30 Butte runners reach finish line in Missoula

30 Butte runners reach finish line in Missoula

MISSOUA — A total of 30 runners who listed Butte as their hometown competed in the Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon Sunday.

Three Butte runners completed the 26.2-mile marathon course.

Long-time Butte coach Jim Konen, 61, finished the marathon in 4 hours, 38 minutes, 5 seconds. Page Williams, 28, finished in 4:55:08, while Michelle Knopp, 34, crossed in 5:25:17.

Colorado Springs runner Geofrey Terer won the men’s marathon in 2:27:34. Missoula’s Tricia Drobeck won on the women’s title for the fourth time. She finished in 2:48:35.

In the half marathon, Nicholas Hilton of Flagstaff, Arizona, won on the men’s side with course record time of 1:06:21. Makena Morley, a Bigfork native who runs for the University of Colorado, won the women’s half in 1:16:22.

Twenty-seven runners from Butte completed the 13.1-mile half marathon.

Kellie Sullivan, 30, posted the best time of Butte women runners. She finished in 1:42:49. Mariah Earhart, 23, crossed in 1:44:10, while Nichole O’Neill, 38, finished in 1:49:09.

Kelli Sullivan, Maggie Smith, Keisha Stosich, Mollie Keeley, Jessica Condon, Breienne Meyer, Rachel Dean, Katelyn Pomrow, Alysa Pearston, Mary Gail Sullivan, Ida Reighard, Cassandra Cassidy, Susan McClernan, Hailey Jaksha, Michelle St. Pierre, Suelena Burgin, Nicole Russell, Machele Joyce, Mykenzie Lachenbruch also finished the race.

On the men’s side, 18-year-old Sean Staples posted the best time by a Butte runner, finishing in 1:26:44. Staples will be a senior on the Butte High soccer team in the fall.

Mike Patterson, David McLarnon, Byron St. Pierre and Edward Johnson also completed the race.

Also, former Missoula Big Sky boys’ basketball coach Josh Laslovich, who has family ties to Anaconda, finished the race in 2:24:47. Five years ago, Laslovich was diagnosed with leukemia and given a 50 percent chance of living.

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