Been a big last week for Montanan's on the running front.
On December 3rd, Mike Wolfe of Helena won the North Face Endurance Challenge 50-Mile Championhsip in San Francisco. Wolfe took down some of the big names in the ultra world, including Dakota Jones and Geoff Roes. Also representing MT was Mike Foote of Helena - who scored a big 9th place overall finish. Results are here: http://www.sportstats.ca/display-results.php?lang=eng&racecode=101612
On the 4th, Sarah Graves of Ballantine (outside of Billings), successfully fulfilled her 4+ year quest to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials. Having made multiple attempts at the "B" standard of 2:46:00 - she had come close on several occasions - running a couple of races in the low 2:47 range (and, one in the high 2:46's I believe). On Sunday, she ran a spectacular 2:44:25 with even splits of 1:22:11 & 1:22:14. Congratulations to Sarah. Good luck in Houston. Reults here: http://www.flashresults.com/2012_Meets/CIM/searchind/Results.htm
This past weekend was the USATF Club Championship Cross Country meet in Seattle. Multiple Montanan's were present. In the master's women's side, Jenny Newton, Mary Thane and Jennifer Burke competed as a team for Mountain West TC and brought home a 3rd place team tropy.
Lois Ricardi Keller was part of the 3rd place Club Northwest team in the women's open division.
On the men's side, former Montann's Brent Winegar and Kevin Murphy also competed for the Club Northwest teams.
Also, this past weekend, Makena Morley of Bigfork placed 9th in the Footlocker Cross Country Championships in San Diego. She was the highest placing fresman in the meet.
All in all, a pretty impressive last week for Montanan's. The Big Sky studs shows that they belong on the national stage.
See you on the roads, tracks and trails
The Muddy Buzzard