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Greg Mitchell of McMinnville won the 2013 Corvallis Half Marathon, crossing the finish at Reser Stadium in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 42 seconds Sunday morning.

"It’s a great course and well-organized," said Mitchell, 39, the cross country and track coach at Linfield College, where he also directs the Upward Bound Program. "The lead bike did a good job of making sure I knew where I was supposed to be."

Former Oregon State runner Jennifer Macias, 23, of Spokane, won the women's title for the second straight year, this time setting a course record. She placed sixth overall in 1:19.56. The previous record was 1:24.19 by Becky Manuel in 2011.

"I'm very excited. I trained harder this year and did weights, said Macias, whose career goal is to become a teacher. She is currently working at a daycare center to save money for grad school.

Chris Yates, 24, of Albany, a student in the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, took second place in 1:09.09, and Aaron Jones, 20, a student at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., finished third in 1:15.54.

Nick Martin, 34, of Corvallis, took fourth in 1:18.06 and Mark Plesko, 35, of Kirkland, Wash., was fifth in 1:18.53.

Three Corvallis runners finished eighth through 10th, respectively: Eddie Murphy, 25, 1:20.52; Logan Greydanus, 21, 1:21.12; and Matt Mallet, 37, 1:21.34.

Emily Collins, 26, a physical therapist who lives in Corvallis, took second place in the women's field and was 13th overall in 1:22.45.

Laura Hempel, 22, an OSU graduate student, was the third-place woman and 18th overall finisher in 1:24.00

A total of 1,484 participants finished the 13.1-mile race, down from 1,636 last year. 

Graham Kislingbury is the online editor for the Gazette-Times and Democrat-Herald. He can be reached at 541-974-2075 or graham.kislingbury@lee.net

Online Editor, Mid-Valley Newspapers (Albany Democrat-Herald, Corvallis Gazette-Times, Lebanon Express)

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