U.S. Women fourth at IAU World Cup 100 km
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USA Track & Field
By Nancy Hobbs
TAINAN COUNTY, Taiwan - (November 16, 2003) - Led by Nikki Kimball's 8th place finish in 8:51:33, the USA women's team, based on cumulative finish time, finished 4th overall (behind Italy, Germany and Japan) in the IAU World Cup 100 km competition. The depth of the American women's team was apparent with Anne Riddle from Asheville, N.C. joining Kimball of Elizabethtown, N.Y. with a top 10 finish in 9th place (8:55:03). Not far behind was Connie Gardner's 13th position (9:25:57) to round out the top three USA scoring members. Alternate Jenny Capel ran a consistent race to finish fourth for the U.S. women in 9:33:44. Also finishing for the U.S. women was Ann Heaselett in 9:56:45, Tania Pacev in 10:22:07 and Laura Nelson, 11:25:07.
The challenging 4 loop course (25 km each loop) coupled with temperatures in the upper 70s and humidity topping 80% resulted in a race of attrition. From the 9 a.m. start time conditions remained unchanged throughout the day. Only those athletes finishing after dark enjoyed slightly cooler conditions. There were 294 starters in the competition and just over 100 had finished by 11 hours into the race.
The USA men's team was led by Howard Nippert who ran "like a metronome" according to team manager Lin Gentling, who added, "Howard is such a pro, consistent and strong." Nippert of Pembroke, Va. moved up one position from his 13th place finish in 2002 to 12th position this year in a time of 7:59:03. The U.S. men experienced problems mostly due to the heat with cramping shutting down Dan Verrington's quads near the 50K and stomach problems sidelining Chuck Hubbard at 75K. Dave Dehart was the second U.S. men's finisher in 10:24:33, with Bob Sweeney the final U.S. finisher in 11:19:00.
Mario Fattore and Monica Casiraghi of Italy won the world titles in 7:04:56 and 8:04:46 respectively and the Italians swept the team titles too.
There were other running events as part of the 100K celebration including a 5K, 10K, 25K, 50K and 100K citizens race. In addition a WMA Masters 100K championships were held with age group individual and team awards presented. The USA fielded a masters team comprised of national team members and unattached runners. Roy Pirrung, fresh off an American record at the USATF 24 Hour Championships last weekend, won the 55-59 year age group with a time of 9:43:07. The women's team 35-39 of Heaselett, Nelson and Riddle won bronze and Connie Gardner won silver in the 40-44 age group.
Visit www.usatf.org for the full results of the World Cup 100 km.