Ryan Hagen, Rachel Ward Win Ukrop's Monument 10K
Nearly 26,000 participated in the 10K.
RICHMOND, VA -- Ryan Hagen, 25, a Waynesboro, VA, native and former Virginia Tech track and field standout, won the Ukrop's Monument 10K Saturday in 30:37, edging Nick Ciolkowski, who finished in 30:40. Hagen, an indoor track All-American while at Virginia Tech, was runner-up in the 2016 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in physical therapy at Mary Baldwin University.
Rachel Ward, 27, of Charlottesville, VA, won her first Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k title with a time of 35:55, followed by second-place finisher Rochelle Sceats in 36:47. Ward is a former standout at the University of Virginia and holds the course record for the Richmond Half Marathon (1:12:23), set in 2015. She is currently enrolled in graduate classes.
Hagen and Ciolkowski finished as the top two runners in the Open Division and also in the simultaneous Collegiate Running Association National Championship. The top five collegiate women swept both divisions.
The 18th annual race kicked off with an enthusiastic greeting from Mayor Levar Stoney of the City of Richmond, the official starter who also became the first Richmond mayor to participate in the race.
Top 5 Open men: Hagen, Ciolkowski, Silas Frantz 30:49, Michael Conway 30:56, Justin Keefe 31:00.
Top 5 Open Women: Ward, Sceats, Julie Patterson 37:07, Taylor Clevinger 37:53, Kathleen Lautzenheiser 38:05.
Although Hagen and Ward finished atop the standings, there was an AT&T Dash for the Cash event in which Kathy Hoverman, a Bon Air resident and former standout college soccer goalkeeper at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was a winner. Hoverman was selected at random from over 16,000 people registered for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K as of February 1, and based on her past race results was given a head start of 2.6 miles. For beating the rest of the field to the finish line, she took home the $2,500 prize. This is the 10th year in a row that the AT&T Dash for the Cash contestant claimed the prize and the 11th time in the 13 years of the contest overall.
Prize money was also awarded to the top three male and female participants that are Richmond region residents. On the men’s side, Silas Frantz (30:49), last year’s race champion, took first place, followed by Curtis Vollmer (31:06) and Tim Gruber (31:33. On the women’s side, Julie Patterson 37:07, Taylor Clevinger (37:53), and Kathleen Lautzenheiser (38:05) all took home prize money.
In addition to nearly 26,000 10K participants, 1324 children ages 5-12 participated in the Virginia 529 Kids Run. More than 40 bands, spirit groups, and porch parties lined the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k course, in addition to thousands of spectators, providing entertainment throughout the event.
Full results are available at www.sportsbackers.org.