Wacker, Mabe win Le Tour de Carrboro’s Gallop & Gorge
The 14th annual Gallop & Gorge 8K road race drew a record 1,500 runners to Carrboro on Thanksgiving morning. Andy Wacker of the Boulder (Col.) Bulldog Running Company was the overall winner in 23:52.08. Former Olympian Joan Nesbit Mabe, 52, the coach of the Chapel Hill High School varsity, was the first female finisher, with a time of 31:26.47.
The men's race bore a strong resemblance to a NCHSAA championship meet, with the first three finishers all being alums of top high school programs. Wacker, 26, was top-10 runner in 2006 for Pinecrest High. Former Chapel Hill High and Dickinson College runner Kent Pecora, 26, was second at the Gallop and Gorge in 25:17.24. Former East Chapel Hill and Kenyon College runner Kaleb Keyserling, 27, took third in 25:25.92.
Meredith Bazemore, 39, was the second female finisher in 32:30.82, and Leslie Morgan, 49, was third in 33:03.07.
The 8K road race capped the Cardinal Track Club’s three-event Le Tour de Carrboro.
Bethel scheduled as December’s guest speaker at Chapel Hill Sports Club
Brad Bethel will be the guest speaker at the Dec. 10 meeting of the Chapel Hill Sports Club. The meeting begins with a luncheon at noon at Squids Restaurant on Fordham Blvd.
A member of UNC’s Academic Support Program staff since 2011, Bradley Bethel serves as a learning specialist for the Tar Heels. He also maintains a blog, Coaching the Mind, and has been a critic of UNC’s critics. Bethel will discuss the Wainstein report and other elements of UNC’s recent academic troubles.
For more information, call Pepper Hines at 919-240-7364.
Former Tar Heel Suzy Whaley elected first female secretary of PGA
Suzy Whaley, who played on the North Carolina women’s golf team 1985-89, was elected Secretary of the PGA of America at the association’s 98th annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind. Whaley, who now resides in Farmington, Conn., will serve a two-year term.
Whaley is the first woman elected to any office in the PGA of America and now is in line to become PGA president. (PGA officers typically move from secretary to vice president and then to president in two-year terms.)
She is a certified PGA Professional, LPGA member and the Director of Instruction at Suzy Whaley Golf at the TPC River Highlands in Croswell, Conn.
Whaley was elected as District 1 Director on the PGA Board of Directors in November 2010, thus becoming the second woman ever to be elected to the PGA Board.
In July 2003, Whaley was the first woman to qualify for and participate in a PGA Tour event in 58 years, following the legendary Babe Zaharias, as the only other woman to have ever achieved the rare golf feat.
The CHN erred last Sunday in ranking the size of Chapel Hill’s 75-59 win in boys basketball at East Chapel Hill.
Chapel Hill’s margin of victory was its largest in the series since coach Tod Morgans team defeated East 62-41 at Tiger Gym in 2011 and its largest ever at East.