For the third straight year, a North Hall cross country runner took the overall title in the annual Trinity Trot 5K race, held Saturday in Oakwood.
Reese Walker from North Hall High School (17:28) won in the male category. Two-time defending champ Nolan Clark of the Trojans was on a recruiting trip and unable to run this year. The overall female winner was Karen Wallace of Buckhead (19:56), who ran in the race for the first time.
The event is sponsored by McEver Road United Methodist Church in Oakwood and is a sanctioned "Run and See Georgia" race. This year the race was dedicated to Ron Shay, a loyal supporter of the race, and the McEver Road United Methodist Men. Shay passed away this year after a long struggle with cancer.
Connie Steinmann ranked first in the 15-19 age group with a time of 21:41. For the 15-19 boys, Matthew Johnson finished first with a time of 17:40.
The 20-24 group winners were Lauren Malden and Dan Peters, with Bethany Griggs and Doug Steiner ranking first in the 25-29 group.
The 30-36 winners were Fabiano Esquenage and Nathan Wallace.
In the 14 and under category, Anna Dent placed first with Jimmy Gault taking the win for the boys.
The 35-39 age group was taken by Jenny Dent and Scott Unnold.
Kelly Schoenberg and Keith Langsford won the 40-44 age group.
The 45-49 category was won by Diane Shagatt and Marlon Fleeman,
Nancy Woods and Bo Ryles took the 52-54 category, followed by Sherri Lunsford and Roger Keel in first place in the 55-59.
The 60-64 first place winners were Helen Kuhn and Ken Brown, and the 70-74 age group was won by Darryl Worley.
Following the 5K race was the "Fun Run," a one-mile race for children under 12. In the one mile, Anna Dent placed first with a 7:48. In the boys category, Grant Manning won with an 8:16 time. Dent won the one mile after running the 5K and winning her age group in that, the 14-and-under girls category.
There were more than 100 runners this year.