Running races – Scottish Ultramarathon Series Fri, 17 Sep 2021 21:59:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Running races – Scottish Ultramarathon Series 32 32 Weston’s Julie Hohenberg takes a different path to stardom this fall Fri, 17 Sep 2021 21:59:38 +0000

Hohenberg had no plans to run distances in the spring and expected him to return to the left wing of the football team. But it has quietly gained momentum during the 2021 indoor track season. For spring, coach Jean Monz gave him an ambitious goal: 5 minute break in the mile of the track.

To Hohenberg’s own surprise, she crushed him. She clocked 5: 07.29 to win the D2 North race on her home track. Then in the All-State competition, Hohenberg found new equipment, finishing second in 4: 56.31.

“I didn’t really believe on time,” she said. “[Monz] and I was just really, really happy and proud.

Said Monz “” I thought she was capable of it, but until you do, you’re never really sure. She has followed the race plan we drew up for her so perfectly. Seeing her run this time, it was really exciting.

Julie Hohenberg of Weston has already put a lot of distance between herself and her competitors this season.Matthew J Lee / Globe staff

Colleges are noticing it. Hohenberg says that prior to the All States Meeting, she was largely recruited by Division 3 schools, but is currently attracting interest from a multitude of D1 programs in New England. With a serious college track career on the horizon, the senior decided to start putting rubber on the cross country tires.

“I kind of realized that I didn’t really want my freshman year of cross country to be my first year in college,” Hohenberg said. “There are a lot of adjustments going on in your freshman year of college, and I kind of wanted to try and get to grips with the sport in the fall.”

Although she is often considered a “track underclassman,” Hohenberg exuded leadership from her first team practice.

“People really admire him not only for his speed, but for his enthusiasm for the sport, and also for his friendship with everyone,” said junior. Analie Schact noted. “She doesn’t brag about any of her accomplishments; it is the opposite. She definitely doesn’t impose her goals on anyone and she keeps quiet about what she has accomplished.

In longer workouts, Hohenberg trains with a core running group that includes a boys’ cross country sophomore Carsen Valentina, who set Weston’s freshman mile record (4: 48.35) last spring, and his classmate James osborn.

“Normally we alternate who leads and who sets the pace for these,” said Valenta. “It’s about all of us, and I think especially that me and Julie, we help each other a lot.”

In his first cross-country competition on Wednesday, Hohenberg finished first overall (15:47) in a tri-meet with Newton South and host Lincoln-Sudbury on his 2.49 mile course. She was happy with the initial performance, but noted that it was unlike any races she had run before.

“It was something new to have a run of this length, because the first part of the loop, you hear everyone clapping, but then you go into the woods and it’s just quiet, then you come back from the woods and then everyone applauds again, ”she said.

His trainer was also satisfied; Monz is always impressed with the execution of Hohenberg’s manual.

“She’s exceptional for following a race plan, she really is,” he said. “I joke with the other coaches. I say, ‘We have to be very careful before we tell her anything because when we tell her, she’s going to do it. So we better make sure it’s fair.

After a strong performance on the track at the All-State Meeting in the spring, Weston senior Julie Hohenberg is attracting interest from Division 1 colleges in New England.
After a strong performance on the track at the All-State Meeting in the spring, Weston senior Julie Hohenberg is attracting interest from Division 1 colleges in New England.Matthew J Lee / Globe staff

Hit the trails

▪ During the annual Clipper Relays last Saturday at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport, winner of the 2020 MSTCA Cup D1 Nathan Lopez led St. John’s Prep to the men’s title. The event is a 6 mile relay divided into three stages of approximately 2 miles.

Lopez reportedly covered the distance in 9:42 before handing over to junior Paul lovett, who kept the gap in place to set up Charlie tuttle on the anchor leg. Tuttle crossed the finish line with 30:23 on the clock, 15 seconds ahead of North Andover ‘A’, second.

“We had some good surprises,” St. John’s Prep coach John boyle noted. “We also had some worrying or worrying things, but we had some kids who ran really well.

On the girls’ side, Pentucket took first place in 36:37, with her trio of seniors Kaylie dalgar, junior Audrey Conover, and Senior Phoebe rubio finishing more than a minute ahead of Lexington ‘A’, second.

▪ At the MSTCA relays at Highland Park in Attleboro, Bishop Feehan’s sophomore trio Lauren Augustyn and seniors Anna boyd and Liz Borah combined to cover the 4.6 mile course in 28:26 for the Shamrocks. Weymouth (29:20) and Hopkinton (29:36) finished second and third respectively.

“We were happy with the way the groups played each other, we showed some depth,” said Feehan’s coach. Bob The Man, whose program will host this weekend’s Highland Park Invitational. “We hope Saturday will be a better indicator of where we are at.”

On the boys ‘side, BC High (24: 14.93) recorded a one-second win over Burlington behind the juniors’ legs Miles kirby and Will lock, and senior Gemsly Cajuste.

“It spills the juice of the competition”, coach of BC High Seth Kirby noted. “We’ll need that if we’re going to be successful in the MIAA games later. “

▪ The Highland Park Invitational in Attleboro – with freshman, JV and varsity races for boys and girls – is one of four invitational events scheduled for Saturday. The 14th Vineyard Invitational at Martha’s Vineyard High will feature mixed freshmen, JVs, and college races for boys and girls. In addition, the 25th Amherst Invitational will take place on the Hampshire College campus, with 5km races for freshmen, JVs and academics.

