Running: Konczal, Thaemert lead pack at Bigtooth Sweet Tooth

Cole Konczal and Jaqueline Theamert were the overall winners in the 16th annual Bigtooth Sweet Tooth 10K run on Saturday at Woodland Trails in Elk River.

There were 39 men and 38 women participating in the event hosted by Elk River cross country coach Mike Niziolek “to promote running, and for people to get together and have a good time running.” He adds that this event was the first 5K in town.

Cole Konzal
Cole Konczal

Konczal, former Elk River and current Hamline runner, covered the five kilometers in 17:10, followed by Ryan Trapp (17:22), John Kallemeyn (17:49), Nate Webster (18:08) and Timothy Peterson (18:48) in the top five for men.

Age group winners were Jacob Palm for 15-and-under (25:50), Konczal forĀ 16-20, Kallemeyn for 21-34, Denny Green (19:08) for 35-44, Greg Castegneri (25:30) for 45-54, and Greg Stewart (26:43) for 55-and-up.

Thaemert, of Buffalo, led the women with 20:41, followed by Jammi Ladwig (20:54), Cheresa Bouley (22:48), Anna Haugen (22:56) and Tina Ostroot (24:16) in the top five.

Age-group winners were Bouley for 15-and-under, Haugen for 16-20, Thaemert forĀ  21-34, Paula Konczal (34:28) for 35-44, Ostroot for 45-54, and Susan Miller (24:55) for 55-and-up. Miller placed sixth overall.

There was also a 1K kids run, with Andrew Palm finishing first among 10 entrants with 4:34, followed by Madeline Niziolek (5:02) and Carson Haack (5:55).