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67 Sprint for Elswick Scholarships

Sixty-one runners and another six walkers took part in Bluefield College’s Fifth Annual Jason Elswick Memorial Scholarship 5K Challenge, Saturday, September 15, racing for more than just prizes and recognition.

Chris Shoemaker

September 20, 2012

View more than 80 photos from the Elswick 5K on BC's Facebook page.

 

 

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Elswick Scholarship founders David (far left) and Pam (left) Elswick with 5K Challenge overall winner Nick Whited (center) of Bluefield, Virginia.

 

 

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Women's overall winner Lindsey DeVaughn (center) of Athens, West Virginia.

 

 

View more than 80 photos from the Elswick 5K on BC's Facebook page.

 

 

The 67 supporters ran for scholarships and to preserve the memory of former Bluefield College student Jason Elswick, who lost his life before earning a BC degree and fulfilling his dream of becoming a schoolteacher.

 

A teacher education major from Tazewell, Virginia, Jason Elswick died in a car accident in October 2005. After his death, his parents, David and Pam Elswick of Tazewell, created a scholarship at Bluefield College designed to preserve his memory and to continue his legacy by providing scholarship assistance to other teacher education students just like him.

 

The annual Elswick 5K Challenge helps increase awareness and raise funds to support the scholarship, which provides vital assistance to BC students seeking a degree in math education and whose goals are similar to Jason’s.

 

“It is our desire that many students with the same goals and wonderful characteristics as Jason be helped through this scholarship,” said David and Pam Elswick. “It is also our wish that Jason’s memory live on through the lives of the students receiving the scholarship awards.”

 

This year, 67 supporters joined the cause by competing in the memorial 5K. Nick Whited of Bluefield, Virginia, earned the overall first place award with a time of 17:19. Placing second overall: Michael Hayworth, III, of Allen Junction, West Virginia, with a time of 19:15. Bluefield, Virginia’s Bradley Schmitt won overall third with a time of 19:45.

 

In the women’s division, first place overall went to Lindsey DeVaughn of Athens, West Virginia, with a time of 23:01. Keri Beth Quesenberry of Bluefield, Virginia, won second place overall among women with a time of 23:19. Audra Vanderwerke of Bedford, Virginia, took the women’s third place overall award with a time of 25:12.

 

“Pam and David (Elswick) are such good people, and I wanted to support them,” said James ‘Buddy’ Blevins of Tazewell, Virginia, who was running his first Elswick 5K. “Their son was a wonderful young man, and I wanted to honor his memory and help support the college.”

 

Male participants who received awards for the fastest times in their specific age groups were:

  • Ages 14 and younger: Cade Fix of Princeton, West Virginia (first place), Scott Tyson of Bluefield, Virginia (second place), and Jack Tyson of Bluefield, Virginia (third place).
  • Ages 15-19: Michael Hayworth, III, of Allen Junction, West Virginia (first place), and Mark Filer of Bluefield, West Virginia (second place).
  • Ages 20-24: Bradley Schmitt of Bluefield, Virginia (first place), Ryan Thomas of Tazewell, Virginia (second place), and Andrew Lawrence of Bluefield, West Virginia (third place).
  • Ages 25-29: Kharles Mwalo of Bluefield, West Virginia (first place), Alexander Wren of Christiansburg, Virginia (second place), and Donald Bellamy of Bluefield, West Virginia (third place).
  • Ages 30-34: Nick Whited of Bluefield, Virginia (first place), Robert Paul Wilkinson of Bluefield, Virginia (second place), and Jody Deel of Bluefield, Virginia (third place).
  • Ages 35-39: Michael Hayworth, Jr., of Allen Junction, West Virginia (first place), Michael Harris of Bluefield, Virginia (second place), and Jason Sargent of Tazewell, Virginia (third place).
  • Ages 40-44: Paul Pennington of Athens, West Virginia (first place), Tracey Stout of Bluefield, Virginia (second place), and Tom Cochran of Beckley, West Virginia.
  • Ages 45-49: Roy Gum of Athens, West Virginia (first place), and Mark Wagner of Wytheville, Virginia.
  • Ages 50-54: William Lester of Princeton, West Virginia (first place), Desi McClung of Princeton, West Virginia, and Steven Hunt of Bandy, Virginia.
  • Ages 55-59: no entries
  • Ages 60-64: Thomas O'Quinn of Bluefield, Virginia (first place), James "Buddy" Blevins of Tazewell, Virginia (second place), and Cameron Forrester of Tazewell, Virginia (third place).
  • Ages 65 and older: Butch Currence of Bluefield, West Virginia (first place), Tom Davis of Athens, West Virginia (second place), and Jimmy Miller of Bluefield, West Virginia (third place).

