Students Take on Course

WHEELING – More than 50 students from several local schools took advantage of a collaboration with the Ogden Half Marathon that promotes exercise, wellness and training.

Wheeling Park High School Physical Education and Health Department Chairman Mark Nardone, who ran the 5K race, said, “we really want to promote wellness and movement activities. We want try to encourage our students to continue with exercise and point them in the right direction for lifetime wellness.”

Audrey Abraham, physical education teacher at WPHS, also ran the 5K. Following the race she said, “It couldn’t have been a better morning, it was beautiful. Everything was great. … One of the students beat me.”

Albert Schrimp, 17, who ran track and cross country for Wheeling Park as a junior this past season, finished the half marathon in 1:24.25.

“I’m ecstatic with my time,” he said. “I’ve really done a lot of training. We just finished state track. I plan to keep running next year and in college.”

Erin Rice, 12, of Warwood Middle School ran her first 5K race with her parents Diana and Michael Rice. Diana is the school’s wellness coach.

“It was fun,” Erin said. “I plan to do it again.”

Jared Ullom, 13, also a student at Warwood Middle School, noted he ran the 5K race last year and noted it was colder this year. He also said he thought he did “pretty good.”

His sister, Tessa, 10, a Warwood Elementary student, also ran the 5K race for the second time. While admitting this year she was a little out of shape she still did pretty well. She said she also plans to continue running.

“I’m a runner,” she said. “I love it.”

Joel Mendelson, 9, from West Liberty Elementary School ran his first 5K race. “I’ll do it again, he said. ” I’ll defiantly keep running.”