Monday, April 27, 2009
Elmhurst's Akita Wins Ravenswood 5K
Jim Akita, well-known in the west burbs as head track and cross-country coach at Elmhurst College, crossed the finish line first on Sunday at the Ravenswood 5K in Chicago. Jim averaged 4.52 per mile and posted a 15:06. Runner-up was Christian Escareno in 15:19, with Dave Wilson, last year's CARA Runner of the Year, third in 15:25. On the women's side, the pace was very fast as Catherine Beck won in 16:55, just ahead of Colleen Newhart, who ran 16:57. Jessica Langford of Rockford was third in 17:18, a time that would win some less talent-laden 5Ks on the men's or women's side! There were 2,795 finishers in another smashing success for this quality race. Once again, congrats to Jim Akita! Photos of Jim Akita and Catherine Beck are courtesy of Brian Jacokes from www.midwestrunningphotos.com.