In addition, the Mass. State Track Coaches Association is hosting the Ted Dutkiewicz Invitational at East Longmeadow High, featuring college races for boys and girls, as well as 2.14 mile junior and freshman races.

For the MSTCA, coordinating a full meeting schedule from an operational standpoint means re-acclimating coaches to procedural tasks that did not take place in the year changed by COVID-19.

“There are a lot of things that I try to do at the last minute because they are part of the competitions that we did not implement last year,” said the director of the MSTCA. James fletcher noted. “But I always try to take a step back and say, ‘let’s not be frustrated’ because we are still putting out a high quality product.”

Correspondent Oliver Glass contributed to this story.

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Race-by-race preview and tips for Randwick on Saturday Fri, 17 Sep 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Do not let 5. Private investigator‘s last seventh start fool you! His career was excellent. In fact, only Fituese managed a final 600m faster over the entire Kembla Grange meeting last week. He just lost his footing in the middle of the race by Big Parade. There’s a bit of intent to read in Joe Pride backing the four-year-old and putting the blinders in third. Return to Randwick, exit at 1400m and on a track with the juice is tailor made for him. No one missed his first 1200m victory at Randwick, where he clocked exceptionally quick split times to finish Embracer. Respect Chris Waller’s aggressive placement with 11. Atishu given that she was lucky on the mile run earlier in the meeting.
How to play it: Private investigator up for grabs.

Race 6 – 2:40 p.m. DARLEY TEA ROSE Stakes (1400m)

8. Relax rings in the Princess series after dodging the fillies so far, instead running in the Rosebud, a maiden, which she won, and three weeks ago in the Ming dynasty again against the boys. She never threatened, finishing sixth, but the speed out of the race in the intermediate stages made it difficult for the laggards. She had support in betting and Scammer, Head Of State and Dark Rebel have all performed well since. Cards to speed up here too. 1. Four strokes ahead was conservatively ridden in the Furious, pushing the fence late, which was the lower ground at this point in Randwick’s reunion. The 1400m seems to fit and all of her two-year-old form, where she was the dominant filly, was on tracks with the dart.
How to play it: Cool down each way.


7. Very elegant has shown in past preparations that she is the most vulnerable over 1400m first, so the fact that she ran just behind Mo’unga in the Winx Stakes despite being exposed at the 600m mark and on a good track suggests that the six-year-old came back as well as ever. Down to the second with the soil prick sets in perfectly. In her last 13 starts at G1 level, she has only finished outside the top two twice. Interestingly, however, one of those duds was in the George Main a year ago after winning the Winx Stakes first. She missed a ping, passing fourth, before bouncing back to 2000m. 5. Riodini almost pinched the Chelmsford from the front and what’s stopping them from running another great race here?
How to play it: Verry Elleegant to win.


4. Masked Crusader had an obvious class advantage over rivals at Caulfield first, but what a comeback it was, running a sizzling 200m final gap to win from the last downhill. He made giant strides during the fall where he won the G1 William Reid and placed second behind 1. Nature strip in TJ Smith Stakes. Late escapades have caused his loss on several occasions in the past, but that should be made up for in that given the likely tempo this crack field of sprinters will generate. If he can hold a place from barrier 2, that’s a bonus; if not, he should still have the last word on arrival. Nature Strip was an arrogant winner of the first Concorde over 1000m while 3. Gytrash had apologies for both of his failures in his last prep and he’s well prepared to finish strong.
How to play it: Masked Crusader to be won.

Race 9 – 4:35 p.m. TAB KINGSTON TOWN Stakes (2000m)

14. It is ideal hasn’t won in 10 starts now, which is the only knock on Metrop’s mare. She picked up with a third slash in the G1 Winx Stakes, typically running big late spreads, and Mo’unga and Think It Over cleared that form benchmark. His second seventh place may have looked underwhelming to the naked eye, but it was caught off guard when Riodini increased the pressure as he turned for home and got caught inside the track. Weight for age, she comes down to a G3 over 2000 m where she only carries 53 kg. So well placed. 4. Crest of the Spirit was first very brave over 2000m with 59kg pursuing a fast speed. It was only fit tough Harpo Marx, with 53 kg on his back, who caught him late. 3. Montefilia is heavily penalized for his G1 wins at weight.
How to play it: It is ideal for winning.


Race 10 – 5.15 p.m. HEINEKEN HCP (1100m)

12. Equation starts its spring in a benchmark company but would be very surprised if it finished the preparation there. The four-year-old was beaten in his debut but has won four on the rebound since then and all in impressive style. Did not try before its recovery, which is curious. Maybe that’s to keep it cool enough for 1100m first. However, James McDonald’s reservation might tell you all you need to know about his early chances. 4. The face is a true 1100m sprinter and will be started first, as is typical of the team. Forget his Arrowfield flop where he ran too much. Little run sprinter 19. Quanitco rocket in the calculations if it does the field. Talented horse.
How to play it: Equation to win.

