Christopher Kipyego, the 44-year-old Kenyan who’s become a mainstay at Grandma’s Marathon, defended his crown as the masters division winner Saturday, reaching the Canal Park finish line in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 56 seconds. He was 26th overall. Kipyego likes to hang around the leaders early and hang on as long as he can. Saturday, he didn’t quite have the kick he did while running a 2:15:14 to finish fourth overall in 2017. Kipyego was victorious here in 2011.
BASEBALL MINNESOTA STATE TOURNAMENT CLASS AAAA At CHS Field, St. Paul Friday's Results Semifinals Minnetonka 7, St. Michael-Albertville 6 Stillwater Area 4, Blaine 3 Consolation Semifinals At Hopkins H.S. Lakeville North 10, Eastview 0 Wayzata 11, Mounds View 4 Third Place St. Michael-Albertville 9, Blaine 0 Fifth Place At Hopkins Lakeville North 8, Wayzata 2 Monday's Championship At Target Field, Minneapolis Minnetonka (22-4) vs. Stillwater Area (23-3), 1 p.m.
Kenyan Elisha Barno became the first four-time men’s winner and American Kellyn Taylor smashed the women’s event record time this morning in the 42nd annual Grandma’s Marathon. Barno, who runs out of Santa Fe, N.M., ran the final 11 miles of the 26.2-mile race by himself, crossing the Canal Park finish line in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 10 minutes, 6 seconds.
Three people were treated for injuries, and one was hospitalized after a Canadian National train crash and derailment in rural Wisconsin on Saturday morning. The Sawyer County Sheriff's Office responded at 9:19 a.m. to a report of a train collision with injuries near Weirgor Township. At the scene, first responders located and treated all four of the personnel on the trains, and transported one of them to Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake, Wis., with what authorities called "non-life-threatening injuries."
Kellyn Taylor never quit on anything in her life, and that is what made the Boston Marathon in April so humbling. Taylor didn’t want to quit, but she had no choice. She was hypothermic. Taylor proved Saturday that the true measure of a champion isn’t how many times you fall, but how many times you get back up.
When faced with paralysis at a young age, those afflicted can either go into denial or adapt to their disability and find new pursuits in life. Aaron Pike chose the latter. Paralyzed in a hunting accident at the age of 13, the athletic-minded Pike quickly found new challenges to enjoy, such as wheelchair racing and cross-country skiing.
Susannah Scaroni of Urbana, Ill., won the Grandma's Marathon womens wheelchair race. Check back for updates.
Kenyan Monicah Ngige, who is based in Lansing, Mich., won the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon women's race this morning at 1 hour, 9 minutes and 55 seconds. Check back for updates.
Kenyan Panuel Mkungo won the 2018 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon this morning in an unofficial time of 1 hour, 2 minutes and 49 seconds. Check back for updates.
Four Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs were named Friday to the U.S. roster for the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase that will take place July 28-Aug. 4 in Kamloops, British Columbia. The showcase — which also includes Canada, Finland and Sweden — is an audition for the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team and the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. Among the Bulldogs are two members of last year's bronze-medal winning American squad, Dylan Samberg of Hermantown and Mikey Anderson. Bulldogs Matt Anderson and Noah Cates are hoping to make the USNJT for the first time.