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News and Notes - Feb. 3, 2014


100 Mile Trail Championships

The 100 Mile Trail Championships put extreme distance runners to the test at Rocky Raccoon in Huntsville, Texas, Feb.1.

Matthew Laye (Sausalito, Calif.) took overall first place, finishing in 13:17:42, and 18-year-old Jared Hazen (Colorado Springs, Colo.) earned second place in 13:57:17. Neal Gorman (Charlottesville, Va.) came in third with his finish in 13:31:34.

On the women’s side, 100 mile newcomer Nicole Studer (Dallas, Texas) earned the women’s crown in 15:42:04 as Kaci Lickteig’s (Omaha, Neb.) 15:45:32 earned second. The top-two created distance ahead of Shaeen Sattar (Dallas, Texas), who finished third with her time of 16:45.

Masters Half Marathon Championships

In Sunday’s Masters Half Marathon Championships in Melbourne, Fla., the women’s 40-44 age group set the race tone, while two runners in the 40-44 and one from the 45-49 age bracket dominated the men’s run.

Overall female champion Sheri Piers (Falmouth, Mass.), 42, completed the race in 1:17:17, pacing at 5:41 each leg. Melody Fairchild, 40, of Boulder, Colo., crossed in 1:21:26 ahead of Kristin Barry’s (Scarborough, Maine) 1:22:45.

Kevin Castille (Lafayette, Louis.), 41, was the men’s overall champion, leading all times with 1:07:55. Gregory Mitchell (McMinnville), 40, crossed 30 seconds later at 1:08:21 and Tracy Lokken (Marquette, Mich.) finished in 1:11:19 to create a decisive, five minute separation of the top three from the remainder of the field.

Other notable finishers include Kathy Martin, 62 of Newport, Neb., who led the 60-64s in 1:31:25, and the day’s oldest competitor, 82-year-old Richard Ferry (Vero Beach, Fla.) finished in 3:17:10.

Galen Rupp enters stacked New Balance Indoor Mile

Galen Rupp, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist at 10,000 meters and seven-time U.S Champion who holds four American Records, is a late addition to the mile at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, organizers announced Monday. Rupp, 27, is on fire this season, having already set U.S. indoor records at 5000 meters (13:01.26) and 2 Miles (8:07.41) on the track at Boston University, less than three miles away from the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

Rupp joins a mile field that already included the last two Olympic silver medalists at 1500 meters, Leo Manzano of the U.S. and Nick Willis of New Zealand, and 2008 Olympic flag-bearer Lopez Lomong, who held the U.S. mark for 5000 meters indoors until Rupp’s recent record-breaking run.

Kellie Wells to be Inducted into MEAC Hall of Fame

2012 Olympic bronze medalist Kellie Wells will be inducted into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in 2014, Wells announced on Twitter. Wells led MEAC member Hampton University to four MEAC Indoor titles, four MEAC Outdoor titles and won multiple individual time during her time with the Lady Pirates.


Hastings Runs Best 400m of 2014

Two-time World Champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Natasha Hastings won the Russian Winter Games 400m in Moscow, blowing away the field with a world-leading 51.69. Hastings defeated a stacked field, including Team USA teammate Francena McCorory, Russian athletes Kseniya Ryzhova and Irina Davydova and former Arkansas standout Regina George.


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