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Bison runner Covington wins the Fargo Marathon women's 10K

Brynnan Covington crosses the finish line at the Fargo Marathon 10K. Forum News Service

North Dakota State runner Brynnan Covington made her debut race at 10 kilometers a memorable one.

Covington took first place in the women's 10K on Saturday at the Sanford Fargo Marathon. She crossed the finish line in the Fargodome in a time of 36 minutes, 42 seconds.

"I found it to be really amazing to have the half-marathoners and the full marathoners cheering you on along the way,” said Covington, who is from Perham, Minn. "That was pretty fun."

Ben Bruce of Waubun, Minn., won the men's 10K in a time of 35:54.

The 20-year-old Covington competes in cross country and track and field at NDSU.

"It was really awesome," Covington said of crossing the finish line to cheers from the Fargodome crowd. "I had no idea it would be like that."

Covington said her goal was to run under 37 minutes. She crossed the finish line more than two minutes faster than the second-place finisher. Katie Bostrom of Fargo was second with a time of 39:09.

Covington was excited to be able to share Saturday with her mother, Raeanna Covington, who ran the full marathon.

"Coming out here with her is a lot of fun," Brynnan said soon after she won the 10K. "Hopefully, I'll get to see here in a couple hours."

The 35-year-old Bruce was excited to win the men's 10K, despite cold, damp and at times windy conditions.

"Conditions were less than ideal this year so I think everyone is going to be slower than what they expect," Bruce said. "That headwind on the first mile takes the life right out of you."

Tyson Mahar, a 16-year-old from East Grand Forks, Minn., finish second with a time of 36:32. Bruce said he appreciated the fan support he received on the course and also as he crossed the finish line.

"The is the first real kind of big race I've even won," Bruce said. "It feels awesome."