Billy Mills 5K & 10K
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
July 7, 2001
as reported by the Sault Evening News
Lake Superior State runners dominated the 11th annual Billy Mills Fun Run/Walk Saturday.
Aaron Litzner of LSSU won the 5K race in a time of 15:51, just ahead of future Laker teammate Clifton Lindsey (16:06) and coach D.J. Baars (16:46).
The race's namesame, Billy Mills, attended the race and gave a motivational speech following the event. Mills, a Lakota (Sioux) Indian, won the Olympic gold medal in the 10,000 meters in 1964 at Toyko. He is still the only American to win Oympic gold in the 10,000 meters.
Terah Mallette of Dafter captured the women's 5K in 20:03, while Kayce Lawrence of Brimley was second in the women's overall and first in the 13-15 age group.
Other age division winners in the 5K included Walter Bennette, 13-15 male, 19:37; Bob Malaski, 40-49 male, 19:47; Mary Plurde, 30-39 female, 21:12; Tom Henderson, 50-plus, male, 21:19; Scott Plude, male-13, 21:42; Adam Povey, F-13; 24:18; and Armande Pieschke, female 50-plus, 24:42.
LSSU's Stephen Eles won the 10K race in 34:16, followed by Kevin Rabineau of Olivet (formerly of Sault, MI) in 37:04 and Jon Bland of Brookeville (38:35).
Laurel Myers of Battle Creek claimed the overall female 10K with a time of 43:31.
Other division winners in the 10K included: Rabineau, 40-49 male; Terry Meyers, 30-39 male, 42:15; Mary Miller, 16-19 female, 45:42; Jeanette Robinson, 40-49 female, 46:30; Ed Lange, 50-plus male, 47:31; Janet Hess, 40-49 female, 50:04; and Susan Fitzpatrick, 30-39 female, 54:38.
Stephanie Folkersma of the Sault won the youth 1-mile run in 6:28. Other division winners included Misha Klebba, male 9-10, 7:17; Andrew Plude, Male 6-8, 7:31; Megan Klebba, female 6-8, 7:33; Matt Brown, male 11-12, 8:23; Jessica Kangas, female 9-10, 9:54; Mariah Carlson, female-6, 14:01.
Maryanne Senko of Sault, Ont. placed first in the 5K walk in the female division while Russell Vizina of of the Sault finished first in the male division.
Sarah Leach of Holly won the tot run.