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Tater Trot Draws A Crowd for Quick Race, Annual Antigo Event Marks 35th Year

August 20, 2015

Antigo Daily Journal

Antigo Daily Journal

The pace was a quick one for athletes in Saturday’s Tater Trot, the 35th in the running for Antigo’s annual 10 kilometer race.

Getting its start at City Park and rolling alongside area potato fields, the event was greeted by conditions far more pleasant than last year’s hot and humid weather.

The first to finish among the 117 runners, down from 133 a year ago, Madison’s Kevin Hall took the men’s title with fellow Dane County-based runner Elly Hall claiming the women’s crown.

Posting a mile-per-minute pace of 5:17, K. Hall led all runners with a time of 32.45.8, a full minute faster than last year’s winning pace.

Erik Johnson of Green Bay finished as the runnerup at 36.27.0 followed by Antigo’s Dan Bauknecht in third at 37.10.3 and Red Robin senior Colin Koss, fourth at 37.48.3.

For the women, E. Hall’s time of 40.22.7 beat the 2014 winner by a full five minutes. Antigo’s Stephanie Tainter rolled into second at 41:39.8 followed by Kristin Childs of Elgin, Ill. in third at 45:07.1. Cari Schmitz Carley of Middleton was fourth at 47.31.4

Other local top 25 runners in the men’s division included Tom Waidelich, Antigo, seventh (40.19.8); Wayne Grabko, Birnamwood, ninth (40.24.7); Chad Harger, Deerbrook, 19th (44:53.7); and Brian Van Hoof, Aniwa, 22nd (46.11.8).

On the women’s side were Jen Thomas, Antigo, sixth (48.48.3); Mary Prunty, Bryant, seventh (49.03.2); Angela Koca, Antigo, 11th, (50.07.3); Michelle Koss, Bryant, 13th (51.45.3); April Lillstrom, Deerbrook, 14th (52.43.7); Tammy Strassburger, Birnamwood, 17th (53.53.4); Angie Close, Antigo, 19th (56.14.9); and Debbie Fay, White Lake, 24th (57.33.1).

In the shorter 4K walk/run which attracted a total of 152 athletes, Kyle Timm of Taos, N.M. posted a quick time of 27.22.6 to set the pace, beating out Birnamwood’s Ryan Poehnelt by a tenth of a second. Antigo’s Nick Marshall was third at 28.23.6 followed by Bryant’s Ken Shestak in fourth at 28.31.7 and Antigo’s Curt Wassen, seventh at 28.43.5.

In the women’s bracket, Robin Sarris-Hallop of Ann Arbor, Mich. led the race in 29.52.9. Antigo’s Lori Flannery placed fifth (31.11.7) for the ladies followed by Whitney Treu of Aniwa in ninth at 33.26.1.

Seventy-three individuals ran the one-mile with Ryan Fay of Antigo coming out on top with a time of 6:51.6. Fellow Antigo runners Sam Heuss (6:51.9), Cordell Umland (7:06.1) and Josh Heuss (7:07.6) finished second, fourth and fifth respectively.

On the ladies side, Antigo 10-year-old Michaela Tomczyk placed second with a time of 7:25.9, falling just short of Schofield’s Mackenzie Bessette. Antigo’s Maddie Spencer (8:07.1) and Dani Wild (8:13.1) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

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