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


Brian said...

Hey Bob, I have some photos of the winners on both sides if you'd like to post them. You can get in touch with me at


Cornelius Sandbuckle said...

Way To Go Jimmy!!!!