Ben Blankenship And Gabriele Anderson Shatter Course Records at Minnesota Mile

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Press Release
September 8, 2013

(Duluth, Minn.) It was a day for records at today’s seventh annual Minnesota Mile road race in downtown Duluth.

Ben Blankenship, 24, of Stillwater, Minn., set a new course record in 3 minutes, 52.7 seconds and claimed the first-place prize of $3,000. Two-time defending champion Craig Miller, of Boulder, Colo., placed second in 3:53.1.

Gabriele Anderson, 27, of Minneapolis, claimed the women’s division title and $3,000 with a personal-best time of 4:21.3, which eclipsed the women’s course record by more than 14 seconds. She topped defending champion and Team USA Minnesota teammate Heather Kampf, 26, also of Minneapolis, who ran 4:27.1.

The previous course records were held by Kenya’s Aron Rono (2010, 3:58.18) and Canada’s Carmen Douna Hussar (4:35.60), respectively.

A total of 571 people registered for the Minnesota Mile event which featured four separate divisions ― Grandma’s Minnesota Mile (Elite), Duluth Mile (Semi-Elite), All City Mile (Recreational) and the Verizon Kids Mile.

See top finishers below. For complete results, visit www.grandmasmarathon.com or www.mtecresults.com.

Minnesota Mile Results – September 8

Grandma’s Minnesota Mile

Male

1) Ben Blankenship, 24 – Stillwater, Minn.
3:52.7 – $3,000

2) Craig Miller, 26 – Boulder, Colo.
3:53.1 – $2,000

3) Jack Bolas, 25 – Greenville, SC
3:53.5 – $1,500

4) Diriba Degefa Yigezu, 25 – Ethiopia (New York, N.Y.)
3:54.1 – $1,000

5) Nathan Brannen, 31 – Canada (Westlake, Ohio)
3:55.0 – $800

6) Dey Dey, 24 – Colorado Springs, Colo.
3:55.5 – $600

7) Girma Gebre, 20 – Ethiopia (New York, N.Y.)
3:57.5 – $400

8) Mathhew Elliott, 28 – Rock Hill, S.C.
3:58.6 – $250

Female

1) Gabriele Anderson, 27 – Minneapolis, Minn.
4:21.3 – $3,000

2) Heather Kampf, 26 – Minneapolis, Minn.
4:27.1 – $2,000

3) Sara Vaughn, 27 – Centennial, Colo.
4:38.9 – $1,500

4) Kellyn Johnson, 27 – Flagstaff, Ariz.
4:40.2 – $1,000

5) Elizabeth Yetzer, 25 – Lakeville, Minn.
4:41.7 – $800

6) Jamie Cheever, 26 – Minneapolis, Minn.
4:43.0 – $600

7) Doreen Kitaka, 29 – Kenya (Coon Rapids, Minn.)
4:46.7 – $400

8) Melissa Agnew, 22 – St. Louis Park, Minn.
4:47.1 – $250

Masters (40 & Over)

Male
1) Lance Elliott, 42 – Edina, Minn.
4:20.2 – $500

Female
1) Breeda Willis, 43 – Stevens Point, Wis.
4:48.4 – $500

Duluth Mile – (Semi-Elite Division)

Male
1) Aaron Gorman, 24 – Brooklyn Park, Minn.
4:34

Female
1) Kailee Kiminski, 17 – Esko, Minn.
5:22

All City Mile (Recreational Division)

Male
1) Ethan Shelton, 25 – Duluth, Minn.
5:02

Female
1) Lisa Hirsch, 31 – Duluth, Minn.
5:39

Verizon Kids Mile (Ages 8 to 14)

Male
1) John Schwinghamer, 14 – Mora, Minn.
5:18

Female
1) Kelly Lorenz, 12 – Carlton, Minn.
6:19


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