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Former Farmington High School distance runner Ben Kampf won the four-mile Dew Run for the second straight year Saturday morning with a time of 20:31. A record 558 runners competed in the Dew Run.

Three defend Farmington's Dew Run titles

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Three of last year’s four first-place finishers defended their titles at Saturday morning’s 34th-annual Dew Run.<p>

Former Farmington High School standout Ben Kampf won the feature four-mile race for the second straight year, completing the flat course in 20 minutes, 31 seconds to top runner-up Nick Lindstrom of Shakopee by 79 seconds. Third place went to Farmington High School distance runner Justin Hyytinen, who clocked in at 21:55 in the first four-mile race of his career. Hyytinen finished 14th in the 1,600-meter run at the state meet two weeks ago.<p>

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Hyytinen’s teammate Adam Wallenta was the next highest local finisher with a 12th-place time of 24:22.<p>

A new champion was crowned in the women’s portion of the race. Janet Smith of Dundas bested the field with a four-mile time of 26:58. She was first out of 173 women in the racer and 32nd out of 353 runners overall.<p> 

Christine Cahill of Plymouth was second in the women’s race and former FHS runner Bailey Opsal was third in 27:31. Current Tiger Maricia Pacheco followed up her second straight first-place finish in the one-mile run (5:51) with a fourth-place showing in the four-mile race (27:36).<p>

Kim Ralidak of Farmington was second in the women’s mile in 6:09, followed by Kelly Ramacier of White Bear Lake in third and former FHS volleyball and basketball standout Kirstee Rotty in fourth (6:40).<p>

In the men’s one-mile, Lance Elliott of Edina defended his title with a time of 4:37. Liam Tyler of Apple Valley, Brett Heimstead of Kenosha, Grant Udelhofen and Luke Tansey of Apple Valley rounded out the top five.<p?

Tyler Lerbakken, who recently helped the Tiger track team to a couple of all-state relay finishes at the state track meet, placed sixth in 5:00.<p> 

Ideal running conditions resulted in a record 558 entrants in the one- and four-mile races through the streets of Farmington.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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