Bausch wins Mayor’s 5K, Ekemo fourth overall

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 10:41

Race organizers for the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon might want to consider renaming the 5-kilometer portion of the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon races after Lee Jordan.

Jordan was briefly elected mayor of Chugiak-Eagle River during a failed secession movement from the Municipality of Anchorage in 1975, so honoring him would be fitting after Chugiak’s Daniel Bausch won the men’s 5K Saturday and Eagle River’s Morgan Ekemo was second in the women’s division and fourth overall.

Bausch, a 17-year-old phenom who won the 3,200 meter run at the state high school championships in May, finished the 5-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 20 seconds to smoke the field by almost two minutes. Anchorage’s Slade Manning was second in 17:11, with 29-year-old Hallidie Phillips third overall and Eagle River’s Morgan Ekemo, 34, in fourth.

Phillips won the women’s division in 17:51 to edge Ekemo by six seconds.

In the full marathon, Eagle River’s Lara Zoeller, 34, finished ninth out of 215 women to complete the 26.2-mile course, which began at Bartlett High at ended at Westchester Lagoon. Fairbanks runner Keri McEntee, 29, was the women’s winner, finishing in 2:59:47 to place 10th overall. McEntee was unchallenged in her division, beating the second woman across the finish line by more than 26 minutes.

Chugiak’s Jack Ginter, 21, was the top local finisher in the men’s race, clocking a 3:20:01 to place 3oth among men and 31st overall.

David Kiplagat, a 34-year-old from Anchorage, was the first marathoner across the finish line in 2:25:43 to win the overall title for the fourth time.

Eagle River’s Alex Levesque, 29, finished 21st in the half marathon to lead local finishers, with Melissa Colby, 26, crossing the line 28th overall and second in the women’s division behind 33-year-old Jess Klain of Anchorage. Colby finished the 13.1-mile layout in 1:33:32, eight seconds after Klain crossed the line.

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