Velasco and Snyder win 10K, Higa and Malone win 5K at Run to the Beat

KOLOA – Princeville’s Robert Malone and Koloa’s Maureen Higa were overall winners of the 5-kilometer run and Lihue’s Daniel Velasco and Koloa’s Janet Snyder were the first to finish the 10-kilometer run at the annual “Run to the Beat 5K/10K” meet, held by the American Lung Association Sunday in Koloa.

Malone won the overall male competition in the 5K race, finishing in 18 minutes, 18 seconds. The Princeville resident edged Hanalei’s Scott Olson, who finished in 19 minutes, 17 seconds. Clyde Weddell of Koloa was third overall with the time of 20.13.

Higa won the overall female 5K race over second place finisher Melissa Hall by two minutes. Higa finished in 23 minutes, 21 seconds, while Lihue’s Hall finished in 25 minutes, 30 seconds. Kalaheo’s Kimberly Busch was neck-to-neck with Hall, finishing in 25 minutes and 37 seconds.

Velasco edged Koloa’s Doug Rasmussen to win the 10K race. The Lihue resident finished in the time of 39 minutes, 51 seconds. Rasmussen finished in 39 minutes, 51 seconds. Mario Rosa, an Island School student who had won the final Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation Cross Country 3-mile boy’s race the day before, was third overall in the 10K, finishing in 40 minutes and 57 seconds.

Koloa’s Janet Snyder won the overall female 10K race in 43 minutes, 39 seconds. Kapa’a’s Patti Jennings (45:46) was second, and Kalaheo’s Denise Morrison (49:08) was third.

Full results for the race will be printed in Thursday’s TGI edition.

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