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Course record falls in S.D. Kayak Challenge

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SIOUX CITY | The 2014 South Dakota Kayak Challenge saw several participants break the course record for the 72-mile journey from Yankton, S.D., down the Missouri River to Bev’s on the River in Sioux City.

Jarett Bies, event organizer, said several kayakers commented they shaved an hour or two off their personal best times.

About 20 of the 150 participants did not complete the 72-mile trek.

Bies said the results could be credited to individual training as well as favorable weather and wind conditions. He said that official results had not been calculated as of Sunday, but times under nine hours likely broke the course record.

The top three places and times in each division are:

Men’s solo competitive

Bryan Hopkins, Columbia, Mo., 8 hours, 25 minutes

Calvin Hassel, Grand Island, Neb., 8 hours, 30 minutes

Bob Harms, Palos Heights, Ill., 9 hours, 25 minutes

Women’s solo competitive

Nancy Smidt, Sturgis, S.D., 12 hours, 15 minutes

Renee Begnoche, Jefferson, S.D., 12 hours, 23 minutes

Men’s tandem competitive

David Lackey, Ashland, Mo., and Matt Green, Jefferson City, Mo., 8 hours, 42 minutes

Gareth Stevens, Hubertus, Wis., and Ted Cramer, Rock Rapis, Iowa, 9 hours, 22 minutes

Mix tandem competitive

Joe Zellner, Grand Marais, Minn., and Traci Lynn Martin, Lee Summit, Mo., 8 hours, 52 minutes

Jaya Elleson and Fritz Hansen, Burlington, Wis., 9 hours, 7 minutes

Men’s solo adventure

Ray Wipf, Huron, S.D., 10 hours, 55 minutes

Chris Nelson, West Des Moines, 11 hours, 20 minutes

Brian Hahn, West Des Moines, 11 hours, 21 minutes

Women’s solo adventure

Helen Harvey, Sioux City, 11 hours, 31 minutes

Katherin Albers, Sioux Falls, 12 hours, 11 minutes

Susie Needham, Omaha, 12 hours, 14 minutes

Men’s tandem adventure

Gary Kingham, Ogden, Iowa, and Dick Pula, Plymouth, Minn., 8 hours, 53 minutes

Justin Herreman and Steve Jones, Rapid City, S.D., 10 hours, 29 minutes

Ben Koehler and Drew Johnson, Rosholt, S.D., 13 hours, 42 minutes

Women’s tandem adventure

Katie Engle and Rebecca Cruse, Pierre, S.D., 13 hours, 54 minutes

Mix tandem adventure

Tanner Krantz and Ariel Lynn Gray, Yankton, 13 hours, 15 minutes

Courtney Greene and Leaf Greene, Dakota Dunes, 14 hours, 19 minutes

Jeff Anderson and Aleesha Anderson, Austin, Minn., 15 hours, 6 minutes

Team open class

Krista Patterson, Harrisonville, Mo., Yancy Scroggins and Larry Scroggins, Kansas City, Mo., 8 hours, 18 minutes

Kevin Gabelsberger, Chamois, Mo., Kent Robinson, Bonnots Mill, Mo., and Todd Smith, Overland Park, Kan., 10 hours, 8 minutes

Carol Heddinghaus, Rolla, Mo., Joan Twillman, St. Charles, Mo., and Linda LaFontaine, Columbia, Mo., 12 hours, 46 minutes

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