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Randolph Students, Faculty Race to Finish in Four and 10 Milers

Lynchburg race draws more than 1,600 from around the world

9/29/2008 9:20:09 AM


(l to r) Randolph Cross Country Coach Catherine Phillips, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Ashley Haugh '10, Bobbie LaFleur '10 (enlarge)

LYNCHBURG – A Randolph College contingency of students and faculty made their mark with a strong showing in the Lynchburg Four and 10-Milers Sept. 27.

Porsche Pugh, a Randolph junior, won the Four-Miler for women. She and 15 members of the college's women's and men's cross country teams competed in the Four-Miler race. The women's and men's teams finished the Four-Miler second and first, respectively in the team competition. Team members ended their runs in style and were cheered on by fellow students at the College’s gates, the finish line for the Four-Miler.

Among the numerous faculty and staff participating in the runs were Randolph College cross country coach Catherine Phillips and assistant coach and physics professor Peter Sheldon, who competed in the 10-Miler. Phillips secured third place in the women’s category with a 1:04:19 run. She was 24th overall. Sheldon was first in his age division and finished in 28th place with a 1:06:24 time.

More than 1,600 runners of all ages participated in the Virginia 10 Miler, Four- Miler, or Amazing Mile Children's Run this year. The Virginia Ten Miler and its challenging course have drawn both elite and amateur athletes from throughout the country and around the world. The first Virginia Ten Miler occurred in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1974 with 188 runners participating.

Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won the first women's marathon gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, participated in several events surrounding the race and was the top female finisher in the 10-mile race.

For official race results, see

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