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LIMA — It was a situation that Van Wert native Justin Dickman was not accustomed to.

At last year’s Star Spangled Spectacular Freedom 5K at Faurot Park, the race came down to a tight three-man battle for first place, with Dickman settling for third place.

At Sunday’s Freedom 5K, Dickman kept waiting for someone to challenge him down the stretch.

But it never happened.

Dickman, a former Youngstown State University standout and now an Ohio Northern University law student and runner, pulled away in the latter part of the race to notch the victory in 15 minutes, 47 seconds.

Former Shawnee standout, Chase Violet, who won last year’s race, finished second in 16:16. University of Findlay sophomore Shoayb Bascal came in third (16:24).

In the women’s race, it was two Findlay natives battling for first, as Jennifer Spieldenner held off Emily Avers down the stretch for the win. Spieldenner’s winning time was 18:36, while Avers (last name was Gauger), who won last year’s race, finished in 18:37.

Erin Calvelage, from Delphos, finished third in 19:54.

There were 1,100 runners/walkers who participated in the race.

The Freedom 5K was sponsored by The Lima News, the City of Lima, WLIO-TV, St. Rita’s Medical Center and the Superior Federal Credit Union.

The 23-year-old Dickman said he expected Violet to challenge him toward the end of the race.

“I had about 20 meters on him (early into the race),” Dickman said. “My second mile was 4:42. I kept thinking he (Violet) would be right on me. But, he never got up there.”

“He’s a great runner. This is always a competitive race. It’s good to be back, competing against some good northwest Ohio runners.”

Violet, who ran for the University of Louisville the past two years, is transferring to Ohio State this fall (also competing in track and cross country). He said he thought he could make a surge late in the race and give Dickman a battle. However, Dickman’s quick second mile and strong sprint to the finish line proved to be too much to overcome.

“At about a mile-and-a-half (into the race), I thought to myself, ‘OK, I have to go’,” Violet said. “I thought I could reel him in. But, after awhile I realized it wasn’t going to happen.”

Ironically, at last year’s Freedom 5K, it was Violet who made the move late in the race as he pulled away from both Dickman and Lima native T.J. Lentz (second place) for the win.

Dickman said he will continue to compete in road races this summer, but his main focus is on a much longer race coming up this fall.

“I’ve been coming back from a stress fracture since January,” Dickman said. “I’m going to run in the Columbus Half-Marathon in October, so this was a good race for me. It’s always a competitive race.”

On the women’s side, the 23-year-old Spieldenner crossed the finish line right in front of Avers. Spieldenner said Sunday’s 5K race was just a part of her overall training regimen.

“I’m a professional tri-athlete, so I do this (5K race) to keep in shape,” Spieldenner said. “This is a shorter distance than in a triathlon, but it’s still very tough.”

Avers said despite not being able to defend her title, she is still pleased at her performance on Sunday.

“I’m happy,” Avers said. “I actually ran better than last year. I took off 15 seconds (from last year).”


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Freedom 5K



Justin Dickman  15:47

Chase Violet 16:16

Shoayb Bascal 16:24


1. Jennifer Spieldenner 18:36

2. Emily Avers 18:37

3. Erin Calvelage 19:54


10 and under:

1. Jackson Schaaf

2. Carter Schaaf

3. Tommy Loriso


1. Scott Willeke

2. Sam Harrod

3. Brandon Siefker


1. Landry Williams

2. Brandon Sevitz

3. Jake Graham


1. Tom Scott

2. Matt Stratman

3. Nick Rader


1. Ed Ditmyer

2. Christopher Martello

3. Josh Auglos

30-34:1. Ken Basinger

2. Phil Rader

3. Eric Bentrager

35-39:1. Jason Freewalt

2. Tim Peppard

3. Adam Skidmor

40-44:1. Eric Miller

2. Terry Schnipke

3. Ron Wireman


1. Dean Harrod

2. Andy Stechschulte

3. Jesse Rodante


1. Terry Williams

2. Ron Bonifas

3. Del Barton

55-59:1. Steve Anthony

2. Armando Hernandez

3. Steve Wilson


1. Brian McMichael

2. Gene Hovest

3. Dennis White


1. Bob Bertrand

2. Bob Rustic

3. Dale Brinkman

70 and over:

1. William Myers

2. Bob Johns

3. John McGee



10 and under:

1. Lauren Kesler

2. Taylor Ellerbrock

3. Angie Loriso


1. Sydney Mohler

2. Elizabeth Kidd

3. Sarah Suever


1. Shayla Siefker

2. Patty Arnold

3. Maggy MacDonald


1. Erika Williams

2. Jennifer Shaw

3. Nicole Garcia


1. Karen Appel

2. Erin Kerner

3. Cora Koester


1. Christy Broshers

2. Jennifer Rader

3. Dawn Agler


1.  Kristi Lehmkuhle

2. Naomi Welborn

3. Jenny Donley


1. Leah Long

2. Alicia Scheiwiller

3. Amy Kenter


1. Mary Jenkins

2. Lisa Sullivan

3. Heidi Casey

50-54:1. Amy Schumaker

2. April Dorman

3. Lisa Salsbury

55-59:1. Debra Umfleet

2. Barbara Hovest

3. Steve Hemmer


1. Pat Woolf

2. Belinda Stroub

3. Rose Shinaberry


1. Nancy Schmersel

2. Sharon West

3. Sandi Blaudzinsker

70 and over:

1. Teresa Irwin

2. Ann Briggs


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