By TONY VIOLA
WHEELING - A few years ago, Jeffery Smith was a regular around the racing circuit.
An injury to his foot did way with that.
Three years later, he's back at it.
While the St. Clairsville native noted he's only at about 95 percent, it was enough to win the 5K walk at the 38th annual Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic.
Smith's winning time of 30:20.89 was just under three minutes faster than Sherri Alig, who finished second overall and was the first woman to finish.
''I've been injured for a while and I wanted to get back into competitive racing,'' Smith said. ''When it used to be the 20K, I did it about three times.''
Before his injury, Smith said he would normally do 15 to 20 5Ks a year.
Saturday morning was the first time he walked it.
''It's a little bit of a different form, but you get used to it,'' the 39 year-old said.
Shadyside's Tana Cline finished second on the women's side with a time of 36:06.30.
''It seems like it just keeps getting longer and longer,'' she said about the race. ''I used to be around 34 (minutes) and now I'm at 36. Oh, well. It comes with age.''
Cline is a regular in the Ogden 5K and usually does three or four 5Ks a year.
The second place finish was typical for Cline, who noted she's usually in the Top 5.
St. Clairsville's Joe Callarik finished third with a time of 35:02.22 and Wheeling's Dave Dailer rounded out the top five, coming in at 36:06.84.
In all, 94 walkers participated in the event.