June 16, 2005
Selection Criteria for Future U.S. 100 km Team Members Announced
USATF's Mountain Ultra Trailrunning (MUT) Council's Ultra Task Force has prepared objective, performance based, and stringent selection criteria for selection to future US National 100Km Teams to the 100Km World Cup. The selection criteria were prepared in order to assure that the United States is represented by the highest quality US National 100Km Team possible. The following two points are the selection standards based on finish at the World Cup 100Km.
1. Any American finisher in the top 10 male or female (up to six athletes for each team) at the 200X World Cup will receive automatic selection to the 200X+1 Team. and
2. The top American male or female finisher at the 200X World Cup will receive an automatic selection to the 200X+1 Team, provided they finish in the top 15 (gender respective).
The group has scheduled another conference call for early July when remaining standards that are not related specifically to World Cup performance will be discussed. These remaining standards to include qualification and selection procedures based on performance and other finish-related criteria will be released as soon as possible after the MUT council has an opportunity to review, comment, and approve standards so that interested athletes may set their sights on achieving qualifying performances for the 2006 100Km World Cup, scheduled for South Korea on October 1, 2006.
Members of the ultra task force include current or former 100Km team members including Howard Nippert (chair), Anne Riddle, Nikki Kimball, Connie Gardner, Chad Ricklefs, and Scott Creel.
This year's USA 100 Km Team will compete in the IAU 100Km World Cup on June 26 in Lake Saroma, Hokkaido, Japan. The 62.1-mile World Cup road race has achieved international prominence under the auspices of the International Association of Ultrarunners. The United States will be represented by a team of five men and six women. Team results will be decided by addition of the times of the top three runners. In the event of a tie it shall be resolved in the favor of the team whose third scoring member finishes nearer to the first place. The top three individuals and the top three scoring teams will share gold, silver, and bronze-medal honors. The final U.S. roster for the 2005 100Km World Cup includes:
Anne Riddle Lundblad, 38 Asheville, NC
Nikki Kimball, 33, Bozeman, MT
Karen Scott, 37, Florissant, CO
Ann Heaslett, 41, Madison, WI
Anthea Schmid, 33, Crested Butte, CO
Tania Pacev, 45, Lakewood, CO
Howard Nippert, 39, Pembroke, VA
Greg Crowther, 31, Seattle, WA
Patrick Russell, 29, Duluth, MN
Mark Werner, 32, Boulder, CO
Scott Creel, 42, Bozeman, MT
Howard Nippert and Anne Riddle were automatically selected to the team based on their top ten finishes at the 100Km World Cup in 2004. MUT selected the remaining team members and alternates based on their ultrarunning performances that met published criteria during the qualifying period. Each athlete must be a current USATF member to compete in this event for the U.S. national team.
The team receives limited funding and most athletes must pay for a large portion of their expenses out of their own pockets. There is a non-profit organization, Ultrarunners Supporting Ultrarunners (USU) and this organization has raised funds for the team for a number of years. Donations are always welcome.
Managers of this year's team include Minnesota resident Lin Gentling who has been a competitor on the team in the past as well as manager in 1993 to 1997, 1999, 2001 to 2003, first year manager in an official capacity Tim Yanacheck, WI, who has been on numerous 100km World Cup trips as a handler for athletes, and Lion Caldwell, NM who will serve as the team doctor. Caldwell traveled with the team from 1995 to 2003 and is also a seasoned ultra distance competitor.
The USATF Selection Process and the lists of men's and women's performances that MUT used to select the remaining team members and alternates is available at: www.usatf.org/groups/MountainUltraTrail/
For information on the 100K World Cup visit: www.iau.org.tw/
To donate to the USU fund visit: www.run100s.com/USU/