Kriska leads youth movement at 5K

First Posted: 10/10/2009

Matus Kriska went from business to casual in about 12 hours.
The Mount Airy junior was on the field of the Granite Bears 54-0 homecoming demolition of North Stokes Friday night escorting senior Ellie Case, a member of the homecoming court. Come Saturday morning, Kriska had traded in his dress clothes for running attire before winning the 5K on the Greenway in 16 minutes, 58 seconds.
The cross country and track standout hung out with some friends after the game Friday and did not get to bed until late at night. No matter though, as the young gun finished 20 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, 38-year-old Curtis Swisher of Kernersville, at a race that began at 8:45 a.m.
It wasnt really too bad, Kriska said of getting out of bed early. I didnt feel like waking up (Saturday) morning, but I guess you have to.
Kriska was just one of many younger runners who entered the race. Most of Surry Centrals cross country team was in attendance and the few that werent had a good reason for missing: They were taking the SAT.
The Northwest 1A/2A Conference championship meet takes place Wednesday. The 5K on the Greenway was the perfect race for high schoolers to run in because it was a challenging course that allowed them to compete against not only their peers, but seasoned veterans as well.
Its a good experience, said Surry Centrals Jacob Fulk, who took fourth place with a time of 18:08, a second behind 52-year-old Joe Campbell of Silver Creek. Sometimes you learn the most from races.
Kriska said he didnt go all out, as he has a long training run ahead of him today. Most of the high school runners were trying to keep in shape and focused for the conference meet.
Today I just kind of tempod it, Kriska said. I just wanted to do enough to win today, not too much more.
What made the 5K on the Greenway a good race was the course, Fulk said.
It was a pretty nice course, a pretty fast course, he said. Its got a few good hills. Its a pretty good race overall.
A number of people echoed those sentiments, a fact backed up by the 283 runners, a new record for the race. Last years event drew 220 athletes and that was a 50-person improvement from the previous year.
Darren Lewis of Reeves Community Center, which sponsored the event along with the Mount Airy Junior Womans Club, said earlier in the week he expected a large turnout as long as the rain held off. An overcast sky and cool temperature made for a pleasant race for the runners. After the main event, a half-mile fun run took place for children.
The vast majority of participants were locals, although some traveled from Greensboro and Winston-Salem to compete.
Contact Ed Phillipps at [email protected] or 719-1921.

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