Eisenbarth, Blasius win Palace City Kiwanis Half Marathon

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Oct. 3—Dakota Wesleyan graduate student Michael Eisenbarth won the Palace City Kiwanis Half Marathon on Sunday morning.

The Kansas native crossed the finish line with a time of 1 hour, 16 minutes and 26 seconds, nearly two minutes ahead of the second-place finisher. A total of 93 runners finished the race on Sunday, which was contested for the fourth time and includes a 13.1-mile route that starts and ends at the Corn Palace and loops around Lake Mitchell.

Eisenbarth, 23, ran track and cross country at Fort Hays State University, a Division II program in Kansas. He grew up in Topeka and hadn't raced competitively since 2020, when his senior season was cut short in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"My senior year on the track and cross country team got cut short and this my first race in 604 days," Eisenbarth said. "This was a beautiful course, especially out there by the lake, and it was a beautiful morning to run."

Eisenbarth still has such a passion for the sport that he still runs 60 miles a week to stay in shape and lives in Mitchell. Instead of taking the fifth-year option to race again at Fort Hays State, he elected to forgo his running career and decided to transfer to DWU to pursue a master's degree in athletic administration and public relations.

In the women's race, Elkton's Morgan Blasius was the first woman to cross the finish line. Elkton's Morgan Blasius was the first woman to cross the finish line and was ninth overall with a time of 1:34.07. Harrisburg's Brigitte Setness was the next female finisher, over two minutes behind Blasius, with a time of 1:36.52. The rest of the women's top-five included Jennifer Recker, of Adrian, Minnesota in third place (1:37:04), Lexi Cacaro, of Sioux Falls, in fourth (1:39:49) and Lisa Larson, of Mitchell, in fifth (1:41:23).

In the men's race, Parkston's Alex Whitesell finished in second place with a time of 1:18.17, while Mitchell native and three-time Palace City Kiwanis Half Marathon Thomas Madut placed third overall with a time of 1:21.20. Patrick Steffen, a 43-year-old from Sioux Falls, was fourth among the men with a time of 1:27.12. Jefferson's Steve Cross placed fifth in 1:27.42, while Cristian Van Dyke was sixth in 1:29.34. Mitchell's Shane Warren was seventh in 1:30.29 and fellow Mitchell resident Kenny Maas was eighth in 1:31.01.

Palace City Kiwanis Half Marathon

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Men's finishers

1. Michael Eisenbarth, 23, Mitchell, 01:16:26; 2. Alex Whitesell, 33, Parkston, 01:18:17; 3. Thomas Madut, 36, Mitchell, 01:21:20; 4. Patrick Steffen, 43, Sioux Falls, 01:27:12; 5. Steve Cross, 49, Jefferson, 01:27:42; 6. Cristian Van Dyke, 28, Sioux Falls, 01:29:34; 7. Shane Warren, 46, Mitchell, 01:30:29; 8. Kenny Maas, 39, Mitchell, 01:31:01; 9. Jesse Kroupa, 37, Kimball, 01:39:35; 10. Brian Kampmann, 43, Mitchell, 01:40:32;

11. Branden Hoefert, 33, Worthing, 01:42:21; 12. Jeff Lee, 50, Mitchell, 01:42:57; 13. Michael Krause, 59, Mitchell, 01:43:30; 14. Bryce Kampa, 28, Pierre, 01:52:32; 15. Alec Nelson, 21, Mitchell, 01:52:56; 16. Marty Takagi, 55, Mitchell, 01:55:10; 17. Derek Driedger, 44, Mitchell, 01:55:22; 18. Willis Gravning, 66, Sioux Falls, 01:56:05; 19. Luke Norden, 40, Mitchell, 02:03:05; 20. Kevin Adams, 49, Mitchell, 02:04:31;

21. Jeff Lenning, 51, Harrisburg, 02:04:42; 22. Drew Huisken, 32, Fort Pierre, 02:04:51; 23. David Link, 57, Fort Calhoun, Neb., 02:09:58; 24. Chris Retterath, 45, Mitchell, 02:14:23; 25. Jordan Mertes, 32, Harrisburg, 02:18:55; 26. Scott Pearson, 51, Harrisburg, 02:27:44; 27. Ryan Dufek, 43, Mitchell, 02:34:49; 28. James Chase, 40, Madison, 02:53:55; 29. Kevin Erdmann, 40, Mitchell, 02:57:33

