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
For the Junior Men, although there were no top 20 individual finishes, the team score was the 3rd best ever, because of all 3 boys scoring at place 37 or higher.
Ranking by Finishing PlacePlace First Last Time Year Type % of leader Location Country Team Score 4 Brandon Lord 0:39:51 2009 JM 103.69 Campodolcino Italy 84 5 Tim Smith 0:43:02 2008 JM 101.97 Crans Montana Switzerland 49 12 Andrew Benford 0:46:36 2006 JM 112.74 Bursa Turkey 102 13 Levi Grandt 0:44:00 2008 JM 104.27 Crans Montana Switzerland 49 17 Christian Thompson 0:38:25 2007 JM 111.51 Ovronnaz Switzerland 120 22 Eduardo More >
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 >
The men’s individual places in 2010 were strong and even more important, it was the best men’s team points score in the history of the team.
Ranking By Finishing PlacePlace First Last Time Year Type % of leader Location Country Team Score 1 Jay Johnson 1:11:42 1987 M 100.00 Lenzerheide-Valbella Switzerland - 2 Dave Dunham 0:51:48 1993 M 100.16 Gap France 210 5 Scott Gall 0:56:42 1999 M 103.22 Sabah Malaysia 182 9 Dave Dunham 1:13:08 1992 M 103.00 Susa Italy 89 9 Jay Johnson 1:18:33 1990 M 104.11 Telfes Austria 80 9 Pablo Vigil 1:16:16 1987 M 106.37 Lenzerheide-Valbella Switzerland More >
The 2010 team saw a gap of only 85 seconds between the first US finisher and the fourth. The team score was the 4th best ever, with the three ahead of it all podium finishing teams. Kristen Price scored the 10th best percent of leader with 107.71%.
Women’s Rank by PlacePlace First Last Time Year Type % of leader Location Country Team Score 3 Laura Haefeli 0:41:49 2007 W 106.72 Ovronnaz Switzerland 23 8 Christine Lundy 0:42:23 2007 W 108.17 Ovronnaz Switzerland 23 8 Anita Ortiz 0:42:33 2003 W 109.01 Girwood, Alaska USA 71 8 Laura Haefeli 0:43:38 2005 W 110.00 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.