BY NEAL RIEMENSCHNEIDER
Berryville, V--Saturday January 17 dawned sunny but that was the only thing good about that morning! The temperature at the start of the Treasure Three Miler was a brisk three degrees and if you toss in the 10 mph breeze (which would have been welcome in July!) you had a wind chill in the sub-zero range.
But these tough weather conditions didnt deter 80 hardy souls from participating in this race which was held at the Clarke County High School (Go Eagles!) and headed out to the park where it made a loop on the par course and returned to the school and finished on the track.
A pair of 24-year-olds, Justin Fritzius and Chris Scheaffer who train together, linked up at the uttering of the G word and waged a spirited battle for first place. Running shoulder-to-shoulder the whole race, Fritzius put in a surge when they hit the track that Scheaffer could not cover. Fritzius stopped the clock first at 16:47 while Sheaffer finished a scant two seconds later. Taking the top Masters spot was Brad Rippey who ran 18:05 good for 6th overall.
The womens race had no such drama as Michelle Van Horn took the lead at the gun and was never pressed as she took the victory in 20:24. Finishing a distant second was Meg Roque (21:23) while Tracey Black (22:15) took third and finished as the first female Masters.
Kudos must go out to the four hardy souls who ran the race IN SHORTS! They were: Charles Bowles, Jim Shaughnessy, Robert Gurtler, and this author. Hey, once we got going, it wasnt too bad!