Women's finishers

1. Morgan Blasius, 30, Elkton, 01:34:07; 2. Brigitte Setness, 38, Harrisburg, 01:36:52; 3. Jennifer Recker, 28, Adrian, Minn., 01:37:04; 4. Lexi Cacaro, 35, Sioux Falls, 01:39:49; 5. Lisa Larson, 49, Mitchell, 01:41:23; 6. Maria Aisenbrey, 36, Mitchell, 01:42:17; 7. Carly Heard, 39, Burbank, 01:43:02; 8. Carly Herrold, 40, Dimock, 01:43:23; 9. Mary Deboer, 22, Brookings, 01:45:16; 10. Connie Kuyper, 49, Mitchell, 01:47:51

11. Wendy Lenning, 49, Harrisburg, 01:48:23; 12. Ashley Wise, 30, Madison, 01:48:51; 13. DeAnn McClure, 50, Yankton, 01:49:08; 14. Carla Snedeker, 56, Mitchell, 01:49:13; 15. Stacy Oltmanns, 43, Alexandria, 01:49:34; 16. Kelly Marshall, 41, Sioux Falls, 01:49:47; 17. Taya Davis, 35, Mitchell, 01:50:07; 18. Kari Bruns, 39, Madison, 01:50:11; 19. Stacy Erdmann, 42, Harrisburg, 01:51:00; 20. Sarah Olson, 40, Mitchell, 01:51:08;

21. Leah Rezac, 37, Mitchell, 01:52:59; 22. Carol Hohenthaner, 61, Yankton, 01:53:11; 23. Lillian Cronin, 26, Gettysburg, 01:53:46; 24. Jenn Pierce, 45, Colton, 01:54:18; 25. Sherrie Petersen, 45, Mitchell, 01:54:31; 26. Taya Heisinger, 24, Parkston, 01:55:09; 27. Kally Zelmer, 31, Salem, 01:57:03; 28. Tara McCormick, 44, Mitchell, 01:57:14; 29. Arien Tingle, 30, Mitchell, 01:58:49; 30. Carrie Punt, 38, Sioux Falls, 02:01:11;

31. Livia Wallace, 22, Aberdeen, 02:01:33; 32. Pam Larson, 56, Mitchell, 02:01:39; 33. Debra Shissler, 67, Dell Rapids, 02:02:07; 34. Jennie Heil, 37, Sioux Falls, 02:02:43; 35. Heidi Jarding, 40, Alexandria, 02:02:54; 36. Willow Noyes, 42, Huron, 02:04:56; 37. Carla Hohn, 39, Mitchell, 02:05:10; 38. Heather Pfitzer, 45, Huron, 02:07:45; 39. Karen Janes, 45, Alpena, 02:07:45; 40. Madison Roberts, 23, Sioux Falls, 02:08:14;

41. Sami Crick, 39, Sioux Falls, 02:08:28; 42. Lisa Lemon, 41, Sioux Falls, 02:08:28; 43. Lourdes Northrup, 46, Woonsocket, 02:09:11; 44. Rebecca Nielsen-Heumiller, 40, Wessington Springs, 02:09:22; 45. Sarah Klein, 40, Gann Valley, 02:09:22; 46. Paula Nurnberg, 53, Watertown, 02:10:50; 47. Angela Matson, 45, Ramona, 02:13:30; 48. Megan Peltier, 25, Sioux Falls, 02:18:56; 49. Jennifer Tegethoff, 46, Mitchell, 02:21:17; 50. Anne Christiansen, 57, Viborg, 02:21:52;

51. Ashtin Higgins, 35, Naper, Neb., 02:24:15; 52. Deanna Ramse, 49, Derby, N.Y., 02:24:27; 53. Callie Jean Cirillo, 29, Lake Andes, 02:24:52; 54. Megan Wilson, 34, Forestburg, 02:25:47; 55. Emma Shields, 35, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 02:26:06; 56. Christina Siemsen, 42, Mitchell, 02:26:37; 57. Sara Konechne, 31, Pierre, 02:28:34; 58. Liza Reinesch, 37, Mitchell, 02:28:55; 59. Stephanie Harvey, 41, Mitchell, 02:31:50; 60. Nancy Lewellen, 60, Spearfish, 02:32:26

61. Traci Wilson, 35, Mitchell, 02:33:46; 62. Penny Terwelp, 52, Lawrence, Kan., 02:50:35; 63. Sharon Johnson, 56, Overland Park, Kan., 02:50:43; 64. Vicki Adams, 48, Mitchell, 02:53:46.

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