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174 run Kerkhoven Pillsbury Push 5k/10k

KERKHOVEN — On a fine, 70-degree Saturday morning for the annual Pillsbury Push 5k/10 run, 98 ran the 5k and 76 took on the 10k during the Town & Country Days celebration.

Ben Burgett, 18, of Spicer, won the 5k in a time of 17:53, and then the Community Christian senior distance runner immediately left, as he did last year after winning, for a running camp at Greeley, Colorado. Josh Bailey, 15, of Benson took second in 18:48 and Joel Finsaas, 18, of New London was only a few strides back in third place.

Former Hancock athlete Chelsey (Voorhees) Lundberg, 25, of Holloway, was the women’s 5k champion in 23:33 with Catheryn Rosemeier, 22, of Murdock second in 25:03. Jessi Collins, 35, also of Murdock, placed third overall, a second up on Stephanie Medalen, 33, of Kerkhoven.

The long race which took to a country side in full sun for the 6.2-mile jaunt was won by Thomas Seifert, 18, of Willmar. Seifert also won last week at Litchfield and was second in each of the two previous Glacial Lakes Running Series events. His winning time was 36.22, breaking away from Eric Januszewski, 26, of Grove City as they began to circle Pillsbury Park nearing the finish. Seifert is headed to Augustana to run cross country and track; Januszewski ran Boston under 2:50 in April and will run another marathon in October in Mankato. Kevin Van Heuveln, 52, of Pennock was third with an excellent time of 39:20, the last of only three runners in the field to crack 40 minutes.

Gabrilla Auspos, 23, of Willmar, took first in the women’s division with a time of 45:31. The mother of a six-month-old was at the race with her baby and, among others, her younger brother Brandon Engelkes, 18, of Willmar, who also ran the 10k. Allison Spriggs, 33, of Chicago took second while Deb Hoberg and Polly Ahrens, 37, both of Renville, finished third and fourth, respectively, just two seconds apart.

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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