Ross, Slatonbarker take Maddy’s Run titles

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 09:01
  • Jerry Ross leads Patrick Conway near the finish line of the Maddy’s Run 5-kilometer race on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at Eagle River High School. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • A sign with photos of Maddy Brandl during the Maddy’s Run 5-kilometer race on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at Eagle River High School. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Shannon Hamlett holds up her phone as Nic Nelson watches the Maddy’s Run 5-kilometer race on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Runners at the start of the Maddy’s Run 5K on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Tayson McKenzie, left, and Max Johnsen run in the Maddy’s Run 5-kilometer race on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at Eagle River High School. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Women’s race winner Lily Slatonbarker outsprints Mike Michener, left and J.T. Lindholm at the finish line in the 5th Annual Maddy’s Run on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at Eagle River High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • A sign honoring Maddy Brandl, for whom the Maddy’s Run 5-kilometer race is named during the 5-kilometer race on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at Eagle River High School. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Jerry Ross won his second Maddy’s Run title Saturday with a little help from his friend.

Ross and Patrick Conway had broken away from the rest of the field in the annual 5-kilometer race when Ross — who was in the lead — got confused by the course layout and veered the wrong way. Conway saw the wayward move and called Ross back to the trail.

“He was a good sport, he could easily have taken off and I would have been demoralized, I don’t think I would have caught up to him,” he said.

Instead Ross won a sprint to the finish, crossing the finish line in 17 minutes, 18.1 seconds to claim his second men’s title at the race held on the trails at Eagle River High.

Eagle River’s Lily Slatonbarker, a West High senior, led the women’s division from wire to wire to win her first title in her first time entering the race.

“I’m transitioning to track, so it was just a good opportunity to get some work in,” she said. “And it’s for a good cause, too, so that’s super cool.”

Teens swept the podium in the women’s race, with Wasilla 17-year-old Abbi Boucher second and Chugiak High freshman Campbell Peterson third.

Not everyone was as fortunate as Ross — Anchorage’s Max Johnsen and Tayson McKenzie were running a strong third and fourth place in the men’s race through the first four kilometers but took the same wrong route Ross did. The turn caused the Dimond High runners to finish early and get disqualified.

Johnsen said they said they knew something was amiss as they ran down the home stretch to an underwhelming welcome — despite apparently crossing the finish line in record time.

“Nobody was cheering and everybody had a disappointed look,” Johnsen said.

Both runners laughed off the mishap and took the unfortunate turn in stride.

“Oh well,” McKenzie said.

“Still fun,” Johnsen added.

Race organizer Dana Johnson was still tallying the final numbers, but said Saturday’s race appeared to have the largest turnout in its five-year history.

The event is held in memory of Maddy Brandl, a Homestead Elementary student who lost her fight with cancer in 2016, and photos and signs memorializing the girl were on prominent display around the turf field at Eagle River High Saturday.

This year’s race was a fundraiser for Anchorage’s Nic Nelson, who is currently receiving treatment for cancer in Maryland. Though Nelson wasn’t able to be at the race, he did attend. Decked out in his Penn State hat, Nelson watched several of his friends run the race live via Facetime as family friend Shannon Hamlett held a phone aloft.

“We just look forward to them being back home,” Hamlett said.

Nelson’s dad, Pete, was able to attend the race. He said the huge turnout was gratifying to see.

“It’s amazing that so many people turn out and are still inspired by Maddy,” he said. “Nic and I and his family appreciate the community — it’s not just this race, but the Anchorage area and surrounding community has been super supportive.”

Men 5k

1) Jerome Ross, 17:18.1;

2) Patrick Conway, 17:21.5;

3) Michael Dunn, 19:00.3;

4) Colby Teller, 19:01.3;

5) Henry Michener, 19:07.2;

6) Michael Olson, 19:31.5;

7) Tucker Lien, 19:47.7;

8) Gunner Sackerson, 19:51.4;

9) J.T. Lindholm, 20:07.9;

10) Mike Michener, 20:08.4;

11) Tony Slatonbarker, 20:11.5;

12) Arley Morelock, 20:21.0;

13) Vin Robinson, 20:23.1;

14) Reggie Joule IV, 20:24.7;

15) Mark Shepherd, 20:26.2;

16) Jack Molloy, 20:28.2;

17) Isaac Main, 20:32.5;

18) Adam Commandeur, 20:34.5;

19) Scott Silliman, 20:53.5;

