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Introduction - explains how the records are organized, as well as other aspects of the data.

Runners of the Year - the selections are based on performances by Kansas residents competing in races on certified courses.

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Kansas Runners of the Year - Introduction

The runner-of-the-year selections are based solely on performances by Kansas residents competing in races on certified courses in Kansas.

The selections are based on performances through 2016, in large part thanks to records maintained over the years by Millard (Jack) Crook, a veteran Wichita-area runner and record-keeper.

We welcome your comments and may revise some selections based on those comments if we have overlooked deserving runners. (Your comments may be published on the website.)

Generally, we give more weight to performances in the Open division and at the 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon distances, which historically have been the most competitive.

We also give priority to a series of excellent performances at a range of distances in a given year over a single outstanding performance. These selections were made in early 2017, and with the benefit of hindsight, we give priority to records that have stood the test of time.

We also consider age-graded percentages based on the tables published by World Masters Athletes, but these are not absolutely determinative. We believe that competitive records and a wide range of performances are more important.

We know that some Kansas runners have won or placed in national and international competition, and we would consider that as supplemental information where available.

An important trend has been the increase in talented older runners, particularly women, which is reflected in the runners of the year. On the other hand, many of the open records and top times have stood for decades. We hope this will encourage runners of all ages to seek out competitive races on certified courses and challenge the records. And we hope that race directors will continue to certify their courses, administer the races in a professional manner, and provide incentives to bring together competitive fields.

All rankings and records as noted in the comments are through 2016.

Dick Lipsey and Gene Wee
August 2017

Runners of the Year: 2015-2016

All individual times that meet or better the listed "Target Time" established for each age group and distance, will be listed in the state Honor Roll files. However, these Target Times (abbreviated T.T.) are subject to being updated from time to time to stay in line with changes in the World Masters Athletics published factors for each distance and age within that distance.

2015

Photo of Sheryl Drevo.Sheryl Drevo of Goddard had one of the most dominating years in memory, setting age-group 70-74 records at six distances from one mile to 15K and recording the second-best time at 10 miles, behind her own record from 2014.

She now holds the top two age-group times at one mile, two miles, and at least the top five times at 5K. (We don’t retain individual records beyond the five best.) She also ran the second- and third-best all-time at four miles, after her own record from 2014, and ran the second-best 8K of all time behind her own record. She also broke the previous 10K record by more than eight minutes and set an age-group record at 15K at the Goddard Tiger Trot.
If the 70-74 records were somewhat soft before, they aren’t any longer.

2016

Photo of Joe Moore.Two of the state’s oldest records fell by the wayside within a week this year.

Joe Moore of Manhattan ran 14:16 for 5K at the MHK Turkey Trot in Manhattan to break Fred Torneden’s 14:35 from 1985. In the process, Moore also surpassed the top four out-of-state runners, including the 14:17 nonresident record set by Irish Olympian Noel Berkeley in 1992.

Moore also had the year’s best open mile time of 4:17, set at the aided Poyntz mile in Manhattan; ran 30:06 for 10K for the only open 10K qualifying time in 2016; qualified for the honor roll at the Lake Atwood 10-mile; and ran an aided 1:04:08 at the Bill Snyder half-marathon in Manhattan for the year’s best time at that distance.
His 10K time is the fifth-best all-time by a Kansas resident and the best by a Kansas runner in 22 years except for his own 29:48 in 2014.
Moore also ran an honor roll qualifying time at the Wicked Half-Marathon in Wamego.

Honorable Mention:

Deborah Torneden ran 39:59 at the Easter Sun Run 10K to set an age-group 55-59 record by more than five and one-half minutes. She also recorded the second-fastest 10K all-time.

Chris Burnett of Wichita took down another of Fred Torneden’s long-standing records, his 50:00 10-mile record from the 1983 Lake Atwood. Burnett ran 49:24 at the Wichita Turkey Trot to set the Kansas resident record. He trails only 5,000-meter Olympic finalist Jon Sinclair and Australian international runner Andrew Letherby.
Burnett also ran an honor roll qualifying time at the Prairie Fire Spring Half-Marathon.

Runners of the Year: 2010-2014

2010

Dennis SmithhislerDennis Smithhisler, of Wichita, set three records in the 45-49 age group that still stand as of 2017. His 26:16 8K at Wichita Inspire Hope broke the 27-year-old record by Clyde Davidson of Emporia. He ran 32:58 for 10K at the Easter Sun Run to break Steve Riley’s record from 2000, and his 1:11:16 at the Wichita Half-Marathon also broke Riley’s almost 10-year-old record. All three performances scored at the 87% level or better on the World Masters Athletics age-graded tables.

Honorable Mention:
Barbara Holzman, of Wichita, set an age-group 55-59 record of 1:15:56 for 10 miles at the Wichita Turkey Trot, breaking Trudy Calloway’s record set at the same event in 2004. She also ran 1:42:26 at the Prairie Fire Half-Marathon to break Sheryl Drevo’s 10-year-old Kansas-resident record.

