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News and Notes - September 17, 2014


Team USA brings home hardware at 30th World Mountain Running Championships

TUSCANY, Italy -- Team USA competed Sunday at the 30th World Mountain Running Championships at Casette di Massa in Tuscany, Italy. The senior women turned in a bronze medal team finish while the junior women were awarded silver.

Allie McLaughlin (Colorado Springs, Colorado) was the highest-finishing American in the field, earning an individual bronze medal with her time of 47:55. Her finish aided the senior women to a podium finish, as the team combined for 62 points.

Mandy Ortiz (Vail, Colorado) was the highest finisher on the junior women’s side, crossing fourth in 21:17. Compatriot Marisa Ruskan (Bridgewater, New Jersey) finished eighth overall in 21:39.

The U.S. senior men were just out of medal contention, finishing fourth with 94 points. The U.S. junior men turned in a 10th-place team finish, scoring 103 points.

Almost 400 athletes representing 40 countries and five Continents competed in Massa. The four races were staged with the Apuan Alps as a backdrop. The women’s and men’s junior races were 3.8 km and 8.4 km, respectively. The senior women’s race matched the distance of the junior men, while the senior men competed on a course spanning 11.7 km.


Senior Men: Individual | Team

Senior Women: Individual | Team

Junior Men: Individual | Team

Junior Women: Individual | Team

Tatyana McFadden to go for second marathon grand slam

NEW YORK CITY -- Defending champion Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Maryland) announced her intention to compete in the wheelchair division of the New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 2. Last year, McFadden became the first and only athlete, male or female, to win a Grand Slam of marathons in the same calendar year (2013), which she did by taking the titles at Boston, London, Chicago, and New York.

Before repeating her victories at London and Boston in 2014, McFadden tried a new sport—and she earned a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in the one-kilometer sitting cross-country ski race. She has collected 10 Paralympic Summer Games medals (three gold, four silver, three bronze), and she won a record-setting six gold medals at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon, France. The two-time New York City Marathon winner (2010, 2013) has a marathon personal best of 1:35:06, which she set at the 2014 Boston Marathon. An ESPY nominee this year for Best Female Athlete with a Disability, McFadden is poised to go for the win at the TCS New York City Marathon this year and will attempt to make history again by completing her second Grand Slam.

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