The temperature at Woodward Park was still in double digits in the high 80s when about 100 runners started the 2017 Father’s Day 6-mile run at about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.
However, a longer course (runners ran at least 10 kilometers, or 6.2 miles) and a brutal sun had its impact on the eighth of a scheduled 14-race Valley Runner of the Year series.
Overall leader Steven Waite padded his lead by winning the race in 36 minutes, 38.6 seconds in the 20-point race. Unofficially, Waite has 134 points.
Series runner-up Jesús Campos, who raced for the first time in three weeks, was 4½ minutes behind in third place (41:09.9). Campos has won four of the series races. Campos is unofficially second in the series standings with 104 points.
J.K. Lundberg took second with a time of 39:00.5. Lundberg is unofficially third in the series with 92 points. No one else has more than 35 points.
In the women’s series, María E. Rodríguez of Dinuba added to here lead despite finishing third overall in the women’s race with a time of 48:16.7. She has an unofficial total of 149 points, ahead of Amanda Whitten (113 points). Whitten placed fourth among the women in 52:04.7.
Eighteen-year-old Lauren Simonian of Clovis won the women’s race in 45:35.8, while Erin Spencer of Fresno was second in 47:38.5.
In the men’s master (ages 40-49), Brian Thomas of Clovis added to his lead (170 points, unofficially) with a 15th-place time of 49:23.7.
Lemoore’s Víctor Meléndez slipped into second (89 points, unofficially) with a time of 51:47.
In the women’s master division, Beth Bridges of Clovis added to her lead (124 points, unofficially) despite a slow time of 1:01:51.6.
Michelle Nessling of Clovis is second with 106 points, while Helen Bedolla of Reedley is third (94 points, unofficially). Bedolla finished in 1:03:58.1.
In the men’s masters (50 and over), Daniel Meyer of Fresno picked up some valuable points with an eighth-place finish of 46:14.5. He now has 108 points.
Keith Jackson of Fresno continues to lead with 120 points after a 16th-place finish of 50:26.2.
In the women’s master division, Julia Johnson of Reedley has practically locked another title after finishing in 57 minutes. She has unofficially 171 points. The maximum possible points is 180.
The next series race is the Miguel Reyes Memorial Run, a 5-kilometer race, July 29 at Woodward Park. It is a 10-point race.
Fresno’s Eric Loveland won the men’s 2-mile race (11:08.9), while Amy Campbell of Salinas won the women’s race in 15:01.3.