Blake Jones, the cross country and track coach at St. Catharine College, outraced a field of over 1,000 runners Saturday in Louisville to win the Frostbite 5-K. The race is the second of a trio of River City Races held during the winter months at Cherokee Park.
Jones, 28, easily won the race with a time of 15:59, beating 18 year old Anthony LaPorte from New Albany, IN who finished in 16:51.
“I was in about tenth place nearing the first mile,” said Jones. “But I saw the time was slow so I moved up with the pack that was leading. I took the lead from there and was able to run the final two miles in 10:04.”
Jones, in his second year of coaching at St. Catharine, has won other local races including 5-K events at Cow Days in Greensburg and the Harvest Festival in Springfield.
For Saturday’s race, Jones was part of a three-man St. Catharine contingent that also included Roger Marcum, Executive Vice-President, and Rev. Rob Slocum, Interim Dean, School of Arts and Sciences. Both Slocum and Marcum ran in the 55-59 age group, finishing seventh and 17th respectively.