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Boilermaker Awards Five Area Seniors with 2009 Scholarship

Jun. 3, 2009

June 3, 2009 (Utica, NY) — The Boilermaker Road Race has announced the winners of its fifth annual scholarship.  The high school recipients will be honored during breakfast at the Radisson Hotel on Friday, June 5 at 8 a.m.

Richard Hunt, Boilermaker scholarship coordinator, along with Tim Reed, executive director of the Boilermaker, will present the scholarships to the five local student-athletes.  The winners will receive prize plaques, a $1000 check, and a free entry into the 2009 Boilermaker 15k race.  Crista Johnson, Hunter Padgett, Kelsey Peek, Tim Phelps, and Ryan Millar are the 2009 scholarship winners.

Crista Johnson, a senior at Ilion High School, has earned the Outstanding Commitment to Running award.  Johnson was a four letter winner in both cross country and track and field throughout her high school years.  She also helped organize the Ilion indoor track program.  Johnson plans on attending Nazareth College in the fall.

Hunter Padgett, soon to graduate from Clinton High School, will also receive the Outstanding Commitment in Running honor.  Padgett captured a silver medal in the 3000m race in the 2007 Empire State Games and was also a TVL All-Star in cross country and track.  He is a valued volunteer at the Clinton Youth Cross Country runs and plans to attend Utica College next year.

Kelsey Peek, a senior at Whitesboro High School, won the Outstanding Achievement in Running award.  In addition to being undefeated in TVL cross country meets, Peek also competed in four NYSPHSAA Cross Country Championships and was the 2008 Section III cross country champion.  Peek plans to attend SUNY-Cortland this August.

Tim Phelps from Thomas R. Proctor High School will also receive the Outstanding Achievement in Running honor.  Phelps, a NYS Scholar-Athlete, ran the 1600m in 4:40 during his Section III meet.  Last year, he completed the Boilermaker 15k race in 58:14.  Phelps plans to attend Colgate University next year.

Finally, Ryan Millar, a senior at New Hartford High School, will be honored with the Outstanding Achievement in Running award.  Miller is a two-time TVL cross country champion and a Section III champion in both indoor and outdoor track.  He ran his first Boilermaker at age 11 and has now completed seven.  He will attend SUNY-Plattsburgh in the fall.

"These scholarships once again remind us that the same perseverance and dedication that makes these young men and women have great athletic dedication also translates into scholastic achievement," Reed said.  "We are proud to honor this year's winners."

For more information about the award, contact Hunt at (315)-557-2225 or rhunt@ccs.edu.