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Record Number of Hikers Take On ‘M’ Mountain

SOCORRO, N.M. November 2, 2011 – A record number of Techies participated in the 100th anniversary edition of the ‘M’ Mountain Run and the Paint the ‘M’ event during the 2011 49ers Celebration.

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All photos by Ernie Lopez, Rana Weaver and Perry Johnston/EMRTC
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All photos by Ernie Lopez, Rana Weaver and Perry Johnston/EMRTC
Moved from Sunday to Friday, the event saw more than 450 people set out to conquer the mountain. 263 hikers made it to the ‘M,’ with the remainder presumably stopping at the lunch tent for a burger, drinks, a goodie bag and much-needed rest.

Runners and walkers start at an EMRTC staging area at the base of the mountain. Master's student Brett Carey wore a Garmin Forerunner watch during the event, which provided these details: the route is 1.7 miles with a rise in elevation of 2,241 feet.

The top three individuals carrying lime are all graduate students in the Earth and Environmental Science Department. Jake Anderson was the first in 55:46, followed by Julien Chaput in 1:08:11 and Matt Sophy in 1:11:01.

Those three were narrowly beaten by Dr. Jeff Johnson, also of the EES Department, who reached the top with his 50-pound bag of lime in 55:38.

The top placed team was “Team Ward:” Chris Dominguez, Patrick Ward, Connor Ward and Tim Wermer. They finished in 1:04:47.

The top 20 individuals and teams earned $50, with bonus cash going to the top three – thanks to the generosity of Tech graduate Jerry Miracle.

Anderson finished fifth overall. The top four finishes either ran without lime or are not students.

Erik County was the first finisher in 54:00. County is a Tech graduate and now works as a financial systems administrator. Student Naomi Sasso was second in 54:03, just three seconds behind County. Brad Winton, soccer coach at Tech, was third in 55:30. Johnson was fourth overall and the first to the top with a bag of lime.

For complete results, see below.

Dr. Van Romero and his staff organized the event – with ample assistance from EMRTC and various other staff offices around campus. Romero is the vice president of research and economic development and he earned his bachelor’s and master’s from Tech in the late 1970s.

For the first time, Tech opened the event officially to community members not otherwise affiliated with Tech. Several dozen took advantage of the opportunity to climb the mountain and take part in the festivities.

“I was astounded, amazed and very impressed,” Romero said. “Both by the number of people from within the Tech community and from the Socorro community who wanted to participate.”

For the centennial of the ‘M,’ planning began immediately after last year’s event, which saw a then-record 225 people climb the mountain. A Mineral Engineering Department class surveyed the letter and staked out the border. EMRTC staff painted the edges of the ‘M’ before the event, leaving students the task of depositing their 50-pound bag of lime within the borders.

All participants received a commemorative T-shirt and a baseball cap with the iconic ‘M’. Romero said he’s been pleased to see so many students wearing their caps around campus since the event.

Romero said he’s heard overwhelmingly positive feedback both about the event and the look of the ‘M.’

“We had a bigger volume of material and, because we had the survey, we knew exactly where the border is,” he said. “We ordered the same amount of lime, but it doesn’t always all make it to the top. This year, all of it was carried to the ‘M.’”

The army of volunteers included three student groups: the Physics Club, the Alpha Sigma Kappa sorority and the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Romero said he is very grateful for the willingness of students to volunteer and for the university employees who helped with registration, organization, safety, planning, cooking burgers, passing out goodie bags and other labor.

– NMT –

By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech

2011 'M' Mountain Run Results

October 21, 2011 - Socorro, N.M.

