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Locals fill festival run roster

BEN IREMONGER takes a lead in Saturday’s Cherry Festival. He won the 5k run.

BEN IREMONGER takes a lead in Saturday’s Cherry Festival. He won the 5k run. Scott McMullen/Contributed photo

More than 135 runners were on hand for the annual Cherry Blossom 3k, 5k and 10k Saturday at Dry Hollow Elementary School.

Of the three classifications, the 5k event had a nail biter of a finish down the stretch with Ben Iremonger and Jony Nelson fighting stride-for-stride for the finish line.

Iremonger ended up edging out Nelson by two seconds to secure first place with a final marker of 18 minutes and 20 seconds.

Nelson had an 18:22, and Gary Daubenspeck (21:37) clinched third place in the men’s 5k division.

On the women’s side, Hannah Knott claimed a 5k crown in 26:30, a time of nearly a minute better than Shana Mattson (27:22).

Peggy Casady grabbed third place in 27:37.

Rhett Mosqueda notched first place recognition in the 3k run taking the men’s title in 12:27.

Luis Martinez was right behind in second place with a 12:36, and Vinny Ziegenhagen managed a 16:40 for third in the men’s 3k race.

Jenna Miller was much better than her foes in the women’s 3k rally, as she crossed the tape in an eye-opening 13:24.

Maia Montecalvo wound up in second place with an 18:52, and Michelle Montecalvo scurried home in third place with her 18:54.

Charlie Remington added to his trophy case with a time of 37:30 to take top honors in the 10k men’s running event.

Joe Dudman grabbed second place with a 39:15, and Alex Montoya had a 41:41 for third place.

Maggie Hanna hoisted the top trophy in the women’s 10k race with her reading of 47:22.

Mandi Williams gave it her best shot and tallied a 47:39 for second place, and Tara Gatz-McClennan reeled off a third-place output in 52:42.

Next up is the Water’s Edge run Saturday at 1 p.m.

For more information, call 541-308-6738.

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