A pack of runners survived temperatures in the mid-80s and humidity to participate in the annual Run with the Wolves 5K on the Indiana University East Cross Country Course on July 20.
IU East cross country coach Adam Mengel was the overall winner of the race with a time of 17:59, which is the third event of eight on the schedule for the Wayne County Challenge.
Leah Keesling, who will be a senior at Randolph Southern High School, led the way for the women with a 20:36.
The 2019 IU East Run with the Wolves unofficial results are available.
Key Moments from the Run with the Wolves
- Indiana University East Alumni Association received the proceeds from the Run with the Wolves 5K.
- Members of the IU East Alumni Association, the Red Wolves athletic department and others volunteered to make the event a success.
- Red Wolf women’s basketball players arrived early to assist with preparations, while later competing in the race.
- IU East’s cross country athletes helped with the Run with Rufus 1K youth race. There were also other student-athletes from other IU East teams scattered though out the course providing support.
“It’s definitely and big deal for the campus and the community. It’s great to see a lot of the runners and families from the surrounding area come out and run this 5K. It’s a fun day for everybody. It was pretty hot and humid. It definitely takes a big toll on everybody and their times. We had great volunteers and help at the water stations with great first responders on site. I do want to thank all of the volunteers and the people who put this race together because they did a fantastic job.” – men’s overall winner Adam Mengel.
“I was hoping to be in the 20s in the this race, which I was. I was hoping my legs wouldn’t feel tired because they have been lately, but they actually felt pretty good. I just worked with the (humidity), but everybody is dealing with it. This is something I’m using to get ready for cross country. It was good practice.” – women’s overall winner Leah Keesling.
“This is a great community event and it’s the third race of the Wayne County Challenge. It’s kind of fun getting of the road and running on the grass and doing something different. We had about 270 people sign up, so it was a great turnout, especially on a pretty warm day.” – Run with the Wolves Race Director Brian Schleeper.
The next race in the Wayne County Challenge series is the Hagerstown Heartbreak Hill 5K on August 10. For more information, visit Wayne County Challenge.