Two records set in 2009 Willow River Run
Idyllic running conditions brought out a large crowd of runners for the 2009 Willow River Run on Saturday.
The conditions helped two runners break course records in the 30th running of the WRR.
Jacob Ball of Hudson was the overall champion in the 5K race, finishing just ahead of Brett Johnson of Hammond. Ball set the course record by crossing the finish line in 15 minutes, 56 seconds.
Ball ran in Saturday's race so his grandmother, Ruth Ball of New Richmond, could see him compete. Ball is the son of New Richmond High School graduate Dave Ball.
The women's record in the 5K was also broken. McKenzie Kelly, who a month ago was earning medals at the WIAA State Track Meet, earned a medal as the women's champion on Saturday. She finished in a time of 18:54. That shattered the record of 19:24, set by Diane Belter in 1999.
Kelly will be running at UW-Oshkosh this fall. So will Jerrod Berget, who was the champion in the 10K race on Saturday. Berget will be a sophomore at UW-O. He won Saturday's race in 35:52.
The women's champion in the 10K was Joy Keller of Deer Park, who recorded a 40:24 time.
Nineteen enthusiastic young runners who ranged in age from 3 to 13 competed in the youth mile run. Emma Gaustad of Spring Valley was the champion, followed closely by Tina Montpetit of New Richmond.
Among the runners in Saturday's race was Gary Bakke, who was the race director of the first Willow River Run.