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Fiesta Run draws crowd

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By Dave Kavanaugh

More than 300 runners and walkers of various ages took part in the 31st annual Las Vegas Fiesta Memorial Run this past Sunday morning.

Henrique Chavez raced to a repeat championship in the 10-kilometer run, covering the Montezuma-to-Old Town stretch in 31 minutes and 37 seconds.

Chavez’s younger brother and soon-to-be NMHU cross country teammate Alonzo Chavez, 17, was the youngest runner in the 10K. The oldest was 78-year-old Ted Rogers of Santa Fe.

Meanwhile, Patrick Ortiz of Rowe won the 5K run with a time of 16:53, outkicking perennial contender Sal Gonzales, a Pecos native who now coaches in Rio Rancho. Several septuagenarians competed in the 5K run; the eldest was Carol Winkel, 74. Seven-year-olds Santiago, Angelina and Paul Silva also braved the course. Notably, 10-year-old Gabriel Gonzales and 12-year-old Reina Paredes, wearing a festive tutu, both finished in the top 20.

Santa Fean Teresa Aragon conquered the 5K walk, her 32:22 time winning by more than two minutes. Among the other walkers was Las Vegas’ Helen Olivas, who at 82 earned the distinction of being the oldest athlete overall in the Fiesta Run events. The youngest included a couple of infants being pushed along the route in strollers. Technically, the youngest overall was 19-month-old Sophia Romero, one of the roughly 100 children’s run entrants.

While the vast majority of entrants hail from Las Vegas and the surrounding area, some came from thousands of miles away — New York City and Rhode Island — as well as neighboring states like Colorado, Texas, Arizona and California.

In some cases, multiple generations of the same families participated in the event.

The Fiesta Memorial Run is staged by coordinator Joe Whiteman and a team of volunteers, with proceeds benefitting a scholarship fund for nursing students. This year, Southwest Capital Bank donated prize money to the charities chosen by winners in several categories.

“It takes a lot of work,” said Whiteman, “but it is a great event.”

