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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FARGO—Brian Reisenauer moved from Fargo to Phoenix about 10 months ago to begin work on his doctorate in psychology. He's got a ways to go with hopes of completing the educational process by 2020. In the meantime, he's got something else to keep him busy ... like qualifying for the Pan American Championships in weightlifting.
KINDRED, N.D.—The trophy case at Kindred High School is getting rather crowded this year. The Vikings swept Central Cass on Monday, May 22, to claim the Class B Region 1 baseball title on their home field. It was the sixth region title for a Kindred team this school year and the girls softball team could make it seven after reaching Tuesday's East Region title game.
FARGO—What started as a troublesome-looking weather forecast last Wednesday steadily got better as the Scheels Fargo Marathon week honed in on its 13th annual event on Saturday, May 20. By Friday, marathon executive director Mark Knutson was feeling pretty good about the conditions. He was right. Light winds and cool-but-not-cold temperatures made for ideal running weather and nowhere was that more evident than in the medical tent near the finish line at the Fargodome. There wasn't much going on.
FARGO -- Two Scheels Fargo Marathons. Two convincing and dominating performances by the hometown kid. Fargo South graduate Semehar Tesfaye, now living and training in Boston, went wire-to-wire in taking the women's division Saturday, May 20, with a time of 2 hours, 38 minutes, 9 seconds.
FARGO -- For almost 20 miles, David Tuwei and Bernard Too were almost like buddies running around the streets and bike paths of Fargo-Moorhead. It was a different story the last six. Tuwei broke away to win his second men’s Scheels Fargo Marathon in three years finishing with a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes, 4 seconds.
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."
FARGO --- There's a lot of Boston in David McGillivray, from his accent when speaking in front of a room full of people at the Fargodome, to the several references of Fenway Park and the professional sports franchises in that city. And why not? He's the director of the Boston Marathon who has had quite the running career himself. He once ran across the United States in 80 days, a route that took him from Medford, Ore., to Medford, Mass. He's Boston strong.
FARGO—It's going to be less-than-ideal weather for a boulevard party at the start of Saturday morning's Scheels Fargo Marathon. If you play in one of the many bands along the route, you may want to find a portable heater of some sort. But as for the runners, author, running coach and a staple at the Fargo event GP Pearlberg says the forecasted conditions for the half and full marathons "are showing to be almost perfect right now." That's assuming the winds stay relatively calm.
Fargo It's debatable whether an elephant could fit through the big double doors at Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse on the North Dakota State campus, but figuratively speaking it has left the room. That cloud that surrounded the head volleyball coach's contract not being renewed after this upcoming season? That left the building, also.
FARGO—Rolf Slen was a navigator on a B24 bomber in World War II that flew 40 missions over the Pacific Ocean, with targets in the Philippines, China and Japan. The last mission came a few days before Japan surrendered. So when it comes to the Fargo Marathon 5K Hero Run/Walk on Friday night that starts at the Fargodome, Rolf is certainly as qualified as anybody.