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Campus Classic draws record number of runners

by Thom Myers

Oct. 13, 2011 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO--A record 1,933 runners and walkers were entered in Western Michigan University's 13th annual Homecoming Campus Classic, and a record 364 volunteers worked the race.

Photo of 2011 WMU Campus Classic.
Starting line for the 2011 Homecoming Campus Classic
Christopher Stoddard, age 25 of Bath, Mich., was the overall winner in the 5K race with a time of 16:04. He finished 47 seconds ahead of second-place Jeremiah Barnes, 19, of Kalamazoo.

Christine Vincent was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 19:55. The 47-year-old from Jackson, Mich., was 48th overall and finished four seconds ahead of Kari Blain, 28, of Kalamazoo.

Among the 1,933 entered in the Campus Classic, there were 672 WMU students, 403 alumni and 86 faculty and staff. Just shy of 2,300 people participated as runners, walkers and volunteers and more than 1,000 of them were WMU students.

Photo of Milwood Middle School runners at2011 WMU Campus Classic.
Milwood Middle School runners
A record 155 teams were entered with names such as Sturgis Broncos, Fans of Leonard, Las Tortugas [the turtles], Better Late Than Never, and Bunch of Fools. Nineteen teams were composed of middle- and high-school students from Battle Creek, Gull Lake, Kalamazoo and Sturgis; and 77 teams were WMU student entries.

WMU faculty member Carla Koretsky finished first in her age group, seventh among women, and 103rd overall with a time of 21:30. Second behind Koretsky in their age group was Kalamazoo County Commissioner Deb Buchholtz.

Donald Rand, age 77 of Vicksburg, Mich., was the oldest runner. He finished 797th, middle of the pack, with a time of 29:16.

The youngest runner, age 5, was Arianna Sanndish of Portage, Mich., who finished.

Visit the Campus Classic at for complete race results.