Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 8, 1998

Michael Kiral / L’Observateur / April 8, 1998

LULING – Slidell’s Susan Molloy set the course record in winning the female division of the TransAmerican Refining Corporation Hale Boggs Bridge 5K Run/Walk Saturday morning.

Molloy, sponsored by PowerBar, finished with a time of 17 minutes, 25 seconds in her first time running the race. The previous female record of18:15 was set by Lynn MacDougall in last year’s race.

Molloy, who runs an average of 20 to 25 races a year, said the running conditions were really good during the race.

“The whole bridge, the wind was to our backs and the humidity was lower than yesterday,” Molloy said.

Tina Zellner of Slidell finished second with a time of 18:52, followed by Vickie Reade of New Orleans.

The men’s division had a repeat champion as Baton Rouge’s Passmore Furusa crossed the line in 14:97. Furusa, a former track star at LSU, wonlast year with a course-record time of 14:28. Furusa, who plans tocompete in Europe this summer, said he has had a cold the last two weeks and has battled knee problems Chalmette’s Gene Cavalier placed second in the men’s division with a time of 15:13, followed by New Orleans’ Paul Mutai at 15:24.

Harvey’s Derrick Lee placed first in the Masters’ division in 17:46 and Mandeville’s Karl Victor won the Grandmasters with a time of 19.46. Inthe women’s division, Kathleen Welch of Baton Rouge was the Masters champion with a time of 20:48. The Grandmasters champion was Gretna’sElizabeth Van Battum with a time of 25:46.

Overall winners received $250 with Molloy receiving a $250 bonus for breaking the course record. Second place winners received $150 and thirdplace finishers and winners of the Masters and Racewalkers categories received $100.

Over 1,500 runners and walkers participated in the race that started at Eastbank Bridge Park in Destrehan, crossed over the bridge spanning the Mississippi River and concluded at Westbank Bridge Park in Luling.

Proceeds from the annual race benefit the United Way of St. Charles andits over 30 agencies and programs.

Hale Boggs Mississippi Bridge 5k Race Category Winners

5K Overall Male 1. Passmore Furusa2. Gene Cavalier3. Paul MutaiFemale 1. *Susan Molloy2. Tina Zellner3. Vickie ReadeMasters Male 1. Derrick LeeFemale 1. Kathleen WelchGrandmasters Male 1. Karl VictorFemale 1. Elizabeth Van BattumRace Walkers Male 1. Jose Villalta2. Bill Elrod3. Cookie DraperFemale 1. Kristen Cate14 and Under Male 1. Shawn Mire2. Nick StassiFemale 1. Sara Stuart15-19 Years-Old Male 1. Andrew Callais2. Travis WebreFemale 1. Katy Morris2. Elizabeth Wong20-24 Years-Old Male 1. Zachary Bordelon2. Patrick ThomasFemale 1. Ambre Breaux2. Trisha Dufrene25-29 Years-Old Male 1. Al Hart2. Phil SimsFemale 1. Erica Murphy2. Karen Witkin30-34 Years-Old Male 1. Ross Shales2. Wayne ChenetFemale 1. Christina Reger2. Marie Hillaire35-39 Years-Old Male 1. Chris Williams2. Ricky HaasFemale 1. Yvette Rogers2. Lilli Brown40-44 Years-Old Male 1. Lee Wilkins2. Rick MontgomeryFemale 1. Mary Parfait2. Patricia Ehrle45-49 Years-Old Male 1. Roy Roberson2. Christopher EveridgeFemale 1. Rosa Bischoff2. Christy Gavitt50-54 Years-Old Male 1. Gary Stein2. Eugene JonesFemale 1. Jamie Manders2. Betty Bye55-59 Years-Old Male 1. Rudy Smith2. Gerald KlibertFemale 1. Karen Burgess2. Pat Grafe60-64 Years-Old Male 1. Don Lee2. John JohnsonFemale 1. Carolyn Johnson2, Martha Vogt 65-69 Years-Old Male 1. Ed Fuselier2. John HubertFemale 1. Lucy Troxler2. Faith Rousselle70 and Over Male 1. Bob Allen2. Jim Southard* – New course record

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