Top 3 Individuals

1. Jake Anderson        55:46:00

2. Julien Chaput          1:08:11

3. Matthew Sophy      11:11:01

 

Top 3 Teams

1. Team Ward: Christopher Dominguez, Patrick Ward, Connor Ward, Tim Wermer    1:04:47

2. Team (AD): Victor Alvidrez, Robert Selina, Chuck Dahl, Tyler McCracken      1:09:16

3. Team Wild & Crazy Guys: Kris Kupchella, Tyler Robinson, Ethan Buchner        1:15:58

 

Next 14 Individuals & Teams (all won cash prizes)

William Kessler           1:14:34

Hugh Ray Tye-Dias    1:16:35

Team Wallace(AC): Sam Olmsted, Oran Wallace      1:17:41

Garrett McKee            1:17:56

Zach Speer                  1:19:20

Sean Martinez             1:21:44

Team(J):Brian Senft, Isreal Rodriguez, Will Ross      1:24:46

Team (AJ): Claudio Gonzales, Allen Erickson           1:25:06

Team Branam(U): Dennis DeHerrera, Robert Branam, Raul Reyes, Jon Backe, Kevin Heister, Vinayak (Vinnie) Ravindran       1:25:35

Mussie Tewelde          1:26:20

Aaron Curtis               1:27:48

Kyle Swimmer            1:29:13

William Reiser 1:30:32

 

