The Free Press, Mankato, MN


July 4, 2013

Thies brothers go 1-2 in St. Peter race

Thies brothers of Arlington place 1-2 in 8K race


In the 5K, Daniel Kroenke, 20, of Mankato won with a time of 17:40 and had a 25-second cushion on his closest competitors.

For second and third, Andrew Fritz, 17, and Ben Broze, 16, both of North Mankato, sprinted to the line against each other, with Fritz getting the 1-second edge in 18:05.

The top female 5K finisher was 14-year-old Anna Egli of Mankato with a time of 22:50. Second place was 13-year-old Alison Eibs of Henderson in 23:20, followed by Melody Morrow, 14, of Eagle Lake in 23:58.

It was sunny but a comfortable 70 degrees when the 14th annual race began, certainly more tolerable than the heat wave of last year’s event.

“This was the third year I’ve run it,” Jessica Eibs said. “It was definitely much cooler this year.”

"Good weather," Eric Thies said.

St. Peter Freedom Fun Run 8K Top 10 males 1--Eric Thies, 24, Apple Valley, 26:57; 2--Andrew Thies, 20, Arlington, 27:02; 3--Jensen Orlow, 19, Jordan, 28:31; 4--Ray Werner, 39, Janesville, 29:50; 5--Robby Riley, 20, Fairmont, 30:25; 6--Joshua Henning, 34, Elysian, 30:26; 7--Joel Dudgeon, 46, Wabasso, 30:27; 8--Brad Pederson, 33, Belle Plaine, 32:09; 9--Mark Determan, 52, Fairmont, 32:21; 10--Richard Templin, 33, Mankato, 32:27. Top 10 females 1--Ericka Joecks, 26, Waseca, 33:09; 2--Jessica Eibs, 18, Henderson, 33:46; 3--Julia Orlow, 17, Jordan, 35:35; 4--Shannon Prososki, 27, St. Peter, 36:48; 5--Morgan Wittrock, 15, Herndon, Va., 37:14; 6--Stacy Lafrance, 32, Elysian, 37:41; 7--Cheryl Johnson, 40, North Mankato, 37:49; 8--Tressa Farnam, 38, Phoenix, Ariz., 37:52; 9--Sabina Koij, 41, St. Peter, 38:28; 10--Camilla Bjelland, 14, St. Peter, 38:49. 5K Top 10 males 1--Daniel Kroenke, 20, Mankato, 17:40; 2--Andrew Fritz, 17, North Mankato, 18:05; 3--Ben Broze, 16, North Mankato, 18:06; 4--Joe Broze, 52, North Mankato, 18:40; 5--Joey More, 15. St. Peter, 19:22; 6--Darick Bloom, 33, Mankato, 20:50; 7--Justin Cafourek, 43, La Crosse, Wis., 21:17; 8--Corey Nelson, 39, Luverne, 21:33; 9--Kristian Hartmann, 20, Mankato, 22:09; 10--Brent Chouanard, 20, St. Peter, 22:13. Top 10 females 1--Anna Egli, 14, Mankato, 22:50; 2--Alison Eibs, 13, Henderson, 23:20; 3--Melody Morrow, 14, Eagle Lake, 23:58; 4--Madison More, 10, St. Peter, 24:38; 5--Jessica Joval, 37, Mankato, 24:59; 6--Ashley Steinberg, 21, Vernon Center, 25:39; 7--Trinity Webb, 15, Belle Plaine, 27:05; 8--Lynch Wenner, 48, 27:22; 9--Hannah Hansen, 13, St. Peter, 27:23; 10--Kendall Wenner, 13, St. Peter, 27:24.

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