 

Women who achieved awards for the fastest times in their specific age groups were:

  • Ages 14 and younger: no entries
  • Ages 15-19: Audra Vanderwerke of Bedford, Virginia (first place).
  • Ages 20-24: Lindsey DeVaughn of Athens, West Virginia (first place).
  • Ages 25-29: Keri Beth Quesenberry of Bluefield, Virginia (first place), Megan Chilton of Galax, Virginia (second place), and Allison Huson of Bluefield, West Virginia (third place).
  • Ages 30-34: Rebekah Roberts of Tazewell, Virginia (first place), Tiffany Deel of Bluefield, Virginia (second place), and Jessica Brown of Bluefield, West Virginia (third place).
  • Ages 35-39: Heather Harris of Bluefield, Virginia (first place).
  • Ages 40-44: no entries
  • Ages 45-49: Glenda Scott of Bland, Virginia (first place).
  • Ages 50-54: Anita Wagner of Wytheville, Virginia (first place), and Pamela Roberts of Tazewell, Virginia (second place).
  • Ages 55-59: Nancy Blevins of Tazewell, Virginia (first place), Jan Lutz of Tazewell, Virginia (second place), and Crissandra Honaker of Alderson, West Virginia (third place).
  • Ages 60-64: Donna Akers of Narrows, Virginia (first place).
  • Ages 65 and older: no entries.

 

“When I retired at age 65 I figured I better start running to stay in shape,” said Butch Currence of Bluefield, West Virginia, the oldest runner in the race at age 71. “The reason I came out for this race was to help out. It’s for a good cause.”

 

Other runners included William Lambert of North Tazewell, Virginia; Anthony Dillon of Bluefield, Virginia; Daniel Schroeder of Christiansburg, Virginia; Kyle Hammond of Bluefield, West Virginia; Kevin Dawson of Vansant, Virginia; John Ball of North Tazewell, Virginia; Ben Brownlee of Princeton, West Virginia; Mason Menefee of North Tazewell, Virginia; Dennis Lee of Tazewell, Virginia; Wendy Morrison of Bluefield, Virginia; Ryan Moore of Bluefield, Virginia; Karen Waldron of Bluefield, Virginia; Michael Wade of Tazewell, Virginia; Marina Sargent of Tazewell, Virginia; Rod Moore of Bluefield, West Virginia; Peyton Cline of Tazewell, Virginia; and Rebecca Sarver of Tazewell, Virginia.

 

Walkers included Sandy Tyson of Bluefield, Virginia; Joe Tyson of Bluefield, Virginia; Carol Tyson of Bluefield, West Virginia; Michael Bandy of Bluefield, Virginia; Lori Blevins of Bluefield, Virginia; and Jessica Hall of Bluefield, Virginia.

 

“We have built a solid race over the past five years,” said BC alumni director and Elswick 5K organizer Josh Cline. “The race is relatively flat for the area, making it a speed course. Many runners make their best times here, and they enjoy that. And, the race has a great purpose. The money goes to help students continue a Southwestern Virginia boy’s dream to become a teacher. Thanks to the foresight of his parents, David and Pam, Jason will touch more lives, through students at Bluefield College who benefit from this scholarship, than he ever could have imagined.”

 

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Jason Elswick Memorial Scholarship Fund may do so by sending a gift to Bluefield College, c/o The Elswick Scholarship Challenge, 3000 College Drive, Bluefield, Virginia, 24605.

 

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