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.
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.”