10-KILOMETER RUN
1. Henrique Chavez, Buena Vista, 31:37
2. Alberto Espinoza, Las Vegas, 32:26
3. Jesus Mendoza, Rio Rancho, 33:08
4. Alonzo Chavez, Buena Vista, 33:23
5. David Niragira, Las Vegas, 33:35
6. Tony Sanchez, Las Vegas, 34:37
7. Carlos Sanchez, Las Vegas, 38:25
8. Daniel Hutchinson, Las Vegas, 39:11
9. Rudy Martinez, Fairview, 42:06
10. Sam Sanchez, Santa Fe, 42:08
11. Octaviano Torres-Hughes, Las Vegas, 43:17
12. Javier Torres-Hughes, Las Vegas, 43:18
13. Richard Curry, Santa Fe, 44:11
14. Andrew Sisneros, Las Vegas, 44:28
15. Dennis Lucero, Las Vegas, 44:53
16. Kristopher Cornejo, Albuquerque, 44:56
17. MIchael Szczepanski, Santa Fe, 45:45
18. Alex Romero, Montezuma, 45:53
19. Katrin Silva, Las Vegas, 46:18
20. Raul Rodriguez, Las Vegas, 46:44
21. David Silva, Las Vegas, 47:20
22. Mario Griego, Las Vegas, 47:56
23. John N. Romero, Guadalupita, 48:07
24. John Litherland, Newport, R.I., 48:49
25. Anna Trujillo, Las Vegas, 49:04
26. Cassandra Miller, Las Vegas, 50:04
27. Rachael Sisneros, Laramie, Wy., 50:24
28. Gabe Silva, Las Vegas, 50:36
29. Douglas Hughes, Las Vegas, 50:48
30. Philip J. Romero, Las Vegas, 51:00
31. Russell Owens, Albuquerque, 51:19
32. Dave Armijo, Las Vegas, 51:32
33. Miguel Lozano, Las Vegas, 51:34
34. Andrea Owens, Albuquerque, 51:55
35. Belen Romero, Las Vegas, 52:17
36. Joe Rubalcaba, Rio Rancho, 52:25
37. Alex Tafoya, Las Vegas, 52:52
38. Johnette Sanchez, Rio Rancho, 54:11
39. Jim Fries, Las Vegas, 54:15
40. Leona Armijo-Gallegos, Las Vegas, 54:40
41. Charlotte Moore, Las Vegas, 54:54
42. Dave Obelkevich, New York, N.Y., 55:19
43. Rose Giannotta, Santa Fe, 55:22
44. Joanne Silva, Las Vegas, 55:43
45. Joseph Edward, Las Vegas, 55:47
46. Gary Angles, Las Vegas, 55:58
47. Max Baca, Las Vegas, 56:04
48. Alisha Silva, Las Vegas, 57:31
49. Aileen Torres-Hughes, Las Vegas, 57:43
50. Annette Lucero, Las Vegas, 57:59
51. Jerry Ortega, Las Vegas, 58:11
52. Jonathan Baca, Las Vegas, 59:16
53. Eric Romero, Las Vegas, 1:00:07
54. Franklin Miller, Las Vegas, 1:00:07
55. Mike Melton, Las Vegas, 1:00:27
56. Joe Cooney, Las Vegas, 1:00:55
57. Lindy Lucero, Las Vegas, 1:01:35
58. Kathy Gallegos, Las Vegas, 1:01:55
59. Martha Spencer, Sapello, 1:02:31
60. Phil Silva, Las Vegas, 1:03:57
61. Jeremy Romero, Las Vegas, 1:04:47
62. Beth Davenport, Santa Fe, 1:04:59
63. Felisha Silva, Las Vegas, 1:06:12
64. Brandy Benton, Las Vegas, 1:06:14
65. Sandy Kelley, Las Vegas, 1:10:03
66. Jena Silva, Las Vegas, 1:11:31
67. Bobby Silva, Las Vegas, 1:11:32
68. Ted Rogers, Santa Fe, 1:17:03

