MOREHEAD CITY — A strong headwind Saturday couldn’t keep two 30th annual Lookout Rotary Spring Road Race winners from improving upon last year’s time.

Steven Hensley, 26, of Bristol, Va. won the half marathon in 1 hour, 23 minutes and 30 seconds, while Atlantic Beach’s Heidi Tucker, 41, won the female division with an overall fourth-place time of 1:31:41. Both improved their podium spots and their overall times this year.

Hensley was the first runner to cross the finish line off the 13.1-mile course that took participants from “Port to Fort” and back from Fort Macon to downtown Morehead City. He was the first of many to mention the headwind that plagued runners who traversed the bridge.

“Temperature-wise, it was perfect out there,” Hensley said. “But it was a little windy coming back from the fort. It got pretty tough on the bridge. Once you made it over the bridge, though, it was smooth sailing.”

Hensley placed third overall last year with a time of 1:25:41.

“I have some family here in Beaufort, and I try to come down every spring,” he said “We have a cousin getting married this weekend, so it was a good time to come run the race again.”

Tucker is another repeat runner in the longtime race, including last year when she finished fourth overall and second in the female division with a time of 1:31:49.

“It was the same thing as last year,” Tucker said. “I felt good until the turnaround. It’s a beautiful course all the way down, and then you turn around and hit that headwind the whole way back. It’s a grinder, but it was a good race. I look at this as my race to kick off the year.”

Hensley and Tucker were two of 94 finishers in the half marathon. The race broke a six-year record with just over 400 registrants this spring, surpassing the old watermark of 355 in 2013. On Saturday there were 147 finishers in the 5K and 65 in the “Run for Healthy Living” fifth-grade 1-mile race.

“I thought (on Friday) we would go over that mark (400),” race director Chris Barnes said. “As of (Friday) before pre-packet pickup, we were at 383. I think it helped that it’s perfect weather. I even had to keep my jacket on for the first few hours. It’s much preferred than it being too hot.”

Spectators and runners alike enjoyed temperatures that began in the low 60s when the half marathon started at 7:30 a.m. and rose to the low 70s by the time the half marathon awards ceremony began at 10.

Tommy Neeson, 50, of Virginia Beach placed second in the half marathon with a time of 1:27:26, while Randy Villalta, 37, of Durham was third in 1:27:47.

After Tucker, 20-year-old Amy Johnston of Woodbridge, Va. was the next-fastest female finisher with a 20th-place time of 1:47:34. Rachel McIntyre, 26, of Graham placed 24th overall and third in the division with a 1:51:02 clocking.

Runners in the 5K had to contend with high school cross country athletes Ariana Wolkerstorfer of West Carteret and Shawn Huffman of Pamlico County, both winners of their divisions.

Huffman, 16, of Grantsboro barely edged out Ryan Miranda for first place in 20:13. The two runners were neck-and-neck down the finish before Huffman crossed the finish line first.

“That last 800 meters, I could tell he was catching up, so I had to really dig in,” Huffman said. “I was pretty tired after coming over the bridge the second time, but I was able to get it done.”

Huffman attended the race with his cross country coach  Paul Delamar who finished 11th overall in the half marathon with a 1:43:11 clocking. Miranda, 24, of Greenville placed second in 20:14, while Daniel Beltran, 17, of Grantsboro finished third in 20:36.

Wolkerstorfer, 16, of Newport finished seventh overall with a 21:42 clocking. The West junior came into the race motivated for the upcoming fall cross country season.

“It’s my first time doing a race outside of cross country,” Wolkerstorfer said. “I’m going to be a senior, and I’m trying to get a full ride (to college), so I wanted to get a head-start on getting under 18 or 19 (minutes). I figure I can run races all summer, so that by the time the fall gets here, I’m set.”

Wolkerstorfer added, “It felt great out there. The weather is beautiful. I woke up this morning and knew it was perfect running weather, other than that headwind coming back maybe.”

Pauline Juhl, 38, of Morehead City placed second in the female division and ninth overall with a time of 23:22, while Carly Silverthorne, 30, of Atlantic Beach placed 11th overall and third in the division with a 23:48 clocking.

The half marathoners were the first to take off from the start line Saturday, but it was the 1-mile finishers who came through first. The “Run for Healthy Living” 1-mile is a race that features fifth-graders from elementary schools across the county.

Riley Robinson of White Oak Elementary won the race in 6:17, while Tyler Thorpe of Bogue Sound finished second in 6:29, and Riley Hogan of White Oak placed third in 6:39.