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Yazmine Wright wins AAC Runner of the Week award – The Sunflower Thu, 16 Sep 2021 20:51:19 +0000

Yazmine Wright, was a star of the JK Gold Classic. The Gold Classic is that of Wichita State Annual home meeting of the men’s and women’s cross-country teams. Wright won first place in the women’s 5km with a time of 17: 34.10. Her time was also 39 seconds ahead of the second.

As a fifth year member of the program, she took on a greater leadership role than in the past. With this season’s team having fewer members than previous seasons, Wright hopes to help each member as much as she can.

“I feel a lot older than everyone else, but being a fifth year is also good because now I feel more capable of helping others,” Wright said.

Wright controlled a considerable lead throughout the race and eventually finished 13 seconds off the course record set last January by former Shocker Winny Koskei. Wright also extended a streak of seven consecutive Shockers by winning the individual title, joining Koskei and Rebekah Topham.

“It’s great,” said head coach Kirk Hunter. “Anyone who can do what Winny Koskei can do is a girl to watch nationwide. It’s really special what she’s done here and I’m really happy with the way she’s playing.

Wright said his run was a “confidence builder”.

“My trainer [Kirk Hunter] and I discussed that I would be running this race to see where I was in the season, ”said Wright. “I gave it my all and wasn’t expecting the win.”

It was Wright’s first college victory and not only did Hunter see his success but also the NCAA in naming Wright American Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week.

“I wasn’t expecting to host athlete of the week,” Wright said. “It was the first time that I received this title.

Due to COVID-19, Wright was granted an additional year of eligibility. Very few athletes have the opportunity to continue competing for a fifth season without taking a season off or wearing red shirts.

Wright sees this season as a sign of growth. Throughout the remainder of the 2021 season, Wright has many goals she hopes to achieve with her team.

Wright has been racing for five seasons, so she hopes to share her knowledge with others. One of her personal goals is to save more time in the women’s 5 km.

“My first mile was faster than I wanted, which made my second and third miles slower than I expected,” said Wright. “My goal is to be more conservative in my first mile so that I can be faster in the second and third miles.”

Wright graduated in biology and said that after graduating in the spring she hopes to spend the next two years in physiotherapy school and keep running.

“This year I have become a lot more passionate about racing and I hope to continue,” said Wright. “I want to run as long as possible. “

Wright and the Shockers will be back in action on Saturday as they travel to Lincoln, Nebraska for the Greeno / Dirksen Invitational.

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Boston Mayoral Race Updates Wed, 15 Sep 2021 02:39:35 +0000


Boston voters will select two mayoral candidates on Tuesday to go through the November general election.

Acting Mayor Kim Janey, city councilors Michelle Wu, Andrea Campbell and Annissa Essaibi George, and former Boston economic development chief John Barros are all running for mayor of Boston. Boston Globe File Photos / Illustration by Michael Begay,

There can only be two.

Boston voters who had not yet mailed their ballots or voted early head to the polls to vote in the city’s preliminary municipal elections on Tuesday, narrowing the diverse field to two general election finalists November 2.

Scroll down for candidate and issue information, and check back here for race updates throughout the day.

Declared candidates:

See a round-up of contestants’ Q&A and previous race coverage, here.

See updates before September 14 here.

As unofficial election results lagged hours after the vote ended in Boston, City Councilor Michelle Wu said her campaign firmly believes she is one of the top two voters – positions needed to qualify for the general elections of November 2.

“We are confident that we have done the first two and are moving on to the final elections,” she told supporters at an event in Roslindale.

Two hours after the polling stations closed at 8 p.m., the results were still not available from the city’s electoral service.

Wu admitted that the ballots were still being counted, later adding in his remarks that Tuesday night was not “a celebration of victory” but a thank you to his team and supporters for their work during the course. of the past year.

But his speech exuded Wu’s confidence in his standing among his preliminary opponents and his popularity among Boston voters. (Several polls had put Wu in the lead in recent weeks.)

She painted a rosy vision of what the future might hold in Boston, touting a popular campaign that spanned languages, cultures and generations.

She told the crowd, “It’s a moment on our shoulders.”

“This is the time when we will look back someday and say, ‘Boston has stepped up with all of us at the table,’” Wu said later.

As voters wait to see which candidates qualify for the Boston general election in November, Rep. Ayanna Pressley said the “historically diverse” field of mayoral and city council candidates has already made a lasting contribution.

“No matter what tonight’s results, these current candidates and office holders, their families, staff and supporters have changed our city forever and for good, through their commitment, courage and sweat,” wrote Pressley in a series of tweets after polling stations were closed in the town’s preliminary elections on Tuesday night.

“Boston will be better off for it,” she said. “Different questions will be called. The lived experiences of more Bostonians will be enhanced. [And] more people in our city will be reflected in the corridors of power. I am so proud of the city where our family is our home.

As the first woman of color elected to Boston City Council, the now-Massachusetts congresswoman highlighted the growing diversity of the body, which has spawned four women of color to lead the mayoral race from 2021. She noted that the estate includes “a lot of my town hall partners”.

Pressley did not support any candidate in the mayoral or city council races. However, four of the five mayoral candidates – Michelle Wu, Andrea Campbell, Kim Janey and John Barros – and more than a dozen city council candidates have signed a political pledge affirming their support for the Boston Democrat’s priorities (Annissa Essaibi George was the only mayoral candidate who did not). The Pressley campaign also sent pizzas to the five mayoral campaigns on Monday night.

