Former women champs do it again
And as usual, the former All-Big 12 cross country runner gave her Leland family something to celebrate.
Remmele took first in the women’s 10K American Cancer Society Run for Funds on Saturday in Northport. The 27-year-old Bristol, Conn. woman was third overall in 41 minutes, 22 seconds. Her husband, Marshall was second overall in 40:58.
“We started at the back of the pack and then went out a little harder than we intended,” said Remmele, who ran with her husband for more than half the race. “We didn’t pass the other girls until we were about a mile in.”
“Having the turnaround was nice,” she said. “Until then, I thought there was another girl ahead of me.
“There wasn’t so it was ‘OK, I can relax now.’”
Remmele, an ESPN associate producer who grew up in Ohio, won the Northport race in 2004 and 2006. She regretted that she hadn’t been up north since even though her mom has a cottage on the north side of Lake Leelanau.
But she had no regrets about her first road race in five years.
“My goal was to break 42 minutes, so that was good,” she said.
Remmele said the wind was a slight problem in the second half of the race.
“But once we made the turn, we’re were going downhill and it felt good.”
Ellen Nienhaus, a former high school runner with Remmele, finished second among women in the 10K in 45:31. She was sixth overall.
“I haven’t beaten her lately,” said Nienhaus, who completed a marathon two months ago. “I started out slow today, but got faster.”
Liz Hughes, whose husband Chris won the 10K in 37:12, was the third woman finisher 45:56 and seventh overall.
“I’m not in the best shape,” Hughes said. “But I was second the whole race until she passed me at the end.”
Natalie Miller of Brooklyn was the women’s winner in the two mile run. She was ninth overall in 14:21.
“This is my second time doing this race,” said Natalie Miller, who won it two years ago. “I wanted to go under 15 minutes and I was surprised that I had a lot left at the finish.”
Natalie Miller was visiting her aunt and uncle in Northport.
Other top two mile women finishers were: Allie Howe, 15:32; Heather Howe, 17:52; Chelsea Arbury, 18:16; Meghan Trombley, 18:16; and Beth Albers, 19:23.
Kerigan Riley, 18, who summers in Northport and lives in Livonia, was a repeat winner in the women’s 5K in 22:23. She was fourth overall.
The former all-state cross country standout at Livonia Churchill plans to run this fall at Taylor University, her grandfather William said.
Other top 5K women finishers were: Jacqueline Miller, 24:08; Lisa George, 24:34; Molly McInnis, 24:36; and Erin Steen, 24:42.