2011

Keith Long.Keith Long, of Beaumont, had one of the most dominating years ever, setting records at four distances in the 50-54 age group, two of which stand as of 2017, with times that scored from 87% to better than 91% on the WMA charts. His 16:39 at the Wichita Dream Big 5K broke Jeff Berven’s 14-year-old record, and his 21:39 at the Derby Firecracker four-mile broke another of Berven’s records. He ran 28:06 for 8K, second only to Berven’s age-group record, and he ran 57:57 for 10 miles to break the record set by Tony Estes, who had taken down another of Berven’s records. Finally, he ran 1:16:33 at the Prairie Fire Half-Marathon to break Steve Riley’s age-group record. That time stands third by a Kansas resident as of 2017. All of these performances came at ages 53 and 54, near the top of the five-year age group.

2012

Keith Long, of Beaumont, moved up to age-group 55-59 and had another remarkable year, setting records at six distances and breaking long-standing records in the process.
He ran 16:52 at the Wichita Dream Big 5K to break a record by Fay Bradley that had stood for 19 years as well as Jeff Berven’s aided and unaided resident records.
He ran 22:21 for four miles, 1:20:57 at the Prairie Fire Half-Marathon, and at age 54 broke the 50-54 age-group 10K record with a 33:29 at the Easter Sun Run, breaking long-standing records by Berven in each case. His 27:47 8K at Wichita Inspire Hope broke Walter Birney’s Kansas-resident record from 1990. He also ran 59:19 for 10 miles at the Wichita Turkey Trot to break Steve Riley’s age-group record from that same race.
His 5K and 10K times exceeded 90% on the WMA tables and two others were over 89%.

Honorable Mention:

In further evidence of the remarkable depth of running talent in 2012, we selected four runners for honorable mention, several of whom might have been runner-of-the-year in other years.

Barbara Holzman, of Wichita, set age-group 60-64 records at four miles and 10K, a Kansas-resident record in the half-marathon, and the second-best age-group time at 10 miles.

Cindy CameronCindy Cameron, of Westwood, set age-group 45-49 records in the one mile and half-marathon, set an age-group record at 12K that also qualified in the open category, and ran the second-best unaided Kansas-resident time at 5K.

Kevin Miller, of Olathe, broke Long’s 50-54 age-group record with a 1:12:31 at the Oz/Olathe Half-Marathon and set the age-group record at one mile at the Mass Street Mile in Lawrence with a time that also qualified in the open category. Both times exceeded 89% on the WMA tables.

Deborah Torneden, of Andover, ran 30:50 at Wichita Inspire Hope 8K to break a 27-year-old age-group record, and her 1:25:23 at the Prairie Fire Half-Marathon broke Marla Rhoden’s resident record. Both times exceeded 87% on the WMA tables.

2013

Deborah Torneden, of Andover, set records at five distances in the 50-54 age group in course of an outstanding year. At 10K, 15K, and 10 miles, she broke 8-year-old records by Mari Mohr. Her 38:48 10K at the Wichita River Run broke Mohr’s Kansas-resident record set at the same event, and she ran 1:02:17 at the Tiger Trot and 1:04:53 at the Wichita Turkey Trot for age-group records. At two miles, she ran 11:34 at Wichita Heel to Heal to break Barbara Holzman’s 10-year-old record and 24:20 at the Derby Firecracker run to break Trudy Calloway’s 15-year-old record.

Honorable Mention:

Kevin MillerTrudy Calloway, of Wichita, set an 8K record for age-group 65-69 at Wichita Inspire Hope and broke Carolyn Buckner’s 11-year-old 5K record with a 23:48 at Prairie Fire.
Her 15:38 two-mile at the Wichita Turkey Trot is second only to Buckner’s age-group record as of 2017.

Kevin Miller, of Olathe, ran 15:53 at the Leawood Labor Day 5K to break Keith Long’s age-group 50-54 record. His time scored better than 93% on the WMA tables.

2014

Sheryl Drevo, of Goddard, set three records in age-group 70-74. She ran 34:52 at the Arthritis Jingle Bell run to break a 23-year-old record at four miles, and she set a 10-mile record at the Wichita Turkey Trot. She also broke the age-group record by more than eight minutes with her 2:03:02 at the Prairie Fire Half-Marathon.

Stephanie Griggs, of Wichita, broke Trudy Calloway’s 10-year-old record at two miles for age-group 55-59 with her 13:13 at the Wichita Turkey Trot. She also ran 26:49 for four miles at the Arthritis Jingle Bell run, and her 20:44 at the Prairie Fire 5K is second only to Teresa Perky’s age-group record.

Raquel StuckyHonorable Mention:

Christopher Burnett, of Wichita, ran 1:04:25 at the Prairie Fire Half-Marathon to set an open record that stands as the unaided Kansas-resident record as of 2017. The time exceeds 90% on the WMA tables.

Teresa Perky, of Overland Park, ran 19:50 at the Lutz/Triumph over Tragedy 5K to set an age-group 55-59 record. The time exceeds 89% on the WMA tables.

