Penegar repeat winner in 5K Race for Literacy

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LHS senior runner posts 17:56 effort

By The Staff




Lancaster High School senior track and cross county standout Wylie Penegar repeated the feet feat at the second annual 5K Race for Literacy road race on Saturday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

Penegar, a distance runner on the LHS track team, ran a 17:56 to top a 137-runner field. A year ago, he posted an 18:13 over the 3.1-mile course which covered through residential areas in the vicinity of the Gregory Health and Wellness Center at USCL.

Penegar posted a solid win, topping his nearest foe, Isaac Lopez, who ran a 21:42. William Stone Jr., was third with a 22:16 effort.

“I was able to get the lead in the first half mile,” Penegar said. “I’ve been running 5 to 7 miles each day for track and that helped to build my endurance.”

Penegar shared part of the race day spotlight with his sister, LHS freshman Brooke Penegar who also runs on the LHS cross country and track squads. She posted a 22:59 to top the women’s field. A year ago, she was seventh overall in 27:44.

“I was proud of her,” Wylie Penegar said. “She pushed it hard and I cheered her own at the finish line.”

Anna Scott was second in 25:40 and Julie Webster placed third overall with a 25:56.

“I couldn’t be happier,” said Kathy Wilds, Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative executive director. “We had a good crowd and a beautiful day.”

Wilds said having Race Management Systems assist with the race made a major difference.

“It was so much better this year,” she said. “The results were available in a matter of minutes.

“Next year, they will be able to break it down by age groups,” Wilds added. “The services from Race Management made for a smoother race this year.”

Wilds was also grateful for Haile Gold Mine, which served as the presenting sponsor.

“They underwrote everything,” she said.

Wilds also noted the other race sponsors included First Palmetto Savings Bank, Springs Memorial Hospital, Founders Federal Credit Union, Agape Health and Wellness, Iota Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Bi-Lo, GetFit, Plantation Point Dentistry, Lancaster Runs and the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

The event drew a total of 184 participants.

“It was great to have the community come out and have a good time and support literacy at the same time,” Wilds said.

Lancaster Runs, which was formed in March, had its first sponsorship of a race event. Six team members helped with the race, and seven, including two new members who joined at the Friday expo, participated in the race.

“It was a better race experience having official times provided by RMS. It legitimizes the race and is a feature that serious runners are looking for,” said Cole Horton of Lancaster Runs.

“For this to be only the second year, the race is on par with some of the smaller races out there. Good news is, it can get even better. The course is challenging, the location is perfect, and being literacy centered on USCL grounds makes this an event with a real purpose and bright future.”