Complete Results

  1. Erik County    0:54:00
  2. Naomi Sasso    0:54:03
  3. Brad Winton    0:55:30
  4. Jeffrey Johnson    0:55:38
  5. Jake Anderson    0:55:46
  6. Kyle Benalil    0:55:54
  7. Morris Huang    0:56:27
  8. Shawn Ward    0:56:37
  9. Callie Draelos    1:00:03
  10. Martin Peboril    1:00:08
  11. Z Gilbert    1:01:14
  12. Amber Schedlbauer    1:01:22
  13. Kevin Ring    1:01:52
  14. Alper Unal    1:04:12
  15. Christopher Dominguez    1:04:47
  16. [Unknown]    1:04:48
  17. Marit Utheim    1:06:16
  18. Alice Martinic    1:06:44
  19. Brian Stanley    1:06:46
  20. Gabriela Constantinescu    1:07:07
  21. Robert Selina    1:08:05
  22. Julien Chaput    1:08:11
  23. Victor Alvidrez    1:09:16
  24. Matt Swanson    1:09:36
  25. Moaaz Soliman    1:09:47
  26. Sirtlege Naerland    1:10:04
  27. Matt Sophy    1:11:01
  28. Cebastian Westron    1:11:51
  29. Chuck Dahl    1:11:59
  30. Nick Muller    1:14:22
  31. William Kessler    1:14:34
  32. Walter Brisken    1:14:59
  33. Emma Goldberg    1:15:21
  34. David Breen    1:15:27
  35. Darrel Bechnar    1:15:30
  36. Sara Gallagher    1:15:46
  37. Britt Catron    1:15:53
  38. Kris Kupchella    1:15:58
  39. Tyler Robinson    1:16:03
  40. Ethan Buchner    1:16:09
  41. Jesse Pask    1:16:10
  42. Max Lemus    1:16:12
  43. Hugh Ray Tye-Dias    1:16:35
  44. Ramon Gomez    1:16:36
  45. Sam Olusted    1:17:41
  46. Oran Wallace    1:17:45
  47. Garrett McKee    1:17:56
  48. Jordan Keeley    1:17:58
  49. Matthew Broomfield    1:18:01
  50. Gregory Stottlemeyor    1:18:07
  51. Aaron Krueger    1:18:21
  52. Zach Speer    1:19:20
  53. Even Green    1:19:42
  54. Patrick Ward    1:19:48
  55. Griffin Swartzell    1:20:38
  56. Eunice Perem    1:20:52
  57. David Lindsey    1:20:56
  58. Sean Martinez    1:21:44
  59. Brett Carey    1:22:14
  60. Andre Infante    1:22:53
  61. David Dong    1:23:20
  62. Phillip Martinez    1:23:33
  63. Brian Senft    1:24:46
  64. Will Ross    1:24:49
  65. Claudio Gonzales    1:25:06
  66. Allan Frickson    1:25:08
  67. Israel Rodriguez    1:25:22
  68. Ravi Sankar    1:25:27
  69. Shankar Muraleedharan    1:25:32
  70. Dennis Deherrera    1:25:35
  71. Mussie Tewelde    1:26:20
  72. Robert Branam    1:26:23
  73. Jon Backe    1:26:29
  74. Kevin Heister    1:26:46
  75. Raul Rayes    1:26:51
  76. Vinnie Ravindran    1:26:57
  77. Ben Nzari    1:27:39
  78. Aaron Curtis    1:27:48
  79. Gregory Arias    1:27:55
  80. Mike Stanley    1:28:01
  81. Laura Roazel    1:28:51
  82. Michael Hrynevych    1:29:04
  83. Tyler McCracken    1:29:09
  84. Kyle Swimmer    1:29:13
  85. Cameron Fullinwider    1:29:20
  86. Yong, Ju Oh    1:29:27
  87. Linnea Burleigh    1:29:41
  88. Benjamin Bean    1:29:46
  89. Kalyan Boga    1:29:50
  90. Michael Ritey    1:29:52
  91. Cliff Drumm    1:29:53
  92. Shelby Fellows    1:29:55
  93. Nikhal Keswami    1:30:26
  94. William Reiser    1:30:32
  95. Enedina Botko    1:31:31
  96. Clark Short    1:31:34
  97. Jevon Harding    1:31:46
  98. Emily Morton    1:31:51
  99. John Tartis    1:32:18
  100. Michaelann Tartis    1:32:34
  101. Dongkil Lee    1:32:42
  102. David Ortiz    1:32:47
  103. Chang An    1:32:56
  104. Tian Hongyn    1:33:30
  105. Yongtao Dong    1:33:31
  106. Frank Huang    1:33:32
  107. Ruturaj Deshnuhn    1:33:32
  108. David Burleigh    1:33:37
  109. Cecilia Huang    1:33:41
  110. Ben Simkin    1:34:00
  111. John Russel    1:34:10
  112. Berryl Wooten    1:34:16
  113. Marla Billy    1:34:19
  114. Robert Cook    1:34:23
  115. John Starret    1:34:24
  116. Jon Brown    1:36:31
  117. Victoria Ramirez    1:36:39
  118. Malcolm Lockett    1:36:47
  119. Jeremy Branch    1:36:57
  120. Corey Leclerc    1:36:57
  121. Alex George    1:37:14
  122. Hannah Bradshaw    1:37:26
  123. Kelsey Meyer    1:37:30
  124. Lee Jackson    1:38:16
  125. Mo Di    1:38:26
  126. David Best    1:38:29
  127. Michael Malett    1:38:56
  128. Brian Sun    1:38:58
  129. Max Baymilen    1:39:04
  130. Stephen Stelly    1:39:06
  131. Jason Martinez    1:39:24
  132. Qiaosi Chen    1:39:24
  133. Christina Pierce    1:39:24
  134. Amy Drumm    1:40:08
