Olson, Devine take firsts at Trezona Run

LEADING THE PACK at the Harvest Moon Trezona Trail Run/Walk was eventual winner Luke Olson (248) and third place finisher Emmett Faltesek (238) last Saturday. Photos by Eric Sherman.

by Tom Coombe -

Ely’s annual late-summer run moved back to Harvest Moon weekend this year, and two new champions were crowned.
High school cross country standout Luke Olson was the overall winner while Zoe Devine of Ely’s girls team was the women’s champion at the Harvest Moon Trezona Trail Four Mile Run/Walk.
Olson, an all-stater in cross country, set a blazing pace and won in 22:24.3, more than two minutes ahead of teammate Gabriel Pointer.
The top-four overall finishers are all members of Ely’s boys cross country team and the Timberwolves had seven runners in the top-10.
Devine, an eighth-grader, was first among 30 female participants with a time of 28:36.8.
Those were among the highlights of the race around the Trezona, which moved back to Harvest Moon weekend this year after two events over Labor Day weekend.
The race, which started and ended at the Miners Dry House at the Pioneer Mine complex, attracted 58 runners - one more than in 2017
A concurrent walk around the trail brought out another six participants on a late-summer morning.
Herb Dillon, 70, of Duluth, was the first walker with a time of 44:00.2, followed by former Ely Mayor Roger Skraba (48:50.1).
Jessica Slaughter of Ely was the first female walker in 53:59.2.
The top-10 in each division of the four-mile race were as follows;
Men
1. Olson, 22:24.3;
2. Pointer, 24:35.7;
3. Emmett Faltesek, 24:59.4;
4. Jasper Johnston, 25:03.2;
5. Brent Saxton, 25:47.3;
6. Benjamin Gardner, 26:09.7;
7. Raif Olson, 26;38;
8. Kjetil Midttun, 26:42.6;
9. Will Helms, 26;59.1;
10. Dylan Fenske, 27;25.5;.
Women
1..Devine, 28:36;
2. Kalyssa Eilrich, 30:42.9;
3. Phoebe Helms, 30:43;
4. Sarah Isbell, 30:44.9;
5. Katie Richards, 32:32.2;
6. Gracie Pointer, 34:40.4;
7. Brynn Vollom, 34:41.7;
8. Julie Baxter, 35:17.3;
9. Sharon Vincent, 35:46.5;
10. Cora Olson, 36:34.7.
A kids’ one-mile run was also held, attracting 11 participants. The winner was seven-year-old Aiden Harding.
The Trezona run and walk is one of several fundraisers conducted during the year by the Ely Track Club, which has assumed primary financial responsibility for funding the high school track programs.