Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Richard Ho races to win in 37th Dammit Run

By Kevin Sparrer, for Silicon Valley Community Newspapers
Posted: 08/23/2010 07:42:32 PM PDT

 The race to the finish line in the 37th annual Dammit Run looked a lot like the finish in a Central Coast Section meet during the 2009 high school cross country season.

 The Dammit this year was dominated by youth with 15-year-old Richard Ho leading the charge and 18-year-old twins Weston and Nathan Strum close behind.

 Ho, a member of the Leland High School cross country squad, finished first in the 5-mile run that beings and ends at the Los Gatos High School track after a trip up to the Lexington Reservoir.

Ho won the Dammit title by completing the course in 28:33. Ho won seven races for the Chargers as a freshman, setting four records during the cross country season.

 Behind Ho were the Strum brothers, who starred in cross country and track at Pioneer High last year. W. Strum finished second to Ho in 28:42 and N. Strum was third in 29:25. Behind the Strums were Charles Deanda, 15, a standout at Bellarmine, and Kevin Bishop. DeAnda completed the course in 29:30, while Bishop was right on his tail in 29:36.

 W. Strum set as record in the 3,200-meter run in the Los Gatos hosted Top 8 Track and Field Classic, snapping a mark that had been set in 1981. N. Strum also starred in the meet, finishing first in the 1,600- and 800-meter races.

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