Fryer reclaims Longest Day 10K crown

Courtesy photo: Tim Fryer, 42, of Hendricks, Minnesota, hangs behind Trevor Hinderaker, 24, of Astoria, at about the midpoint of the Longest Day 10K Saturday to win the event for the third time in four years.

BROOKINGS – After his three-year streak was halted by an extraordinary effort from Tyler Boltjes in 2020, Tim Fryer, of Hendricks, Minnesota, is again champion of Prairie Striders’ Longest Day 10K.

Fryer, 42, ran the 6.2-mile course in 38:51.4 Saturday to beat Trevor Hinderaker, 24, of Astoria, who clocked a 38:54.1 and lead most of the race. The competitors also finished one-two in 2018 and 2019. In 2020, Boltjes, 41, posted a time of 34:14.

The 2021 third-place finisher was Lucas Graff, 32, of Tea, in a time of 44:17.

First-place female was 12-year-old Kate McElroy of Watertown, who just edged her father, Owen, 39, of Watertown. Their times were 44:28.3 and 44:28.4. Finishing second among females and sixth overall was Katie Osbeck, 19, of Brookings, with a time of 46:15.

Race director Chris Gruenhagen reports 33 finishers in the event, which started and finished at Fishback Soccer Complex.

For full results, go to PrairieStriders.net.

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