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19th Annual Run for the Cob Rain can’t stop dedicated runners

EHS alum wins 10K; ELC junior places second in 5K

August 5, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

The 19th Annual Run for the Cob was a little wet, but the runners persevered and finished their respective races Saturday morning.

Vic Morales, 44, of Johnston won the 10K race. Morales is a 1992 graduate of Estherville High School.

"I love coming back to this race, it's a special one," said Morales. "It's good to see coach (Dick Barrett) and the runners of all ages still running and some that are coming through the high school."

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Last year, Morales won the 5K race at the Run for the Cob by edging out a Spirit Lake High School runner. He enjoys running various events in Central Iowa.

"Central Iowa has a race about every weekend, so I used to try get in some of the smaller ones, but also some bigger ones where there's a lot of competitive masters runners and above," Morales said. "I think it's a way for me to keep active and keep moving..

Morales said he loves the Drake Relays Half Marathon, the Des Moines half marathon.

"This was the last year of the Day of the Dam 20K-it's going to be called something else-but I used to love doing that every year," he said.

Morales said he's complete four marathons, but that isn't for him.

"It's not my cup of tea. I prefer half marathons," he said. "But I have qualified for the Boston Marathon."

Morales, who finished Saturday's 10K in 36 minutes, 22 seconds, said his fastest 10K time.

"That was in Des Moines and I believe it was a course record," he said.

Darrian Kuker, 17, of Fairmont, Minn., finished second in 42:22.4 while John Maloney of Tarpley, finished third in 44:42.2.

Holly Neusch, 48, of Fairmont, was the first female to finish the 10K. She finished fourth overall in 45:27.2.

Meanwhile, Tim Harder, 32, of Somerville won the 5K race in 16 minutes, 46.9 seconds.

Estherville Lincoln Central junior Taylor Myers finished solidly in second in 17:35.4, with Kolton Larson of Sherburn, Minn., taking third in 18:25.

Ella Wolf, 14 of Fort Collins, finished sixth overall in 21:48.2 and was the first female to finish the race.

2007 Estherville Lincoln Central graduate Laura (Menendez) Thein also returned to town for the 5K race. Thein said she has competed in the Run for the Cob nearly every year since graduating. While she has competed in the 10K, the new mother of a 7-month-old ran the 5K this year and finished 25th out of 57 runners in 27:10.7.

Complete results of the 5K and 10K races are below. The Run for the Cob also includes a 1-mile fun run.

Run for the Cob 5K results


1Tim Harder00:16:46.932MaleSomerville

2Taylor Myers00:17:35.416MaleEstherville

3Kolton Larson00:18:25.216MaleSherburn

4Troy Wolf00:21:15.048MaleFort Collins

5Joshua Mitts00:21:35.717MalePerry

6Ella Wolf00:21:48.214FemaleFort Collins

7Parker Duitsman00:21:50.213MaleEstherville

8Greg Smith00:22:27.452MaleMinneapolis

9Jon Knutson00:22:44.437MaleKasson

10Hannah Neusch00:22:53.515FemaleFairmont

11Glenn Graettinger00:22:57.743MaleSpencer

12Wyatt Harris00:23:10.621MaleJamestown

13Kylar Larson00:23:20.413MaleSherburn

14Emily Matejka00:23:22.716FemaleSherburn

15Derek Smith00:24:01.712MaleMinneapolis

16Warren Duitsman00:24:51.311MaleEstherville

17Steven Harder00:25:05.964MaleMountain Lake

18Will Dible00:25:38.732MaleSpirit Lake

19Phil Harder00:25:47.955MaleBridgewater

20Alex Baldwin00:25:51.912MaleSpencer

21Katie Ward00:26:09.938FemaleMadison

22Katelyn Myers00:26:12.113FemaleEstherville

23Kristen Smith00:26:17.240FemaleMinneapolis

24Chad Myers00:26:22.241MaleEstherville

25Laura Thein00:27:10.729FemaleAnkeny

26James Williams00:27:30.913MaleEstherville

27Luke Bernardy00:28:37.239MaleTerril

28Sheri Beaver00:28:37.236FemaleGrimes

29Ashley Greff00:29:24.226FemaleJackson

30Jessica Brashear00:29:24.927FemaleEstherville

31Laurie Olson00:29:44.744FemaleEstherville

32Miranda Burke00:30:02.021FemaleColumbia

33Randy Guerdet00:30:28.963MaleSioux City

34Emerson Blair00:31:11.612FemaleEstherville

35Andrea Nelson00:31:49.132FemaleTerril

36Nate Brooks00:31:54.623MaleEstherville

37Maura Cole00:32:13.522FemaleEmmetsburg

38Hanna Gardner00:32:13.921FemaleEstherville

39Alex Halverson00:32:32.224MaleSpencer

40John Thomsen00:33:22.551MaleLas Vegas

41Katie Carter00:33:33.635FemaleJackson

42Piper Quastad00:33:49.713FemaleEstherville

43Grace Harder00:33:59.416FemaleBridgewater

44Cooper Morris00:34:52.28MaleSherburn

45Haley Knudtson00:35:18.730FemaleBlue Earth

46Emily Lair00:36:52.225FemaleEstherville

47Kim Tusa00:37:32.539FemaleJackson

48Jessica Govern00:37:48.021FemaleLedyard

49Jenna Govern00:39:32.018FemaleLedyard

50Martha Greenwald00:41:46.132FemaleEstherville

51Raleah Held00:43:14.028FemaleEstherville

52Mallory Bradley00:43:14.226FemaleRuthventhven

53Izabelle Mccammant00:46:53.619FemaleAlta

54Aaron Ramos00:46:54.020MaleEstherville

55Courtney Post00:46:58.523FemaleSpencer

56Jeanette Govern00:49:40.722FemaleSpencer

57Julie Govern00:49:41.641FemaleLedyard

Run for the Cob 10K results


1Vic Morales00:36:22.444MaleJohnston

2Darrian Kueker00:42:22.417MaleFairmont

3John Maloney00:44:42.255MaleTarpley

4Holly Neusch00:45:27.248FemaleFairmont

5Abdiweli Mohamed00:51:06.027MaleSioux City

6Melissa Skrepak00:52:05.928FemaleSpirit Lake

7Michael Burke00:53:51.054MaleColumbia

8Anthony Joyce00:55:18.233MaleManson

9Teresa Paulson00:57:58.252FemaleEstherville

10Tim Kunzman01:00:16.763MaleEstherville

11Rhonda Schuck01:09:07.156FemaleEstherville

12Laura Hoffman01:12:47.036FemaleEstherville

13Rick Houseman01:15:34.065MaleEstherville



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