The Wichita roads were busy with races this weekend and the women of the Shocker Track Club dominated everywhere they went. Tonya Nero won the Tanganyika 15k in record setting fashion while Danielle Chapman won a downtown 5k.
Nero, running in the Meritrust Tiger Trot 15k race at Tanganyika Park, easily bested the women’s field and placed fourth overall with a time of 53:20. Her performance shattered the previous Kansas 15k record of 56:03.
“I put in a really strong effort so I felt good about it,” said Nero. “The hardest part of it was running by myself, especially the three mile stretch into the wind. But my time was 53:20, the new record and a PR.”
Ironically, Wichita State coach Kirk Hunter still holds the men’s 15k state record.
On Saturday, Danielle Chapman won the 5k Race for Freedom near downtown Wichita with a time of 18:27. The race was organized to bring awareness to stop human trafficking in Wichita.
Said Chapman of the race, “It was a really well organized race, with a fast course that I enjoyed running on.”
Congrats to these talented former Shockers and STC members!