Alexis Tripp of Bogue Sound Elementary clocked the fastest time for a female, 6:58, to finish seventh overall. Emily Matthews of White Oak placed second in the division and 10th overall with a time of 7:06, while Nadia Wilt of White Oak placed 14th overall and third in the division at 7:19.

Both winners took back to their school a $500 check to benefit their respective P.E. program, sponsored by the Morehead City medical community.

Here are results of the race:

2019 Lookout Rotary Spring Road Race

Half Marathon

Female

Overall: 1, Heidi Tucker, 1:31:41; 2, Amy Johnston, 1:47:34; 3, Rachel McIntyre, 1:51:02.

19-and-under: 1, Molly O’Donnell, 2:50:12.  

20-24: 1, Lucinda Chiu, 1:53:52; 2, Lindsey Osborne, 2:01:13; 3, Miriam Grace Mayo, 2:01:27.

25-29: 1, Abigail Hanks Goerk, 1:53:13; 2, Meredith Abernathy, 1:56:30; 3, Andrea Moskowitz, 1:59:59.

30-34: 1, Jennifer Scott, 1:52:06; 2, Michele Glowacki, 1:54:01; 3, Andra Hillebrand, 2:01:47.

35-39: 1, Allison Weisbrod, 1:59:07; 2, Heather Judy, 1:59:26; 3, Anna Simmons, 2:00:40.

40-44: 1, Elizabeth Slaughter, 2:03:34; 2, Jacqui Degan, 2:13:04; 3, Valarie Yoemans, 2:26:31.

45-49: 1, Colleen Lhota, 1:57:47; 2, Claudia Rose, 2:02:27; 3, Wendy Castilleja, 2:02:39.

50-54: 1, Ashley Verwoerdt, 2:13:48; 2, Janay Serlick, 2:30:09; 3, Annette Landry, 2:35:33.

55-59: None.

60-64: 1, Kathy Marcheselli, 2:10:15; 2, Gina Ingraham, 2:29:58; 3, Robin Anderson, 2:44:22.

65-69: None.

70-and-over: None.

Male

Overall: 1, Steven Hensley, 1:23:30; 2, Tommy Neeson, 1:27:26; 3, Randy Villalta, 1:27:47.

19-and-under: 1, Ben Hanestad, 1:54:46; 2, Nicky Lombreglia, 2:08:00.

20-24: None.

25-29: 1, Cameron Nicholson, 1:44:39; 2, Stuart Philpott, 1:44:53; 3, Riley Hawkins, 1:53:03.

30-34: 1, Matt Vacca, 1:39:35; 2, Christian Budeshefsky, 1:43:08; 3, Eamon Kromka, 1:47:31.

35-39: 1, Joshua Blanchard, 1:35:49; 2, Mitch Gay, 1:41:41; 3, Dylan Armknecht, 1:42:00.

40-44: 1, Paul Delamar, 1:43:11; 2, Kelly Rouse, 1:43:28; 3, Derrick Pate, 1:46:58.

45-49: 1, Danny Rozek, 1:49:20; 2, Eric Dougherty, 1:53:17; 3, Tim McKoy, 2:02:11.

50-54: 1, Thad McLaurin, 1:51:49; 2, Shannon Adams, 1:58:39; 3, Danny Dixon, 1:59:20.

55-59: 1, William Vornheder, 1:36:31; 2, Glen Stasiak, 1:46:31; 3, David Philpott, 1:58:12.

60-64: 1, Art Klose, 2:02:52.

65-69: 1, Ken Williams, 1:53:55; 2, Ted Bales, 2:11:18.

70-and-over: 1, Warren Cheves, 2:46:17.

5K

Female

Overall: 1, Ariana Wolkerstorfer, 21:42; 2, Pauline Juhl, 23:22; 3, Carly Silverthorne, 23:48.

9-10: None.

11-12: 1, Alexandria Strickland, 33:34.

13-15: 1, Brianna Mintz, 30:13; 2, Anne Jackson, 35:09.

16-19: 1, Mikayla Yager, 30:07.

20-24: 1, Claire Kelly, 28:17; 2, Kelly Dobroski, 28:46.

25-29: 1, Margaret Frenzel, 26:44; 2, Madison Maxwell, 28:33.

30-34: 1, Catherine Farley, 25:07; 2, Molly Gallo, 27:12.

35-39: 1, Laura Eynon-Way, 24:21; 2, Maketa Colbert, 24:55.

40-44: 1,  Stephanie Carter, 26:43; 2, Elizabeth Eynon-Way, 31:19.

45-49: 1, Kim Hanson, 27:28; 2, Kerri Riso, 27:28.

50-54: 1, Evelyn Register, 26:01; 2, Susie Henry, 28:23.

