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Woodbury man is top Minnesotan finisher in Twin Cities Marathon

Woodbury resident Donovan Fellows was the first Minnesotan to cross the finish line in the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Fellows, 31, finished ninth overall out of a field of 8,212 finishers in a time of 2 hours, 18 minutes and 4 seconds, just under four minutes behind the pace of marathon winner Sergios Reyes, 28, of Palmdale Calif.

Fellows has qualified to compete in the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the men's marathon, which will be held in New York on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The Woodbury resident is one of five Minnesota natives to be invited to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

Fellows led a list of 117 Woodbury residents to finish the 2010 Twin Cities Marathon, held annually each October and spanning a 26.2-mile course that begins at the Mall of America Field (aka Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome) and weaves its way through southern Minneapolis and eastern Saint Paul before concluding at the State Capitol building.

Sam Anderson was the other Woodbury resident to finish the race with a sub-3 hour time as the 26-year-old completed his run in 2:53:31.

Joe Schillings, 30, finished in 3:02:45, followed by Justin Youngblom in 3:08:01, Greg Jongbloedt in 3:10:47 and James Dixon in 3:14:34.

Margaret Sheridan, 50, was Woodbury's top female finisher with a time of 3:16:24.

Nycole Gauger was the city's second female finisher in a time of 3:38:00, with Christine Barry at 3:43:51, Aimee Nelsen at 3:44:09, Jessica Ellinghuysen at 3:44:58 and Nicole Krenner at 3:46:11 close behind.

Rounding out the top-10 finishers for Woodbury were: men, Garrett Blanchfield (3:19:49), Karl Bradford (3:23:55), Christopher Gerlach (3:26:33), Jeffery Dalton (3:31:39); women, Laurie Sund (3:53:27), Christine Moss (3:53:35), Katie Dornfeld (3:54:59), Sheila Brown (3:59:18).