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August 20, 2021
Kerry Farrell wins national masters title at Mountain Running Championships in Oregon
Williams and Keyser-Gibson top association finishers
2021 USATF Mountain Running Championships
were held on Sunday (15-Aug) in Mt. Hood, Oregon. The race started at 3,600 feet above sea level at the Mt Hood Ski Bowl Resort and then climbed to 5000 feet, the high point, and then descended back to the start area. The overall distance was 6 miles.
Twelve (12) members of USATF Pacific Northwest were among the 102 competitors in the USATF championships.
The race served as the qualifying event for the 2022 World Mountain and Running Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand February 10-13, 2022. The top three finishers earned automatic Team USA spots for the world championships.
In the men's race
, 60, of Auburn finished 54th overall and won the masters 60-64 national title. His time was 55:04. The first Pacific Northwest athlete across the line was
, 35. of Seattle. Williams placed 27th in the highly competative field in a time of 44:44.
, 34, of Seattle finished just 3 seconds and one place behind Williams. Other locals placing in the top 50 were
(31st, 46:00) of Seattle;
(32nd, 46:08) of Seattle;
(33rd, 46:36) of Battle Ground;
(34th; 47:02) of Bellingham;
(39th; 49:13) of Poulsbo; and
(42nd, 5th masters 40-44, 49:32) of Portland. The race was won by former Pacific Northwest member
of Colorado. Gray's time was 39:36.
In the women's race
Amelia Keyser- Gibson
, 25, of Seattle finished 18th, the highest finish of all the Pacific Northwest athletes, running 50:35.
, 28, of Seattle also earned a top 25 finish as she placed 23rd running 53:14. The race was won by Grayson Murphy of Montana in a time of 43:22
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