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July 5, 2014

Heyerly paces Russell runners at Summer Motion 10K

ASHLAND — For the second time in three years, Jacob Heyerly mastered the road course at the 24th annual Summer Motion 10K race Saturday morning.

With a field of 122 running in near perfect weather conditions, Heyerly set the early pace as the runners made the turn onto Winchester Avenue.

Heyerly stretched his lead around the five-mile mark but had to hold off a serious push from second-place finisher Joshua Holley of Lesage, West Virginia.

“I knew the guy behind me was there,” Heyerly said. “It was hard to keep my lead and push myself to get the time that I wanted.”

The Russell cross country and track star crossed the finish line in front of the Ashland Public Library with a time of 38:50.

Heyerly was satisfied with his time even after spending too much time the night before enjoying the Summer Motion festivities.

“I’m pleased with my time," Heyerly said. “Two years ago I won this with a time of 37:30 but last night was Fourth of July and I was up late watching fireworks.”Russell was well represented in the field. Heyerly’s young teammate, 14-year old Jax Downs, finished fourth overall. Russell cross country coach Chuck Cantrell finished sixth and Lee Evans, the Red Devils track coach, was in 12th place.

“We are all real competitive,” Heyerly said. “Jax is young and fast. I want to see him beat my times when he gets older.”

“He is a true leader. He does everything you ask him to do,” Cantrell said of Heyerly. “He practices what he preaches during a run. He sets a good example for the young kids.”

Cantrell has been a runner all his life and enjoys a little friendly competition from his runners.

“I am very competitive,” Cantrell said. “If I can beat them, I’m going to beat them.”

Heyerly will continue his running career this fall at Queens University in Charlotte.

Amy Rendell finished in first place in the women’s division with a time of 43:49, good for 15th overall. Rendell celebrated with her husband Jodie and her three children — Katelynn 7, Loryn 5, and Boden 3.

Rendell also starred on the Russell track and cross country team and ran in the Boston Marathon this year.

“I haven’t trained much since running in Boston,” Rendell said. “I was a little slower than last year.”

The 13th Street bridge was back in play after a one-year hiatus due to construction after a truck struck a steel beam.

"I like the bridge,” Rendell said. “It is scenic and it adds something different.”

“It is hard when you go over the river but its also fun getting that downhill run on the way back," Heyerly said. "I don’t think the bridge is that bad."

Holley won the family division medal for the third consecutive year with his father, Scottie, who finished in seventh place.

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