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Austin's Patel top finisher at Round-Up 10K

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Ashish Patel finished first in 34:54 on Saturday.

Ashish Patel of Austin won the Texas Round-Up 10K race Saturday. Rich Warner was second, in one of the highest participation races in Central Texas.

Patel finished in 34:54, slower than winning times in the past six Round-Ups but well ahead of Warner (36:26). Michael Budde was fifth overall and the first master in 37:25.

"I did the Cap 10 a couple of weeks ago, and I found this course tougher," said Patel.

"It was pretty hilly in the second half," said Warner. "But (Patel) was stronger than me, for sure."

Liz Shelton was way out in front in the women's race, knocking out steady 5:50 miles. Shelton, a former University of Texas runner, was unchallenged in her winning effort of 37:23, which was good for fourth place overall in the race.

Lisa Pohlit was second in 40:07, followed by Cindy Connolly in 40:57. Jennifer Fisher took the master's title in 41:40.

"I knew it was going to be a hilly course, so I tried to be more conservative than when I ran the Capitol 10,000," said Shelton, who took fourth in that race and posted a 37:13 on a warmer day. "It was a challenging course, but I love hills, so fortunately my training fits in with a course like this. You have to constantly attack it, and you really can't back off."

Andrew Ramirez beat Michael Madison in the accompanying 5K. Louis Kokernak took the master's win. Brittany Marches topped the women's field just ahead of Catherine Barrera, who at 19:10 also was the first master.

According to Meredith Garcia, executive director of the event, the Round-Up, which began in 2004 as a fitness initiative challenge by Gov. Rick Perry, attracted a combined 5K/10K field of 6,000 this year.

Upcoming races

Saturday

May Day 5K, 8 a.m., Hernandez Intermediate School, San Marcos. See www.sanmarcosrunners.org for more information.

Bat-Stravaganza 5K, 9 a.m., 300 University Blvd., Round Rock. See http://batrun.sw.org.

Sunday

Schlotzsky's Bun Run 5K, 7:30 a.m., Auditorium Shores. See www.bunrun.com.