With more than 450 participants, the third annual Panola College 5K Run set a new record on Saturday, April 6. Run organizer and sponsor of the Student Government Association (SGA), Government Professor Brian Naples, reported that donations to this year’s Run surpassed $30,000, breaking last year’s record.  “The event was a wonderful success,” said Naples. “I am just amazed every year at the incredible, supportive nature of both the campus community and the people of Carthage. There are so many people to thank for making the 5K a success.”

Erick Dodge of Carthage, Texas was the first place finisher with a time of 22:41.922. The other top nine finishers include Thomas Bogue – 22:53.623, Dylan Bounds – 22:55.918, Rey Stad – 23:02.111, Art Horton – 23:30.117, Shane Hurley – 23:41.738, Hernan Hernandez – 23:45.92, David Woodard – 23:50.363, Chloe Neuman – 24:12.832 and Andrew Davis – 24:52.13. More results and a lot of pictures from the event can be found on the Pony Express webpage at www.pcponyexpress.org and on the Panola College Alumni Facebook page.

“This fundraising event, sponsored by the SGA, is one of several events that help support the efforts of the Panola College Foundation,” said Dr. Van Patterson, Vice Presidnet of Institutional Advancement. “Funds raised from the 5K Run are used to bolster the Foundation’s endowment, fund scholarships, and provide grants for instructional activities.”

“A special thanks to all of our volunteers, especially Professor Brian Naples, the students, faculty, staff and members of the Panola College Foundation. Their hard work ensured that this would be a successful event,” Patterson continued. “I am also grateful to all of our sponsors. This year’s corporate sponsors included our local radio station KGAS FM 104.3, Wilmore Snack Sales of Shreveport LA, the First State Bank and Trust Co., Farmers State Bank, BP America Production Company, Sand Hill Foundation, LLC – Trucking Company of Center, TX, C&A Poultry from San Augustine, TX, Mark West Energy Partners, L.P. from Carthage, Joe's Car Spa in Center, TX, Dr. Timothy H. Hagler, D.D.S., and the J.E. Kingham Construction Company based in Nacogdoches.”