Goessel holds inaugural 5-k run

Runners begin the race in Goessel’s inaugural Threshing Days 5-k run Saturday. Leading the pack at left are the first three overall finishers, (from left) Adam Meysing, Jonathan Hinerman and Erik Brown. Thirty-two participants ran in the inaugural Threshing Days 5-k race Saturday in Goessel organized by head cross country coach Brian Lightner. Final results were divided by gender and age group.

Jonathan Hinerman won the 12-21 male division with a time of 18 minutes, 49.7 seconds, good for second place overall. Completing that division were Erik Brown (19:15.7, third overall), Zach Wiens (24:24.8, sixth), Dawson Duerksen (24:54.0, seventh), Jerah Schmidt (24:59.1, eighth), Jacob Schrag (25:57.6, 11th), Timothy Schrag (26:50.7, 13th) and Jake Flaming (37:27.9, 20th).

In the 22-29 female age group, Krysta Woelk finished first (27:10.8, 15th overall), followed by Sarah Unruh (1:01.58, 31st).

The race’s overall winner, Adam Meysing, was first to cross the finish line in 18:29.3, competing in the 22-29 male division. Rounding out the division were Ryan Wiebe (23:02.8, fifth), and Tony Conrady (44:53.4, 24th).

Laura Voth won the 30-39 female division with a time of 27:45.0, good for 16th overall. She was followed by Kristina Conrady (45:34.1, 25th), Liz Unruh (49:03.1, 27th), Krystle Walker (52:02.0, 28th) and Nakisha Jost (52:02.1, 29th).

Meanwhile, Brent Abraham finished first in the 30-39 male division (25:20.3, ninth), followed by Tommy Kuesser (26:24.9, 12th) and Pat Flaming (37:29.4, 21st).

Beverly Baumgartner was the only runner in the 40-49 female division. She finished 19th overall in 30:55.0.

Eric Schrag won the 40-49 male division (22:54.4, fourth), followed by Galen Miller (26:51.1, 14th).

In the 50-59 female division, Donna Spoonemore placed first (25:46.9, 10th), followed by Sherry Boese (37:56.6, 22nd), Sandra Grubb (47:45.3, 26th) and Andrea Unruh (1:01.59, 32nd).

Terry Fruechting won the 50-59 male division (30:34.3, 17th). John Fast was second (30:34.7, 18th).

In the 60 and older division, Merrill Unruh finished first (42:35.8, 23rd), followed by Richard Golden (57:08.5, 30th).

Lightner said he was pleased with participation.

“I was hoping for 25 runners this first year, so I am thankful to the community and surrounding area for their participation in the run,” he said. “The weather was great, and we enjoyed bringing back a 5-k to the community and adding to the Country Threshing Days experience. 

“Thank you to all who participated, and we hope to see you all again next year.”

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