20) Braddock Smith, 21:03.2;

21) Shawn Padilla, 21:06.8;

22) Ryan Gray, 22:25.8;

23) Brad Benter, 22:35.9;

24) Dausen Loughman, 22:39.6;

25) River Johnson, 22:43.8;

26) Dean Denter, 22:55.5;

27) Kirby Senden, 23:07.1;

28) Matt Soule, 23:08.7;

29) Jesse Johnson, 23:12.8;

30) Oliver Parkin, 23:30.7;

31) Travis Kindred, 23:47.4;

32) Orion Christian, 23:49.8;

33) Bryan Collins, 23:54.5;

34) Brooks Christian, 24:00.7;

35) Reed Douthit, 24:10.9;

36) Konstantin Turchaninov, 24:17.5;

37) Bennett Main, 24:24.9;

38) Asa Plikat, 24:28.2;

39) Liam Hipszer, 24:32.9;

40) Porter Youngman, 24:33.6;

41) Martin Johannes Lindeke, 24:37.5;

42) Huy Bui, 24:44.2;

43) Ilya Turchaninov, 24:46.6;

44) Reece Hamlett, 24:47.2;

45) Wesley Oistad, 24:57.5;

46) Brian Rogers, 25:02.5;

47) Krag Johnsen, 25:10.4;

48) Odin Whitman, 25:16.5;

49) Benjamin Habecker, 25:26.1;

50) Curtis Bay, 25:27.5;

51) Steve Bay, 25:27.9;

52) Erik Crawford, 25:35.6;

53) Noah Robinson, 25:36.4;

54) Xavier Schwin, 25:46.5;

55) J.T. Gurney, 25:51.7;

56) Reid Harbison, 26:07.5;

57) Gavin Mcdonald, 26:08.9;

58) Jacob Whetsell, 26:11.1;

59) Nycoh Johnston, 26:20.0;

60) Atlas Payne, 26:22.1;

61) Paul Valley, 26:38.1;

62) Brant Grifka, 26:55.8;

63) Elijah Lang, 27:07.2;

64) Marcus Merrell, 27:37.3;

65) Gideon Plikat, 27:45.6;

66) Ty Budde, 28:48.0;

67) Shelly Budde, 29:35.8;

68) Stuart Parks, 29:46.4;

69) Declan Caldwell, 29:55.1;

70) Zachary Dunn, 30:07.7;

71) Nikko Thomas, 30:31.8;

72) Alan Thomas, 30:32.4;

73) Jerry Witmer, 30:52.9;

74) Veg Aitchison, 31:31.5;

75) Leif Konrath-Bera, 31:38.4;

76) Joseph Valley, 32:03.6;

77) Fred Haese, 32:45.9;

78) Steven Larson, 32:49.7;

79) Cecil Cook, 33:10.0;

80) Kyle Joule, 33:54.4;

81) Cade Lux, 33:55.5;

82) Brian Flynn, 33:57.1;

83) Billy Crumm, 33:57.5;

84) Carter Christopherson, 34:01.0;

85) Jude Robinson, 34:21.1;

86) Jayden Calhoun, 34:44.8;

87) David Taylor, 36:42.6;

88) Peter Tymitz, 37:09.1;

89) Ron Briggs, 37:18.1;

90) Chris Cook, 37:48.1;

91) Elijah Hammill, 38:04.7;

92) Ben Snider, 38:17.2;

93) Heyden Mota, 39:44.3;

94) Pete Mauro, 41:32.1;

95) Kyler Burnett, 42:07.6;

96) Robert Taylor, 44:33.3;

97) Ryan Joule, 44:57.7;

98) Dave Snider, 56:07.3;

99) Everett Manning, 56:07.9;

100) Charlie Folds, 57:32.6;

101) Harrison Driggs, 60:27.0;

102) Dustin Tallman, 60:39.5;

103) Jack Tallman, 60:42.1;

Women 5K

1) Lily Slatonbarker, 20:07.1;

2) Abbi Boucher, 20:29.8;

3) Campbell Peterson, 21:01.1;

4) Madison Larson, 21:22.8;

5) Kim Coscia, 21:32.1;

6) Ellen Kruchoski, 22:28.2;

7) Hayden Smith, 22:48.1;

8) Mackenzie Wilson, 23:07.6;

9) Clare Shea, 23:29.4;

10) Jillian Fellman, 24:25.8;

11) Eden Johnsen, 24:27.3;

