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11 run in the capital city

Eleven Aurora residents participated in the Columbus Marathon and Half-Marathon in October.

Stephen Godale, 43, was the top local finisher in the marathon in 2:59:14, while Steve Hilton, 42, finished in 3:32:46 and Emily Domino, 22, finished in 4:28:37. It was Domino's first marathon.

Local results in the half-marathon were: Rod Meeker, 45, in 1:40:38; Colleen Domino, 20, in 2:03:21; Jennifer Bertagna, 28, in 2:12:02; Bethany Singer, 30, in 2:17:19; Abigail Hilton, 16, in 2:28:07; Dawn Marie Hiulton, 42, in 2:32:48; Jayne Lewin, 61, in 3:16:49; and Kelsey Davis, 20, in 3:28:04.

Jones in Cleveland run

In the Women Who Run 5K in downtown Cleveland recently, Kim Jones of Aurora placed 34th in women 35-39 in 28:48.1.

Meanwhile, area runners can visit Holmes County's Amish country for the Berlin Amish country half-marathon and 5K on Nov. 24 at 9 a.m. starting and ending at Hiland High School's Perry Reese Community Center. For details, visit www.ohiochallengeseries.com.

Sierak gets an award as

top private merchandiser

Mark Sierak of Reminderville and Barrington Golf Club has been named merchandiser of the year for private courses by the Northern Ohio PGA.

Other NOPGA awards for 2012 went to the following:

Mike Heisterkamp of Chagrin Valley Country Club, golf pro of the year; Jason Reddington of Beechmont Country Club, teacher of the year; Tom Waitrovich of Lakewood Country Club, Horton Smith Award; Rob Moss of Pepper Pike Club, Bill Strausbaugh Award.

Milton Carswell of Stone Oak Country Club, junior golf leader of the year; Dan Dauk of Firestone, merchandiser of the year for public courses; Olle Karlstrom of Quail Hollow Country Club, merchandiser of the year for resorts; Dennis Miller of Millcreek Park, president's plaque; and David Pfeiffer of TaylorMade, sales rep of the year.

Lerner 10th in standings

The Northern Ohio PGA's final standings for junior boys 16-19 player of the year shows that Aurora's Evan Lerner finished in 10th place. He participated in eight tournaments and compiled 599 points. Blake Prince won player of the year honors.

KSU gridders set marks

Kent State University kept its hopes for an outright Mid-American Conference East Division football championship alive with a 48-32 victory over Miami University on Nov. 10.

The win set a KSU record for most consecutive victories (8) and tied the 1973 school mark for wins in a season (9). The Golden Flashes have lost only one game.

Dri Archer and Traylon Durham combined for 404 yards of offense against Miami, and became the first KSU duo to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing in the same season.

KSU closes out the regular season Nov. 17 at Bowling Green and could finish 7-0 and claim the outright crown in the East Division.

KSU's cage squads split

Kent State University's men's and women's basketball teams kicked off the regular season over the weekend, as the men beat Drexel 66-62 in overtime and the women lost to Massachusetts 83-53.

Chris Evans led KSU's men with 21 points, while Randal Holt added 17 and Bryson Pope had 10. Mark Henniger had a career-high 8 rebounds.

Diamon Beckford led the Golden Flash women with 15 points as KSU ushered in the era of new coach Danielle O'Banion. Trisha Krewson added 11 points.

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