Running: Harnett, Beskau set pace in Jon Francis Half-Marathon

Gazette photos by Stuart Groskreutz
Michael Hartnett of Minneapolis was the top finishers in Saturday’s Jon Francis Half-Marathon at Square Lake Park.

Michael Hartnett of Minneapolis and Brooke Beskau of Hastings were the top finishers in the men’s and women’s divisions of Saturday’s Jon Francis Half-Marathon which concluded at Square Lake Park north of Stillwater.

Harnett posted a winning time of 1:22:04.3, which was more than six minutes in front of runner-up Colin Gardner-Springer (1:28:15.1), who is also from Minneapolis.

Beskau crossed the line in 1:32:14.9 to claim the women’s title by less than three minutes over Allison Luse (1:35:00.9) of Minneapolis.

Brooke Beskau of Hastings was the top finishers in the women’s division at Saturday’s Jon Francis Half-Marathon at Square Lake Park.

There was also an 8-kilometer race held on Saturday, not to mention a 1K fun run in partnership with Lakeview Health and its Power-Up initiative. Each of these events served as a fundraiser for the Jon Francis Foundation, which was created to honor the life of Stillwater graduate Jon Francis, who died at the age of 24 while hiking in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. Francis, who was serving as a youth minister in Utah, was a former standout runner for the Stillwater Ponies and later Augustana College.

Steven Thomas of Delano was the winner of the 8K race with a time of 28:39.2 while Peter Meinz of Golden Valley placed second in 30:27.6. The top local finishers included David Haslam (33:07.9), Chad Halsten (33:36.7) and Eric Lund (34:46.7) of Stillwater and Jerry Buetel (34:47.1) of Afton, who placed fifth through eighth.

In the women’s division, Rebecca Dejarlais of St. Paul crossed the line first with a time of 38:44.8 and Jen Kaupa of Bloomington was next with a time of 39:47.5. Kim Bennett (42:31.5) and Katie Pederson (43:11.8), both of Stillwater, placed fourth and fifth.

Dennis Black of Stillwater was the 60-69 age group winner in the half-marathon with a time of 1:48:41.5 and Candy Patrin of Marine on St. Croix was the first woman to finish from that age group with a time of 2:22:52.5.

Age group winners in the 8K race included Keyan Shayegan and Terry Acers of Stillwater and Buetel in the men’s division and Alicia Simon, Bennett and Beth Soller of Stillwater in the women’s division.

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Half Marathon
Men’s division
Top 10
Place    Runner    Residence    Time
1.    Michael Hartnett    Minneapolis    1:22:04.3
2.    C. Gardner-Springer    Minneapolis    1:28:15.1
3.    Davin Haukebo-Bol    Minneapolis    1:31.26.3
4.    Scott Gorham    Coon Rapids    1:33.19.4
5.    David Mann    Minneapolis    1:35.01.0
6.    Quocnam Nguyen    Minneapolis    1:35.21.1
7.    Steve Shandro    Castle Rock, Colo.    1:36.22.8
8.    Josh Baddin    New Hope    1:36.46.1
9.    Bjorn Hagstrom    St. Paul    1:37.58.5
10.    Mike Runnheim    Hudson    1:40.44.9

Women’s division
1.    Brooke Beskau    Hastings    1:32.14.9
2.    Allison Luse    Minneapolis    1:35.00.9
3.    Ellen Armbruster    Minneapolis    1:36.39.0
4.    Victoria Pane    Minneapolis    1:38.06.2
5.    Sara Anderson    Plymouth    1:48.17.2
6.    Julia Stewart    Falcon Heights    1:48.38.0
7.    Lori Harley        Forest Lake    1:49.37.2
8.    Tiffani Taylor    Oakdale    1:50.07.2
9.    Kim Agrimson    River Falls    1:53.04.3
10.    Jill Bushman    Eden Prairie    1:53.34.5

Age group winners
19-U    Collin Adair    Andover    2:10:56.9
20-29    Scott Gorham    Coon Rapids    1:33:19.4
30-39    Michael Hartnett    Minneapolis    1:22:04.3
40-49    Gardner-Springer    Minneapolis    1:28:15.1
50-59    David Mann    Minneapolis    1:35:01.0
60-69    Dennis Black    Stillwater    1:48:41.5

19-U    Sabrina Hoover    Winona    2:00:43.7
20-29    Brooke Beskau    Hastings    1:32:14.9
30-39    Sara Anderson    Plymouth    1:48:17.2
40-49    Lori Harley    Forest Lake    1:49:37.2
50-59    Chris Swanson    Burnsville    2:17:06.4
60-69    Candy Patrin    Marine on SC    2:22:52.5

8-kilometer race
Men’s division
Top 10
Place    Runner    Residence    Time
1.    Steven Thomas    Delano    28:39.2
2.    Peter Meinz        Golden Valley    30:27.6
3.    Anthony Wiener    Woodbury    30:37.0
4.    Corey Kline        Boulder, Colo.    31:33.1
5.    David Haslam    Stillwater    33:07.9
6.    Chad Halsten    Stillwater    33:36.7
7.    Eric Lund        Stillwater    34:46.7
8.    Jerry Buetel    Afton    34:47.1
9.    Jeffrey Bishop    Chicago    34:47.6
10.    Andy Taylor    Riverside, Iowa    35:04.9

Women’s division
1.    Rebecca Dejarlais    St. Paul    38:44.8
2.    Jen Kaupa        Bloomington    39:47.5
3.    Sherri Smith    Woodbury    40:31.0
4.    Kim Bennett    Stillwater    42:31.5
5.    Katie Pederson    Stillwater    43:11.8
6.    Molly Nicholls    Eagan    46:56.3
7.    Lauren Auge    Stillwater    47:23.7
8.    Christina Demars    Mahtomedi    47:32.1
9.    Beth Soller        Stillwater    48:21.0
10.    Sue Casement    Stillwater    48:35.8

Age group winners
19-U    Keyan Shayegan    Stillwater    40:13.2
20-29    Peter Meinz    Golden Valley    30:27.6
30-39    Anthony Wiener    Woodbury    30:37.0
40-49    Terry Acers    Stillwater    35:30.4
50-59    Steven Thomas    Delano    28:39.2
60-69    Jerry Buetel    Afton    34:47.1

19-U    Alicia Simon    Stillwater    59:17.8
20-29    Rebecca DeJarlais    St. Paul    38:44.8
30-39    Kim Bennett    Stillwater    42:31.5
40-49    Sherri Smith    Woodbury    40:31.0
50-59    Beth Soller    Stillwater    48:21.0
60-69    Haslam    Stillwater    1:22.23.4