by: JAMIE HURD PHOTO - MADras runners Rick Moon, Mark Schongalla, Job Powell, Sara Hertel, Jamie Hurd and Steven Webb competed in the Newport Marathon last weekend.As far as first marathons go, Jon Powell and Mark Schongalla couldn't have done much better.

The pair were part of a group of seven local runners that ran in the Newport Marathon Saturday. In fact, both Powell, of Metolius, and Schongalla, of Madras, not only finished their first attempt at covering the 26-mile course, they did it with some outstanding times and results.

Schongalla finished eighth in his age group, 50-54, with a time of three hours, 28 minutes, 29 seconds. That averages out to 7:58 per mile and was good enough to qualify Schongalla for next year's Boston Marathon.

"Mark was the shining star of the race," MADras Runners president Jamie Hurd said. "He had a great race."

Powell completed his first marathon in 4:13.09, placing him 36th in the male 40-44 division. Steven Webb, of Madras, was 25th in the same division with a time of 3:44:27, which bested his personal best marathon time by 35 minutes.

Rick Moon, also of Metolius, ran a 3:58:14, which was the 25th best time in the 50-54 age division and a personal best time by three minutes.

Hurd also clocked a Boston Marathon qualifying time by completing the course in 3:29.12, but said she was disappointed that she didn't have the time she was hoping for. Hurd had the fourth fastest time in the female 30-34 division.

Martha Bewley, competing in the same division, finished with the 60th best time after running a 5:15:08.

Sara Hertel was also part of the group, but was forced from the event after the 24th mile due to extreme dehydration.

Still, the group enjoyed the trip.

"It was a beautiful course and great weather," Hurd said. "We only had to battle some wind the last couple miles. We had a great time and are making plans for our next marathon."

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