With John Nalan
Aden Casey of Side Lake and Kara Clifton of Pengilly were the top local finishers at this year’s Grandma’s Marathon. Casey ran the 26.2 mile course along the shore of Lake Superior from Two Harbors to Duluth in three hours and eleven minutes. He ran a steady pace that allowed him to pass hundreds of runners over the last seven miles. Clifton ran the course in 3:28 and finished 349th out of almost 3,000 women. She used a strong kick over the last mile to achieve a Boston Marathon qualifying time.
The top local finisher in the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon was fifteen year old Daniel Olson from Nashwauk. Olson was the second fastest fifteen year old over the 13.1 mile course. Nashwauk’s Ellyssa Peterson was the top local female finisher. The University of North Dakota junior placed 29th in the women’s 19-34 age category.
Local results for both races:
Aden Casey, Side Lake [3:11.31]
Kara Clifton, Pengilly [3:28.28]
Sara Schafhauser-Wright, Bovey [4:09.09]
Maryellen Cressy, Nashwauk [4:13.02]
Molly Geier, Goodland [5:05.50]
Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
Daniel Olson, Nashwauk [1:23.20]
Ellyssa Peterson, Nashwauk [1:23.50]
Greg Peterson, Nashwauk [1:31.53]
Michael Butterfield, Bovey [1:34.55]
Cody Staydohar, Nashwauk [1:49.38]
Dallas Kane, Coleraine [1:49.48]
Patrick Kane, Coleraine [1:49.49]
Daniel Courneya, Side Lake [1:51.39]
James Kingen, Coleraine [1:52.30]
Rob Goss, Nashwauk [1:53.42]
Ivonne Archila, Coleraine [2:00.03]
Jane Sloan, Coleraine [2:05.25]
Cody Huff, Bovey [2:08.56]
Logan DeChampeau, Coleraine [2:10.10]
Jeri Peterson, Coleraine [2:10.49]
Christina Covier, Pengilly [2:13.27]
Eric Graber, Coleraine [2:15.44]
Anna Hansen, Coleraine [2:18.36]
Bobbi Radaich, Goodland [2:18.40]
Peter Anderson, Nashwauk [2:33.25]
Kelly Ramsdell, Goodland [2:33.59]
Misty Eliason, Bovey [2:34.10]
Missy Edwards, Bovey [2:34.21]
Carl Schneider, Side Lake [3:03.57
Jo Staydohar, Nashwauk [3:07.43]
Randy Sweet, Bovey [3:17.04]
Andrea Archila, Coleraine [3:23.45]
Marble Mallards Baseball
The Mallards dropped their first game of the season last week when rival Bemidji came to Grand Rapids and knocked off Marble by a 6-0 score. The Blue Ox built an early lead and then added a late run in the sixth inning to come away with the win on a beautiful night for baseball. The team is now 10-1 on the season.
Marble travels to Nimrod this weekend for a tournament. They open play on Friday at 4 p.m. against the host Nimrod Gnats. The next home game is scheduled for July 16 in Marble.
Local Dirt Track Racing
Chris Miller of Bovey highlighted an exciting night of racing in Grand Rapids. Driving aggressively and making contact on a few occasions, he equaled his best finish of the year finishing second in the Pure Stocks ahead of one of the series top drivers, Chad Finckbone. Bovey’s Jon Burt finished fifth. Burt bounced back on Saturday, finishing fourth in Hibbing.
Keewatin’s Jeffrey Massingill drove his Late Model to a third place finish at Hibbing. Teal Arnason of Nashwauk made his Sprint Car debut this season, placing 8th in Grand Rapids and 16th in Hibbing.
Taconite Post 301 Legion Baseball
The Taconite Legion Post picked up two wins last week, beating Grand Marais and Hibbing in Marble. Ty Donahue was the winning pitcher in the 7-1 win over Grand Marais. Taconite hosted a portion of the Grand Rapids Legion Tournament, opening with a convincing 13-8 win over Hibbing. Forced to play eventual champion Totino Grace twice, Taconite lost two in a row. They finished the tournament with a hard fought 8-6 loss to Superior.
Post 301 is headed to South Dakota this weekend for a tournament featuring some of that state’s the top small school teams. They are back at home July 2 against Ely in Marble at 7:30.