5-KILOMETER RUN
1. Patrick Ortiz, Rowe, 16:53
2. Salomon Gonzales, Rio Rancho, 17:15
3. Aaron Sanchez, Rio Rancho, 18:00
4. Jonathan Crespin, Las Vegas, 18:24
5. Devin Paredes, Rio Rancho, 18:45
6. Corey Beck, Albuquerque, 18:47
7. Max Sedillo, Las Vegas, 18:49
8. Ian Parks, Las Vegas, 19:13
9. George Chavez, Los Lunas, 19:43
10. Conrad Atencio, Las Vegas, 19:49
11. Jacob Sedillo, Las Vegas, 20:21
12. Paul Bagwell, Santa Fe, 20:27
13. Amanda Ortzow, Las Vegas, 20:30
14. Joshua Lopez, Pecos, 20:32
15. Leonard Romero, Las Vegas, 20:33
16. Reina Paredes, Rio Rancho, 20:51
17. Jerry Nieto, Albuquerque, 21:00
18. Willie Jaramillo, Rio Rancho, 21:03
19. Isaac C de Baca, Pecos, 21:07
20. Gabriel Gonzales, Rio Rancho, 21:10
21. Leandro Garduño, Las Vegas, 21:31
22. Joseph Montaño, Las Vegas, 21:33
23. Merle Crutchfield III, Tucson, Ariz., 21:40
24. Anabella Miller, Las Vegas, 21:43
25. Todd Gravelle, Las Vegas, 21:45
26. Maya Hena, Las Vegas, 22:19
27. Eric Ortiz, Rowe, 22:21
28. Arturo Crespin, Las Vegas, 22:35
29. Sean Trujillo, Las Vegas, 22:37
30. Krissy Romero, Las Vegas, 22:39
31. Dominic Lucero, Las Vegas, 22:44
32. Victor Ortiz, Rowe, 22:57
33. Kelly Romero, Las Vegas, 22:58
34. Marcus Garcia, Las Vegas, 23:20
35. Analisa Chavez, Buena Vista, 23:22
36. Marcus Coca, Las Vegas, 23:52
37. Cisco Rubio, Las Vegas, 24:05
38. Raymond Gallardo, Denver, 24:09
39. Genevieve Atencio, Las Vegas, 24:10
40. Justine Crespin, Las Vegas, 24:15
41. Santiago Laumbach, Rainsville, 24:20
42. Aubrey Maestas, Las Vegas, 24:27
43. Esperanza Garduño, Las Vegas, 24:29
44. Denette Martinez, Las Vegas, 24:37
45. Hank Laumbach, Rainsville, 24:45
46. Andrew Sanchez, Las Vegas, 24:54
47. Caitlin Martinez, Pecos, 24:55
48. Geno Blea, Las Vegas, 25:08
49. Michaelann Cavazos, Las Vegas, 25:42
50. Natalie Gonzales, Rio Rancho, 25:46
51. George Stengren, Las Vegas, 25:50
52. Ronald Farrell, Las Vegas, 25:53
53. Noah Melton, Las Vegas, 25:58
54. Adam Brister, Las Vegas, 25:59
55. Danielle Cedillo, Las Vegas, 26:00
56. David Muniz, Las Vegas, 26:07
57. Karen Topping, Las Vegas, 26:13
58. Raul Ortega, Las Vegas, 26:15
59. Rachel Curtis, Las Vegas, 26:40
60. Katelyn Flores, Pecos, 26:42
61. Becky Whiteman, Taos, 27:20
62. David Elliott, Las Vegas, 27:36
63. Mike Boyle, Las Vegas, 27:38
64. Charlie Gold, Las Vegas, 27:56
65. Merle Crutchfield II, Las Vegas, 27:58
66. Mateo Gold, Las Vegas, 28:18
67. Henry Sanchez, Las Vegas, 28:41
68. Jeff Silva, Las Vegas, 28:49
69. Loralie Bustos Aragon, Albuquerque, 28:49
70. Alan Overmier, Albuquerque, 28:54
71. Amor Rubalcaba, Rio Rancho, 29:00
72. Gloria Rubalcaba, Rio Rancho, 29:13
73. Tony Silva, Las Vegas, 29:18
74. Frances Montoya, Las Vegas, 29:24
75. Amanda Aragon, Las Vegas, 29:28
76. Lauren Johnson, Las Vegas, 29:41
77. Raymond Sanchez, Las Vegas, 29:44
78. Kevin Pierceall, Beaumont, Calif., 29:49
79. Seline Hernandez, Las Vegas, 30:05
80. Harold Santillanes, Las Vegas, 30:27
81. Samantha Romero, Las Vegas, 30:34
82. Jaryn Loera, Las Vegas, 30:35
83. Marvin Loera, Las Vegas, 30:36
84. Pamela Rivera, Las Vegas, 30:37
85. Therese Melton, Las Vegas, 30:46
86. Clarence Romero, Las Vegas, 30:48
87. Amor Romero, Las Vegas, 30:49
88. Janell Dupont, Santa Fe, 31:03
89. Sylvia Baca, Las Vegas, 31:04
90. Maya Blea, Las Vegas, 31:17
91. Destre Ortega, Clines Corners, 31:26
92. Kade Young, Las Vegas, 31:26
93. John Abeyta, Chacon, 31:51
94. Yolanda Whalen, GIlbert, Ariz., 32:06
95. Michael Chavez, Albuquerque, 32:07
96. Krysten Cavazos, Las Vegas, 32:41
97. Mairi Litherland, Albuquerque, 32:47
98. Suzanne Maestas, Las Vegas, 33:01
99. Sally McLean, Santa Fe, 33:17
100. Jessica Gutierrez, Santa Fe, 33:31
101. Samuel Gutierrez, Santa Fe, 33:33
102. Alberta Padilla, Mora, 33:36
103. Geraldine Romero, Las Vegas, 33:45
104. Beth Trujillo, Las Vegas, 34:13
105. Stephanie Santillanes, Las Vegas, 34:18
106. Mike Malone, Wolfforth, Texas, 34:23
107. Adrian Lucero, Las Vegas, 34:41
108. Hope Gonzales, Rio Rancho, 34:44
109. Richard Kuczek, Santa Fe, 34:55
110. Mercedes Alcon, Buena Vista, 35:10
111. Pauline Laumbach, Rainsville, 35:21
112. Angelica Vialpando, Santa Fe, 36:34
113. Brandon Cavazos, Las Vegas, 37:39
114. Jim Terr, Las Vegas, 38:31
115. Codou Diof, Montezuma, 38:38
116. Christen Kugler, Las Vegas, 39:12
117. Jack Litherland, Albuquerque, 40:06
118. Bill McKinstry, Santa Fe, 40:22
119. Santiago Silva, Las Vegas, 41:18
120. Roberto Silva, Las Vegas, 41:28
121. Isabelle Ortega, Holman, 41:30
122. Cathy Silva, Las Vegas, 42:04
123. Angelina Silva, Las Vegas, 42:05
124. Joyce Romo, Mora, 44:40
125. Carol Winkel, Las Vegas, 44:59
126. Amanda Pacheco, Las Vegas, 45:10
127. Vicente Silva, Las Vegas, 46:01
128. Paul Silva, Las Vegas, 46:02
129. Raymond Gallardo, Denver, 58:02

