Bluffton Runner Tucker Claims Men’s Title At Firecracker 5K

Bluffton’s Seth Tucker crossed the line first in the Firecracker 5K on Tuesday morning at Shelter Cove, winning the men’s title in 16 minutes, 31 seconds.

Tucker, 30, beat 18-year-old Cameron Stephens of Sellersburg, Ind., by three seconds.

The women’s title went to 31-year-old Lisa Mulvey of Charlotte, who covered the 5K course in 19:25, 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Sarah Bechtel of Waxhaw, N.C.

Bluffton’s John Tolerton, 47, won the men’s masters title in 18:41, edging Hilton Head Island’s Daniel Mendoza by 21 seconds. Cheryl Hipple of Shippensburg, Pa., was the women’s masters champion in 23:46. In the grand masters division, Dwight Denlinger of Weyers Cave, Va., won the men’s crown in 20:08, while Bluffton’s Lisa Carter was the women’s champion in 25:33.

Other local runners who won their age groups were Hilton Head’s Avery Crowell (M 9-12, 19:19), Bluffton’s Perla Jimenez (F 16-19, 21:52), Hilton Head’s Francisco Ferré (M 20-24, 17:13), Hilton Head’s Martha Griswold (F 25-29, 22:05), Hilton Head’s Lindy Bison (F 35-39, 21:52), Bluffton’s Katherine Rosenblum (F 45-49, 24:33), Bluffton’s Molly Day (F 50-54, 26:11), Hilton Head’s Andy Tedesco (M 60-64, 21:02), Hilton Head’s Bob Hodde (M 65-69, 26:48), Bluffton’s Dean Fleenor (M 70-74, 26:51), Hilton Head’s Jann Denoncourt (F 70-74, 40:50), Bluffton’s John McAndris (M 75-79, 35:30), and Hilton Head’s John Geisler (M 80-99, 44:53).

A total of 1,594 participants turned out for the race, which is billed as Beaufort County’s oldest and largest road race.

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