Runners beat the rain

Schwinghamer, Nixon new winners as 238 run or walk Trezona

AHEAD OF THE PACK - More than 230 people took part in Wednesday’s Janet Gensler Memorial 4 on the 4th race, including Ely cross country and track coach Jayne Dusich (269) and Ely’s Ann Johnson (294). The event is a fundraiser for Ely’s track teams. More photos in this week’s Ely Echo!

by Tom Coombe
New champions were crowned again this year at the four-mile race that kicks off Ely’s Fourth of July Celebration.
Michael Schwinghamer of Mora was the overall winner while Hannah Nixon of Bloomington was the first female to cross the finish line at the Janet Gensler Memorial Ely 4 on the 4th.
Runners just beat the heavy rains that arrived Wednesday morning and the race around the Trezona Trail was completed before a severe thunderstorm swept into town.
The event doubles as a fundraiser for Ely’s high school track teams and the event attracted 238 participants, including 23 walkers.
Turnout nearly matched that of 2017.
Schwinghamer, 19, eked out a narrow win over last year’s victor - Harrison Hirsch of Vadnais Heights.
Schwinghamer completed the course in 21:55.19, about eight seconds faster than the runner-up.
Schwinghamer’s cousin, Ely High School track and cross country standout James Schwinghamer, took third in the event and finished in 25:35.8.
The women’s race was a battle between Nixon, 26, and 42-year-old Janelle Gomez of Proctor.
Nixon won in 29:49.12, with Gomez next at 30:04.24.
In third was Hailey HIghland, 14, of Centerville, with a time of 30:16.91, while 13-year-old Zoe Devine of Ely was fourth-best in the women’s division at 30:34.14.
Rounding out the overall top-10 were:
4. Rory Miller, 17, Cambridge, 25:53.30;
5. Jussi Olkinuora, 27, Finland, 25:59.10;
6. Gabriel Pointer, 14, Ely, 26:19.75;
7. Dustinn Bonner, Plymouth, 26:51.42;
8. Scott Reynolds, 37, Minneapolis, 26:53.84;
9. Andrew Miller, 14, Cambridge, Mass., 27:11.51;
10. Joe Pierce, 15, Ely, 27:33.91.
Other Ely finishers were:
• Ted Pierce, 19, 27:45.17;
• Will Helms, 54, 28:34.46;
• Carl Skustad, 43, 28:44.97;
• Jaime Lowe, 41, 29:48.21;
• Jimmy Zupancich, 15, 30:21.51;
• Gavin Blauch, 16, 31:49.23
• Otto Devine, 11, 31:57.52;
• Eveleyn Bercher, 18, 32:50.47;
• Christine Kolinski, 40, 33:44.71;
• Phoebe Helms, 13, 33:52.27;
• Jayne Dusich, 58, 34:45.23;
• Esther Monroy, 12, 35:35.83;
• Brynn Vollom, 14, 36:05.69;
• Crystal Chopp, 40, 36;09.98;
• Bridget Sundell, 49, 36:25.04;
• Emily Creighton, 39, 37:37.64;
• Gracie Pointer, 14, 38:03.04;
• Deegan Richards, 12, 38:39.31;
• Sarah Fitzgerald, 37, 39:27.43;
• Sydni Richards, 15, 39:30.65;
• Chad Bloss, 45, 39:33.62;
• Kevin Dauwalter, 63, 40:40.24;
• Heather Durkin, 44, 41:22.13;
• Chris Chandler, 62, 43:07.46;
• Andrew Monroy, 14, 43:38.14;
• Chuck Zeugner, 58, 43:53.60
• Therese Wells, 58, 44:21.97;
• Sarah Hockley, 22, 45:13.23;
• Autumn Cole, 67, 45:23.78;
• Anna Nelson, 18, 47:03.42;
• Lindy Dalberg, 17 47:03.73;
• Kris Hallberg, 65, 52:27.41;
• Chris Gregory, 38, 1:00.20.99;
• Audrey Engen, 8, 1:13:19.17;
• Mattie Lindsay, 8, 1:13:40.03;
• Nicole Engen, 40, 1:14:09.96;
• Candace Lindow-Davies, 51, 1:18:55.25;
As always, the event also attracted dozens of walkers, with former Ely mayor Roger Skraba the first to complete the trail in just over 57 minutes.
The event is named after the late Janet Gensler, who was instrumental in starting the race several years ago.
Complete results from the race may be accessed online at www.northlandrunner.com.