Raquel Stucky, of Wichita, ran 2:44:58 at the Prairie Fire Marathon to break Kathy Whitcomb’s open record from 1982. She also set an age-group 35-39 record.
 

Runners of the Year: 2005-2009

2005: tie

Photo of Dave Halferty.Dave Halferty, of Topeka, set a Kansas-resident 5K record of 15:13 for age-group 35-39 at the Leawood Labor Day Run and a 10K record of 31:29 at the Junction City Freedom Run, both of which were in the 86% range on the WMA tables and still stood through 2016. He also ran 2:32:56 at the Wichita Marathon for an age-group record that was still the resident record through 2016. His 25:46 8K is the fourth-best resident time through 2016 and his 1:14:27 at the Topeka to Auburn half-marathon was the best time of the year.

Sheryl Drevo, of Goddard, set a 15K age-group 60-64 record of 1:16:53 that stands through 2016, a 10-mile record of 1:21:20 that she later broke, and a half-marathon record of 1:50:13 that was second only to her own record from the year before. At two miles, 8K, and 10K, she ran what were then the second-best times for her age group, and her 23:32 5K time was the age-group best of the year.

Mari Mohr, of Wichita, set age-group 50-54 records of 20:38 at the Wichita Wesley Senior Masters 5K and 1:05:15 at 15K at the Wichita Memorial Classic. She also set Kansas-resident records with a 42:20 10K at the Wichita River Run and a 1:09:55 10 miles at the Wichita Turkey Trot, the second-best age-group time at four miles, and the second-best time in the marathon behind Marla Rhoden’s age-group record, both coming in the Wichita Marathon.

Honorable Mention:

J.P. Worcester, of Lindsborg, ran a series of excellent times at a wide range of distances in the 40-44 age group. His 10:08 for two miles at the Hutchinson School Run was the best time of the year, and he ran an aided 16:15 for 5K at Celebrate Chisholm and 16:27 unaided at Wichita Sole Sisters, both in the 86% range on the WMA tables. Other times included 21:54 for four miles, 34:09 for 10K, and 1:18:31 at the Wichita Half-Marathon.

2006: tie

Paul Heitzman, of Lawrence, set three records in the 75-79 age group that all stand through 2016. He ran two miles in 14:05 at the Hutchinson School Run, 41:58 for 8K at the Wichita Journey 2 Gether, and a 48:57 10K at the Wichita Easter Sun Run. These times range from two to seven minutes better than the next-best time in the age group.

Deborah Torneden, of Wichita, ran 11:10 for two miles at the Hutchinson School Run, a 45-49 age-group record that is still second only to her own 11:00 two years later. She also set the current age-group 10K record of 36:49 at the River Run, breaking the previous Kansas-resident record by more than four minutes, and has the top five resident times in the age group. She set a 10-mile record of 1:02:54 at the Wichita Turkey Trot. Her two-mile and 10K times both score in the 88% range on the WMA tables.

Honorable Mention:

Cindy Cameron, of Westwood, set an age-group 40-44 record for 15K that also qualifies on the open list and had top-three age-group times at two miles, 5K, 10 miles, and the half-marathon.

Desiraye Osburn, of Lyndon, set the women’s 5K open record with 16:26 at the Wichita Just for Kids run. She broke Deborah Torneden’s 25-year-old Kansas-resident record in the process and scored better than 89% on the WMA tables.

2007: tie

Desiraye Osburn, of Kechi, set an open women’s record of 10:13 for two miles at the Wichita Easter Sun run. She also ran 33:48 for 10K at the Wichita River Run, missing Chris Vanatta’s open record from 1985 by one second. Both of her times scored 88% or better on the WMA tables. Her 60:08 10-mile at the Wichita Turkey Trot was the year’s best time.

Barb Holzman.Barbara Holzman, of Wichita, set age-group 55-59 records of 29:02 for four miles and 45:41 for 10K, plus a 22:30 5K that was the year’s age-group best.

Honorable Mention:

Thom Wilkins, of Conway Springs, ran 11:35 for two miles to break Paul Heitzman’s 14-year-old age-group 60-64 record and ran the fourth-best 5K time at 18:43, both performances exceeding 85% on the WMA tables.

2008: tie

Photo of Mary Grene.Mary Grene, of Andover, set the age-group 45-49 four-mile record with a 24:11 at the Wichita Super Bowl run that broke Trudy Calloway’s 13-year-old record. She also ran a 25:01 that ranks second through 2016. Her 11:19 two-mile at the Wichita River run scored 87% on the WMA tables but was second behind Deborah Torneden’s age-group record, and her 19:06 5K was then second-best by a Kansas resident.

Tony Estes, of Topeka, ran 58:36 at the Topeka Winnie Hesse/Run for Life 10-mile to set an age-group 50-54 record that still ranked second through 2016. He also ran 17:05 at the Rossville Tall Corn 5K, 35:31 for 10K at Manhattan St. Patrick’s, and 1:21:09 at the Olathe Half-Marathon, all of which were the best age-group times of the year and rank in the top four all-time.

