Today’s column dedicated to Coach Kunasek, 1933-2019.
Biggest news of the weekend is hometown girl made good. Emily Sisson’s 1:07:30 at yesterday’s Houston Half Marathon a scant :05 off Molly Huddle’s American Record. 5:07 pace for all the fellas trying to do the math. That likely moves Emily on to the top 5 or so all time for any Nebraskan. Top American men were Reed Fischer (10th, 1:02:06), Abinet Adraro (11th, 1:02:09), and Tristan’s buddy Parker Stinson (12th, 1:02:11). Of particular interest to Linda was Aaron Braun (33rd, 1:04:52). She took Aaron to Japan in 2010 for the Chiba International Ekiden.
In the marathon top local finisher was Iowan Kallin Kahn (2:22:28, 1st 20-24), top Nebraskan Kelly Halverson (2:36:06, M30-34).
Houston used to be a proving ground when I rode herd over Nebraska’s best runners. Another shift from the days of yore. Race Director Brant Kotch, he’s there for you.
-11 wind chill at Saturday’s Full Wolf Moon 5K. Thank you again to Mike and his staff for making our 1.5 mile racetrack runnable and raceable. A host of young talent from Fremont and Papillion LaVista South taking the major spots. Hollyanne Fricke finishing 9th and my new buddy Dan rounding out the top 10 and first master.
All I can say is the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.