Carlton County girls make strong showing at Minnesota Mile
Annual September road race in Duluth also saw fast Miles by the professionals with course records by Ben Blankenship (3:52.7) and Gabriele Anderson (4:21.3)
By Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
Last Sunday was a good day for Carlton County girls to run in Duluth.
Esko’s Kailee Kiminski took first place in the women’s Duluth Mile race (photo, above), coming in at 5 minutes, 22 seconds, according to the Grandma’s Marathon website. (Dad Dan Kiminski says the exact time was 5:21.9).
Kiminski, 17, crossed the finish line well ahead of her nearest competitors, taking first place for women (of all ages) in the Duluth Mile and for her 18-and-under female age group. Kiminski is a junior at Esko High School, where she is a multi-sport athlete, running cross country and playing soccer in the fall.
Another Carlton County runner, Anja Maijala, took second place in the Mile-long race, coming in nine seconds behind Kiminski, 5:31. Maijala, 14, is a freshman at Cloquet High School, where she participates in cross country, Nordic skiing and track.
Kiminski and Maijala ran in the Duluth Mile race for semi-elite runners, rather than the Minnesota Mile, which is for professional runners and offered $3000 for both the men’s and women’s race champion. The Minnesota Mile was also the final stop of the 14-event Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013.
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