Past US Mountain Running Team Members York and Benford part of U of Richmond Atlantic 10 Conference championship team
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 >
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
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
Ranking by Finishing PlacePlace 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 >
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 >
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.
See video below from the finish of the 2010 World Mountain Running Championships
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 >
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 http://www.twitter.com/usmrt.
For all of you Facebook users, here’s a link to yesterday’s opening ceremonies.
A great article about the growth of mountain running and the US Team’s chances this year at the World Mountain Running Championships is online at the Running Times Website. Click here to see the full article.
The team is all here in Slovenia making final preparations for Sunday morning’s race. Remember you can follow the status of the race on our twitter feed at www.twitter.com/usmrt or by viewing the right column on our website.