In what is hopefully going to be an annual event, former STMA athlete, Dan Greeno and current STMA athlete, Rachel King, each finished first in the male and female divisions, respectively, at the Twi-Knight 8K road race Saturday evening Aug. 3, at the St. Michael Rec. Center. On a recently established “USATF certified” 8K course, Greeno and King established male and female course records with Greeno touring the course in 24 minutes 26 seconds(4:55 per mile) and King running a time of 31:25(6:20 per mile) for the 8K(4.97 miles).
The course started at the Rec. Center and went along the River Road into Hanover, where it looped through a Hanover neighborhood, then back on River Road finishing at the Rec. Center. Approximately 120 runners took part in the 1st annual race which was a fundraiser for the STMA Boys and Girls Cross Country teams and the STMA Boys Soccer team. Donations were also made to the Hanover Food Shelf and the STMA High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization sold concessions.
In the male division, there was a battle for second as Trevor Capra edged former STMA athlete, Brendan Sage by one second, 25:52 vs. 25:53, each averaging 5:13 per mile. Capra, who ran for Rosemount High School last season and Sage, ironically, will be teammates this fall at South Dakota State University where they will both compete in Division-1 cross country as SDSU “Jackrabbits”. Following King in the female division was King’s STMA teammate Lizzy Heil in a time of 32:22(6:31 per mile), with former Robbinsdale Cooper runner, Natalie Kessler, placing 3rd in a time of 32:41(6:35 per mile). Kessler will compete this fall in college cross country at University of Minnesota-Duluth. The youngest finisher in the 8K race was Lydia Peterson of St. Michael, age 9, who ran a time of 53:54.
Co-race directors: Darek Dewey and Gregg Greeno wish to thank St. Michael City Hall, the staff at St. Michael Public Works, and Hanover City Hall for their help and cooperation in putting on the event. Thanks also to the runners that came out and supported the race by competing, the parents of the STMA soccer and cross country programs for working at the race, and the residents of St. Michael and Hanover that live along the course and were hopefully not inconvienced too much for the hour, or so, that the race was in progress. Thank-yous were also sent out to the numerous local businesses that contributed and to former STMA athlete, Mitch Bebus, and the Minnesota National Guard for their help and contributions. Also, thanks to Randy Kottke for providing the music sound system for the race.
Darek Dewey commented, “It was a great community event, the course was scenic, and fast, so we hope to continue the event next year and hopefully grow it, too”. The Twi-Knight 8K has not yet finalized a date for the summer of 2014. Complete results of the 2013 Twi-Knight 8K can be found on www.runningventures.com.