Grey, Plombon claim Irvin 5K titlesThe top local finishers were former Wisconsin-Superior runner Scott Behling of Duluth, who finished fourth in the men’s race in 15:46, and Hannah Jocelyn of Duluth, who finished sixth among women in 19:30.
Grandma’s Marathon weekend kicked off Friday night with the William A. Irvin 5K – the first of numerous races scheduled for the 37th annual event.
Matthew Grey, 25, won the 3.1-mile race in a time of 15 minutes and 25 seconds. Grey, of Minnetonka, Minn., held off 19-year-old Dominique Aulagnon by two seconds.
In the women’s division, Savanna Plombon, 20, of Frederick, Md., took the title in 17:36 – the third fastest in the event’s 20 years. Four-time champion Michelle Oman, 39, placed second in 18:18.
A record 1,998 registered for the event with an unofficial 1,653 finishing the race. For complete results, visit GrandmasMarathon.com.
National titles will be decided Saturday morning with the running of the USA Half Marathon Championships. Many of the country’s top half marathoners are here seeking a share of the $82,000 prize purse – with $12,000 going to the top male and female. The men start at 6:15 a.m., and the women follow 10 minutes later.
Also, the 23rd annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and 37th annual Grandma’s Marathon are Saturday at 6:45 a.m. and 7:45 a.m., respectively. A record field of 7,835 is registered for the half marathon, while 7,338 are signed up for the full marathon.
* The top local finishers were former Wisconsin-Superior runner Scott Behling of Duluth, who finished fourth in the men’s race in 15:46, and Hannah Jocelyn of Duluth, who finished sixth among women in 19:30.
* Defending champions Sean Kutz of Grantsburg, Wis., and Kathleen Monaghan of Duluth were not entered.
* There was a moment of silence before Friday’s race to honor the victims of April’s Boston Marathon bombing.
20th Annual William A. Irvin 5K
Top Ten Men
Matthew Grey, 25, Minnetonka, MN, 15:25
Dominique Aulagnon, 19, Thunder Bay, ON, 15:27
John Leaf, 26, Minneapolis, 15:36
Scott Behling, 23, Duluth, 15:46
Blake Anderson, 17, Sartell, MN, 16:22
Drew Johnson, 19, Aurora, MN, 17:02
Jonathan Ryss, 22, St. Paul, 17:07
Sam Johnson, 17, Aurora, MN, 17:14
Brendan Kutz, 19, Grantsburg, 17:18
David Schuneman, 35, Duluth, 17:41
Top Ten Women
Savanna Plombon, 20, Frederick, MD, 17:36
Michelle Oman, 39, Mankato, MN, 18:18
Elizabeth Schlafke, 15, Annandale, MN, 19:05
Sasha Hovind, 17, Stirum, ND, 19:06
Jordan Paschke, 19, Chanhassen, MN, 19:07
Hannah Jocelyn, 21, Duluth, 19:33
Anja Maijala, 14, Wrenshall, 19:37
Marissa Carlson, 16, Fosston, MN, 19:58
Jackie Lindfors, 16, Rogers, MN, 19:59
Joanna Drazkowski, 36, Andover, MN, 20:17