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Perham, Bluffton runners fare well in Otter Tail Lake Chase

Photo by Brian Hansel A field of 150 runners and 88 walkers leave the starting line Saturday night in the annual Otter Tail Lake Chase at Lake Country Gardens.
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Perham, Bluffton runners fare well in Otter Tail Lake Chase
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Former Perham star Jake Januszewski and West Fargo's Greg Liebl finished 1-2 Saturday night in the Otter Tail Lake Chase 8K run.

The two former North Dakota State teammates, who ran in the 20-29 age group, ran neck and neck to the finish line where Januszewski crossed first in a time of 27:39.279 while Liebl came in at 27:39.643.

Fergus Falls' David Jensen, 25, placed third with a time of 28:36. Fergus Falls' Nate Jensen, 20, was fourth overall with a time of 30:11.23.

Darin Baltezore of West Fargo won the 15 and under group with a 33:13, Bluffton's Britton Roberts took the 16-19 group with a 33:36, Fargo's Tony Reinhart won the 30-39 group with a 32:58, Tom Colenso of Grand Forks took the 40-49 group with a 30:58, Frazee's Ken Hammer won the 50-59 group with a 31:28, Breckenridge's Tom Vertin was the 60-69 winner with a 36:58 and Wahpeton's George Bassingthwaite, 73, ran a 47:54.

Greta Danielson, 15, of St. Cloud won the women's 8K with a time of 33:31.

Rounding out the age group winners were Hawley's Gabby Anderson (16-19) 43:15, Brooklyn Park's Mishka Vertin (20-29) 36:35, Golden Valley's Sam Humann (30-39) 39:17, Fargo's Monica Fedora (40-49) 37:57, Golden Valley's Marilyn Rochat (50-59) 50:41 and Breckenridge's Maggie Vertin (60-69) 50:42.

A field of 150 runners competed in the 8K while 88 competed in the 5K walk.

Runner-up honors went to Menahga's Tom Ellingson in the 40-49 group with a 31:20 and Dent's Jim Lee in the 60-69 group with a 43:24.

Perham's Stacy Malikowski was runner-up in the women's 30-39 group with a time of 39:32.

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