After the months-long run, it also shed light on the people and behind-the-scenes work that made the campaigns possible and raised inaudible voices.

“History does not happen in an election day, or even in an election cycle,” Pressley wrote. “History is made by the candidates, the organizers, the advocates, the volunteers who have worked for years – for generations – to build our communities. To build movements. To build power.

After a long weekend of barnstorming through Boston neighborhoods and polling Tuesday, the city’s five candidates for the city’s next mayor finally have time to rest, if not relax, as the results fall on election night.

City Councilor Michelle Wu plans to host an election night for family and supporters on the patio of Distraction Brewing Co. in her neighborhood of Roslindale, according to her campaign.

Meanwhile, across Franklin Park, City Councilor Andrea Campbell will be welcoming supporters to Prince Hall Grand Lodge in Dorchester (in line with Campbell’s calls for a city-wide COVID-19 vaccine passport, proof of vaccination will be required to attend, depending on his campaign).

Acting Mayor Kim Janey’s team are hosting an outdoor election results monitoring night at the renovated SoWa power station.

City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George’s campaign calls for a waterfront election night at Restaurant Venezia in the Neponset neighborhood of Dorchester, a part of town where she expects strong support.

John Barros, the town’s former head of economic development, will also spend the night in Dorchester – just a mile from Campbell’s Watch Party – at Restaurante Cesaria, the Cape Verdean restaurant he operates, to enjoy the results with his family, his friends and supporters.

Mayoral candidate and city councilor Andrea Campbell was one of the first to vote at her polling station – the Lower Mills branch library in Dorchester – voting at 7 a.m. Tuesday when the polls opened . They will remain open in the city until 8 p.m.

Campbell was joined shortly by City Councilor Michelle Wu, who voted at Phineas Bates Elementary School in Roslindale. Wu was accompanied by her two sons, Blaise and Cass, as well as her husband, Conor Pewarski.

Michelle Wu votes at Phineas Bates Primary School in Roslindale with her two sons, Cass and Blaise (right). – David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

Acting Mayor Kim Janey voted at the Yawkey Club in Roxbury. She was joined by her mother, daughter and granddaughter – a family tradition, she says.

Councilor Annissa Essaibi George and John Barros, the former head of economic development, voted for the location of the Boston Housing Authority on Bellflower Street and Uphams Crossing, both in Dorchester, respectively.

Annissa Essaibi George holds up her ballot before voting. – John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe
John Barros prepares to vote, while voting with his wife, Tchintcia. – Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

Thirty-eight years ago, Mel King became the first black candidate to reach the general election in a Boston mayoral race.

Now, the pioneering activist and politician is hoping to push Acting Mayor Kim Janey into the two-man final – and beyond.

In an endorsement announced late Monday night, King backed Janey to be Boston’s next long-term mayor.

“I am 92 years old,” he said in a statement. “I have spent my whole life fighting for a more equitable and just Boston. The one who demolishes the walls of racial and economic injustice in Boston and builds a multicultural, multiethnic and multigenerational coalition that will bring a new light to the city. I believe the person who will lead this change is Mayor Kim Janey. “

The approval came just 10 hours before the vote on the eve of the preliminary elections on Tuesday, with polls showing Janey virtually tied with city councilors Andrea Campbell and Annissa Essaibi George for second place to advance to the November 2 general election.

King said he had known Janey and her family for “decades,” noting that the acting mayor volunteered as a teenager during his 1983 mayoral campaign (King ultimately lost the race to the Mayor Ray Flynn). A former state representative for the 9th district of Suffolk, the longtime South End resident said Janey “carries the torch” for the “multiracial and multigenerational rainbow coalition” he led there. has four decades.

“I have seen her become a passionate advocate and leader for equity and excellence in our schools, for affordable housing for every family, to continue to build a city to open doors for jobs and opportunities. education, and to close the wealth and opportunity gaps that still plague our city, ”King said. “She did it in just five months as mayor, and I think she can do so much more with four years older. This is why I support her and, more importantly, I vote for her.

“Mel King has helped shape my life as an activist which has made me who I am today,” Janey said in a statement. “He is a giant, a legend, a pioneer. His influence is felt throughout our city, across generations, and I am very honored to have earned his support in this race.

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woman from Fort Knox places second at Louisville Pure Tap 5K | Sports Tue, 14 Sep 2021 07:30:00 +0000

LOUISVILLE – With nearly 600 participants registered, the annual Louisville Pure Tap ™ 5K took place on Saturday in perfect race conditions at the start of the race. The race was back for its 10th year, after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Race participants started and ended at Louisville Water Tower Park, home to Louisville’s award-winning drinking water, and followed a route that stretched east to west on River Road.

Skylar Goodman of Fort Knox took second in the women’s division with a time of 18: 28.67, just behind Katherine McClain of LaGrange who took first place with a time of 18: 11.53.

Jared Reckard of Louisville won the men’s division in 14: 58.94, ahead of second David Grieshaber of Louisville, who clocked 15: 22.65.