5K WALK
1. Teresa Aragon, Santa Fe, 32:22
2. Wabana Kuczek, Santa Fe, 34:50
3. Joyce Martinez, Pecos, 39:03
4. Howard Dunbar, Las Vegas, 41:06
5. Donald Gleason, Santa Fe, 41:12
6. Debbie Rivera, Las Vegas, 44:57
7. Faith Garcia, Las Vegas, 44:58
8. Lillianna Sanchez, Las Vegas, 46:04
9. Serena Hena, Las Vegas, 46:40
10. Joseph Jaramillo, Las Vegas, 46:52
11. Peter Linder, Las Vegas, 48:11
12. Louie Hena, Las Vegas, 49:00
13. Juliet Gonzales, Las Vegas, 49:52
14. Sally Graham, Las Vegas, 49:57
15. Ben Smith, Las Vegas, 50:56
16. Leroy LeDoux, Las Vegas, 51:56
17. Natasha Lujan, Rociada, 52:39
18. Katherene Marquez, Las Vegas, 52:39
19. Helen Olivas, Las Vegas, 53:40
20. Ronald Smith, Las Vegas, 55:03
21. Nancy Terr, Las Vegas, 55:24
22. Rebecca Konno, Las Vegas, 55:32
23. Pauline R. Esquibel, Las Vegas, 55:49
24. Genevieve Padilla, Las Vegas, 55:50
25. Eduardo Crespin, Las Vegas, 55:52
26. Martha McCabe, Las Vegas, 56:45
27. Suzanne Estrada, Colorado Springs, Colo., 56:48
28. Dyonne Estrada, Las Vegas, 56:50
29. Connie Chavez, Las Vegas, 58:53
30. Brenda Chavez, Los Lunas, 58:54
31. Romolo Coca, Las Vegas, 59:22
32. Maria Clontz, Las Vegas, 1:01:48

