“It was special for all of us,” point guard Tiffany Bias said. “It was a tough season. It really means a lot for us to be out here and interact with the community.”
Women's basketball sports information director Ryan Cameron, sporting a Team Hancock shirt, labored through the 5K. He had grown close to Budke over their five years together and is good friends with Bill Hancock, whom he calls his mentor.
“When I ran around the corner, I saw some of his family cheering for me,” Cameron said. “It's great to see all the families out here.”
And Shelley Budke placed first in the 45-49 age group, running the 5K in 24:49.
“I think just her coming out here is a reflection of how she has been,” Cameron said. “Just look at all basketball season, she kept coming to every game, and that meant the world to me. You can imagine what it meant to the girls if it meant that much for me.”