Arritola leads the way at U.S. Mountain Running Championships
The women’s U.S. Mountain Running qualifier on Sunday, July 8, resulted in a scenario eerily similar to the men’s U.S. Mountain Running Championships in June ...
Photo by Joe Viger - 2012 Women's USMRT from left to right: Stevie Kremer, Brandy Erholtz, Melody Fairchild and Morgan Arritola
The women’s U.S. Mountain Running qualifier on Sunday, July 8, resulted in a scenario eerily similar to the men’s U.S. Mountain Running Championships in June: a newcomer took home a convincing win, and the defending U.S. and world champion missed the team by one spot.
At the men’s qualifier at New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, it was Sage Canaday who made a splash and Max King who missed out; at New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain Race, Morgan Arritola took the title and defending champ Kasie Enman came agonizingly close, but will not return to the World Mountain Running Championship that will take place in Italy this September.
When Arritola of Ketchum, Idaho, gapped the field by nearly a minute at Loon Mountain on Sunday, U.S. Mountain Running Team (USMRT) Leader Richard Bolt says he was not surprised.
“I’ve seen her race at the National Trail Championships in Bend, Oregon,” he says. “And this was a race that really played to her strengths as a Nordic skier, as a power-endurance athlete.”