12) Rose Conway, 24:50.2;

13) Nancy Meade, 24:56.8;

14) Anita Walsh, 24:58.0;

15) Ashley Walsh, 25:05.8;

16) Kari Konrath-Bera, 25:15.7;

17) Heidi Conway, 25:18.8;

18) Bailey Peterson, 25:26.7;

19) Nadja Hipszer, 25:53.7;

20) Laura Reynolds, 25:54.6;

21) Michelle Dickson, 26:03.1;

22) Cynthia Oistad, 26:03.6;

23) Emily Long, 27:00.2;

24) Liesel Barkei, 27:02.4;

25) Sierra Merrell, 27:12.9;

26) Linnea Gray, 27:14.9;

27) Kristin Main, 27:57.9;

28) Ashley Lang, 28:00.7;

29) Grace Lang, 28:01.4;

30) Desiree Page, 28:55.6;

31) Michelle Mayhew, 29:33.3;

32) Spencer Parks, 29:43.5;

33) Marie Westphal, 29:47.6;

34) Jolie Johnsen, 29:51.0;

35) Britta Manning, 29:51.6;

36) Joy Wakefield-Gonzalez, 29:58.7;

37) Linsey Potter, 30:07.3;

38) Abigail Nathlich, 30:08.4;

39) Jennifer Barkei, 30:09.0;

40) Nicoletta Meissen, 30:25.1;

41) Amanda Sparks, 30:30.7;

42) Emily Rosser, 30:31.2;

43) Nola Mcmanus, 30:34.5;

44) Lily Witmer, 30:52.2;

45) Lillian Konrath-Bera, 31:37.8;

46) Chloe Larson, 31:52.8;

47) Afton Milliman, 31:53.8;

48) Aliyah Miller, 32:13.1;

49) Victoria Gellert, 32:17.0;

50) Cynthia Parkin, 32:17.6;

51) Patty Christia, 32:30.3;

52) Richenda Tymitz, 32:41.1;

53) Riven Larson, 32:50.2;

54) Rebekah Land, 33:11.4;

55) Amanda Evachek, 33:21.7;

56) Toni Nordstrom, 33:22.2;

57) Maureen Haggblom, 33:30.1;

58) Yujin Williams, 33:36.0;

59) Ariana Williams, 33:36.6;

60) Sally Aitchison, 33:50.5;

61) Anna Lux, 33:58.6;

62) Denise Brown Robinson, 34:21.6;

63) Mia Gonzalez, 34:35.6;

64) Ruth Land, 34:36.3;

65) Elsa Land, 34:39.9;

66) Tina Landers, 34:55.4;

67) Gabriella Miller, 35:18.4;

68) Heather Velasquez, 35:19.1;

69) Yvonne Fitzpatrick, 35:26.4;

70) Tabitha Burley, 35:45.8;

71) Olivia Fitzpatrick, 36:02.2;

72) Suanne Unger, 36:15.1;

73) Nora Taylor, 36:41.6;

74) Maggie Taylor, 36:43.6;

75) Heather Paxson, 36:45.3;

76) Brittanny Dukowitz, 37:49.6;

77) Alyssa Silva, 37:50.4;

78) Evangeline Newkirk, 38:01.9;

79) Makena Mauro, 38:02.5;

80) Kayla Deines, 39:26.2;

81) Madison Deines, 39:27.0;

82) Judy Krier, 39:37.2;

83) Molly Gray, 39:49.3;

84) Veronica Couch, 39:50.3;

85) Kerri Deines, 39:51.8;

86) Zoe Mauro, 41:30.8;

87) Suzie Mauro, 41:32.7;

88) Rhoda Baines, 41:40.8;

89) Denise Baldwin, 41:41.9;

90) Gloria Burnett, 42:08.1;

91) Julie Heimerl-Lee, 44:08.6;

92) Olena Brusuelas, 44:09.2;

93) Teresa Taylor, 44:32.6;

94) Morgan Davidson, 44:57.0;

95) Dusty Davis, 48:13.2;

96) Kim Green, 48:13.9;

97) Meredith Basdaras, 48:15.6;

98) Becky Stephan, 49:11.5;

99) Jean Abel, 51:58.6;

100) Mary Helen Snider, 56:05.8;

101) Bethany Berry, 57:28.1;

102) Eva Driggs, 60:38.6;

103) Heather Tallman, 60:40.8;

104) Jennifer Driggs, 60:42.8;

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