1-MILE CHILDREN’S RUN
participants (alphabetical order)
Alexis Abeyta, 11, Las Vegas
Tristan Abeyta, 5, Las Vegas
Zachary Abeyta, 7, Las Vegas
Trent Abeyta-Crespin, 6, Las Vegas
Aaliyah Apodaca, 11, Las Vegas
Ayla Apodaca, 8, Las Vegas
Antonella Aragon, 5, Albuquerque
Jaya Aragon, 3, Albuquerque
David Armijo, 5, Las Vegas
Papecheikh Badiane, 7, Montezuma
Saliou Badiane, 5, Montezuma
Rebekah Bagwell, 7, Santa Fe
Daniel Beck, 7, Albuquerque
Chrislynn Benavidez, 5, Las Vegas
Addyson Branchal, 3, Las Vegas
Mia Branchal, 10, Las Vegas
Sydney Branchal, 7, Las Vegas
Max C de Baca, 8, Las Vegas
Mark Coca, 11, Las Vegas
Marissa Crespin, 6, Las Vegas
Patrick Crespin, 5, Las Vegas
Nathan Crutchfield, 8, Tucson, Ariz.
Merle Crutchfield IV, 12, Tucson, Ariz.
Joel Curtis, 9, Las Vegas
Micah Curtis, 12, Las Vegas
Juan Marcos Dominguez, 13, Las Vegas
Julianna Dominguez, 7, Las Vegas
Katalina Espinoza, 4, Las Vegas
Isiah Estrada, 8, Las Vegas
Jacob Estrada, 11, Las Vegas
Keith Flores, 11, Pecos
Ayden Gallegos, 2, Las Vegas
Dylan Gallegos, 11, Las Vegas
Kaleb Gallegos, 4, Las Vegas
Savanah Gallegos, 12, Las Vegas
Nieves Garcia, 9, Las Vegas
Gabriel Gonzales, 10, Rio Rancho
Kayla Gonzales, 6, Rio Rancho
Mariah Gonzales, 8, Las Vegas
C. Ryan Gutierrez, 3, Las Vegas
Nathan Gutierrez, 2, Las Vegas
Andrea Heakin, 7, Las Vegas
Bailey Hemminger, 13, Las Vegas
Lillie Herrera, 4, Las Vegas
Aric Johnson, 5, Las Vegas
Mia Johnson, 11, Las Vegas
Tatiana Kavanaugh, 7, Las Vegas
Angelina Kenny, 12, Taos
Joseph Kenny, 3, Taos
Orea Kenny, 13, Taos
Layla Lawrence, 5, Las Vegas
Christian Lovato, 13, Las Vegas
Angel Lucero, 10, Las Vegas
Antonio Lujan, 7, Las Vegas
Magdalena Lujan, 8, Las Vegas
Aria Maestas, 1, Las Vegas
Estevan Marquez, 5, Las Vegas
Hannah Martinez, 9, Las Vegas
Madasyn Martinez, 9, Las Vegas
Sarah Miller, 6, Longmont, Colo.
Zachary Miller, 9, Longmont, Colo.
Dylan Jack Moore, 12, Las Vegas
Aiden Muniz, 6, Las Vegas
Iliana Muniz, 8, Las Vegas
Gabrielle Ortega, 6, Las Vegas
Luralyn Padilla, 5, Las Vegas
Darren Paredes, 6, Rio Rancho
Marissa Paredes, 8, Rio Rancho
Reina Paredes, 12, Rio Rancho
Caleb Perea, 4, Las Vegas
Jaden Perea, 6, Las Vegas
Julian Read de Estrada, 13, Las Vegas
Alicia Romero, 6, Las Vegas
Gavin Romero, 9, Las Vegas
Nathan Romero, 9, Las Vegas
Sophia Romero, 19 months, Las Vegas
Amor Roybal, 11, Las Vegas
Jacob Saiz, 9, Las Vegas
Josh Saiz, 7, Las Vegas
Aiden Sanchez, 5, Las Vegas
Andrew Sanchez, 9, Las Vegas
Antonio Sandoval, 3, Las Vegas
Ariel Sandoval, 5, Las Vegas
Harold Santillanes, 3, Las Vegas
Ava Silva, 5, Las Vegas
Francisco Silva, 7, Las Vegas
Iree Silva, 2, Las Vegas
Iris Silva, 7, Las Vegas
Josh Silva, 8, Las Vegas
Lillie Silva, 4, Las Vegas
London Silva, 5, Las Vegas
Tillie Silva, 8, Las Vegas
Ryan Weathers, 11, Las Vegas
Savannah Weathers, 2, Las Vegas
Aman Winkel, 11, Las Vegas
Amnah Winkel, 5, Las Vegas