30th Annual Mini-Marathon draws record field

Brett Franz of Monmouth wins for a second straight year, Alison Warren of Salem sets a record for the women.



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Runner pound the pavement near the start of the 30th Annual Monmouth-Independence Mini-Marathon on July 4.

MONMOUTH-INDEPENDENCE -- Al and Jayne Oppliger are turning over the Monmouth-Independence Mini-Marathon to the next generation.

But the pair, who have been the driving force behind the event for years, certainly can be proud of the legacy they leave behind.

The 30th Annual Monmouth-Independence Annual Marathon was held July 4 and drew a record number of participants for a second consecutive year. A total of 212 walked and/or ran from Monmouth City Hall to Independence City Hall, easily bettering the 173 who participated in 2001.

Jayne Oppliger was the Race Director this year for the ninth consecutive time. Terry Cable and Twyla Lawson have pledged to take control of the mini-marathon next year.

The event is one of the oldest of its kind in Oregon and originally started as part of the Monmouth-Independence Winter Olympics. The course has changed several times over the years before evolving into the 2.62-mile trek between the two city halls.

Brett Franz of Monmouth won the race for the second consecutive year with a time of 13:16.1. That was 1.6 seconds quicker than his time from 2001.

Top women's finisher Alison Warren from Salem established a course record by finishing in 16:00.5. She finished 21st overall.

The top women's master runner was Mary Russell of Salem, who finished 51st overall with a time of 17:30.1. Her counterpart on the men's side was Newberg's Larry Mock, who ran a 14:42.8 and took eighth overall.

30TH ANNUAL MINI-MARATHON

Results of July 4

At Monmouth-Independence (2.62 miles)

Top individuals

: 1. Brett Franz 13:16.1, 2. William Smith 13:35.2, 3. Jesse White 13:43.7, 4. Joe Dudman 13:46.2., 5. Torrey Lindbo 14:25.4, 6. Jim Bensman 14:33.6, 7. Nate Reese 14:33.6, 8. Larry Mock 14:42.8, 9. Jon Cowles 14:50.0, 10. Nate Kravitz 14:55.1.

Age Groups

Women

14-and-under: 1. Heather Brown 18:30.0, 2. Candice Santana 24:19.7, 3. Allison Bliss 24:55.6.

15-19: 1. Lorelei Clarke 16:34.0, 2. Katie Dye 17:24.0, 3. Stacie Wells 19:24.0.

20-24: 1. Amy Murr 16:14.6, 2. Elizabeth Rickert 21:16.5, 3. Aimee Johnson 22:38.4.

25-29: 1. Clancy Emry 17:02.0, 2. Kristen Beckstead 19:32.6, 3. Patricia Davis 22:03.7.

30-34: 1. Renee Wise 18:34.4, 2. Abigail Elder 21:00.3, 3. Lisa Robison 21:23.9.

35-39: 1. Linda Hansen 21:52.9, 2. Lesli Cable 22:20.1, 3. Lorie Austin 22:22.9.

40-44: 1. Nancy Brubaker 18:20.8, 2. Ann Beier 21:03.2, 3. Carrie Larsen 22:54.5.

45-49: 1. Pattie Post 28:20.5, 2. Pam Naylor 20:10.5, 3. Patti Kemper 23:17.5.

50-54: 1. Phyllis McCall 18:56.0.

55-59: 1. Charlotte Hartwig 20:21.2, 2. Karen Hays 24:38.1, 3. Lorrie Gulaskey 29:21.9.

60-64: 1. Carolyn Ward 22:20.7, 2. Jan Murrell 29:56.2, 3. Jayne Oppliger 33:34.0.

65-69: 1. Eleanor Cowles 43:49.4.

70-and-above: 1. Charlotte Copeland 45:12.0, 2. Betty Jones 45:13.9.

Men

14-and-under: 1. Kristopher Brown 17:43.5, 2. Johnny Thomas 17:53.6, 3. Cody Hughes 18:12.6.

15-19: 1. Nate Reese 14:33.6, 2. Nate Kravitz 14:52.1, 3. Hunter Bennett-Daggett 15:04.0.

20-24: 1. William Smith 13:35.2, 2. Jesse White 13:43.7, 3. Chris Schrepel 15:18.9.

25-29: 1. Torrey Lindbo 14:14.8, 2. Jim Bensman 14:25.4, 3. Andrew Hagman 15:09.2.

30-34: 1. Lance Murr 16:14.9, 2. Jim Simpson 17:57.0, 3. Brian Dinan 17:59.5.

35-39: 1. Joe Dudman 13:46.2, 2. Joe Cowles 14:50.0, 3. Paul Bliss 15:01.0.

40-44: 1. Kenneth Highnight 14:58.4, 2. Ron Dye 16:06.8, 3. Dan Cobine 16:44.7.

45-49: 1. Bruce Lang 16:05.0, 2. Mark Seker 16:46.0, 3. Paul Fleming 17:12.6.

50-54: 1. Ron Heintz 15:56.6, 2. Greg Oldham 15:58.6; 3. John Moody 16:06.0.

55-59: 1. John Larsen 17:38.3, 2. Jim Gulaskey 17:49.1, 3. Ron Hartwig 18:56.7.

60-64: 1. Eb Englemann 16:53.2, 2. Mike English 17:58.9, 3. Len Edholm 19:38.4.

65-69: no participants

70-and-above: 1. John Keston 18:49.4, 2. Al Oppliger 20:15.6, 3. Mort Ward 30:35.4.



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