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Website © 2020. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal. THE JOURNAL Wednesday, May 4, 2016 5 I1' II I LEONARD BANKS "I am in awe of the talent, humil- thon. ity and team" Tritt said. "Rick and Team Hoyt held several events for Sports editor Dick Hoyt, Bryon Lyons and Kathy the runners. Initially a "story telling" After competing in the Boston Sullivan lead this team by example time for each member to hear how Marathon for 4 years, life still hasn't and strength. Many local sponsors another member chose Team Hoyt. lost its zest for King George resi- such as King George Welding, Dan's This part was both humbling and in- dent, Michele Tritt. On Wednesday, Soft and Septic, Bike Doctor in Wal- spirational as I learned that many Tritt and three members of the King dorf Maryland, and of course several qualified and charity runners share George community took part in the King George residents also helped" a passion for helping make sports 120th running of the Boston Mara- Whether the runners finished 1st events everywhere more inclusive thon. or simply completed the race, every- for all athletes. "Personally I had a 2nd knee sur- one felt a since of gratification, and There was also a pasta dinner gery this year that delayed my train- freedom, knowing that the bombing for all of the runners prior to the ing into January" Tritt said. "I was of 2013 did not deter their destiny, marathon and during that time our nervous going in because it was my "Ever since 2013 security has coaches: Uta Pipping (3 x Boston least mileage training cycle yet, but tightened" Tritt said. "Increased Winner) as well as Dick, Rick and once I was there I felt strong and checkpoints and barriers make it a Kathy lead inspirational speeches ready- surely a reflection of the love little more frustrating to get around and recognized fundraising to- and support of my family, friends, on race morning, but unfortunately tals. "Some of the charity runners Team Hoyt and the city of Boston. it is necessary. Seeing the helicopters brought in over $9,000 each" Tritt I'm not sure I will ever "conquer the patrol the course all day is very reas- said. "Charity runners were required course" but I did feel the love that suring and I felt extremely safe on the to raise $6500, because I was a quali- radiates from this race, and love can trek from Hopkinton to Boylston" fled runner, my total was allowed to conquer all!" Team Hoyt (Dick & Rick) is a fa- be less. I was both humbled and awe In a field of 30,000 runners, all four ther and son team from Holland inspired at the dedication of many of members of the King George contin- Massachusetts who have competed these athletes as they held fundrais- gent finished the 26.2 mile race with together in a variety of marathon/ ers as they trained" significant times. Haley Armentrout triathlon endeavors since 1977. AI- Now that race is over, Tritt will for- finished with a time of 3:37.47, while though Rick has cerebral palsy, it has ever remember the sound of Amer- Alice Pallotti, completed the race in never hindered the team from com- ica commemorating the nation's 4:41:05. Although Tritt did not sur- petition. Now that Dick has retired freedom through a simple gesture pass last year's time of 3:24.31, she from competition, he has been re- of embarking on a trip through the did accomplish a time of 3:36:04. placed by Hoyt Team runner, Bryan streets of Boston. Nick Husson, the 36 year-old male Lyons. "The cheers of the crowds are ex- member of the group, finished with Rick and Dick ran 32 Boston Mar- hilarating at the end of the race and a time of 3:00:17. athons. Bryan and Rick have now seeing the finish-line is a bittersweet Tritt, a member of the marathon completed 2 Boston marathons to- combination of not wanting to let go training team, "Team Hoyt", whose gether (since Dick's retirement from of the training that got you there .... theme this year is inclusion, raised running). Dick served as the grand and the joyful anticipation of cross- $3,175 for the Hoyt organization, marshall for this year's Boston Mara- ing it," Tritt said. Michelle Tritt (above), and three residents of King George (Nick Husson, cently completed the 26.2 mile 120th running of the Boston Marathon. )oto courtesyo Haley Armentrout, Alice Pallotti) re- 1OO Photo by John Agnew Last week, at the Duke Invitational, King George Alumni, and William & Mary sophomore, Davion Hutt broke 100-meter track record with a time of 10.58 that placed him second overall and breaking the old Tribe record by .06 seconds. STAFF REPORTS breaking the Tribe record by .06 seconds. The old record, converted to meters was 10.64. Four former Tribe track Davion Hutt is just the 16th record-holder of the & field athletes held the record jointly. 