  135. Jim Ruff    1:40:45
  136. Cassandra Rodarte    1:40:58
  137. Joseph Alden    1:41:31
  138. Andrea Buckel    1:42:44
  139. Gwendolyn Brown    1:42:46
  140. Michaela Rempkowski    1:42:53
  141. Thomas Barker    1:43:04
  142. Morgan Harry    1:43:15
  143. Jeffrey Forster    1:43:24
  144. Jacabo Hernandez    1:43:47
  145. Garret Newell    1:43:52
  146. Sam Goswick    1:45:02
  147. Brooke Sieck    1:45:18
  148. Chris Yelton    1:45:29
  149. Robert DiPrima    1:45:35
  150. Andrew Kulaga    1:45:38
  151. Spencer Nichols    1:45:47
  152. Jake Posten     1:46:13
  153. Shannon Tunney    1:49:09
  154. Eric Riffle    1:49:57
  155. Robert Anthony    1:50:48
  156. Jeremy McComas    1:50:53
  157. Daniel Wermer    1:51:39
  158. Steven Moats    1:51:45
  159. Sarah Daugherty    1:52:12
  160. Moniara Romero    1:53:38
  161. Brian Ruskauf    1:54:12
  162. Lizabeth Clabaugh    1:54:19
  163. Harry Putman    1:54:58
  164. Roger Simkin    1:55:10
  165. Xu Hem    1:55:21
  166. Leah Lindsey    1:55:27
  167. Shane Coffing    1:55:31
  168. Yi Zhang    1:55:58
  169. illegible    1:56:31
  170. Kendal Pyke    1:56:35
  171. David Siler    1:56:51
  172. David Patterson    1:57:12
  173. Jacquelyn Searcy    1:57:13
  174. Cade Payne    1:57:14
  175. Shoshannah Stevens    1:58:51
  176. Jarrod Duffy    1:58:57
  177. Krix McLaughlin    1:59:57
  178. Laura Montoya    2:00:03
  179. Charles Brock    2:00:20
  180. Elaine DeBrine Howell    2:00:49
  181. Theres Guinard    2:00:54
  182. Bill Holmes    2:01:21
  183. Krysten Willy    2:01:34
  184. Edward Kenter    2:01:35
  185. Wesley Chavez    2:02:09
  186. Megan Rosebrough    2:02:23
  187. Elaine Fan    2:02:37
  188. Rachel Clements    2:03:09
  189. Joshua Lugo    2:03:25
  190. Nirbrenda KC    2:03:38
  191. Ron Hruben    2:04:00
  192. Carson Laudaclio    2:04:11
  193. Mindi Marquez    2:04:14
  194. Caitlyn Clarkston    2:05:13
  195. Mary Rose Reisenauer    2:05:20
  196. Tyler Pratt    2:05:25
  197. Erica Summers    2:05:30
  198. Sean Henry    2:05:51
  199. Thomas Peoples    2:06:00
  200. Alex Stringer    2:09:55
  201. Chad Friendrienser    2:09:56
  202. Ali Tarorh    2:10:35
  203. William Valent    2:10:45
  204. Jarrod Walked    2:11:34
  205. Texi Schaffer    2:11:46
  206. Munawar Khalil    2:11:49
  207. Kiichi Harada    2:15:58
  208. Jay Lacey    2:18:14
  209. Christian Vallegos    2:19:05
  210. Jessica Hubbly    2:19:14
  211. Robert Salaz    2:19:16
  212. Mathew Bradley    2:19:37
  213. Jacob Baer    2:20:08
  214. Brad Snuth    2:20:23
  215. Reuke Wei    2:22:05
  216. Dongyi Chen    2:23:25
  217. Jinjai Yu    2:23:27
  218. Rafeal Perea    2:24:05
  219. Adriana Gabaldon    2:24:24
  220. Joshua Saltzberg    2:27:57
  221. Sammi Heard    2:28:56
  222. Maureen Wilkes    2:30:42
  223. Daniel Castilo    2:30:50
  224. Victor Briseno    2:31:01
  225. Sayf Ben Fray    2:31:25
  226. Levi Begay    2:35:48
  227. Robert Chavira    2:35:57
  228. Ayoade Dare    2:37:45
  229. Willy Desir    2:38:19
  230. Peter Ololo    2:38:21
  231. Ross Laughton    2:38:40
  232. Olwaseyi Ayodyi    2:40:08
  233. Joey Coburn    2:40:37
  234. Kathy Markwell    2:46:54
  235. Robert Markwell    2:46:55
  236. Alexander Wirth    2:48:38
  237. Cody Champion    2:49:01
  238. Camilla Hutchison    2:49:13
  239. Molly Witt    2:49:34
  240. Elias Rose    2:49:42
  241. Jasmine Regalado    2:51:50
  242. Andrea Sanchez    2:51:54
  243. Margaret Sheenan    2:51:59
  244. Natashya Nettelton    2:52:02
  245. Kristen Hendrickson    2:52:03
  246. Fred Hanson    2:56:25
  247. Keegan Livoti    2:57:12
  248. Bridget Aragon    2:57:58
  249. Paul Amed    3:10:00
  250. Alice Clark    3:10:17
  251. Patrick Lett    3:10:50
  252. James Crowder    3:23:18
  253. Greg Kurth    3:23:19
  254. Jason Sharky    3:29:16
  255. Timothy Shay    3:33:47
  256. Amber Yazzie    3:39:46
  257. [Unknown] Smith    3:39:46
  258. Daniel Holcomb    3:43:56
  259. Cameron Lucas    3:43:58
  260. Robert Getkin    4:00:00
  261. Benjamyn Adams    4:00:00
  262. Tyler Anderson    4:03:00
  263. Phil Dano    4:06:00

-- NMT --