Miller claims third straight Governor's Cup

Weston wins women's title in 25th anniversary of 5K fun run

Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2002

Shawn Miller looked beat when he crossed the finish line to win his third straight title in Saturday's 25th annual JRC-The Alaska Club Governor's Cup five-kilometer race.

Miller staggered a little bit, then closed his eyes as he tried to recover from the race. But a minute later, Miller was breathing normal again and appeared ready to run another race.

A recent graduate of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., where he was a member of the cross-country running and track teams, Miller had just broken his personal record for the race by 12 seconds. A former Juneau-Douglas High School runner, Miller posted a time of 15 minutes, 40 seconds.

Runner-up Dave Pusich finished 48 seconds later in 16:28. John Bursell took third place in 16:41, while Jesse Stringer clocked 16:47 for fourth place and Tom Casey had 17:05 for fifth.

"I'm pretty tired," said Miller, who held up three fingers on each hand as he crossed the finish line. "I haven't had a break since I had pneumonia in February. I still haven't recovered from track."

Brandy Weston, a former JDHS athlete who now runs at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., won the women's race in 18:27. Lachelle Crotteau took second place among women in 19:45, followed by JoAnn Quigg in 20:13 for third place, Marlene Hansen in 20:20 for fourth and Molly Krehlik in 20:22 for fifth place.

"That's like my best time by a lot," said Weston, whose time was good enough for 12th place overall.

Miller won last year's race - held in a torrential downpour - in 16:04 and won in 2000 with a time of 16:07. But his previous P.R. (personal record) for the course of 15:52 came in 1999 when Jim Shine Jr. set the course record for the event of 14:58. The women's course record of 18:00 was set last year by Merry Ellefson. Neither Shine nor Ellefson were in Saturday's race.

"You couldn't have asked for better conditions - the weather or the competition," Miller said. "I thought it would be fairly competitive today. All the top competitors are here."

It was the third straight year Pusich has finished second to Miller, but Miller's winning margins are growing larger. Two years ago, the two sprinted for the finish and Miller won by 10 seconds. Last year, Miller won by 24 seconds.

"I had the exact same time as last year," Pusich said. "I thought John (Bursell) would have gotten me. Shawn was too far ahead. He's got college speed behind him. It's getting tougher. He's running well."

"There was a great turnout," Bursell said. "I was a little slow. I didn't have it. Shawn had a great run. He took the lead at the beginning."

Weston, who won Thursday's Douglas Two-Miler, also took an early lead in the women's race. She said her college training, done at Gunnison's 8,000-foot altitude, has been a big help.

"I do have a lot better (training) base," Weston said. "I'm running 65 miles a week, and that's a lot more running than I've ever done. At college I've been able to get more experience. Now I just come out and run. I've been feeling pretty good."

"She has some speed behind her," Crotteau said of Weston. "I was with her at the beginning, but then I just watched her go away. I'm more of a distance person, but I enjoy the 5Ks."

While Weston is running in college and Crotteau ran in May's Boston Marathon, Quigg said she hasn't been doing much training. She's been coaching and playing soccer instead of running.

"It was OK. I did better than I thought," Quigg said.

The Governor's Cup was the season-ending race for the Juneau 4-H Youth Running Club, which is coached by John and Jamie Bursell. Several of the younger runners ran in Saturday's 5K race, while others ran in shorter one- and half-mile youth races.

"Yep, I beat my mom," 9-year-old Zach Bursell said after edging Jamie Bursell in a sprint. "I'm just almost dead. I've run farther, though."

Maya Rieselbach, 9, won her age group, but she had a simpler goal for her third 5K race.

"My goal was I wanted to run the whole way and not walk any," Rieselbach said. "And I did it."

Hunter Brown, 12, said this was probably his first 5K run. He said the race was a lot of work.

"It was fun and exhilarating," Brown said. "But I'm glad it's over. I was a little like a dog, I was panting."

Charles Bingham can be reached at cbingham@juneauempire.com.

GOVERNOR'S CUP RACES

Results from the 25th Annual JRC/The Alaska Club Governor's Cup races held Saturday. The five-kilometer race (3.1 miles) went from the Dimond Courthouse downtown to the back side of the American Red Cross building on Hospital Drive. The one- and half-mile youth runs took place near the finish line. The 5K race is a points race for the Empire Cup standings, co-sponsored by the Juneau Empire and the Southeast Road Runners Club.