100-meter dash in 120 years of Tribe track. The 2014 Graham brothers place high at Capital Area Confer- King George graduate, and William & Mary sophomore ence Championship performed admirably at the Dtlke Invitational, as he blew Fox alumni and Christopher Newport track & field past most of the competition with a 10.71 in the prelimi- standouts Jonathan and Trey Graham had a banner day nary heats, before advancing as the third seed. The pre- at the Capital Area Conference Championship, at Frost- lim was the fourth-fastest 100-meter race ever run by the burg State University. Jonathan placed first in the pole Tribe. In addition it was the 10th fastest sprint ever, in- vault, with a vault of 4.55 meters (14'11"), while broth- cluding the old-style 100-yard dash. er Trey placed second in the hammer throw, setting a Remarkably, less than two hours later, Hutt returned school record of 52.34 meters (171'9"). Both athletes are in the finals, and ran 10.58, placing second overall, and All-Conference winners. Sheriff's Office arrests APRIL 24: Theodore Paul Lomax, 81, King George was charged with shoplifting. APRIL 25: Latoya Maria Hyman, 32, King George was charged with contempt of court and price alternating mer- chandise. APRIL 26: Laura Veronica Vasquez, 19, Woodbridge was charged with dis- tribution of marijuana and unlawful possession of alcoholic beverage. APRIL 27: Jeffery Duane Hoskins, 36, King George was charged with contempt of court. Samantha Maye Morgan, 27, of King George was charged with pos- session of controlled substance and possession of controlled parapher- nalia. Randy Cortez Pryor, 55, King George was charged with assault and battery. APRIL 28: Luis Danielle Montiel, Jr., 25, Al- exandria was charged with contempt of court. Jon Jacob Werczynski, 19, Glen Allen was charged with driving un- der the influence, possession of mar- ijuana and reckless driving. APRIL 29: Curtis Wright, 58, of King George was charged with failure to appear to answer interrogatories. Richard Leggitt i, :i: runner ursues runnl in CARLEY ARMENTROUT life, no matter how old you are," said James Madison University, had to Pekarek. keep up with school and her train- Special to the Journal Since high school, Armentrout ing schedule. "It was hard to bal- Local runner, Haley Armentrout, has continued to run. She has par- ance between classes and work" accomplishes a lifelong goal by ticipated in the Hokie Half mara- said Armentrout. "My friends were competing in the Boston Marathon thon in Blacksburg, Virginia three very supportive and knew that this Monday, April 18, 2016. times, and running a marathon had was a goal of mine. They helped The greatest feat for many run- been on her bucket list. After run- keep me accountable." ners in America is to get the chance ning a half marathon the first time, Once arriving to Boston, it be- to run the Boston Marathon, the she decided it was time to take the came surreal for Armentrout. She oldest and one of the most presti- next step. said she couldn't' believe the time gious races in the country. When Keeping in touch with Pekarek, had come for her to take part in her Armentrout was asked why she she informed him that she was ready first Boston Marathon. Although wanted to run the marathon, she to compete in a marathon. "He was she had been training, she knew laughed and simply replied, "Be- very excited when I first told him that the marathon would have some cause it's the Boston Marathon." that I was interested in running my challenges--including the infamous Armentrout, a King George first marathon" said Armentrout. "Heartbreak Hill" resident, had grown up running "The stories of his experiences in- "I couldn't believe that after want- through various programs since spired me to want to run the Boston ing to do this for a year and a half she was a little girl. In elementary Marathon" that the day was already here,' she school, she was a member of the Before running in Boston, she said. "My intent in coming up here running club and was coached by had to run a qualifying time first this weekend was not necessarily Michele Tritt--who was also a par- before making it to the great race. to run a fantastic race, but it was to ticipant in this year's marathon. Pekarek gave her training advice take in the city as a whole" After discovering her love for run- prior to help her achieve her goals. The race was comprised of vari- ning, she began to run local 5ks and In order to do that, Armentrout de- ous streets throughout many of fun runs within the Fredericksburg cided to run the Anthem Richmond Boston's downtown areas. Armen- area fueling the passion she now has Marathon