Honorable Mention:
Photo of Tony Estes.Deborah Torneden, of Wichita, ran 11:00 at age 47 the Wichita River Run 2-mile to score a remarkable 92% on the WMA tables and set an age-group record. She also ran an aided 17:51 5K at Celebrate Chisholm.

Kaelyn Balch, of Wichita, ran 41:35 for 10K at the Easter Sun Run to set an age-group 12-and-under record, breaking the record set by Heather Burroughs in 1984. Two months later, she ran 39:22 at the River Run to set the Kansas-resident record for the 13-15 age group, which she then broke at the River Run the following year.

2009

Steve Riley, of Lawrence, ran what stands as the only sub-three-hour marathon in the 55-59 age group as of 2017. His 2:59:07 at the Wichita Marathon broke his own age-group record of 3:02:47, set earlier in the year at the Abilene Eisenhower marathon. His Abilene time broke the Kansas-resident record set by Walter Birney of Copeland at Wichita in 1991. At 10 miles, he ran 1:02:12 at the Wichita Turkey Trot to break Jeff Berven’s resident record, a time that ranks as second resident through 2016. He also ran the top three 10K times of the year in the 55-59 age group and had the top times at two miles and 5K.

Honorable Mention:

Kaelyn Balch, of Wichita, ran 36:36 at the Wichita River Run to break her own age-group 13-15 record, set the previous month at the Easter Sun Run, which had broken her own record from the previous year. Her time scored above 89% on the WMA tables and qualified on the women’s open list.

Runners of the Year: 2000-2004

2000: tie

Photo of Steve Riley.Steve Riley, of Lawrence, set records at eight distances in the 45-49 age group and ran a series of other excellent times at every distance from two miles to the marathon except the 12K, where no races were held.

His 10K in 34:04 at the Wichita River Run was a state record for 10 years and ranked second through 2016; he also ran 35:10 and 36:04 that year. At 15K, he ran 54:13 at the Wichita Memorial Classic for a resident record that was second through 2016; and he ran 56:34 for 10 miles at the Winnie Hesse/Run for Life for resident record through 2016. His 2:43:00 at the Wichita Marathon was an age-group record for six years that was second through 2016.

At two miles, his 10:29 at the Wichita Easter Sun Run set a record that still ranked fifth resident now; at four miles, he ran 22:20 at the Oxford Lions Club race, an age-group record that he surpassed the following year; and at 8K, his 26:48 at the Mission Sunflower run ranked second then and third through 2016.

Finally, his 16:40 5K at Kansas City Cancer Action broke his own an age-group resident record but lasted only a year, until he improved on it the next year; and his 1:15:41 at the Air Capital Half-Marathon stood as an age-group record for 10 years and was second through 2016.

Sheryl Drevo, of Goddard, set age-group records at six distances in the 55-59 age group. Her 14:05 two-mile at the Hutchinson School Run was a record for four years that ranked third through 2016; she ran four miles in 29:22 at the Wichita Racquet Club run, a record then that ranked fourth as of 2017; and her 37:14 8K at Derby Days stood as a record for 14 years and was second through 2016.

At 15K, she ran 1:14:05 at the Wichita Memorial Classic, a record for 13 years and now second; 1:16:51 for 10 miles at the Wichita Turkey Trot, a record for four years that now is third; and her 1:42:46 at the Air Capital half-marathon was a record then that through 2016 was the third-best by a Kansas resident.

Photo of Paul Heitzman.2001

Paul Heitzman, of Eudora, set four records in the 70-74 age group, three of which still stood through 2016. At 5K, he ran 20:04 at Rossville Tall Corn; at four miles, he ran 26:26 at Mulvane Old Settlers; and at 10K, he ran 42:45 at the Wichita River Run. All of these records still stand. These times scored from 85% to 87% on the World Masters Athletics age-graded tables.

He also set a 15K age-group record of 1:14:13 at the Wichita Memorial Run that long-time rival Dick Wilson broke the following year at the same race. That time still ranks second through 2016.

2002

Photo of Dick Wilson.Dick Wilson, of Lawrence, set four age-group 70-74 records, all of which still stand.

He ran 34:13 for 8K at the Topeka Journey for Sight and 1:05:50 for 15K at the Wichita Memorial Classic, breaking the age-group record set by Paul Heitzman at the same race the previous year.

He also ran 10 miles in 1:10:31 at the Wichita Turkey Trot, breaking his own record set earlier that year at Topeka Winnie Hesse/Run for Life; and his 1:33:22 at the Wichita Half-Marathon broke his own record set earlier in the year at the Lawrence Raintree run.
 
Honorable Mention:

Photo of Bob McAnany.Bob McAnany, of Hays, set an age-group 45-49 record at two miles and Kansas-resident records at 5K and 15K.

Jeff Berven, of Wichita, set age-group 55-59 records at two miles, 5K, and 10K, two of which scored 87% or better on the WMA charts.

2003: tie

Dave Halferty, of Topeka, ran 50:35 for 10 miles at the Wichita Turkey Trot to set an age-group 35-39 record that still stood through 2016, breaking the previous record by Olympian Jon Sinclair. He also ran 1:08:21 at the Wichita Half-Marathon for a still-standing Kansas-resident record. These performances scored from 85% to 87% on the WMA tables.

