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GCHS students raise money for American Heart Association

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By Paul Gable

For Michael Schultz, the Humana Mini-Heart Marathon is not just another race.

Instead, it's a way to keep his grandmother's tradition alive, and the Grant County High School track-and-field freshman competitor got a little help from his friends during this season's event, as he was able to find several teammates to raise money for the competition.

"I saw the race a few years ago, and my grandma had just died of a heart attack. It was at that time that I decided to run to raise money. I honor her memory by running in this event every year, and it has gone good," said Schultz, who was the lone competitor representing GCHS prior to this season.

Schultz placed 28th overall with a time of 20:15 in the 5K.

Teammate Devin Smith took part in the event this year.

"I wanted to help Michael out, and raise some money in the process. It went good," said Smith.

Seneca Sullivan was a walker in the competition, saying that it was a fun experience.

"I thought it would be hard, but I paced myself," Sullivan said.

The team was comprised of Schultz, Sullivan, Smith, Shannon Fabela, Chris Ellis, Brandon McIntosh, Brett Smith, Dustin Sullivan, Holly Francois, Jordon McIntosh, Becca Nehring and Megan Schultz.

Fabela was the highest finisher in the 5K, posting a time of 19:55, which was good enough for 23rd out of 1,535 participants. Smith finished 40th overall, while Ellis and McIntosh were 54th and 56th, respectively.

Other members competing were Shannon Fabela, who finished 23rd with a time of 19:55 and Chris Ellis, who finished 54th with a time of 21:21.

This year, Schultz and his teammates raised $630 for the American Heart Association.