Top 2021 Louisville Pure Tap ™ 5K players:


• First place: Jared Reckard of Louisville, Ky. With a time of 14: 58.94

• Second place: David Grieshaber of Louisville, Ky., With a time of 15: 22.65

• Third place: Ali Faraji-Tajrishi of Louisville, Ky., With a time of 15: 49.87


• First place: Katherine McClain of LaGrange, Ky., With a time of 18: 11.53

• Second place: Skyler Goodman of Fort. Knox, Ky., With a time of 18: 28.67

• Third place: Sara Mahoney of Louisville, Ky., With a time of 19: 06.30

Full race results can be found by logging into

The Louisville Pure Tap ™ 5K is the first run in the Louisville Sports Commission Fall Runathon, a three-part fall run series that offers unique runs and quality experiences for runners and walkers. Following the Louisville Pure Tap ™ 5K, the Norton Sports Health 10K, which will take place on October 2 at Parklands of Floyds Fork. The Fall Runathon ends with the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam® on October 16. To register or for more information, log on to

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Force, Hight, Koretsky and Sampey take to the field at Maple Grove Raceway Fri, 10 Sep 2021 23:56:16 +0000

In front of a huge crowd on Friday at Maple Grove Raceway, the NHRA’s countdown to the Championship Playoffs got off to an impressive start, with Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Kyle Koretsky (Pro Stock) and Angelle Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) claiming the No.1 Provisional Qualifier at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA National Championships presented by Pennzoil.

With fans receiving their first dose of NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series action in two years on the historic track, Force left everyone with incredible memories on Friday, achieving the fastest race ever on the track in the story of Top Fuel. She climbed to the top of her 11,000 horsepower Flav-R-Pac dragster with an incredible passage of 3.666 seconds at a robust speed of 335.57 mph, which puts her in the running to qualify No.1 for the seventh consecutive race and the ninth time overall this season. . It was a remarkable streak of dominance in qualifying and Force took advantage of every minute of Friday’s spectacular streak.

“This race was fast and this finish line went quickly,” Force said. “So we have to get out the chutes, cut the fuel, but it feels good to be able to run like that for our first qualifying pass of the night. To seize this n ° 1 currently, it gives confidence to the whole team. It helps us feel strong for tomorrow. Right now that countdown has started right here in Reading, PA. Everything is at stake right now. We have to repeat this the rest of the weekend.

Steve Torrence, the points leader and three-time reigning world champion, positioned himself well with an assist from 3.692 to 327.19 paired with Force, placing him second. Clay Millican’s 3.696 at 322.65 puts him third, while Mike Salinas is fourth after 3.699. Billy Torrence was the fifth driver to hit 3.60 after his 3.699 pass.

After a top-down regular season, Hight’s playoffs started off on a high note, taking first place with a stunning 3.883-330.39 assist in his 11,000 horsepower Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS. Hight entered the championship countdown sixth in points, still seeking the consistency needed to make a championship run. He has a pair of wins and four final round appearances, but the last four races included just three round wins. Hight sought to make amends on Friday and did so quickly, seeking to qualify for the second time this year and the 70th of his career.

“It was a good start for us,” said Hight. “We have a good grasp of how to run this car. From now on, every point counts and we have to keep counting them. Starting sixth in the countdown is pretty low, but we have an extra run this year. . I feel like you’re going to win at least three races if you want to be the champion and we have to start here. “

Tommy Johnson Jr. was running side by side with Hight, who is once again replacing Matt Hagan. The reigning world champion is recovering from COVID-19 and Johnson did an admirable job as a top-notch substitute on Friday, dropping from 3.895 to 333.82 in an excellent side-to-side race with Hight. This places Johnson second, while Bob Tasca III is currently third at 3.913 to 328.22. Cruz Pedregon is fourth after his assist of 3.914 and points leader Ron Capps rounds out the top five with a run of 3.932.

After a heart-wrenching loss to a hole in the final round of the US Nationals, Koretsky bounced back impressively on his home track on Friday, clocking a 6.547 to 209.98 run in his Lucas Oil Chevrolet Camaro. Koretsky is attempting his second consecutive No.1 qualifying and he couldn’t have dreamed of a better start in the Pro Stock race for the first time at Maple Grove Raceway in what is also his first playoff race. Koretsky was crushed after losing to Erica Enders at the US Championships, but after back-to-back appearances in the final round Koretsky knows he has a great car and it manifested again on Friday in front of a big party. of his family and friends. .

“It was exciting. My first racing pass here in Pro Stock and to go No.1 is really cool,” Koretsky said. “To come out and go 6.54, I think there’s a Little more in it. It felt good to go down the track. Everything went well and it was a good race. The pits were packed and it felt good at home. It would be great for my first win here. “

Greg Anderson ran an identical 6.547, but was second after a slightly slower 209.33. Anderson entered the championship countdown on top of the points and his weekend in Reading is already looking very promising. Aaron Stanfield currently sits in third place with a run of 6.548 to 209.62. Rookie Dallas Glenn is fourth with a 6.550 and Troy Coughlin Jr. is just behind with a 6.552. US Championship winner Erica Enders is sixth after the first set with a score of 6.553.