in November 2014. trout said that after the first half for running long distances. When deciding to run Richmond, of the marathon she was thinking Throughout middle school and she made sure that it would meet she had a long way to go including high school, she joined the Cross the expectations she had for her Heartbreak Hill, which is a four and country team and track teams, first course: moderately challenging a half mile stretch of continuous "I became more interested in and a Boston qualifier. "Coach Pek- hills. Whenever the race became running as I got older because of arek gave me good reviews because draining, the crowd kept her going. how competitive teams were" said it was a fairly flat course," she said. Like Pekarek had told her prior, the Armentrout. "Not only was there "I wanted to run a time that would crowd was like none she had expe- competition from all over the state, qualify me if given the opportunity." rienced before. "The crowd was in- but within the team itself. We al- Finishing the Richmond race credible. There wasn't a single spot ways pushed each other to do our with a time of 3:29:31, Armentrout on the course that wasn't lined with best." made the cut. The qualifying time She continued to say her team- was 3:35 for women ages 18-34, and spectators" she said depicting the mates were a big motivator in high in order to run in the Boston Mara- spectatorsi:ho lined the streets of school always pushing her to do her thon, runners must submit their the race. Was amazing seeing the way that this race brought together best, and so were her coaches. "We times. The fastest times had prior- the entire community." improved together" she said. ity for registration. Even if a runner Her middle school track coach made the time, it didn't necessarily Coming around the bend to the and high school cross country mean a guaranteed spot to compete, finish, Armentrout felt a huge sense coach, Cathy Binder, noticed her After running, in 2014, Armen- of accomplishment. She made many passion for running and continued trout had to wait until September friends before and during the race, to support her throughout running 2015 to receive the news that she and she said it was nice knowing and her personal life. "Coach Bind- would be a participant in the 2016 people who were just as crazy as she waBs. I was coming to the er fueled my love for cross country Boston Marathon. Once she re- running" she said. "She was very ceived the news, the countdown be- finish I couldn't believe that all of involved with us at practice and our gan, for her excitement was immea- those months of training for all of personallives. I think it greatly con- surable. "I was very, very excited" us--me and all of the other run- tributed to our success:' she said. "I couldn't believe it. I was ners around me--finally paid off," Another supportive figure in Ar- grateful to have the opportunity to she said. Armentrout completed the mentrout's life was her high school run at such a big and historic event:' course with a time of 3:37:47 and a winter and spring track coach, Armentrout's training for the sense of pride that she wouldn'tget Rudy Pekarek, Pekarek, a former Boston Marathon began in Decem- anywhere else. marathon runner himself, was Ar- ber making it a long winter for her. "The past couple of months I've mentrout's biggest motivator for The grueling training was a chal- been thinking that I wouldn't do running as well as her biggest critic, lenge; but she remembered Pekarek, another marathon after this;' she "With one sharp comment he could who had ran Boston four times, said. "But there's no better feeling make you focus on the race at hand telling her what a great experience than crossing the finish line and ! in a way that pushed us to do our Boston was, and it kept her strong, definitely would do another one" best" said Armentrout. "Coach Pe- "Boston is the most spectator in- Armentrout said that even karek is still a big part of my run- tense race that I have ever run and though the process is long, it was ning endeavors." is literally the marathon of mara- definitely worth it. "Even if you Pekarek said that he didn't moti- thons" said Pekarek. "Everyone don't think that you can do it, you vate Armentrout to run marathons, knows exactly what it takes to get definitely can" she said. "It's just but he helped her find her passion there and everyone appreciates that committing to a training plan and to continue running. "I always told you have come to the city and par- having people around you who sup- Haley that running is something ticipated in the race" port you. Training is hard at first but you could do for the rest of your Armentrout, who now attends it is definitely worth it?