Juan Garcia of Center took first place in the 2016 Panola College 5K Run on
Saturday, April 16. Second place went to Edgar Pineda, followed by Osiel
Garcia in third. The first female runner to cross the finish line was
Regina Massingill. Coming in seventh of all the runners was 13-year-old
Ethan Wolfe, running as part of the Carthage Fire Department team.
Naples said the SGA volunteers worked tirelessly to conduct the event.
Almost 200 people signed up to run or walk in this year’s 5K event, which
benefits Panola College students, faculty, staff, and projects through the
Panola College Foundation.
The Student Government Association, sponsored by Brian Naples, government
professor, organizes the annual event in conjunction with the Foundation.
The officially timed event draws runners from across Texas and Louisiana.
Official timed results are still being tallied and will be sent to Panola
This year, the fourth annual Panola College chili cook-off was held as part
of the activity. Student judges tasted six different chili concoctions, and
determined that the recipe entered by Tim Fotinos was the first place
finisher, followed closely by the entry prepared by Panola College
President, Dr. Greg Powell.
“The SGA has done an excellent job organizing the Panola College 5K
fundraiser over the last six years. The Panola College Foundation
appreciates the students’ hard work and leadership that is reflected in the
funds they raise for the Foundation every year,” said Jessica Pace,
Director of Institutional Advancement. “It is one of several events that
help support the efforts of the Panola College Foundation.”