Maple Grove Raceway fans were treated to a flurry of 6.76 races to complete the first round of qualifying in Pro Stock Motorcycle, with Sampey leading the charge with his 6.761 to 198.85 on his Mission Foods / Vance & Hines Suzuki . It was an impressive race on a remarkable weekend for Sampey, whose first career Pro Stock Motorcycle victory came at Maple Grove Raceway 25 years ago. She’s added five more since then and Sampey currently has more track wins than any runner in the class in NHRA history. Those good vibes continued on Friday, where Sampey looks to build on his second place finish to the US Nationals.

“For me it’s an amazing start because I struggled to get down the track on the right track so I’m really excited about it,” said Sampey. “I didn’t change gears perfectly so there’s more to it, but for the most part the momentum I’m feeling heading into qualifying on Saturday is great. I’m looking forward to the weekend.”

Eddie Krawiec took second in the pair after Sampey, completing the first 200mph race in class history on the track, advancing from 6.763 to 201.67. The race also set the track speed record, leaving Krawiec in a great position after his victory at Indy. Points leader and defending champion Matt Smith clocked 6.766 to 201.34 to complete qualifying, placing him in third. Scotty Pollacheck is fourth at 6.829 to 198.52 and Cory Reed completes the top five with his assist from 6.867 to 194.24.

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Local trio take podium in very first Breck Crest 50K ultra trail race Wed, 08 Sep 2021 00:30:00 +0000

The men’s overall podium in the 50-kilometer Breck Crest ultra trail running included third Jake Skankla (left) of Breckenridge, champion Paul Steinweg (center) of Breckenridge and finalist David Skelly (right) of Dillon, as seen on Sunday September 5th at Maggie on Peak 9 in Breckenridge.
Paul Steinweg / Courtesy photo

Local trail runners who prefer the devilish variety of 50-kilometer races took part in a 50-kilometer run for the first time on their Summit County trails on Sunday, September 5.

Jeff Westcott and Breckenridge-based Maverick Sports Promotions combined their traditional 10-kilometer Breck Crest course and a 25.5-mile marathon course to manifest the 50-kilometer Breck Crest race. The entire course featured over 6,000 feet of elevation gain as only eight runners in total – six men and two women – completed the first racing challenge of its kind.

“It’s great because I usually have to travel to compete in races that have ultra distances,” said Jake Skankla, 36, of Breckenridge, who was third overall with a time of 6, 48. Minutes and 3.9 seconds. “It’s nice to have a home run and to go over the tree line – above 12,000 feet – at Breckenridge was spectacular.”

Skankla was joined on the exclusively local men’s 50K podium by race winner Paul Steinweg, 40, of Breckenridge, who finished with a time of 5: 26: 32.4, and runner-up David Skelly, 36, of Dillon who finished at 6:35:19. 9.

“Paul destroyed the course,” said one of the two 50K participants on Sunday, second Tracy Larson of Breckenridge. “He had a really impressive race. “

Steinweg chose to run the new 50K ultra after running the marathon every year for the past three years. Steinweg said he had to try the ultra option after talking for years to Breck Crest event manager Jeff Westcott of Maverick Sports Promotions about “jumping into the ultra world.”

“When I saw it on the schedule, I had to hold my end of the bargain,” Steinweg said.

Steinweg was excited about Westcott’s foray into ultramarathons because, to Steinweg’s knowledge, this is the only Breckenridge-based ultramarathon with a start and finish line in town. After Steinweg and other 50km runners left the start line at The Maggie at Peak 9, they loaded up and down the 10km Breck Crest route, including an ascent of over 1,000. feet on the brooding Burro Trail.

Steinweg said the first evil turn of the 50km course came at mile 10 as runners like him felt the adrenaline rush of crossing the finish line at The Maggie. But with the challenge only 20% complete, he and others ran on single track trails for most of their run.

“I was really excited to finish the 10K game because at that point I was in mostly familiar territory,” said Steinweg, who took the lead just half a mile from the 50K and didn’t never looked back.

Although Steinweg took a clear lead, he and other runners were far from alone in the mountains. Steinweg and fellow 50K finishers Skankla and Larson said they were particularly impressed with the quality of the event’s aid stations located in remote sections of the trail. After the 50km runners climbed and crossed the Wheeler Pass to run the west side of the Tenmile mountain range facing Copper Mountain, members of the Trail Ridge Runners group provided assistance to the runners in what they felt was in the middle of nowhere.

“I know a few guys who worked at the aid station and they must have pulled a bunch of stuff out there,” said Larson, who was second in 7:22:46.2 behind female winner Lillie Romeiser Rodgers of Laramie. , Wyoming. “Several of them walked each way to get there and to stay there all day for each runner – the first person in the marathon and the last person in the ultra is a big gap – serving people, encouraging us was encouraging and helpful.

The hardest part of the race, the runners said, was neither of the climbs and over the Tenmile Range above 12,000 feet. It was more of the home stretch, as Westcott did a great job weaving trails from the Peaks Trail in Frisco south – and up to the finish line at The Maggie to keep runners out of the way. have to run on any sidewalk.

The only thing, said Steinweg, was that it meant there was solid elevation gain over the last few miles. The race winner said it was the second in a pair of “evil twists” incorporated into the race course.

“I think Jeff took some pleasure in it when I told him how difficult it was,” said Steinweg of the finish of the race. “It was a really fun class, but difficult.”

