With 399 participants, the fourth annual Panola College 5K Run was a huge success on Saturday, April 12. Run organizer and sponsor of the Student Government Association (SGA), Government Professor Brian Naples, reported that donations to this year’s Run surpassed $28,500.  “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.”


Aaron Singh of Carthage, Texas was the first place finisher with a time of 18:22.334. Second place was Stefan Banjelav with 21:14.809 and third place was Ethan Wolfe with a time of 21.30.069. The top woman runner was Madi Brown at 21:41.466.Second in the women’s division was Emily Shelton at 22.36.258 and third for the women was Nathali Chaves at 24.05.588. More results and a lot of pictures from the event can be found on the Pony Express webpage at 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 Bud Worley, Director of Institutional Advancement. “Funds raised from the 5K Run are used for the Foundation’s endowment 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,” Worley continued. “I also want to thank 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, Corgan Associates of Dallas TX, Rusk County Electric CoOp, Carthage Rotary Club, Mark West Energy Partners, Hunt Construction in Dallas, TX, and Joe's Car Spa in Center, TX.”