The Underdogs, DNF. Forced Family Fun, DNF. Aimee Metcalf, DNF. Caleb and Cayden, DNF. Soph Ladies, DNF. Ashtyn Binder, DNF. Elijah Becker, DNF. Petra Becker, DNF.

Triathlon — 1. Carne Family, 1:067:26.62. 2. Hard AF, but still cute, 1:08:36.87. 3. Danny Cecchini, 1:16:50.36. 4. Connor Chaney, 1:17:01.32. 5. Tonya Koopman, 1:27:43.52. 6. Missin' Matchers, 1:29:40.81. 7. Brigette Bird, 1:42:36.31. 8. Fast & Loose, 1:42:57.72. 9. Fanny Hollingshead, 1:44:58.02. 10. Gary Goodman, 2:02:41.60. 11. Ochoco Old Growth, 2:14:07.12. Classy Lassies, DNF. Jackie Cohen, DNF. Dylan Wood, DNF. Angela Tye, DNF. Joshwa Kuchenmeister, DNF.

Biathlon — 1. Bob Trautner, 1:28:59.56. Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train, DNF.

John Marsh Memorial 5K — 1. Jason Colquhoun, 19:45.68. 2. Liam Powers, 20:38.72. 3. Ron Deems, 20:42.37. 4. Maggie Powers, 21:06.23. 5. Rod Thompson, 22:09.45. 6. Mark Koopman, 24:10.16. 7. Matt Litteral, 24:23.81. 8. Jared Thompson, 24:46.55. 9. Kyle Haswell, 25:30.42. 10. K.J. Thompson, 26:03.76. 11. Mason Brown, 26:14.20. 12. Maddy Booster, 26:15.38. 13. Elizabeth Bates, 27:42.74. 14. Baylie Thompson, 27:49.38. 15. Alanna Brasher, 27:50.00. 16. Brandon Brasher, 27:50.68. 17. Shannon Rider, 27:57.25. 18. Janice Neuman, 28:28.84. 19. Betsy Cully, 29:06.95. 20. Jesica Hicks, 29:32.49. 21. Kersey Booster, 30:04.01. 22. Conner Booster, 30:04.70. 23. Kim Morgan, 31:09.08. 24. Rene Stemmerman, 31:28.57. 25. Sophia Rider, 32:24.90. 26. Matt Rider, 32:25.75. 28. Jess Mumm, 40:27.62. 29. Jason Mumm, 40:34.40. 30. Kalina Larkin, 49:36.85. 31. Ginie Hugie, 50:57.61. 32. Kimberly Thompson, 1:00:25.91. Melody Williamson, DNF. Karissa Williamson, DNF. Julie Whitton, DNF. Kelsey Wells, DNF. Rachel Lester, DNF.


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