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Fresh off Summit League meet, NDSU runner wins 5K Hero Run

Camron Roehl of Grand Forks came across the finish line first at the Fargo Marathon 5K Hero run Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Fargodome. Dave Wallis / The Forum1 / 6
Amber Blackhurst of Beulah was the first female to finish the Fargo Marathon 5K Hero run Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Fargodome. Dave Wallis / The Forum2 / 6
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Runners take part in the Fargo Marathon 5K Hero run Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Fargodome. Dave Wallis / The Forum4 / 6
Runners take part in the Fargo Marathon 5K Hero run Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Fargodome. Dave Wallis / The Forum5 / 6
Runners take part in the Fargo Marathon 5K Hero run Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Fargodome. Dave Wallis / The Forum6 / 6

FARGO—It's not easy crossing the finish line first in Division I track and field, so when North Dakota State sophomore Camron Roehl turned the corner at the Fargodome parking lot on Friday night, May 19, in front of the pack, he enjoyed the moment.

He won the Fargo Marathon's 5K Hero Run with a wire-to-wire performance over the 3.1-mile course and finished with a time of 14 minutes, 58 seconds.

"There's a lot of good competition in the Summit League so I didn't win all that often," Roehl said. "Any win is a good win."

Last week, Roehl took fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and fifth in the 1,500 at the Summit League Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Ellig Sports Complex. Those distances are more in his wheelhouse, he said, so the 5K represented something a little bit out of his element.

His first concern was starting too fast, which he did.

"I went out hard and tried to maintain," he said. "I got a little nervous there but I just said trust my training and I'll be fine. Especially in that first half mile, I got real jittery."

Not able to qualify for the NCAA West Preliminaries and thus his season had ended, he entered the Fargo 5K in part to take advantage of being in peak shape. His 1,500 time of 3:54.40 was a personal record.

College runners usually don't get much of a chance to enter citizen's races because of their intense collegiate schedule, so Roehl was happy it worked out.

"I just love racing," he said.

He said he felt other runners on his tail for most of the route and didn't pull away until the final stretch. Nate Peterson placed second in 15:15 while Branden Scheel, a sophomore on the NDSU cross country team, finished third at 15:59.

Amber Blackhurst won the women's division in 17:54.

Jeff Kolpack
Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.
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