Breckenridge local Tracy Larson pauses for a photo as she is one of only two women to complete the 50-kilometer ultramarathon course in the Breck Crest Trail Run in Breckenridge.
Tracy Larson / Courtesy photo

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Mont Blanc Ultra Trail Winter Races – The Durango Herald Fri, 03 Sep 2021 23:34:29 +0000

Durangoan finishes the most prestigious ultra in the top 10%

Cameron Winters is enjoying a moment in Chamonix, France recently. Winters completed the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, a 106.5 mile race in just over 34 hours. (Courtesy of Tyan Winters)

About three years ago, Durangoan Cameron Winters said he was eating too much and was not very healthy.

“I needed to do something big to get in shape,” he said.

Three years earlier, he had run the Boston Marathon, spent two years qualifying and then finishing the race.

“After the race I was done – that was my goal,” he said. “I quit for three years.

However, when he decided to start running again, he aimed even higher. Winters was planning to compete in the world’s most prestigious ultra race, he said – the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc.

Last week he accomplished the feat – starting from Chamonix, France, and covering 106.5 miles through France, Switzerland and Italy around Mont Blanc, gaining 34,000 feet in elevation in course. He finished 221st out of 2,347 riders who started the race, in 34 hours, 2 minutes and 19 seconds.

The journey to finish, however, actually took him years if you include his training.

When he decided to do something big again, the Zion 100 was only a few weeks away.

“I walked out my door and said to Durango and said I would do 50 miles,” Winters said.

Ten hours later, he said he had run 35 miles, but his legs stopped cooperating.

“I literally couldn’t walk,” he said. “It crippled me. “

He canceled Zion’s race that year, but did a 50-mile race in Bryce Canyon, Utah. This year he was able to do the Zion 100.

“It’s been a trip,” he said. “I have a coach and I train with other pros; it is intense training.

Winters said he originally wanted to lead the Hard Rock 100, but because he uses a lottery to select participants, he said it could be eight years before he enters.

The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc also uses a lottery system, but Winters found a loophole. He could qualify by participating in the UTMB of Oman in Dubai. “I finished that one,” he said. “It was like running the Grand Canyon over and over again.”

With that to his credit, Winters lined up in Chamonix at the end of August with riders from 89 different countries.

“It was crazy,” he said. “I was trying to talk to people, but nobody speaks English.”

Winters said he wore a heart rate monitor for the first time in the race and lost his heart rate during the first half of the ultra.

“I wanted to stay aerobic,” he said. “I let a lot of people pass. “

He said he started at around 300th and then slipped to around 600th. Then he started to go runner after runner.

“At a first aid station, I passed around 300 people,” he said. “Everyone comes out fast and then, bonk. After kilometer 20 I started to pass people like crazy. I worked to get to the front, but the leaders won’t let you go.

Cameron Winters takes a selfie during the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc recently. He finished in the top 10% of the elite peloton. (Courtesy of Cameron Winters)

At around 50 miles, however, Winters struggled with what he called the “steepest descent” of the race.

“Getting off at Courmayeur at kilometer 50 crushed my quads,” he said. “It was a tough time – my quads were locked out. I literally couldn’t straighten my legs.

The trails, he said, differ from the local trails in a significant way. “There are no laces. They are literally ski lifts going up and down, ”he said.

Winters used his poles to help him get off and luckily for Winters he had his wife, Tyan, to help him.

“She massaged them for 20 minutes,” he said. “People were passing me, but I couldn’t walk. “

The massage worked, however, and he was able to continue.

“She motivated me to keep going when I didn’t think I could do it,” he said.

Fearing that his legs would lock up again, “I said, I won’t stop,” Winters said.

The course, however, still had a lot of challenges ahead.

“There have been three monster climbs in the last 40 miles,” Winters said. “It was crazy. The last climb was like climbing a cliff. It was the ugliest thing I have ever taken down.

About a mile from the finish, a runner caught up with Winters, and he figured he could pass him, but he should earn it. They ended up catching the guy in front of them, but he didn’t want to be passed either.

So after 106 miles, Winters found himself in a race within the race.

“It ended up being a total sprint to the finish line,” said Winters.

He finished 22nd in the race. Only 1,520 runners managed to finish out of the 2,347 who started it.

“Putting myself in the top 10% I’m pretty happy with it,” Winters said.

And now that he has achieved his goal, this time he has no intention of stopping again.

“The worst part of the race was finishing,” he said. “Being in the mountains with the view and the competition, chasing elite runners around Mont Blanc – that’s something I’ll always be grateful for.”

François D’Haene from France ended up winning the race in 20:45:59. D’Haene also won the Hardrock 100 this year.

Colorado Courtney Dauwalter was the first woman to finish in 22:30:54. No American man has ever won the race.

Of the 36 American men who finished the race this year, Winters had the seventh fastest time.

His takeaway from pushing himself to finish the race: “Anyone can do what they think about. For me, that’s what life is about: dreaming big and we can get things done.

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Career Scoring Leader for Lufkin & AC Heading Home as Head Coach Tue, 31 Aug 2021 23:45:20 +0000

20 years ago, JJ Montgomery was a pointing machine for the Angelina College Roadrunners basketball team. The Lufkin High School product would go on to play Division 1 basketball in the state of Arkansas and then professional basketball overseas.