Paul Heitzman, of Eudora, ran 12:32 for two miles at the Hutchinson School Run to set a still-standing record in age-group 70-74. He also ran 34:43 for 8K at the Wichita St. Patrick’s run, a time second only to Dick Wilson’s age-group record then and through 2016.

His 20:18 5K at the Lawrence Raintree run ranked fourth all-time through 2016 after three other of his own performances. His two-mile and 5K times scored above 88% on the WMA tables.

Honorable Mention:

Deborah Torneden, of Wichita, set an aided-course 5K record for age-group 40-44, an 8K record that she broke the next year, and the third-best age-group 10K time, after two other of her own times.

Dick Wilson, of Lawrence, ran the second-best four-mile all-time for the 70-74 age group, behind only Paul Heitzman; the third-best age-group 10-mile (he has the top five times); and the second-best all-time half-marathon, behind his own record.

2004 

Steve Riley, of Lawrence, ran a remarkable series of races at every distance from two miles to the marathon in the 50-54 age group except the 12K, where no race was held These races were highlighted by his 2:52:02 at the Wichita Marathon, which is the Kansas-resident record as of 2017.

At the Wichita River Run, he ran two miles in 10:44 for the second-best age-group time then and through 2016. This race was the same day as the River Run 10K, where his 35:04 ranked third-best then and fourth through 2016.

His 22:24 four-mile at the Hutchinson School Run ranked second then and third through 2016, as did his 28:34 8K at the Wichita St. Patrick’s Day race. He also ran 55:45 at the Wichita Memorial Classic, second through 2016 at 15K.

His 1:19:59 at the Wichita Half-Marathon stood as a Kansas-resident record for seven years and fourth through 2016.

Honorable Mention:

Deborah Torneden, of Wichita, set age-group 40-44 records for two miles and 8K.

Trudy Calloway, of Wichita, set age-group 55-59 records at two miles, four miles, and 10 miles and ran the second-best 8K time.

Sheryl Drevo, of Goddard, set age-group 60-64 records at 10 miles and the half-marathon and had second-best times at 5K and four miles.

Runners of the Year: 1990-1999

1990

Randy Staats, of Wichita, set an age-group 13-15 10K record of 34:49 at the Back to Health run that still stands through 2016. He also holds the third-best time. His 10:17 for two miles at Derby Days set an age-group record that lasted seven years and ranks second as of 2017.

Honorable Mention:
Trey Harrison, of Wichita, ran 23:46 for 8K at the Wichita St. Patrick’s run, still the number four Kansas-resident time and a score of 89% on the World Masters Athletes tables. He also ran 50:47 at the Lake Atwood for a top-10 resident time.

1991

Photo of Tim Gundy.Deborah Torneden, of Coffeyville, set an open two-mile record of 10:25 at the Wichita River Run that stood for 16 years and ranks second as of 2017. She also ran 16:51 for 5K at the Gold Leaf Women’s run, setting an open record that lasted 15 years and remains the second-best Kansas resident time. She also ran 35:29 at the Wichita Polar Parade for the best 10K time of the year. These times all scored from 85% to 87% on the WMA tables.

Honorable Mention:

Tim Gundy, of Burrton, set the state open record at four miles with his 19:15 at the Wichita Arthritis Jingle Bell run, a time that is second-best Kansas resident through 2016. He also ran 23:37 for 8K, still the second-best resident time.

1992

Photo of Trey Harrison.Trey Harrison, of Wichita, ran 9:03 for two miles at the Hutchinson School Run, a time that ranked third all-time in the open division then and through 2016.  He also holds the fourth-best time. He ran 14:37 for 5K at the Wichita Polar Parade, which made him third resident then and fourth now. He also ran 14:57 and 14:59 that year to give him three of the year’s top four times.

Honorable Mention:
Tim Gundy, of Burrton, ran 50:17 at the Lake Atwood 10-mile, a time that ranks as the fourth-best resident. He also ran the Air Capital Half-Marathon in 1:08:42, the second-best Kansas-resident at the time.

1993: tie

Paul Heitzman, of Eudora, set an age-group 60-64 two-mile record of 11:44 at the Wichita Turkey Trot that stood for 14 years and ranks second through 2016. A model of consistency, he also recorded times of 11:46 and 11:47 that year. At the 10K distance, he ran 39:04 at the Leawood Labor Day run, finishing second to longtime rival Dick Wilson in a time that ranked as the second Kansas resident then and fifth now.

Trey Harrison, of Wichita, ran 18:44 at the Super Bowl race to set an open four-mile record that still stands. His time scored above 90% on the WMA tables.

1994: tie

Dick Wilson, of Lawrence, set age-group 60-64 records at three distances that stand through 2016. His 18:27 5K at the Leawood Labor Day run broke the 18:30 set by Paul Heitzman two years before. At the 8K distance, he ran 30:41 at the Topeka Journey for Sight for an age-group record and also ran 31:01 and 31:02 that year. In succeeding years, he ran 30:51 and 30:52 and holds the top-five times in his age group. He may have more, but our records only go five-deep per runner. His 1:23:45 at the Wichita Air Capital half-marathon is an age-group record by more than five minutes, as of 2017.

