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Running: Noullet, Appman take indoor mile series

Noemie Noullet ran away with the Nittany Valley Running Club’s Indoor Mile Series for 2016, with a combined time from her two races of 10 minutes, 27.21 seconds. She also had the best women’s time of the series, 5:10.45.

The series title is awarded to the runner with the best combined time from two races in the four-race series held at Penn State’s indoor track.

In the men’s series, Will Appman, the series record holder with a combined time of 8:35.18 in 2013, won with a combined time of 8:47.67, and the best mile time of the year, 4:20.92. Matthew Beyerle (9:00.70) just edged Doug Jordan (9:00.82) for second place, although Jordan had the best single mile time of the two (4:27.92).

Bob Chandler was the men’s masters champion with a combined time of 8:47.67 and the best masters time of the year, 4:48.88. Meira Minard, current masters series record holder, took the series again this year with a combined time of 11:38.02.

The final race of the series on Feb. 5 also included a 3,000 meter run. Mark Puleo took first place in 9:20.86. Mary Higgins was the first woman in 11:26.36, and John Affleck was the first masters runner in 11:04.53.

In a new addition to the series, Penn State wheelchair racer Brett Gravatt completed three ability athlete miles, improving his time from just over 5 minutes to 4:50.69.

Olympic trials

Former Penn State cross country and track runner Kyle Dawson competed in his first marathon at the Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles on Feb. 13. Dawson finished in 2 hours, 37 minutes, 36 seconds, good for 93rd in a field of runners who had qualified for the trials. Dawson told he also plans to compete in the 10,000 meters at the Olympic track trials in July.

Race results

Eric Marshall, of State College, running with his dog Marley, won the Sno’ Big Deal 10K on Feb. 6 in 37:46. Meira Minard, of State College, was the first woman in 43:47. The race, run mostly on mountain roads, was part of the Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon’s “Tussey Teaser” series.

Penn State students also ran fast times at the second annual Winter Thaw 5K on Saturday. Dan Wilcko was first in 15:21, and second place finisher Jacob Derlink was also well under 16 minutes in 15:33. Indoor mile series winner Noemie Noullet took the women’s race in 18:15. Kaitlyn Spangler was also under 19 minutes in 18:52, and Shannon Wagner rounded out the top three in 19 minutes flat.

Race calendar

▪ Laurel Run Switchbacker 10K, 10 a.m., March 5, Tussey Ski Area, Bear Meadows Road. The race website notes that course conditions may be icy, although recent warm weather has melted most of the ice on the mountain roads. Part of the Tussey Mountainback’s Tussey Teaser series. No registration fee. For details and the complete schedule, see

▪ Bunny Blitz 5K Cross Country Trail Run, 9:30 a.m. (walk begins at 8:15 a.m.), March 26, Harpster Ball Field, Marengo Road, Pennsylvania Furnace. Benefits the YMCA of Centre County and the Northern Blair County Recreational Center. Dogs welcome. Website:

▪ Run with the Law 5K, 3 p.m., April 2, 200 block of South Allen Street. Benefits the Center for Alternatives in Community Justice. For more information and registration, see

▪ The Red Run 5K, 9 a.m., April 2, Grace Prep High School, 848 Science Park Road. Proceeds support Grace Prep School Enrichment.

▪ NVRC Rodney Myers Memorial Run Around Egg Hill 10-miler and Relay Race, 2:30 p.m., April 3, Gregg Township Elementary School, Spring Mills. Benefits the Penns Valley Area School District track and cross country programs. For more information and registration, see

▪ FaithCentre 5K and “King of the Hills” 10K, 10 a.m., April 9, Bellefonte Area Middle School. Benefits the FaithCentre Food Bank the Pet Food Pantry of Centre County. For more information and registration, see the FaithCentre website:

▪ Linden Loop 5-mile run, 2 p.m., May 1, 111 Linden Hall Road, Oak Hall. The event, benefiting the Rock Hill School at Linden Hall, includes a 28-mile supported bike ride at 12:30 p.m., a 5-mile family recreational bike ride at 1 p.m., a 5-mile walk at 1:30 p.m., and the 5-mile run at 2 p.m., as well as free tours of the historic school. Website: Online registration: or

Tara Murray writes a monthly running column for the Centre Daily Times. She can be reached via email at