Four junior men and three junior women to compete at the World Mountain Running Championships in Ponte di Legno, Italy on September 2nd

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Athletes representing six states comprise the 2012 U.S. Junior Mountain Running Team (www.usmrt.com).  The team will accompany the senior team members as they compete at the 2012 World Mountain Running Championships in Ponte di Legno, Italy on September 2. (http://www.wmrc2012.it)

The athletes include:

JUNIOR MEN

Baxter Arguinchona (Age 19, Spokane, WA) is heading into his sophomore year at Seattle University and will be competing on his first Mountain Running Team.  Arguinchona was a decorated runner at Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane and then competed in both Track and Cross Country for Seattle U this past year.  His PRs include 4:04.37 for 1500 Meters a 5km Cross Country best of 16:06.

Jordan Chavez (Age 18, Southlake, TX)  is competing on his first Mountain Running Team and is entering his Freshman year at University of Richmond in Virginia.

At Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas Chavez received both All-State and Academic All-State honors as a senior and was named the recipient of the 2011 Nike Cross Nationals Anchor Award, given annually to the top fifth man in the nation.

Cal Deline (Age 16, Avon, CO) is an accomplished mountain and trail runner and Nordic skier who has competed in multiple trail and mountain running events in the mountains of Colorado.  This year he had very strong showings at both the Teva Mountain Games and the LaSportiva Running Series.  Deline is also the top ranked Nordic Skier in the US for his age and has one of the top 7 fastest times ever at the Agony Hill Climb at the Westerb REG Nordic Ski Camp.  He will be competing on his first Mountain Running Team.

Billy Fayette (Age 19, Clarendon Hills, IL) is a returning member of the USMRT squad and entering his sophomore year at the University of Richmond.  Fayette finished in the top 30 at the World Mountain Running Championships in 2011 in Albania and is looking to build on that experience this year.  He was one of the top 7 for Richmond this past year with personal bests of 25:42 for 8km and 33:06 for 10km.

JUNIOR WOMEN

Heather Bates (Age 17, Colorado Springs, CO) is entering her Senior Year at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, and she has already compiled an impressive list of running accomplishments.  Heather was the Div 4A 3200 Meter State Champion in 2011 and 2012 and a runner up in the 1600 in both years as well.  Her Personal Bests include a 4:56:57 in the 1600, a 10:51:19 in the 3200 and an 18:21 in the 5000.  This will be her first Mountain Running Team.

Kelly Lawson (Age 16, Cardiff, CA) just finished her Junior Year at La Costa Canyon High School (Carlsbad, CA) where she placed 5th in the California State Cross Country Championships and was also the San Diego Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2011.  Lawson has PRs of 17:30 in the 5km (XC),  4:48 in the 1600 and 10:40 in the 3200.  Kelly also competes in both Water Polo and for the Swim Team.

Clare Moretz (Age 19, Madison, VA) is entering her Sophomore year at the University of Richmond and is a returning member of the Mountain Team.  Moretz competed last year in Albania where she finished in the top 30 in the up/down course.  She had a strong Freshman year at Richmond where she reduced her 5km Cross Country PR down to 18:00 and also was 19th at the Atlantic 10 Conference Meet.  Her Personal Bests include a 5:07 1600, and a 10:22 3000.   Her experience from last year’s World Champs will be an asset to her and her teammates in Italy.

The Junior Team joins senior athletes Eric Blake, Sage Canaday, Tim Chichester,  Joe Gray, Glenn Randall, Tommy Manning, Morgan Arritola,  Brandy Erholtz, Melody Fairchild,  and Stevie Kremer, who will compete in Italy at the World Mountain Running Championships.

“I’m really excited about this year’s junior team” said Paul Kirsch, Team Manager of the Juniors, “The Italian course requires both speed and climbing strength and both our boys’ and girls’ squads have a great mixture of both.”
The World Championships alternate between up only and up/down courses every other year with 2012 being an uphill only year.  The junior women will  race 3.9 kilometers while the junior men will race just under 9 kilometers.
Check usmrt.com for upcoming information on our mid-August online press conference with the team and Youthrunner.com

You can follow the team’s pursuits this September by online at any of the following sites:

Website:  www.usmrt.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/usatfmut
Twitter: www.twitter.com/usmrt
USATF: www.usatf.org
Google+: US Mountain Running Team
As we have done the past two years, the team will be sending live updates via twitter from Italy in September.  The official race website for the 2012 WMRC www.wmrc2012.it