Some familiar faces were once again at the front of the pack at Saturday’s 29th running of the Run for the Gold in Rosemount.
The top six finishers in the four-mile race were former Rosemount High School runners and four of them finished in the exact position they did at last year’s Run for the Gold.
Falling into both of those categories was former Irish distance standout Trevor Capra, who defended his title with a time of 20 minutes, 12 seconds on the course that started at the Rosemount Community Center and ran through Schwarz Pond Park and Carroll’s Woods Park. Capra was an all-state cross country runner for the Irish and now runs track and cross country for South Dakota State University.
Capra’s former Irish teammate Calvin Lehn, the 2013 Run for the Gold champion, returned to the race after missing last year and placed second in 20:24. Two more former Irish standouts, University of Missouri runner Chandler Dye and former Drake University runner Mike Bumgarner, finished third and fourth, respectively for the third straight year. Dye matched his time from last year with a 20:30 and Bumgarner ran a 21:46.
Coming in fifth for the second straight year was former Irish distance runner Nathan Rock, now a member of the Hamline University track and cross country teams. 2015 RHS graduate Sam Ivanecky, fresh off an all-state finish in the 800 at the state track meet, made it six Irish alumni in the top six with a 22:45 clocking. Ivanecky will run collegiately at the University of St. Thomas.
Rounding out the top 10 in the 185-runner race were Jason Mansur (7th, 23:56), current Rosemount High School runners Travis Lorch (8th, 24:28) and Caden Hill (9th, 24:32) and Farmington track and cross country runner Noah Revels (10th, 24:40). Rudy Regalado of Rosemount won his age division and placed 12th overall and 12-year-old Brennen Peterson and Jeff Peterson of Farmington finished 15-16.
Kim Horner placed first out of 81 women in the race with a time of 24:46. Alicia Mansur was second and 20th overall and Farmington track and cross country state qualifier Lauren Peterson was third and 24th overall in 27:05. Peterson also won the one-mile race a half-hour earlier, besting 104 other runners with a time of 5:32.
Rounding out the top 10 in the one-mile race were Jason Schultz, Paul Sampers, Claver Hoehn, Melvin Alvarez, Brennen Peterson, Josh Crane, Jared Smith, Thomas Dauw and Olivia Passeri.
A total of 290 runners competed in the one- and four-mile races.