Bailey Drewes, a 2011 graduate of Bemidji High School, finished 66th out of 390 runners in the women's race at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta on Feb. 29 with a time of 2 hours, 42 minutes, 11 seconds. The top-three finishers in the women's and men's races earned spots on the 2020 U.S. Olympic team that will travel to Tokyo this summer. A graduate of the College of St. Benedict, Drewes now resides in Ithaca, N.Y., where she works as a nutrition research coordinator for Cornell University.
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For Bailey Drewes, a clinical research coordinator in the Division of Nutritional Sciences & former BHS Lumberjack Female Athlete of the Year in 2011, competitive running offered not just exercise but camaraderie.
Drewes & her training partner, Chelsea Benson, ran during middle school, high school and college, but didn’t feel they found their niche – or their community – until they started running marathons.
“I never ever would have imagined that I’d qualify for the Olympic trials,” Drewes said. “I didn’t feel like I reached my full potential in high school or college – I think I’ve always been a long-distance person. Running the marathon, I finally found where my heart was.”
Since qualifying for the trials – which, for women, requires running the 26.2-mile event in 2 hours, 45 minutes or faster – their goal has shifted to reaching the more elite “A” standard, requiring a 2:37 time. Their passion for marathon running reflects a nationwide trend: 511 women qualified for the 2020 Olympic marathon trials, compared with 198 in 2016.
They’re also active members of the local running community. Benson is among the organizers of a local Facebook group, Ithaca Runners, open to anyone in the area who is interested in running.
Competing in its seventh state meet in eight years, the Bemidji High School boys cross country team finished 10th out of 16 Class AA teams Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Senior Gage Mostad led the way individually placing 21st overall, as the Lumberjacks logged 232 points to earn the top-10 team finish.
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