ESCANABA - Dave Hebert of Iron River and Trevor Vetort of Cedar River ran side by side nearly all the way in the 11th Annual Escanaba Lighthouse five-kilometer run Saturday at Ludington Park.
In the end, however, it was Hebert who prevailed in a course-record 16 minutes, 1.14 seconds. Vetort was clocked at 16:01.59, followed by Andrew Stenberg of Escanaba in a personal-best 16:59.
Mike Wasson of Negaunee was the former recordholder, covering the 3.1-mile course in 16:12 in 2002.
This race was reminiscent of the 2010 Upper Peninsula Division 2 Cross Country Finals, also at Ludington Park and won by Hebert, then of West Iron County High School (16:54.7). Vetort, who ran at Stephenson, was runner-up in that race as well (16:57.2).
"Trevor and I had the same kind of finish was we did in our senior year in the U.P. Finals," said Hebert, now a distance runner at Wisconsin-Stevens Point. "This definitely brought back some memories. I'm not sure what made the difference today. I had a little more sprint left, I guess. This was a very good day for running."
Vetort came away impressed with Hebert's performance.
10 & under - Spencer Brunelle, Escanaba, 28:18; 11-14 - Brett Hannah, Wetmore, 18:32; 15-19 - Dave Hebert, Iron River, 16:01.14 (course record); 20-29 - Connor Corcoran, Caro, Mich., 21:25; 30-39 - Brad Schenk, Caspian, 19:07; 40-49 - Vincent Jesudowich, Northville, Mich., 17:22; 50-59 - John Stacey, Escanaba, 19:42; 60-69 - David Hunter, Cedar River, 25:48; 70 & over - Dick Jenkins, Escanaba, 32:28.
11-14 - Madeleine Peramaki, Wetmore, 29:14; 15-19 - Brittany Richard, Garden, 20:50; 20-29 - Kaylyn Bernard, Escanaba, 22:16; 30-39 - Kimber Pieczchelski, Newberry, 21:03; 40-49 - Kristi Vetort, Cedar River, 22:22; 50-59 - Kathy Rosemurgy, Tampa, Fla., 31:34; 60-69 - Judy Balanda, Rapid River, 34:03.
"He's an amazing runner," said Vetort. "I certainly wanted to beat him, but he outsprinted me. The Lighthouse Run is a tradition for me. This is my favorite course. I wanted to run a PR (personal record) and I did that. I'm definitely pleased with my time."
Brittany Richard of Garden was crowned women's champion (20:50), followed by Kimber Pieczchelski of Newberry (21:03) and Tori Harris of Iron River (21:22).
"I knew that lady was close behind me," said Richard, who will also run cross country at UW-Stevens Point this fall. "I sprinted the last half-mile. It has been a while since I've been in the 20s, so this is a nice confidence boost. It's nice the men's winner was also from Stevens Point. It was an excellent day for running. The conditions were perfect."
The race, which drew approximately 115 runners, was run under sunny conditions with temperatures near 60.