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News & Notes - Jan. 31

USA Track & Field will host national championships both Saturday and Sunday when the 100 Mile Trail Championships take place at Rocky Racoon in Huntsville, Texas, Feb.1 and the USA Masters Half Marathon Championships kick off in Melbourne, Fla., Feb. 2.

Headlining the women’s 100 Mile Trail is Michelle Yates (Estes Park, Colo.), a four-time, national trail champion who earned the 2012 crown in the 50 mile race before setting the 50 mile record and winning both the 50 km and 100 km trail events in 2013. Yates joins back-to-back champion (2012, 2013) Connie Gardner (Medina, Ohio), who won last year’s race in 18:30:49. Newcomer Nicole Studer finished sixth in her first 100 mile with a time of 16:55:02 at the 2013 Rocky Raccoon.

On the men’s side, notables competing are 2013 champion Peter Hogg (Livonia, Mich.) and Dave James (Phoenix, Ariz.), a two-time 100 Mile Champion.

When masters athletes take the half marathon course Sunday, 40-year-old Melody Fairchild (Boulder, Colo.,), the 2013, 15 km winner and a new comer to the masters scene, will be among those vying for a title. Kathy Martin (Northport, N.Y.) and Linda Jennings (Malvern, Pa.), will create a competitive match-up as they go head-to-head in the 60-69 division.

Master’s men to watch are 47-year-old Tracy Lokken (Marquette, Mich.), the 2013, 8 km champion, who edged out Malcolm Campbell (Marietta, Ga.) in the 45-49 age range. Competing among the 50-54-year-old men is Eugene Houge (Farmington, N.M.). Peter Mullins leads the 60-64-year-old field.

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