Vernon’s Liam Wacey crosses the finish line of the Kamloops Half Marathon with a cartwheel Sunday.

Vernon’s Liam Wacey crosses the finish line of the Kamloops Half Marathon with a cartwheel Sunday.

Halvorson nets top 10

Armstrong’s Kelsey Halvorson was the top female finisher in the women’s half marathon division Sunday at the Kamloops Marathon.

Armstrong’s Kelsey Halvorson was the top female finisher in the women’s half marathon division Sunday at the Kamloops Marathon.

Halvorson, a former standout defenceman with the UBC Thunderbirds women’s hockey team, finished the 21.1-kilometre circuit in one hour, 46 minutes and nine seconds, finishing 10th in the division.

Kelowna’s Karla Stevens finished first in 1:32:11, with Kamloops runners Jennifer Elfenbein (1:33:50) and Leni Reichor (1:39:17) rounding out the top three respectively.

Coldstream’s Rossi Wiltse was 17th overall in 1:50:30, Kath Halvorson was 33rd in 1:59:51, and Vernon’s Liza Allen was 72nd in 2:41:05.

In the men’s half marathon, Merritt’s Hans Aabye, formerly of Vernon, posted a 1:15:32 for the win.

Kristoffer Korol of Vernon was the top North Okanagan runner, clocking a 1:45:36 to finish 30th.

Vernon’s Ryan Haak (2:15:53), Liam Wacey (2:23:52), crossing the finish line with a cartwheel, and Morning Star summer student Andre Lodder (2:26:36), who carbo-loaded with beer the night before, also competed in the men’s division.

In the marathon division, Rick Jenker, the lone local entry, recorded a 4:15:32 to finish 22nd.

Shanda Hill placed 11th in the women’s division with a 4:07:31, and Susan Falkenholt was 21st in 6:22:28.