55-59: 1, Betsy Hoaglund, 28:40; 2, Debora Wright, 29:23.

60-64: 1, Jeanette Curtis, 41:02; 2, Lou Ann Taylor, 51:23.

65-69: 1, Alice Weisbrod, 41:27; 2, Pamela Rush, 42:33.

70-and-over: 1, Lorraine Davidson, 26:11; 2, Kathleen Falandys, 54:25.

Male

Overall: 1, Shawn Huffman, 20:13; 2, Ryan Miranda, 20:14; 3, Daniel Beltran, 20:36.

9-10: None.

11-12: None.

13-15: 1, Billy Strickland, 24:46; 2, Isaac Strickland, 35:03.

16-19: 1, Rockie Sievers, 21:41; 2, Nyre Mattocks, 24:53.

20-24: 1, Zachery Gamblin, 55:44.

25-29: 1 Harrison Farley, 24:44; 2, Jeremy Wilson, 26:22.

30-34: 1, Danny Long, 21:42; 2, Will Farley, 29:06.

35-39: 1, Greg Reichert, 24:31; 2, Nick Wilson, 24:42.

40-44: 1, Tyson Schock, 26:32.

45-49: 1, Michael Carr, 24:16; 2, Robert Burgie, 28:26.

50-54: 1, Steve Tulevech, 21:06; 2, Craig Lands, 26:11.

55-59: 1, Thomas Ishee, 21:53; 2, Brian Dorn, 27:52.

60-64: 1, Joey Anderson, 23:33; 2, Gary Davis, 37:01.

65-69: 1, Kit Boone, 27:09; 2, Patrick Keough, 27:31.

70-and-over: 1, Ronnie Davenport, 33:06; 2, Jerry Eickholt, 36:30.

“Run for Healthy Living” 1-Mile

Female

Overall: 1, Alexis Tripp, 6:58; 2, Emily Matthews, 7:06; 3, Nadia Wilt, 7:19; 4, Skyler Bordeaux, 7:21; 5, Maddie Sutton, 7:34; 6, Neely McMannen, 7:34; 7, Kayleigh Heden, 7:35; 8, Giada Melbard, 7:48; 9, Kaylee Forcier, 7:55; 10, Paige Hanson, 7:55; 11, Elizabeth Jeronimo-Ovand, 7:56; 12, Mern Garner, 7:56; 13, Liliann Garaux, 8:00; 14, Hannah Buchan, 8:17; 15, Sofia Biedenbach, 8:25; 16, Emily Gray, 8:48; 17, Aaliyah Bryant, 8:53; 18, Hailey Sargent, 9:10; 19, Miranda Brooks-Gomez, 9:41; 20, Karsen Holland, 9:48; 21, Lillyan Steward, 9:53; 22, Hannah Parker, 10:11; 23, Juliana Long, 10:25; 24, Denna Newkirk, 10:27; 25, Vanessa Bowers, 12:37.

Male

Overall: 1, Riley Robinson, 6:17; 2, Tyler Thorpe, 6:29; 3, Riley Hogan, 6:39; 4, Mason Napier, 6:43; 5, Walt Slater, 6:43; 6, Morgan Majors, 6:55; 7, Evan Jones, 6:58; 8, D’Jobrien Murray, 7:05; 9, Hunter Galloway, 7:10; 10, Aiden Combs, 7:10; 11, Harrison Mayse, 7:17; 12, Eli Jenkins, 7:20; 13, Jack Varble, 7:25; 14, Parker Yates, 7:29; 15, Isaac Beach, 7:32; 16, Cooper Cooke, 7:34; 17, Adyn Troup, 7:39; 18, M. Conner Powell, 7:42; 19, Clay Michels, 7:56; 20, Ashton Kirkland, 8:01; 21, Cameron Pittner, 8:02; 22, Jaxson Wianecki, 8:03; 23, Richie Walker, 8:08; 24, Thomas Hartman, 8:10; 25, Edwin Sprinkle, 8:10; 26, Christian Dehoyas, 8:11; 27, Ethan Smith, 8:12; 28, Jason Michalowicz, 8:15; 29, Stephen Ward, 8:28; 30, Sanchez Andres, 8:31; 31, William Reyes-Mar, 8:44; 32, Hunter Trumble, 8:50; 33, Hayden Harris, 9:12; 34, Thomas Hamilton, 9:14; 35, Sean Coyne, 9:17; 36, Garrett Forbes, 9:35; 37, Peyton Edwrads, 9:36; 38, Brody Murphy-Canto, 11:12; 39, Charlie Douglas, 11:44; 40, Hudson White, 12:54.

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