Wyandotte’s Ballard wins again

Jenny Ballard

For the fifth straight year, Wyandotte resident Jenny Ballard is the women’s masters champion of the Happy Soles 5K Run and Walk at Taylor’s Heritage Park. Ballard, 47, finished the course in 24 minutes, 43 seconds. She finished ninth among all women and 25th overall. More than 260 registered for the June 9 race, which raises funds for the faith-based Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry. Anyone 40 and older is in the running for the female or male masters title. Other Wyandotte residents finishing in the top 100 included Christian Mendez, age 15, who finished in 12th place overall in 23:16; Shannon Esper, 28, who was 27th overall (25:10); Lance Palamara, 34, 32nd overall (27:08); Amber Mendez, 36, 68th overall (32:24); and Perry Howard, 54, 73rd overall (32:56).

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