Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 19, 2014

McDaniel sets record pace at Jerolee White 5K Run

BLUEFIELD — The conditions for a 5K run and walk were nearly perfect Saturday morning with temperatures in the low 50s and nearly 100 people participated in the Fourth Annual Jerolee White Nursing Scholarship 5K Run/Walk on the campus of Bluefield State College.

The event honors the late Jerolee White, a member of the nursing faculty at BSC who practiced her profession until the age of 72 and later died of cancer. Funds raised through the event go toward a scholarship fund in White’s name.

The first to cross the finish line was Lance McDaniel of Princeton who set a course record with a time of 16:13.

“It was good. It was a little rolling but no huge hills and I kind of like rolling hills anyway, so this was a good course,” McDaniel said. “Perfect weather. It was a little chilly but you’re going to warm up when you run, so it was good.”

The Princeton resident runs seven days a week and covers between 50 to 70 miles during that time. He talked about what’s next on his plate.

“I think I’m going to do the Sam White 5K in Princeton in two weeks and then I don’t know after that,” McDaniel said. “I’ll be training for the West Virginia 5K championships in June, but we’ll see. It’s whatever God says go do, I’ll do.”

The first female to complete the course was last year’s winner, Amanda Nichols. A student in the BSC nursing program and a member of the Big Blues cross country team, Nichols finished with a time of 21:15.

“This is the third time I’ve run this race so I knew what to expect. The last mile and a half or so is uphill so that’s a little challenging, but it’s a good course, I like it,” Nichols said.

“I had a really good competitor this year, the second place girl was really good, so it was a little bit more competition.”

Finishing second for the ladies was Princeton High School student Taylor Hamm with a time of 21:55.

Lonnie Bailey of Pineville was the first walker to cross the finish line. While happy he was first, Bailey was expecting a 5K walk instead of a mile walk when he came from Wyoming County.

“It was easy for me because I do a lot of walking and running,” Bailey said. “I was hoping it would be a 5K walk all the way, it was just a one-mile deal and that was a little disappointing.”

Bailey has won 92 awards in races both running and walking.

“I’ve done a lot of races. I’ve been here, won first place (walking) year before last. I didn’t come last year. This will be the third time I’ve won here,” Bailey said.

Julie Orr is an assistant professor of nursing at Bluefield State and race coordinator. She also participated in the race as a runner. She talked about this year’s event.

“This annual race puts money into the fund that will be used for scholarships for nurses,” Orr said. “We live in an area where the economy is not great and nursing is one of the most stable professions in the area. A lot of people can’t afford to come to college, so this scholarship will help somebody, hopefully, who is struggling financially to pay for college, to be able to graduate and become a registered nurse.”

This year the fund has enough money and the scholarship is endowed and will be awarded for the first time. It is not currently known how many students will be awarded, nor the amount of the award.

Orr spoke about the participants in this year’s event.

“Our numbers were a little bit down and I think it was the Easter weekend phenomenon, a lot of people out of town, family coming in, but the weather was beautiful. We had a lot of same-day registration, so our numbers are a lot higher than I thought they would be coming into the race,” Orr stated.

Bluefield State President Dr. Marsha Krotseng and her husband Lee supported the event as walkers. Krotseng gave her thoughts.

“I enjoyed the walk. It was a beautiful morning, a cool morning for the walk and just a great day,” Krotseng said. “I am just tremendously thankful to the community for coming out.

“We see so many folks not just from campus, but from all across the city and region that come back, even former students coming back to participate and that means a lot to our institution. We are a part of the city and we want to help the city be a vibrant place to live and this is one way to help that.”

Barbara Carter worked with White and ran the course on Saturday morning.

“I am very glad they went to the effort to bring this together because not a lot of us take the time to honor the people that we think a lot about and Jerolee was very special,” Carter said. “I didn’t work with her for a lot of years, but I was inspired by the variety of things that she did and her energy level, her knowledge level and she worked later in life than most people work also, and that impressed me too. When I was feeling tired and sluggish I was always inspired to watch her run around like a 30 year old when she was 72 years old.

“She was a dedicated nurse and that meant the world to her and I think to help somebody else complete their nursing education would be something very important to her.”

—Contact Bob Redd


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