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USA 100K Team Runs Strong at the IAU 100K World Cup

September 14, 2004

WINSCHOTEN, NETHERLANDS The USA Track & Field 100K runners went head to head with the world's best ultrarunners on Saturday September 11 in the small town of Winschoten the Netherlands. Over 25 countries were represented as competitors took off under initially sunny skies. This year's US team was composed of accomplished ultramarathon athletes, but eleven of the twelve team members where rookies in World Cup competition. Team members rose to the occasion, chalking up five personal bests and finishing well in the team standings.

The USATF women's team ran strong and steady, with all six members finishing despite fluctuating temperatures, humidity, and rain throughout the course of the 62.1 mile race. Laura Nelson, the only 100K team veteran on this year's squad, felt she had unfinished business from last year's WC event where she struggled to finish during a tough day in Taiwan. According to team leader Jenny Johnston, this year Laura "ran like a metronome" running a steady and even pace throughout the day and showed no signs of distress. Nelson's 8:38:50, a 5 minute PR, led the USATF team women to a 5th place finish in team competition. Mary Fagan, Middletown. Conn. ran her first road 100K in 8:39:53 and Siri Terjesen, a Ph. D. student living and studying in England, rounded out the scoring women's squad with an 8:41:15. Rena Schumann, Folsom, Calif., was the only masters woman on this year's squad. Schumann, 43, was the fourth team member to finish, clocking 8:54:44, a 29 minute PR. Lucy Carr, a native of Maine who now lives and teaches kindergarten in France, and Caroline Smith, Milwaukee, Wis., finished soon after Schumann in 9:16 and 9:17, respectively.

USATF team member Mark Werner, a university statistics professor from Boulder, Colo living and teaching in Egypt, ran an 18-minute PR to finish in 7:35:53 as top American in the World Cup competition. He led the American men to an 8th place finish among national teams. Jarrow Wahman, Duluth Minn, was second US team member in 7:47:42, a PR by 13 minutes. Rounding out the men's team finishes was Jim Ramacier, White Bear Lake, Minn who hung on despite difficulties during the later stages of the race to become the all-important third finisher for the US squad. Team members Mike Buchanen, Dusty Olson, and Scott Creel all started strong but experienced problems between 50 km and 60 km that resulted in their early withdrawal from the race.

Several US runners participated in the open 100 km race that was held concurrently with the World Cup event. This group produced two top ten performances in the individual race. Anne Riddle, VA placed 6th among women in a PR of 7:56. Howard Nippert, VA ran an 6:43 PR to finish 7th overall.


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