Five-kilometer race

Men (men's course record of 14:58 set in 1999 by Jim Shine Jr.) - 1. Shawn Miller, age 22, 15 minutes, 40 seconds; 2. Dave Pusich, 36, 16:28; 3. John Bursell, 38, 16:41; 4. Jesse Stringer, 19, 16:47; 5. Tom Casey, 35, 17:05; 6. Don Eagle, 32, 17:15; 7. Gabe Hayden, 16, 17:27; 8. Bryce Iverson, 15, 17:39; 9. Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, 16, 17:57; 10. Tracy Rivera, 35, 18:13; 11. Wesley Dinnan, 14, 18:22; 12. Tyler Dinnan, 14, 18:35; 13. Zane Clark, 41, 18:39; 14. Jim Douglas, 53, 18:46; 15. Bob Marshall, 54, 18:50; 16. Rorie Watt, 37, 19:11; 17. Philip Dierking, 17, 19:14; 18. Glenn Frick, 63, 19:25; 19. Ben Muse, 20, 19:33; 20. Jim Ustasiewski, 38, 19:35;

21. Glenn Merrill, 33, 19:41; 22. John Walsh, 46, 19:58; 23. Patrick Gullufsen, 55, 20:50; 24. John Caouette, 38, 21:18; 25. Rob Steedle, 49, 21:26; 26. Clark Gruening, 59, 21:39; 27. Arnold Liebolt, 35, 21:50; 28. Clayton Hawkes, 49, 22:13; 29. Reed Stoops, 53, 22:20; 30. Ky Clark, 11, 22:33; 31. Kurt Hopewell, 46, 22:45; 32. Justin Jones, 14, 23:06; 33. James Powell, 57, 23:08; 34. Jeff Campbell, 48, 23:10; 35. Cameron Clark, 9, 23:38; 36. Tom Lawson, 51, 23:39; 37. Bill Cassidy, 46, 23:40; 38. Erik Norberg, 36, 23:46; 39. Ron Berg, 57, 23:58; 40. Carlos Cadiente, 52, 24:04;

41. Jake Metcalf, 44, 24:20; 42. Andy Lawson, 9, 24:44; 43. Gary Hayden, 55, 24:57; 44. Zach Bursell, 9, 25:09; 45. Richard Deems, 62, 25:10; 46. Sam Vannoy, 13, 25:49; 47. John Allison, 65, 26:15; 48. Wes Coyner, 74, 26:17; 49. Richard Thomas, 36, 27:03; 50. Hunter Brown, 12, 27:11; 51. Dick Klein, 42, 27:20; 52. Ken Brown, 42, 28:01; 53. Chris Kent, 49, 39:52; 54. Aidan Sabety-Mass, 8, no time.

Women (women's course record of 18:00 set in 2001 by Merry Ellefson) - 1. Brandy Weston, 19, 18:27; 2. Lachelle Crotteau, 28, 19:45; 3. JoAnn Quigg, 30, 20:13; 4. Marlene Hansen, 31, 20:20; 5. Molly Krehlik, 17, 20:22; 6. Dawn Walsh, 41, 21:39; 7. Alia Parker, 16, 21:40; 8. Deborah Rudis, 48, 22:10; 9. Jaci Hayden, 14, 22:30; 10. Rebecca Brown, 31, 22:46; 11. Annie Fox, 18, 22:49; 12. Kim Rivera, 42, 22:51; 13. Janeann Twelker, 49, 23:30; 14. Jo Marshall, 16, 24:51; 15. Jamie Bursell, 39, 25:09; 16. Jan Caulfield, 46, 25:38; 17. Sarah Parker, 18, 25:52; 18. Donna Hahnlen, 40, 26:31; 19. Jan Beauchamp, 53, 26:42; 20. Cathy Tide, 28, 27:17;

21. Joanne Klein, 40, 27:19; 22. Teeny Metcalf, 47, 27:23; 23. Sara Poor, 37, 27:24; 24. Gail Ford, 46, 27:28; 25. Patrice Parker, 49, 27:38; 26. Nicole Tomich, 23, 27:47; 27. Ritchie Sonner, 46, 27:51; 28. Sherri Brown, 40, 28:01; 29. Kim Metcalf, 52, 28:06; 30. Cheryl Ann Borg, 42, 28:37; 31. Mary Ann Gosling, 31, 28:37; 32. Tama Stevenson, 40, 28:40; 33. Kelly McCormick, 29, 28:40; 34. Rachel Wood, 28, 34:58; 35. Sara Peacock, 50, 37:03; 36. Maya Rieselbach, 9, 37:50; 37. Sue Wastell, 47, 39:53; 38. KC Kent, 9, 41:59; 39. Judi Hayden, 50, 45:06; 40. Twylla Alexander, 50, 45:06;

41. Lorraine Stickel, 50, 45:51.

One-mile youth race

Boys - 1. Josh Anderson, 9, 8:24; 2. Jurgen Rieselbach, 11, 8:24; 3. Nathan Wilson, 11, 8:26.

Girls - 1. Cassie Anderson, 9, 8:07; 2. Kiera Clark, 8, 8:28; 3. Lindsay Clark, 10, 8:46.

Half-mile youth race

Boys - 1. Carson Kent, 7, 4:40; 2. Nick Bursell, 7, 4:45; 3. Leo Steedle, 7, 5:08; 4. Ryan Liebelt, 3, 7:15.

Girls - 1. KC Kent, 9, 4:16; 2. Auri Clark, 7, 4:50; 3. Carly Klein, 8, 4:57; 4. Rielly Walsh, 4, 5:27; 5. Elle Gray, 5, 5:33; 6. Carissa Anderson, 5, 5:34; 7. Sydney Gray, 4, 6:12; 8. Ruby Steedle, 5, 6:33; 9. Leah Liebelt, 5, 7:14.



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