In 2015, Montgomery returned to the Angelina College pitch with a removal ceremony for his number 5 jersey. Now the former Roadrunner will wear blue and orange again, this time as head coach JJ Montgomery. .

The East Texas basketball legend was named Angelina College’s new men’s basketball coach on Tuesday. Among the crowd of supporters were some of Montgomery’s former teammates, and they held some sort of reunion on the pitch where they had competed before.

“Being able to come home and coach where I played here at Angelina College was just an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Montgomery said at Wednesday’s ceremony. “I’m happy to be home and ready to kick this thing up.”

Montgomery is a familiar face to East Texas basketball fans, having played at Lufkin High School, where he became the school’s career leading scorer with over 3,000 points. From there, Montgomery played two years at Angelina College under the guidance of current AC athletic director Guy Davis. Montgomery set the program record for single season scoring (897 points) and career scoring (1,799 points) from 2001-2002. He is one of three members of the NJCAA’s first all-star team in the history of the Roadrunner men’s basketball program.

Despite arriving late in the recruiting season – the regular season kicks off in November – Montgomery has said he and his current players are up for the challenge.

“My expectations will always be the same,” said Montgomery, “and that is to compete at a high level. I can take my bumps and losses, but my main job is to get these guys to be in great shape and ready to play here.

“I still think we can do great things this season. I have met the guys and they seem determined to give the best of themselves.

Montgomery joins former head coach – and current AC athletic director – Guy Davis in a bid to kick off another successful season.

So how much will Davis express himself in Montgomery’s personal coaching style?

“I learned so much from Coach Davis,” Montgomery said. “He was a tough coach, but he was a tough love, and I needed it. My former players (from high school) will say, ‘Hey, that guy is pretty crazy’ with the way I coach. Coach Davis demanded perfection and he wanted us to work hard You will see a bit of Guy Davis in me I’m sure.

“But the officials will like me a lot more,” he said with a laugh. “I won’t suffer as many technical fouls as Coach Davis.”

JJ Montgomery new head coach

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Whitmore seeks the winner’s circle Sat, 28 Aug 2021 02:47:23 +0000 SARATOGA SPRINGS – For the past seven weeks, Whitmore, perhaps the most admired horse on Saratoga grounds, has been tucked in a corner stall at the Stakes Barn.

People find their way to him, take a peek to catch a glimpse of the champion horse, maybe give him a peppermint.

Because he lived less than a century from popular Siro’s, Whitmore had his cotton ears stuffed to numb him from the live music played on the restaurant’s outdoor stage in the backyard.

“He would be there dancing if he could hear all this music,” said coach Ron Moquett, standing outside Whitmore’s booth.

Moquett is hoping he and his team will all dance Saturday afternoon after the $ 600,000 personal sign race at Saratoga Racecourse. Whitmore, who won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last year at the age of 7, is winless in four starts this year. He was second in two of them and third in his last two races, both Class I. The most recent was Grade I Alfred Vanderbilt here on July 27.

In the Vanderbilt, Whitmore’s late kick wasn’t good enough to catch Lexitonian, a 34-1 winner on long shots. Lexitonian is one of six horses Whitmore will attempt to beat in the Seven-Stadium Forego.

“There are a lot of good horses in there,” Moquett said. “I hope we do what we’re supposed to do. He’s good enough to win? Yes.”

Whitmore will be ridden by Joel Rosario, who replaces Ricardo Santana Jr. Santana has ridden Whitmore in his last four starts, but rides Yaupon, the 5-2 morning row favorite in Forego. Whitmore is 4-1 on the morning line.

Kid the one to catch

Six of the Grade I, $ 500,000 Ballerina fillies and mares had better have their running shoes on Saturday. This is because the seventh horse in the race is called Gamine and she is FAST. The 4-year-old filly has won eight of nine career starts, all but one while setting the pace.

In her last start, the Great Lady M Stakes Grade II at Los Alamitos on July 5, Gamine took a 10-length victory. She is the favorite of the morning line 3-5 in the ballerina.

“She does things very easily, she’s very fast,” Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, who rode Gamine in his last seven starts, said Friday morning on the Oklahoma Training Track. “She’s definitely been special so far. I’m not going to take away what she wants to do, that’s for sure.”

Albany issues

Todd Pletcher’s American Revolution went undefeated in 2021 with a five-length victory in the $ 250,000 Albany Stakes presented on New York Showcase Day on Friday.

The 11 race card was devoted to horses bred in New York.

Americanrevolution, a son of Constitution, is owned by WinStar Farm and China Horse Club. Jockey Luis Saez guided him to the easy victory. In his previous start, he was a 7 1/4 length winner of the New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 19. He’s now 3-for-3 this year.

“He’s a beautiful horse, he can run anywhere,” said Saez, who had three wins that day and now leads the jockeys rankings with 56 wins. “When we got to the end of it, we found the part and he just started to run pretty fast.”

Americanrevolution completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1: 49.94. The 3-5 favorite in the field of eight paid $ 3.40, $ 2.70 and $ 2.50.

The Albany Stakes Trophy was presented to the winners by the Mayor of Albany, Kathy Sheehan.

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