Who's that?: The big surprise in the final top 10 of the men's race in Saturday's Quad-City Times Bix 7 was Wade Meddles.
The Gardnerville, Nevada, resident was not part of the elite field brought in for the race, but he managed to win $700 by finishing eighth.
Meddles, a former Eastern Kentucky runner who won Ohio Valley Conference 10,000 meters championship in 2015, wore bib No. 206 but actually was the first runner to reach the top of the Brady Street hill.
“I was actually surprised with the start,’’ he said. “I thought it was going to be a lot faster …
“I’m sure people looked at 206 and said this shouldn’t be happening right now.’’
Added bonus: Sam Rivard, a 24-year old from Cedar, Minnesota, finished 11th in the women's field at the Bix 7 but took home the 10th-place prize money of $500.
Tonya Nero, 28, of Wichita, Kansas actually finished 10th in the race 36 seconds in front of Rivard but because this year's race was USA Track and Field's American National 7 Mile Championship and Nero is not a USATF-certified runner she was not eligible for the prize money.
Record-setting efforts: Two age-group records held by a former Bix 7 winner were broken Saturday during the 43rd running of the race.
Kathy Loper of San Diego, the women’s winner in the 1978 Bix 7, held the age-group records in both the 65-69 and 70-74 categories until they were broken in near-perfect late-July weather conditions in Davenport on Saturday by a pair of runners from Bettendorf.
Kathleen Schmitt established the new standard for 65-69 year olds with her time of 57:59, a finish 41 seconds faster than the time recorded by Loper in 2008.
In the 70-74 category, Patricia Boelk finished Saturday in a time of 1:04.08. Her time was three seconds better than Loper’s record time established in 2013.
One other age-group record fell Saturday and it fell hard.
Sally Tueckes, a 76-year old from Brentwood, California, established a new 75-79 age-group mark with her time of 1:00.27. She shaved more than five minutes off the previous record of 1:05.49 set in 2007 by Lois Gilmore of Janesville, Wisconsin.
Better with age: Joe Zimmer already owned the Bix 7 age-group record for competitors over the age of 80, but Saturday he broke his own previous record.
The 83-year old from Boise, Idaho ran the race in 1:14.01 to break his previous 80-and-over mark of 1:15.33 that he established in 2015.
Zimmer actually holds the three-fastest times for Bix 7 entries age 80 or older. His time of 1:16.14 in 2016 is third-best time for an entry in that age group.
Repeating the feat: Seven competitors in the Bix 7 repeated as age-group winners on Saturday, winning the same age group championships that they claimed first place in a year ago.
In the men’s race, two Quad-City area entries repeated. Benjamin Lloyd of Davenport won the men’s division for 30-34 year olds for the second straight year and Frank Bay of Milan repeated in the 75-79 age group.
Other men’s entries to repeat were Angelo Rinchiuso of Decatur, Illinois, in the 65-69 age group and Zimmer in the 80-and-over age group.
In the women’s race, two Quad-City area entries were among three repeat age-group winners. Nancy Foxen of Muscatine won the 35-39 age group for the second straight year and Boelk of Bettendorf repeated in the 70-74 age group.
The third repeat winner in the women’s race accomplished a three-peat. Andriette Wickstrom, a 62-year old from Storm Lake, Iowa, won the 60-64 category for the third straight year.
— Steve Batterson and Don Doxsie