ESCANABA - Gladstone High School graduate Kyle Arvan achieved a major milestone while winning the 12th Annual Escanaba Lighthouse five-kilometer run at Ludington Park Saturday.
Arvan, who now lives in Green Bay, covered the 3.1-mile course in personal-best 16 minutes, 52 seconds. He was followed by Eric Cousineau of Escanaba (18:01) and Andrew Stenberg, also of Escanaba (18:11).
"This is the first time I've broken 17 minutes," said Arvan. "I've been doing basically five miles a day and a lot of tempo workouts, which for me is about 5:50 per mile. It was a little warm on the course, but we had a nice breeze on the way back which helped cool us down."
Susan Grondin of Iron Mountain copped the women's title at 21:09, five seconds better than Escanaba High School junior Isabelle Wellman. Courtney Jarema of downstate Brighton took third (22:43).
"I had one girl (Wellman) who passed me at about the halfway point," said Grondin. "I just tried to stay with her, and I think my experience may have helped me in the end. This was a beautiful day on a nice, flat course."
The event, held under sunny, warm and humid conditions, drew a record 201 runners and walkers.
10 & under - Caleb Jarema, Brighton, 23:27; 11-14 - Aaron Jarema, Brighton, 20:42; 15-19 - Kyle Arvan, Green Bay, 16:52; 20-29 - Estyn Kevitt, Brevard, N.C., 19:00; 30-39 - Mike Groeneveld, Iron Mountain, 21:38; 40-49 - Tom Jarema, Brighton, 19:34; 50-59 - John Stacey, Escanaba, 20:28; 60-69 - David Hunter, Cedar River, 26:06; 70 & over - Dick Jenkins, Escanaba, 35:39.
10 & under - Emily Moore, Escanaba, 28:41; 11-14 - Courtney Jarema, Brighton, 22:43; 15-19 - Isabelle Wellman, 21:14; 20-29 - Erin VanEnkevort, Fort Worth, Tex., 23:21; 30-39 - Susan Grondin, Iron Mountain, 21:09; 40-49 - Pauline Cardinal-Mitchell, Hessel, 23:29; 50-59 - Jeanne Polishak, Bark River, 24:04; 60-69 - Chris Ryan, Escanaba, 34:20; 70 & over - Judy Balanda, Rapid River, 35:44.