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Batavia sweeps Windmill Whirl

Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 11:40 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia residents won both the men and women divisions of the Windmill Whirl 5K run Friday.  

Alex DiVerde, a 20-year old Bradley University student , won the men’s race with a time of 17:56.07

Finishing sixth overall and first in the women’s division was 13-year-old Daphne Kolody, an incoming freshman at Batavia who completed the course in 19:53.81.

This year also marked the first time in several years that the 5K run, which is part of the Windmill City Festival, was held on a Friday, as the event was held on Saturday morning.

“We move it back to Friday night so it can be even more family oriented than in the past,” said Rachel Schmit, the race co-ordinator . "In doing that, kids have the ability to watch their parents. They also have entertainment . You have the whole family down here so that was really the thought process moving it back to Friday night.  It’s just as well as we can also include walking as a less competitive type of race.” 

"I’m from the area and  I’ve always come done to the Windmill Fest. I’ve run in the race for the past a couple of years,” said DiVerde who runs cross country and track at Bradley. “My family is a bunch of runners so it’s a fun thing to do and Batavia does a really good job of putting it on. “   

“ I got first place  in the female division last year too and this year I got first again so I’m really happy,” said Kolody, who plans to compete in cross country this fall. “I actually got a minute better this year.”   

Over 120 runners and walkers ranging in age from 7 to 66 competed in the race held in downtown Batavia .

Medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each of eight age brackets for both male and female runners.

Mike Konopinski finished second (18:04.09) and Andrew Buss (18:16.65) took third in the men’s competition.

In the women’s race, Janet Leonard came in second (22:54.62) while Denise Trimble captured third place (23:17.97).

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