Photo of Trudy Calloway.Trudy Calloway, of Wichita, set an age-group 45-49 four-mile record of 25:42 at the Arthritis Jingle Bell run that stood for 13 years and ranked second as of 2017.  Her 10-mile record of 67:35, set at the Wichita Turkey Trot, was an age-group Kansas-resident record for 12 years and still ranked second-resident through 2016.

Honorable Mention:

Francis O’Neill, of Manhattan, ran 29:23 at the Wichita River Run, finishing fifth in a field that included several Olympians and in which 10 runners qualified for the Kansas honor roll. His time exceeded 90% on the WMA tables and remained the Kansas-resident record as of 2017.

1995: tie

Lisa Rainsberger.Lisa (Weidenbach) Rainsberger, of Hutchinson, set the open half-marathon record of 1:16:23 at the Air Capital race that is still the Kansas-resident record. She also twice ran 17:02 for 5K at the Nike Open and the Emma Creek Classic, which is the third-best open time for a resident.

Steve Riley, of Lawrence, 2:39:04 at the Wichita Marathon for an age-group 40-44 resident record that stood for seven years and ranked second through 2016. He also ran 1:15:33 at the Air Capital Half-Marathon, a time that was second resident then and still ranks sixth.
His 33:27 10K at the Lawrence ALS run was the third-best resident time then and fifth now, and he ran 57:02 for 10 miles at the Wichita Turkey Trot, third resident then and seventh through 2016.

1996

Paul Heitzman, of Lawrence, set three age-group 65-69 records that still stood as of 2017. He ran 11:07 on the Lawrence ALS two-mile aided course for an age-group record and then ran 11:47 at the Wichita Memorial Day run, the third-best ever. He has four times under 12 minutes and is the only runner in his age group to break 12 minutes.

He set the 12K record of 51:10 at the State Championship race in Pittsburg and the 15K record of 62:28 at the Overland Park Ekiden. He also set a short-lived 10K record of 39:45 at the Wichita River Run that he and rival Dick Wilson both improved on the following year. And in the half-marathon, he ran 1:30:46 at the Wichita Air Capital race to set a record that he improved on the following year, when he set the current record of 1:26:29 at the same event.

Honorable Mention:

Charles Doze, of Wichita, ran 24:28 at the Arthritis Jingle Bell run to set the age-group 60-64 record that still stood as of 2017. He also ran 38:45 for 10K and 1:30:15 in the half-marathon, both of which are still top-four times.

1997: tie

Paul Heitzman, of Lawrence, set four records that still stand in age-group 65-69. He ran 18:43 for 5K at the Leawood Labor Day run and holds the top five times for this age group. He broke his own state record with a 39:26 10K at the Wichita River Run but finished second behind Dick Wilson’s 39:18. He then ran 38:38 at the Derby Derby 10K to set the still-existing record. At 10 miles, he ran 1:05:36 at the Wichita Turkey Trot to break Wilson’s record of 1:07:20 set earlier that year at Winnie Hesse/Run for Life.

He also set an age-group half-marathon record of 1:26:29 at the Wichita Air Capital run, breaking his own record set at the same race the previous year. These times ranged from 87% to more than 89% on the WMA tables.

Jeff Berven, of Wichita, ran 10:22 at the Derby Days two-mile to set the still-standing record; he also holds the top five times in the 50-54 age group. At 5K, he ran 16:54 at Wichita Race for the Cure to set an age-group record that lasted 14 years and ranked third as of 2017. His 54:06 15K at the Wichita Memorial Classic is the age-group record through 2016, and his 58:56 for 10 miles at the Wichita Turkey Trot was a record for more than eight years and third best by a Kansas resident as of 2017.

Dan Lawson, of Salina, set the age-group 40-44 of 20:10 four-mile record at the Wichita St. Patrick’s run that stood as of 2017. He also ran 20:29 for the second-best time of the year and is the only Kansas resident to run sub-21:00 in this age group. He ran 31:46 for 10K at the Wichita River Run to set the current age-group resident record, and his 49:10 15K at the Wichita Memorial Classic is the age-group record and sixth in the Open division. His 10-mile time of 52:52 at the Wichita Turkey Trot remained the age-group best through 2016 is on the honor-roll list for the Open division.

Deborah Torneden, of El Dorado, ran 22:56 for four miles at the Wichita Couples Classic, a time that ranked second then and through 2016 in the 35-39 age group. She also ran 28:22 for 8K at the Wichita Autumns End run for the Kansas-resident record
and 59:36 for 10 miles at the Wichita Turkey Trot, the 35-39 record. All three performances qualified for the Open division honor-roll list. Her 34:33 for 10K at the River run is a resident record for age-group 35-39 and second behind 1996 Olympic marathoner Linda Somers. That time is also third on the Kansas-resident 10K Open list.

