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Loon Mountain Race determines U.S. Mountain Running Team
The U.S. Women’s Mountain Running Team (USMRT) was finalized Sunday at the Loon Mountain Race in New Hampshire. One USMRT veteran and three newcomers ...
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The U.S. Women’s Mountain Running Team (USMRT) was finalized Sunday at the Loon Mountain Race in New Hampshire. One USMRT veteran and three newcomers will be making the trek to Italy this September for the World Mountain Running Championships.
Leading the way was Morgan Arritola, 26, the 2010 Nordic skiing Olympian from Ketchum, Idaho, who won the five-mile uphill race in 46:16 to make her first USMRT. She was followed by Melody Fairchild, 38, of Denver, Colorado, who clocked a 47:06 to make her first team, and returning team member Brandy Erholtz, 34, of Evergreen, Colorado, who was third in 48:06. Rounding out the 2012 team was Stevie Kremer, 28, of Crested Butte, Colorado, who made her first team with a 48:21, fourth-place finish.
Narrowly missing the team was 2011 World and U.S. Mountain Running Champion Kasie Enman, 32, of Huntington, Vermont. Though all of the top five runners went under Enman’s Loon Mountain course record of 50:58 from last year, this year’s course was shortened 0.40 miles to more accurately reflect the length of the World Championship course.
Complete results of the women’s USMRT qualifiers can be found here: http://www.coolrunning.com/results/12/nh/Jul8_LoonMo_set2.shtml
Full results from the Loon Mountain Race can be found here: http://www.coolrunning.com/results/12/nh/Jul8_LoonMo_set1.shtml