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Bell, Johnson win JJM Victory Run

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SPICER -- Grant Bell, 17, of Belgrade repeated Saturday as champion at the 7th annual Jesse John Mithaugen 5k Victory Run.

The 2011 graduate of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School covered the hiking trails at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center in 19:20. Runner-up Allen Saunders, 55, of Benson finished in 21.14.

Cassandra Johnson, 16, of Willmar won the female division and was fourth overall in a time of 21:38. A cross-county, gymnastics and track athlete, she will be a junior at Willmar High School. This was her first citizen-race win.

There were 72 finishers in the 5k compared to 80 a year ago. The 1k-run and 5k/1k leisure walk drew an additional 50 registrations.

Bell, who ran for the Jaguars in the fall and spring, plans to attend Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., starting in fall.

Proceeds from the event, which honors the memory of deceased BBE athlete Jesse Mithaugen, support youth and family events at PWELC.