TRAVERSE CITY — Jennifer Wiest works on jet engines for a living.
On Saturday, she ran like one.
The 27-year-old mechanical engineer at GE Aviation in Cincinnati won by over two minutes in the Bayshore Marathon’s 10K race, launching out of the gates to get a big early lead.
“It was a nice course, very pretty,” Wiest said. “I’ve never been up here before. I really liked it.”
Wiest joined her mother’s running group to make the trek to Traverse City.
“There’s good support out there; a lot of people cheering,” Wiest said. “I especially like the out-and-back course, because on the way back you get all the people still going out cheering for you.”
A former University of Cincinnati runner, Wiest started out fast and didn’t look back. She won in 41:14.
“I went out with a group of guys,” Wiest said. “I was ahead of most of the females pretty early. I went out a little fast, and had to slow down a little.”
She finished the race 18th overall — including men — and is training to run a marathon next year.
“Not quite my fastest, but pretty good,” Wiest said.
Because of Wiest’s big early lead, runner-up Sandy Stafford of Tecumseh wasn’t quite sure where she stood until after she crossed the finish line in 43:33.
“Quite honestly, I had no idea I was in second,” Stafford said. “I just hopped in today to get a good run and a good workout. I had no idea where I was. I was just enjoying the morning. It’s a beautiful morning. I’m just shocked. I had no idea I’d take second.”
Stafford — a 48-year-old who coaches the track and cross country teams at Saline — was second among females and 32nd overall.