Cheseret, Williams Victorious at the Chieftain Spring Runoff USATF 10 Mile Colorado Championship

March 5, 2012 |

A stacked field toed the line at Sunday’s 34th Annual Chieftain Spring Runoff 10 Miler, which served as the first race of the 2012 USATF Grand Prix Series in Colorado.  Claiming to be one of the strongest fields of Colorado’s athletes in decades, the anticipation was looming as the gun went off under sunny skies and beautiful conditions along the Arkansas River in Pueblo, CO.

The USATF 10 Mile Colorado Championship finish was no letdown, with the men’s top three finishing within one minute of each other.  Robert Cheseret took the win with a fast time of 50:48.  Patrick Rizzo came in second in 51:03, and Matt Lavassiur finished third in 51:19.

In the women’s 10 Mile Championship race, Alisha Williams crossed the line first with an impressive time of 59:00.  Coming in second was Wendy Thomas in 59:14, and third belonged to Adrian Chouinard in a time of 1:01:36.

While the 10 Mile race may have been the highlight of the day, the Spring Runoff also hosted fabulous 10K and 5K races, as well as a 2 Mile Walk, 1 Mile Youth Race and Toddler Race.


USATF 10 Mile Colorado Championship at the Chieftain Spring Runoff

Men’s Results

Robert Cheseret, 28, Colorado Springs, CO – 50:48

Patrick Rizzo, 28, Boulder, CO – 51:03

Matt Lavassiur, 30, Alamosa, CO – 51:19

Kenneth Foster, 25, Colorado Springs, CO – 51:52

Robby Young, 26, Colorado Springs, CO – 52:16

Women’s Results

Alisha Williams, 30, Colorado Springs, CO – 59:00

Wendy Thomas, 33, Windsor, CO – 59:14

Adrian Chouinard, 28, Manitou Springs, CO – 1:01:36

Christie Foster, 24, Colorado Springs, CO – 1:04:33

Steph Bylander, 28, Alamosa, CO – 1:05:35


Chieftain Spring Runoff 10K

Men’s Results

Steven Folkerts, 39, Fort Collins, CO – 34:11

Paul Koch, 43, Colorado Springs, CO – 38:53

Cory Rose 24, Pueblo, CO – 39:14

Women’s Results

Sharon Jacob, 43, Colorado Springs, CO – 45:38

Gra Palumbo, 17, Pueblo West, CO – 47:00

Laura Hronik, 33, Colorado Springs, CO – 47:15


Chieftain Spring Runoff 5K

Men’s Results

Hector Franco, 21, Chihuahua, MX – 16:46

Rudy Castillo, 19, Pueblo, CO – 19:08

Luke Aragon, 20, Pueblo, CO – 19:16

Women’s Results

Katie Rainsberger, 13, Colorado Springs, CO – 19:21

Chantae Steele, 10, Colorado Springs, CO – 19:55

Jennifer Kottenstette, 31, Pueblo, CO – 21:59


Photo courtesy of the Pueblo Chieftain.


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Amanda Jamrogiewicz is the web editor and race ambassador of Colorado Runner. Growing up in Minnesota and relocating to Colorado allowed Amanda to take her passion for running from the roads to the trails, competing in mountain and ultra events across the country.