FARGO -- Katie Bostrom had simple goals for the women’s 10K race at the Sanford Fargo Marathon: The Fargo South graduate wanted to make it through the race and also break 40 minutes.
She can add winning to her checklist.
Bostrom crossed the line in 37 minutes, 31 seconds to earn the victory Saturday. A runner at North Dakota State, she flashed Bison horns with her hands as she broke the tape.
“It was cool, just coming down the ramp and anticipating everyone,” said the 22-year-old Bostrom, who recently completed her junior outdoor track season for NDSU. “The atmosphere is just so cool.”
Reid Hawkins, 23, won the men’s race in a time of 33:04. Hawkins, an NDSU graduate student, competed for the Bison cross country team last fall. Prior to that, he competed at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.
“It feels good to finish in a huge stadium like this,” Hawkins said. “We all work hard, but we’re not stars. This makes you feel like a star.”
Bostrom said she ran “alone” for most of the race. However, she enjoyed the vibe from spectators and fellow runners as she breezed around the course.
“I really like this course because it goes through all the old neighborhoods up north,” Bostrom said. “I like the fact that everyone is out there and everyone is cheering.”
Hawkins said Saturday was only the second 10K road race in which he has competed.
“It was a great experience,” Hawkins said. “I love running on the roads. The crowds you got here are awesome.”
Hawkins said he was in a pack of runners earlier in the race before he started to pull away.
“It was super close,” he said.
Tom Sederquist finished in second place with a time of 33:11. Nickolas Kosmenko was in third with a time of 33:16.
Hawkins said he didn’t have a watch so he was unable to keep track of his pace during race. He didn’t think that was a bad thing considering the weather conditions. Temperatures were in the 40s at the start of the race, while wind gusts were around 20 miles per hour.
“Maybe you run a bit faster, maybe you get psyched out,” said Hawkins, who is from Glen Ridge, N.J. “Especially on a day with this sort of wind, it’s good to just compete and not think about it.”