2011-09-01 / Sports

Crim’s 35th race breaks record

Grand Blanc’s Geena Gall runs in the Crim. 
Photo by Jessica Fish Grand Blanc’s Geena Gall runs in the Crim. Photo by Jessica Fish FLINT — The Crim Festival of Races broke its attendance record set last year with 10,371 entrants last Saturday. Julius Kogo repeated as the male 10K champ and Evelyn Lagat edged out last year’s champ, Catherine Ndereba in the women’s race. Locally across our coverage areas, many recognizable names ran in the various races, including Lapeer’s Shirley Carlson, a member of the 30-time runners at the Crim and employee of Lapeer Community Schools.

With 10,000 plus running, we’ll highlight our local high school runners and recent grads. Complete race results can be found at www.crim.org.

Grand Blanc grad Geena Gall, set to embark on the 2010 Olympic trials as a record holding half miler at the U-M, came back home to run her first Crim, finishing in 1:04.52, in 26th place among women. Mayville’s Debbie Topham won the women’s 10-mile walk, Goodrich’s Fidor Kessler was fourth in the Male 16-19 age group in 58:37, Davison’s Patrick Rooker was 10th in 1:01.54 and Lapeer’s A. Mazur-Batistoni was 22nd in the Female 16-19 in 1:27.17. Grand Blanc grad Curtis Vollmar was fifth in the Male 20-24 finishing in 53:38 and Grand Blanc’s Megan Flewelling was 13th in the Female 20-24 in 1:10.17, followed by Sarah Drevon of Swartz Creek in 14th in 1:10.26. Goodrich’s Kristen Bentley was 19th in 1:12.18. — L.P.

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