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Batterink breaks female course record

Published: Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 11:56 p.m. CDT
(Monica Maschak – mmaschak@shawmedia.com)
Jacob Chesser, 5, of DeKalb runs in the 3K Corn Classic race Saturday in DeKalb.

DeKALB – The heat and humidity didn’t stop Evanston’s Laura Batterink from having a record setting day.

Batterink set a female course record in 33:47.08, finishing third overall Saturday in the 33rd annual DeKalb Corn Classic 10K Race and 3K Run/Walk on a hot and humid Saturday morning.

More than 300 participants completed the 6.2-mile trailed course and nearly 200 people participated in the 1.8-mile run/walk.

People from around the community helped volunteer throughout the day and residents lined the streets to cheer the racers to the finish.

“It has a lot of great community support,” race director Cindy Tucker said. “And the people who live along the route, they put their music on, they come out to cheer the runners on, and they put sprinklers on.”

Tucker, who is in her tenth year working the race, said this is a great event for all types of runners.

The 3K run/walk is perfect for people of all ages, runners who are just starting out, and families.

On the other hand, the 10 KM race is for competitive runners looking to train for bigger races.

Palatine’s Eric Wallor was the Corn Classic champion with a time of 32:26.15, which was two minutes behind the course record for males.

Yonny Mascote of Naperville finished second with a time of 33:20.53.

“It went well for me. The first couple of miles, I was where I wanted to be. But, the humidity, you could just kind of tell it was wearing everyone down,” Woller said.

Batterink’s time was the top for the female for the day and for the history of the course. Batterink set the female course record with her 33:47.08 run.

Patrick Austin of Lake Bluff finished fourth among all runners and third among men with a time of 33:48.12. Kristen Heckert, a former Kaneland standout, and Liz Bailey of Villa Park rounded out the top three for the female runners.

Local top 20 finishers include Nathan Eagen, who finished seventh with a time of 36:49.16, Misha Ryzhov, who finished ninth with a time of 37:22.63, and Christina Ryzhov, who 18th with a time of 41:53.06. Misha Ryzhov, who recently graduated from DeKalb High School and will attend Northwestern in the fall, said the course was great but the weather was hot.

“The course is nice. It is nice, which is good if you want to get a good time. The time in august makes it hot every year,” Ryzhov said. “People are really supportive from here. ... I know a lot of people on the course, so I like that.”

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