Turtlefest 5/10k runs loaded with locals
PERHAM -- If there is a running race in the area one can count on the Perham cross-country teams to fill the top spots.
Only Thomas Stolee, a 25-year-old from Perham, finished ahead of a pack of four Perham 10k XC racers.
Stolee finished in 36:19.8, averaging a five-minute, 51-second mile to win.
Familiar names that will be populating the sports pages at the end of summer and into autumn lined up behind Stolee in second through fifth places.
Keeghan Hurley was runner-up, 37:50.4. Nick Carignan, 39:10.3, finished in third place. Brady Speicher, 39:10.7, was next and Dalton Dahms 39:11.2 completed the Yellowjacket quartet.
Brent Cunningham ended the East Otter Tail sequence finishing in sixth place. Cunningham is from Sitka, Alaska.
David Breznay finished in seventh place, just ahead of the top female finisher - Becky Olstad. Both runners are from Fargo, N.D.
Perham's Derek Dahms and Tom Clow finished out the top 10.
The average age of the top 10 finishers was 31, with Hurley the youngest at 16 and Clow the senior at 51 years of age.
Hurley and Mackenzie Foltz, of Callaway, were the youngest 10k participants. Foltz had a golden finish, of sorts, arriving in 16th place.
Harold Jacobson, of Macomb, Mich., was the most experienced runner, in terms of age, at a sprightly 67-years-old.
Jason Schik was the top finisher representing New York Mills. He finished in 33rd position.
Nicole Mursu represented New York Mills in the female standings with a 47th overall finish.
Another geographically intriguing finish was by James Nation in 52nd place. Nation hails from Kailua, Hawaii.
There were 66 participants in the 10k race, 15 from Perham.
165 runners took to the 5k event and a fifth and sixth member of the Perham boys XC team appeared in second and fourth place just behind Park Rapids' Kenny Miller.
Miller won the event in a time of 16:15.2. Yellowjacket Mark Huebsch was runner-up in 17:59.4. Fargo's Anders Clow finished in third. Perham's Chris Knutson took fourth place.
Susan Peterson, of Maple Grove, and Raeanna Covington, of Perham, were the top female finishers in 27th and 28th places overall.
Of the 165 who finished the 5k, 28 were from Perham.
This years pair was the 17th annual duo of races.
Thank you to Perham Health as our race sponsor and to Mandi Kjelshus, I could not have done this race without her help. and finally the Perham cross-country family," Race Organizer Jeff Morris said.
Full results are listed on page 2B.
Downloadable results and more information on the upcoming half marathon and 5k signup on July 28 at 7 a.m., can be found at perhamhalfmarathon.com.