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—There was a time in the Sanford Fargo Marathon on Saturday morning when Semehar Tesfaye was concerned about a her three-peat bid in the women's division. In the end, about the only worry turned out to be finding somebody to run with.
FARGO—All Geofrey Terer has done lately in the sport of running is win. The native Kenyan now based in Colorado Springs, Colo., won the 14th annual Sanford Fargo Marathon on Saturday, his second 26.2-mile victory in three weeks. He won the Lincoln Marathon on May 6, which followed victories in the 25K Cheyenne Mountain Trail Race in Colorado Springs in April and the Cowtown Ultra 50K in February in Fort Worth, Texas.
FARGO—The high point of entries for the Sanford Fargo Marathon came in 2012 when 25,700 signed up for the races that comprise the weekend event. It was about that time when races around the region became more frequent, meaning Fargo has some competition to deal with. The numbers reflected it. Entries hovered between 21,000 and 23,000 for the next four years and dropped to 18,073 last year. At some point, Fargo Marathon executive director Mark Knutson expects a few of the smaller races to fade away, meaning Fargo could be in line for another growth spurt.
FARGO — There's something about the Sanford Fargo Marathon that brings out the best in Semehar Tesfaye. She's hoping her third time in the event on Saturday, May 19, will be another charm. The two-time defending champion and Fargo South graduate, currently living and training in Boston, is hoping health and training issues in the past year are permanently in the rear-view mirror. Since winning the Fargo race last year, she dealt with low iron levels in her body and a job that made training and racing tough.
FARGO—The recruiting season for the North Dakota State football program is at full throttle. And when it comes to this year's high school juniors, the Bison have their eyes on three Fargo-area players. Fargo South's Dawson Weisenberger, Fargo Davies' Jaden Klabo and West Fargo's Luke Lennon all have a similar look to them in terms of size and speed. All are tight ends in the 6-foot-4 to 6-5 range, although that doesn't necessarily mean that's the position NDSU is targeting for them.
FARGO—Holden Hotchkiss and Noah Sanders have become pretty good friends since the true freshmen quarterbacks arrived at North Dakota State. So much that they plan on living together next season. They came from different areas of the country—Hotchkiss is from Lakeland, Fla., and Sanders from Apple Valley, Minn. With winter in the Midwest still lingering, Sanders was asked if he has a standing invite to the Sunshine State. "For sure, I'll go down there with Holden and hit the beach a bit if we ever get an opportunity," he said.
FARGO—You hear about the aches and pains of the North Dakota State football players during the Division I FCS playoff run, but details are difficult to come by. Mostly, it's because of the nature of the sport: Players tend to shrug off injuries. The true nature of the ailments was revealed on Monday, March 19, when head coach Chris Klieman gave his state of address of spring football practice, which starts Wednesday. At least 18 players will either sit out the workouts entirely or be limited in what they can do.
FARGO—The joke all week between Amy Olson and her husband Grant Olson at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Phoenix was for the LPGA golfer to ace hole No. 17, which would have included a new car. It wasn't just any car, either, but a crossover SUV that would have been ideal for a professional golfer. Well, Olson did get an ace. Only it was on hole No. 6 in the final round on Sunday, March 18. It was followed by the joking tweet from Olson, the former North Dakota State football player and current assistant coach at Indiana State:
FARGO—Spring football starts at North Dakota State this week and if you're a close follower of Bison athletics, it will probably be met with some renewed enthusiasm. The winter sports season came to a close over the weekend at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and the results for the three main programs were less than stellar. The combined record of men's and women's basketball and wrestling was 31-47.
FARGO—Andre Smith did more than just become the physical presence inside that helped North Dakota State make the transition to Division I men's basketball. Ben Woodside did more than just make the game-winning hoop that got the Bison to their first NCAA tournament. Both started a trend that hasn't stopped since Smith left NDSU in 2007: A Bison presence in professional basketball. Smith and Woodside have already retired from the game. Still playing are Lawrence Alexander, Taylor Braun, Kory Brown, TrayVonn Wright and Dexter Werner. Paul Miller may be next in line.