Senior Olympian Captures His 5k Trot Division


Although David Knauer and Lana Cluff were the overall event winners in the 13th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Walk-Run, there were others in the 64-person field who enjoyed an event filled with self-accomplishments.

Among them was former Lady Longhorn athlete Angel (Mendoza) Whatley, who journeyed to Payson from the family home in Young, for the run.


Waiting for Mom to finish the race are, from top to bottom, Noah, John and Joseph Whatley. Mom is Angel (Mendoza) Whatley, a former Payson High School athlete who won her age division in the Turkey Trot 5K run on Saturday, Nov. 17

Making the trip with her was husband, John, and two sons, Noah and Joseph.

"I like coming here for this race," Angel said.

Competing in the 30-39-years-age-division, Angel showed she had lost none of the prowess she owned in high school, winning her division in a respectable 23:22.

Also, Payson Police Chief Don Engler competed, touring the 5K course in 29:19.

In the 70-years-plus age division, Senior Olympian Tom Cooka, who has raced in and won about every Payson race on the calendar, was first in 25:29.

In the 60-69-years age group, Mark Smith burned up the course, posting a 21:38 time that would be good enough for first place honors.

Payson Parks and Recreation Coordinator Deb Rose called the run, which was held Nov. 17 at Green Valley Park, a complete success.

More results:
Turkey Trot 2007 Results
Overall winners:

David Knauer 19:54:00

Lana Cluff 21:50:00

Total number of participants: 64 (39 women, 25 men)

In the women's division:

12 and under

Sarah Green 27:02:00

Julie Gibson 27:08:00

Katie Schouten 27:25:00

McKenzie Creighton 27:25:00


Lana Cluff 21:50:00

Lucy Schouten 24:13:00

Adriana Barnes 25:05:00


Vanessa Prileson 22:10:00

Casandra Strouder 33:45:00


Angel Whatley 23:22:00

Jenny Shrum 23:29:00

Linda Gibson 25:26:00


Kay Poinier 28:01:00

Elsa Bobier 28:26:00

Ruth Schouten 34:18:00


Sylvia Perkes 26:33:00

Linda Starbuck 30:14:00

Debra Colbertson 30:48:00


Judy Claerhout 31:24:00

Rosalie Layall 34:20:00

Jane Newman 54:15:00

70 and over

Doris Engler 48:51:00

Caroline Beeler 50:41:00

In the men's division:

12 and under

Nick Poinier 34:54:00


David Knauer 19:54:00

Payson Bobier 21:58:00


Tim Fritz 20:15:00

Matthew Borkowski 23:11:00

Shaun Strouder 30:17:00


Jason Cress 20:07:00

Henry Tomason 25:50:00

Tim Wright 33:08:00


John Becker 21:32:00

Greg Smith 22:44:00

Jake Poinier 23:40:00


Jim Hershberger 21:06:00

Mike Foil 24:38:00


Mark Smith 21:38:00

Fred Giffin 25:14:00

Ted Lucas 25:37:00

70 and over

Tom Cooka 25:29:00

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