Gates wins 10K and Stewart takes 10K in Grubstake event

The top finishers for women in all age divisions in the Grubstake Days 5K Sunday are, from right, Marilyn Lutz in first, Arlene Castro in second and Jessica Gibbs in third.

YUCCA VALLEY — The 28th annual Grubstake Days run brought 41 runners for the 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer races and a handful of people for a 2-kilometer non-competitive walk Sunday.

Beginning and ending in the Yucca Valley High School football stadium, the event was organized by the town parks department and timed by cross country and track coach Jay Stepp.

The 27 people who ran the 5K were led by Rob Stewart, who legged back into the stadium with a pace of just under seven miles per hour to finish in 21 minutes, 39 seconds. Marilyn Lutz, running in the women’s 56-65 age group, was next to appear, finishing in 25 minutes, 2 seconds to place second overall. Arlene Castro, a Yucca Valley High School senior, came in third in 27 minutes, 8 seconds.

The fastest of the 14 people who the 10K was Caleb Gates, running in the men’s 26-35 age group. Gates finished in 44 minutes, 52 seconds, setting an average pace of 7:14 mph.

Steph Cronshaw was next into the stadium. Running in the women’s 26-35 age group, Cronshaw finished second overall in 45 minutes, 32 seconds, a mile pace of 7:20.

In the same division, Katie Stewart placed third with a time of 47 minutes, 17 seconds.

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