The women of Missoula Based Mountain West Track Club made the trek to the southeast this past weekend to the USATF Cross Country Club National Championships in Louiseville, Kentucky.
Competing against big club teams likeBoulder Running Company, McMillan Elite, Asics Aggies, New York Athletic Club and Club Northwest - the women from the banks of the Clark Fork River did the Big Sky Country proud. Running against 29 complete teams - the ladies finished as the 18th team.
They were led by the Meg Lerch (the 2009 MT Cup Champion), who finished 17th overall (out of a field of 234). Her finish time of 21:14 over the 6 Kilometer course was only :53 seconds behind the time of individual champion Serena Burla. Over the last couple of years, Megan has steadily improved her level of perfromances and continues to move upwards on the National stage.
The 2nd and 3rd runners for the Mountain West team were also compeitors at this year's Montana Cup. After finishing 8th and 6th respectively in Bozeman, Jenny Newton and Rye Palen had great races in the Bluegrass State. Jenny hit a 22:42 for 111th place, with Rye only 15 seconds and 13 places behine (22:57 - 124th).
Next up for the Mtn. West women was master studdette Mary Thane at 24:17. And, she was followed by fellow master Janicka Umile in 25:01.
Great running ladies and thanks for showing the rest of the country what kind of talent we have here in the treasure state.
Check out these links for a few pix of Meg and Jenny
See you on the roads, tracks and trails
The Muddy Buzzard