Wardian wins second ultrarunning title of 2008 at USA 100 km


Jim Estes
Associate Director of LDR and Marketing
USA Track & Field

INDIANAPOLIS - Michael Wardian (Arlington, Va.), made his first appearance at the USA 100 km championships on Sunday, running 6:56:57 to win his second ultrarunning title of the year at the Mad City 100K in Madison, Wis. The championships were hosted for the second time by the Mad City 100K.

Wardian, who also won the USA 50 km championships last month, was content to let Steve Stowers (Berkeley, Calif.) and Adam Lint (Patton, Pa.) handle the pace work for the first 40 km before moving into the lead before the 50 km mark. Over the last 50 km Wardian continued to build his lead and by the time he hit the tape, had recorded a win by 17:31 over Stowers. Lint would finish 4:32 later for third.

Leading the women's field was Carolyn Smith (Milwaukee, Wis.), taking the championship in 8:25:26 for a 26:41 win over Connie Gardner (Medina, Ohio).

Former 2-time national champion Ann Heaslett (Madison, Wis.) was third in 9:40:37.

In addition to earning $2,000 each for their victories, Wardian and Smith earned spots on the U.S. team going to 100 km World Cup race in Tuscania, Italy, on November 8, 2008.

For more information on the 2008 MUT circuit visit www.usatf.org.