Bursell leads local runners at Humboldt Redwoods Marathon

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2001

John Bursell of Juneau was the top Alaska finisher at the Humboldt Redwoods Marathon held Sunday in Weott, Calif.

Bursell took third place overall and second in the men's age 35-39 division with a time of 2 hours, 47 minutes, 17 seconds for the 26.2-mile run through the redwood forests of Humboldt County.

Peter Clusener of Arcata, Calif., won the marathon in 2:27:17, with Peter Baughman of Ashland, Ore., taking second place in 2:43:39.

In the women's division, Bonnie Havens of Medford, Ore., won in 3:12:24, which was good for 26th place overall. Chris Vergona of Bend, Ore., took second place among women in 3:17:45 (36th overall).

The top Alaska woman was Patricia Shipley of Anchorage, who took fourth among women and 42nd place overall in 3:20:53, good for first place in the women's age 45-49 division.

There were 26 Alaskans to finish the marathon, including 20 from Southeast Alaska. Another seven Alaskans completed the half-marathon race, with two from Southeast.

Besides Bursell, two other Juneau residents finished within the top-25 runners overall. Brian Goettler took 11th place overall and third in the men's age 40-44 division with a time of 3:01:12, while Bob Marshall took 25th place overall and first in the men's age 50-54 division with a time of 3:12:04.

Besides Shipley, two Southeast runners finished among the top-25 women in the race. Caro Rosier-Polley of Juneau took 13th among women and 85th overall with a time of 3:36:50, good for third in the women's age 30-34 division. Klaudia Leccese of Sitka took 18th among women and 92nd overall with a time of 3:39:35, good for fourth place in the women's age 40-44 division.

Other Southeast men to finish the race included James Thompson of Auke Bay in 3:40:40 (95th overall, third in the men's age 55-59 division), Stan Ridgeway of Juneau in 3:45:42 (106th overall, 13th in the men's age 50-54 division), Kenneth Maas of Douglas in 3:54:58 (128th overall, 15th in the men's age 40-44 division) and David Vastola of Sitka in 4:12:30 (176th overall, 19th in the men's age 40-44 division).

Other Juneau women to finish the race were Nancy Potts in 3:54:58 (129th overall, 31st among women, seventh in age 35-39 division), Marian Koelsch in 4:29:22 (207th overall, 63rd woman, third in age 50-54 division), Ginny Fay in 4:29:53 (209th overall, 64th woman, seventh in age 45-49 division), Deborah Craig in 4:43:32 (231st overall, 76th woman, eighth in age 45-49 division) and Cameron Young in 4:44:57 (234th overall, 78th woman, 11th in age 30-34 division).

Other Juneau women were Margie Ridgeway in 4:46:16 (238th overall, 81st woman, fifth in age 50-54 division), Sandra Woods in 4:47:37 (240th overall, 82nd woman, 17th in age 40-44 division), Ann Rosen in 4:56:34 (253rd overall, 91st woman, 20th in age 40-44 division), Lynnette Dihle in 4:59:57 (257th overall, 93rd woman, seventh in age 50-54 division), Cheri Kunz in 5:10:06 (273rd overall, 107th woman, 15th in age 35-39 division) and Susan Scudder in 5:19:30 (287th overall, 116th woman, 19th in age 35-39 division).

In the half-marathon race, a 13.1-mile run, the only two Juneau runners were Heather Johnson-Smith and Ken Hoff. Johnson-Smith took 332nd overall in 1:50:49 and was the 116th woman (30th in the women's age 30-34 division), while Hoff took 703rd overall in 2:25:30 (49th in the men's age 35-39 division).

The half-marathon was won by Juerg Stalder of Menlo Park, Calif., in 1:05:12, with Mike Dudley of Boulder, Colo., finishing just one-second later. Rosa Gutierrez of Glendale, Ore., won the women's race in 1:16:53, good for 42nd place overall.

The top Alaska half-marathon runner was Maureen Knutsen of Naknek, who took 276th overall in 1:46:10, good for 85th among women and eighth in the women's age 45-49 division.

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