'Fittest of Elk Grove' Results Posted from First Qualifier

The second qualifying event will be held Oct. 6.

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More than two dozen competitors came together Saturday morning to try to earn a spot in the third annual "Fittest of Elk Grove" competition next month, but those who didn't make the cut will have another chance next weekend.

In each age group, the event will take the top three scores from qualifying events Saturday and on Oct. 6. After Saturday's event, the three people on the top of each category are as follows:

Female 17 and younger

  1. Alexis Sakaris
  2. Felesha Johnson
  3. Sydra Bera

Male 17 and younger

  1. Joseph Esparza
  2. Brandon Perryman
  3. Aarom Bernatchy

Female 18-34

  1. Katy Welsh
  2. Danice Discipulo
  3. Kasey Beckman

Male 18-34

  1. Darrell Taylor
  2. Tien Nguyen
  3. Andrew Cheung

Female 35-49

  1. Dianne Nikakis
  2. Theresa Jones
  3. Debbie Rodriguez

Male 35-49

  1. Sehyon Kim
  2. Paul Bowling
  3. John Sumaraga

Male 50 and older

  1. Robbie Folkes
  2. Dallas Broussard
  3. Mitch Lopez


Correction: In each age group, the top three competitors from each qualifying event will make it into the finals (in the finals, a total of six competitors will compete in each age group). A previous version of this article described that process incorrectly. Elk Grove Patch regrets the error.


Did you or a friend or loved one compete in the qualifying event? Let us know what you thought in the comments section below.


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Connie Conley October 02, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Competitive sporting events are great for the community, but now that the Elk Grove City Council voted to be the Title Sponsor for this event, putting up $10,000 of taxpayer dollars, for a few dozen competitors at each qualifier and a few hundred in total for the finals, it is time the city reevaluates taxpayer money spent for special events. Local high school football games draw hundreds of Elk Grove residents and visitors every single week for months. However, when local high school football teams’ boosters put in grant funding applications in the past, the Elk Grove City Council turned them away with nothing. Their reasoning: The city council didn’t want to start a precedent in that if they gave to one team, they would have to give to all. Now the council has set that precedent, not only by funding this event for $10,000; but by allowing 50% of that grant money to go to the event organizer’s salary, it now looks like the teams can also put in for money to offset coaches’ salaries. In my opinion, every high school that needs the money for their teams should get in line next year since the Elk Grove City Council is now funding competitive sporting events.


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