Honorable Mention:

Dick Wilson, of Lawrence, is the second-fastest runner at 5K in the 65-69 age group with his 19:18 and ran 32:06 for 8K to set the age-group record that he broke the following year, and which still stood as of 2017. He also set a 10K record with his 39:18 at the Wichita River Run that lasted only six months before Paul Heitzman broke it. That time is still second through 2016. He also set a 10-mile record of 1:07:20 that lasted seven months until Heitzman broke it but which also ranked second as of 2017.

1998: tie

Paul Heitzman, of Eudora, set an unaided 65-69 age-group record of 11:38 at the Hutchinson School Run two-mile, trailing only his own aided age-group record of 11:07. He also ran 24:34 for four miles at the Couples Classic for a still-standing record and added a 25:40 that year that ranked fourth. He holds five of the top six age-group times at four miles. Two of his times exceeded 90% on the WMA tables.

Deborah Torneden, of El Dorado, set an age-group 35-39 record of 10:28 for two miles at the Hutchinson School run and an age-group 5K record of 17:03 at Wichita Race for the Cure. She also ran 17:32 and 17:38, the third- and fourth-best age group times through 2016 and has the top-five resident times. She also ran 1:01:18 for 10 miles at the Wichita Turkey Trot, sixth-best through 2016, and five of the top seven times. She qualified for the state honor roll in the Open division in all three events.

Fay Bradley, of Independence, set an age-group 60-64 10K record of 36:30 at the Wichita River Run and later ran 1:02:05 for 10 miles at the Wichita Turkey Trot to break Dick Wilson’s age-group record from the 1992 Turkey Trot.

Photo of Carolyn Buckner.1999: tie

Kirk Hunter, of Colby, set a two-mile record of 9:32 for the 35-39 age group at the Wichita River Run and ran 53:54 for 10 miles at the Wichita Turkey Trot, a time that ranked seventh among Kansas residents through 2016. His 1:13:09 at the Air Capital Half-Marathon was a Kansas-resident record that ranked third as of 2017.

Carolyn Buckner, of El Dorado, set the current two-mile record of 14:27 for age-group 60-64 at the Hutchinson School Run, and her age-group record of 22:41 for 5K, set at the Wichita Nike Open, was an age-group record for 17 years and ranked second through 2017.

Runners of the Year: 1980-1989

1980

Bruce Coldsmith, of Lawrence, ran 50:04 at the Lake Atwood 10-mile, a state resident record then that ranks third all-time for a Kansas resident through 2016.

1981: no selection

Photo of Kathy Whitcomb.1982: tie

Fred Torneden and Kathy Whitcomb, both of Wichita, set long-standing state records at the Wichita Marathon. Torneden’s 2:18:08 surpassed Terry Ziegler’s record from 1973 and set a state record that still stands as of 2017.
See the interview conducted by Clark Ensz on Sept 22, 2015 with Fred.
Whitcomb’s 2:48:37 established a women’s record that stood until 2014 and still ranks second all-time.

1983: tie

Photo of Fred Torneden.Fred Torneden ran 23:28 for 8K at the Wichita Couples Classic to set a state record that still stands as the Kansas resident record. His time exceeded 90% on the World Masters Athletes tables but has since been surpassed by seven out-of-state runners including Olympians Rob de Castella, Jon Sinclair, and Paul Cummings There have been relatively few 8K races in recent years, and Torneden is the only Kansan in the top 14 all-time as of 2017.

J.P. Worcester, of Hill City, ran 2:23:20 at the Wichita Marathon. His time was third all-time among Kansas residents then and still is through 2016, behind only Fred Torneden and Terry Ziegler.

1984: tie

J P Worcester.Fred Torneden set a resident open 10-mile record of 50:00 at Lake Atwood that stood until 2016 and ran 29:48 for 10K at Hutchinson’s Defeet Diabetes run, still third-fastest all-time for a Kansas resident. Both times exceeded 88% on the WMA tables.

Jacque Struckhoff, of Grinnell, set a women’s open 10-mile record with 59:26 at Lake Atwood that remains the fifth-best open time for Kansas residents. Her time still stands as the age-group 16-19 record.

1985: tie

Fred Torneden set an open 5K resident record of 14:35 at the WRC Challenge in Wichita that stood until 2016.

Chris Vanatta, of Manhattan, ran 33:47 at the Divided United run in Overland Park for a women’s open 10k resident record that stands as of 2017.
The 10K drew many national-class runners in past years, and her time is still the resident record but has been surpassed by eight out-of-state runners including Olympians Deena Drossin (Kastor) and Linda Somers.

Torneden’s and Vanatta’s times both exceed 89% on the WMA tables.

1986

Donn Bischoff, of Maize, ran 2:34:58 at the Wichita Marathon for an age-group 35-39 record that stood for 19 years and still ranks as second resident. He also ran 1:13:20 at the Air Capital Half-Marathon, 53:29 for 10 miles at the Wichita Turkey Trot, and 25:57 for 8K at the Couples Classic. These times still rank fourth, third, and sixth all-time respectively among Kansas residents for the 35-39 age group, and he ran all of these near the top of the age group, at age 38 or 39. He also ran 10:01 for two miles at the Defeet Diabetes race, a time that was second then and 10th resident now. His 10-mile record stood for nearly eight years until broken by Olympian Jon Sinclair.

