Middle School Runner Wins First Place

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Rim Country Middle School sixth-grader Jordyn Fruth ran her way to a first-place finish in the 8-11-year-old division at the 14th Annual Frank Kush 5K Family Fun Run.

In the event, held Oct. 15 near Tempe Town Lake, Fruth covered the 3.1-mile course in a personal best 27:23.

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Legendary football coach Frank Kush served as race director for a benefit 5K event held in downtown Tempe. Carolyn Fruth, Tim Fruth and Jordyn Fruth were among those Kush greeted at the event.

"That's about 2-1/2 minutes better than she has ever done," her father, Tim Fruth said.

Fruth, a town councilor and assistant principal at Payson High School, also competed in the run, covering the course in 25:25.

Jordyn's mother, Carolyn, an accomplished long-distance runner, who won an age division championship at the Pat Tillman 4.2-mile run in Tempe last spring, did not compete due to an injury.

Following the race, Jordyn was greeted by college football hall of famer Frank Kush who serves as the race director for the charity event that benefits the Arizona Humane Society.

Next up for the youngster is the New Times 5K Nov. 13, also in Tempe.

At Rim Country Middle School, Jordyn is a member of the Maverick cross country team.

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