Cody Wells in Slovenia, September 2010

2010 Junior Team Member Cody Wells 6th at WCC Cross Country Championships

Cody Wells in Slovenia, September 2010

Cody Wells, a member of the 2010 US Junior Mountain Running Team, finished 6th overall today at the West Coast Conference XC Championships, finishing the 8K race in a time of 25:17.  Cody was the 3rd place scorer for the University of Portland, who won the championship with 36 team points, edging out San Francisco, who had 43 team points.

Complete results can be found here at the prTrack website.

Andrew Benford competing in 2009 at the WMRC

Past US Mountain Running Team Members York and Benford part of U of Richmond Atlantic 10 Conference championship team

Andrew Benford competing in 2009 at the WMRC

Andrew Benford, a member of past junior and senior 2009 US Mountain Running Team, and Chris York, who competed for the US Junior Mountain Running Team in Slovenia this past September, were part of the University of Richmond team which won today’s Atlantic 10 Conference meet.   Benford won the men’s 8K race in a time of 24:12 and sophomore York finished 40th in a time of 25:41.  The team scored 51 points to take the overall title.

Read the complete story and see results here at the Atlantic 10 Conference site.

More >

2010 Team Member Max King runs 2:15:34 at Baltimore Marathon

Battling strong headwinds in the second half of the course, 2010 US Mountain Running Team member Max King ran an impressive 2:15:34 at the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon to finish in 6th place overall and as top American.  King has had an impressive year with multiple victories as well as finishing in 16th place at the World Mountain Running Championships in Slovenia in September.

For complete details about the Marathon see the Running USA website

Rickey (left) with 2010 teammate Chris Lundstrom at the 2010 WRMC Course Preview

2010 Team Member Rickey Gates heads to South Pole

Rickey (left) with 2010 teammate Chris Lundstrom in Slovenia at the 2010 WMRC

Although not really a team story, I thought this was interesting enough to repost as other fans of the Mountain Team might find it interesting.   Rickey Gates, a multi-time member of the US Mountain Running Team, has started a 4 month stint working at The South Pole.   Follow the link below to read about his travels

Junior Women’s Stats Through 2010

Ranking by Finishing Place

Place First Last Time Year Type % of leader Location Country Team Score 2 Megan Morgan 0:22:35 2009 JW 101.27 Campodolcino Italy 25 3 Alex Dunne 0:23:33 2008 JW 104.36 Crans Montana Switzerland 41 4 Anna Lieb 0:21:23 2007 JW 102.80 Ovronnaz Switzerland 12 8 Maria Dalzot 0:21:48 2007 JW 104.81 Ovronnaz Switzerland 12 18 Hannah Valuenzuela 0:27:31 2010 JW 114.33 Kamnik Slovenia 59 19 Dominique Colberg 0:32:42 2004 JW 122.63 Sauze d’Oulx Italy 44 23 Robyn Arnold 0:25:39 2009 JW 115.02 Campodolcino Italy 25 24 Kathryn Helmerick 0:25:37 2005 JW 117.33 Wellington NZL 53 25 Caitlin More >

Megan Lund finishes 4th at Jungfrau Marathon

In a race that she called one of the toughest of her career, Megan Lund, a member of the 2009 & 2010 US Mountain Running Team, had the highest US women’s finish ever at the 2010 Jungfrau Marathon in Interlaken, Switzerland this past Saturday.   Lund finished 4th overall, 2 minutes 4 seconds behind winner Simona Staicu of Hungary in this very challenging Mountain Marathon.  This follows up on her 21st place finish the week before at the World Mountain Running Championships in Kamnik, Slovenia.

Megan has had a very strong year, qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials and also More >

Awards Ceremony from the 2010 WMRC

The US Men won their first ever team silver medal, with an impressive finish that saw the team edge out mountain running legends from Italy and other nations.  Here’s a video from the awards ceremonies.  Please note, the video is best viewed in 720p format.

Video of US Teams finishing at the 2010 WMRC

See video below from the finish of the 2010 World Mountain Running Championships



Junior Women

Junior Men

Senior Men and Senior Women

U.S. Mountain Running Team Wins Silver at World Championships

Senior Men and Senior Women

Kamnik, Slovenia —- At today’s World Mountain Running Championships in Kamnik, Slovenia, the U.S. Men tallied 71 points to take the silver medal with their best team finish to date.

The U.S. has sent a men’s team to the mountain running championships (until 2009 known as the World Mountain Running Trophy) since 1990. In the past three uphill years (the course alternates between uphill terrain in even-numbered years and up/down terrain in odd-numbered years), the team has scored 102 points in 2004 to place eighth, 113 points in 2006 to place fifth, 76 points in 2008 to More >

The Team at the Photo Shoot at Mali Grad in Kamnik

WMRC Races Start Today at 4AM Eastern Time (10AM local time)

The Team at the Photo Shoot at Mali Grad in Kamnik

This is the day that all 17 athletes have been training for.  The races begin at 10AM with the junior men and junior women both starting at 10, followed by the senior women and then senior men.  Follow the action as it happens at

For all of you Facebook users, here’s a link to yesterday’s opening ceremonies.