Okay - I know, I know, I know. I'm a bit behind in commenting on the big races last weekend.
The biggest of the bunch was clearly the Run To The Pub in Bozeman. The 10K had over 1500 people; and, the Half Marathon had nearly 700 finishers. Great turnout Bozo!!!!
In the 10K, the win went to Bobcat alum Carl Nystrum in 33:56. He was followed by John Breneman of Billings in 34:50 and Dewey Peacock in 35:30. The men's master's race was close, with Ian Blair of Billings scoring a 1-second win over Ty Mongs of Bozeman (37:05 to 37:06).
On the women's side in the 10K, Taryn Schultz of Helena took the win in 36:21 over MSU mid-distance specialist Heather Haug (36:50). Dallas Ott of Bozeman of Bozeman was 3rd overall and took the master's crown in 39:25.
Breneman, Schults and Ott are all new names to me. Does anyone have any insight about these runners????
The real competition of the day came in the Half Marathon. Here's the finishers list:
Dan Jackson - Bozeman 69:07
Adam Wollant (18) - Bozeman 72:43
Ethan Wilhelm - Bozeman 74:00
Dillon Zitzer - Red Lodge 74:48
Christian Heck - Bozeman 75:06
Zach Miller - Bozeman 75:33
Zach Hunter - Billings 77:27
That's a pretty tight crowd, especially for mid March.
The master's were led by Scott Sneddon (50) of Billings in 78:05 and Tim Mosbacher (47) of Missoula in 82:36.
On the women's side, Sarah Graves of Ballantine (Billings area) makes a return back to the top of the women's racing scene as she took a solid win in 79:12. She was followed by out of staters Laura Portis (MI) in 81:39 and Margaret Landberg (WY) in 84:20. 4th overall and 1st master woman was Dani Shahan of Bozeman in 85:07.
Western Montana saw the 4th Annual Run For The Luck Of It in Missoula.
In the women's 7-Mile, Trisha Drobek scored a victory and a new course record with her 41:49 (which was also good for 5th overall). Looks like Trish is getting ready to defend her title as the Muddy Buzzard Runner Of The Year. She was followed by Ashley Shroeder (44:27) and Mary Kettering (46:18). Danelle Gjetmundson took the Masters win in 50:08.
On the men's side, Jeremy Wolfe of Missoula got the win over 18-year old high school senior Hunter Guthrie, 39:24 to 40:14. Elliot Bassett was another 25 seconds back in 40:39. Brian Fruit of Missoula (51 years old) took the win in a new masters course record of 44:09.
The 5K saw some tight racing. For the women, Jenny Newton got the overall and masters women's win with a solid 19:05. Right behind her was training partner Rye Palen in 19:11, with Darr Tucknott 3rd @ 20:11.
On the men's side, Mark Handleman defended his 2012 title with a 17:06. He was followed by 15-year old Marcus Bearmedicine in 17:21. Just 7 seconds later (17:28) in 3rd came perhaps the performance of the day. 2012 #2 (tie) Runner Of The Year Jimmy Grant (course record holder in both the 5K and 7-Mile) turned in that time while pushing his two children in a double baby jogger. Pretty impressive run, especially considering some of the nuances of this particular course.
And, to finish off the weekend, the Eastern side of the state had the Yellowstone Rim Runner's Shamrock Run in Billings (the only one of the races actually held on St. Patrick's Day).
Alan King continiued his string of wins in local races with his 17:14 5K. He was followed by Joel Harris (who was coached by Alan at Rocky Mtn. College) in 17:54. The masters win went to Billings native Lance Fred in 19:45.
Jen Reiter led the women in 20:21, with Niki Marancik taking the master's crown in 23:11.
King's performance on Sunday was especially impressive given how Alan spent his Saturday. Rocky hosted the annual Battlin' Bear 1/2 Marathon in Billings. They use it as a way to help Montana college athletes from Rocky, Great Falls and Carroll qualify for the NAIA national marathon championships. Alan won the event in 1:10:28 (splitting a 31:18 PR for the opening 10K of the run). He was followed by Sancho Ridesthedoor of Carroll (and a Missoula Hellgate alum) in 1:12:57 (this made the "A" qualifying standard for the NAIA event). Cesar Mireles (assistant @ Rocky and 2012 Montana Cup champion) was 3rd in 1:13:36. 4th, and scoring an NAIA "B" qualifier, was Ryan Utsey of Carroll in 1:14:25.
For the women, Megan Breeding of Rocky scored an "A" qualifier in 1:30:27; and, Christina Bruce of UGF got a "B" qualifier with her 2nd place 1:31:29.
See you on the roads, tracks and trails.
The Muddy Buzzard
For the women