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Posted: June 20, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Heitzman, Oman Cruise to Victory in William A. Irvin 5K

(Duluth, Minn.) Grandma;s Marathon weekend kicked off tonight with the William A. Irvin 5K -- the first of three races scheduled for the 33rd annual event.

John Heitzman, 24, of Owatonna, Minn., dominated the men's field winning the 3.1-mile race in a time of 15 minutes and 24 seconds. Scott Behling, 19, of Duluth, finished second in 16:19. Behling is also entered in tomorrow's Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.

In the women's division, Michelle Oman, of Mankato, Minn., won the event for the fourth time in the past five years. Oman, 35, had a winning time of 17:53, finishing ahead of 20-year-old Raynee DeGrio of St. Paul, Minn., who finished in 19:15. Oman and DeGrio placed first and second at the same race in 2008. Oman becomes the first female to win the William A. Irvin 5K four times — Katie McGee (Koski) won the event three consecutive years —1994-96.

A record 1,522 registered for the event with an unofficial 1,289 runners -- also a race record -- finishing the race. For complete results, visit

The 19th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and 33rd Grandma’s Marathon are tomorrow at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., respectively.

June 19, 2009 -- 16th Annual William A. Irvin 5K -- Results

Top Ten Male

Place Name City/State Age Time
1 John Heitzman Owatonna, MN 24 15:24
2 Scott Behling Duluth, MN 19 16:19
3 Jason Jorczak Hayward, WI 39 16:20
4 Matthew Waite St Paul, MN 41 16:24
5 Paul Donnelly Minneapolis, MN 26 16:25
6 Ben Bayer Duluth, MN 20 16:25
7 Kyle Donovan River Falls, WI 23 16:28
8 Cam Green Edina, MN 23 16:36
9 Sam Anderson Woodbury, MN 25 16:45
10 Thomas Church Minneapolis, MN 27 17:02

Top Ten Female

Place Name City/State Age Time
1 Michelle Oman Mankato, MN 35 17:53
2 Raynee Degrio St Paul, MN 20 19:15
3 Kelly Keeler Ramacier White Bear Lake, MN 47 19:41
4 Jacqueline Thaemert Buffalo, MN 17 19:45
5 Laura Hughes Mankato, MN 17 19:57
6 Amy Wicker Duluth, MN 25 20:38
7 Janet Rosen Cloquet, MN 55 20:41
8 Taylor Kirkham Minneapolis, MN 15 20:51
9 Patty Little Barnum, MN 47 21:24
10 Kari Campbell Lake Elmo, MN 46 21:32

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