1987: tie

Donn Bischoff, of Maize, moved up to the 40-44 age group and again established several records. His 1:11:28 at the Air Capital Half-Marathon was an age-group resident record for 24 years and stood as second resident through 2016. He also ran 32:11 for 10K at the Defeet Diabetes run in Hutchinson that was a resident record for 10 years and still ranks second resident all-time, and his 54:23 for 10 miles at the Wichita Turkey Trot was a state records that ranked third as of 2017.

Randy Staats, of Wichita, set three state records in the 12-and-under age group in the space of two months. His 37:16 for 10K at the Wichita River Run and his 28:58 at the Couples Classic for 8K are age-group records as of 2017. He also ran 11:03 for two miles, a record that stood for 17 years and ranked second through 2016.

1988

J.P. Worcester, of WaKeeney, ran 48:33 for 15K at the KFDI Fun Fest to set an open record that stood for eight years and ranked third through 2016. He won by only one second over Steve Lenz of Ashland in a race that also produced the 10th, 11th, and 15th best open times as of 2017. He also ran a 15:06 5K at the Jaydoc Relay that was then fifth-best resident and still ranks in the top 20, plus a 15:14 5K at Green Meadows in Haysville and 10 miles in 51:40 at the Wichita Turkey Trot and 52:23 at Lake Atwood.

1989: tie

Tim Gundy, of Burrton, ran 8:57 for two miles at the Haysville Pioneer Days race, still the state open record, and 9:01 and 9:21. He also ran 24:02 for 8K at the Couples Classic. His times exceeded 88% on the WMA tables.

J.P. Worcester, of Valley Center, ran 1:08:02 at the Air Capital Half-Marathon in Wichita, then a resident record that ranks sixth among Kansas residents through 2016. Other top times included a 24:26 8K at Wichita St. Patrick’s run, 10 miles in 51:36 at Lake Atwood, 48:46 at the Foolish 15K in Wichita, and two miles in 9:21 and 9:22.

Tim Benham, of Wichita, ran 1:04:37 at the Foolish 15K for the third-best time in the 55-59 age group. Moving up to the 60-64 age group, he ran 1:07:30 at the Wichita Turkey Trot for a state record that still ranked fifth resident through 2016; 1:29:52 at the Air Capital Half-Marathon for a state record that ranked third as of 2017; and 3:29:38 at the Wichita Marathon for a state record that lasted seven years and was sixth-best among Kansas residents through 2016. He also ran 40:15 at the Derby Derby 10K, a time that then ranked as second resident.

Runners of the Year: 1970s

1970s

We have made only one selection for the decade of the ’70s: Terry Ziegler, then of Wichita, is our runner of the year for 1973 based on his 2:21:15 victory in the Kansas Relays marathon. His time was a state record that stood for nine years and still ranks second all-time for a Kansas resident.
Ziegler competed in the 1972 and 1976 US Olympic marathon trials.

We have results for very few certified races from that decade, only the Lake Atwood 10-mile (still in existence), the 1979 Scott City marathon, and the 1972-79 KU Relays marathon.
Many races in that period were run at English distances, six miles rather than 10K, etc., rather than the metric distances that are now standard in many events.

According to USA Track & Field records, the following courses were certified before the 1980s. We have no results for any races that might have been held on these courses. If you have results for any of them, we would welcome a copy.

Humboldt Marathon, certified in 1966
Shawnee Mission Park 25K, Lenexa, certified in 1973
Fort Leavenworth Marathon, certified in 1977
Sundown Salute Marathon, Fort Riley, certified in 1978
Colby 10K, certified in 1978

Here are other noteworthy performances in the 1970s:

1975

Tammy Gilpin, Wichita, 1:10:00 for 10 miles; age-group 16-19 record, seventh Kansas resident as of 2017.

1976

Bob Creighton, Atwood, 2:48:42 for age-group 40-44 record in the marathon, now 11th resident.

1977

Dennis Smithhisler, Harper, 1:08:51 for 10 miles; still the state 12-under age-group record.

1978

Kent Hughes, Derby, 2:53:13 for age-group 16-19 marathon record, still third resident.

Jeff Cochran, Hugoton, 52:28; still the state age-group 16-19 resident record for 10 miles.

Joy Meyen, Lawrence, 1:09:54; age-group 16-19 resident record for 10 miles, still sixth Kansas resident.

1979

Bob Hughes, Lawrence, 2:42:20 for 35-39 age-group marathon record and still top 10 resident.

Roger Schmitt, Dodge City, 2:55:22 for 40-44 age-group marathon record and the only honor roll qualifying time from the Scott City Marathon.

Steve Spiller, Great Bend 56:39; still the 13-15 age-group record for 10 miles as of 2017.

 

 

 
 
   
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