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Local women place in national mountain running championship race

On a humid day that forced many runners to a slower pace compared with last year, Matt Lipsey, of Kersey, took more than a minute off of his 2015 second-place time to win the Rothrock Trail Challenge on June 4 in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 21 seconds. State College’s Meira Minard was eleventh overall and repeated as women’s champion in 2:58:28.

The race started and finished at the Tussey Mountain Ski Area pavilion and took competitors through more than 17 miles of mostly single track trails with significant elevation gain.

About a month later, Minard and Lipsey got to show off their mountain running skills on a national stage at the USA Track & Field Mountain Running Championships July 3 at Loon Mountain, New Hampshire. Minard finished 17th in the women’s race and took second in the women’s 40-45 division, completing the 10.6-kilometer course with more than 3,000 feet of elevation gain in 1:08:35.

Carole Dudukovich, of Port Matilda, who was second to Minard at Rothrock, finished in 1:10:02, taking first place in the women’s 45-49 division. Minard and Dudukovich led their team, the Rosemont Running Club, to a second-place team finish and first in the masters team competition.

Lipsey finished 28th in the men’s race in 57:46. He led the Rosemont Running Club’s men’s team to a third-place finish.

Local race results

Alex Freeman won the Black Moshannon 10K on May 28 in 37:37. Kateryna Yakushina took the women’s race in 46:56. Patrick Singletary won the Harry Lyons Memorial Award for the first over-50 runner in 38:10. In the 5K, Zachary Moody was first in 17:29 and Erin Loy won the women’s race in 21:56.

At the Boalsburg Memorial Day Run on May 30, Daniel Craighead was the first through the 3.8-mile course in 20:30 and Mary Higgins led the women in 24:59.

Loc O, of Williamsburg, won the Treaster Kettle Test Your Mettle 10.6 Miler on June 5 in 1:06:55. Erin Reese, of Lock Haven, was the first woman in 1:19:16. The race, which took runners up and back down Treaster Kettle Road in Rothrock State Forest, was the fourth in the Tussey Mountainback’s Tussey Teaser race series.

O led the way again at the fifth Tussey Teaser, winning the Eager Seeger Half Marathon in 1:24:00. Heather Hoechst, of Philadelphia, who won the Tussey Mountainback 50-miler in 2015, was the first woman in 1:35:00.

Singletary won the Crack O’Dawn 5K in Boalsburg on June 25 in 17:54. Higgins was the first woman in 20:01.

Husband and wife duo Eric and Megan Marshall swept the Firecracker 4K race at the Central Pennsylvania 4th Fest. Eric was first overall in 13:01 and Megan led the women in 14:40. In the event’s new 4-miler, James Kinney bested Craighead to win in 20:41. Higgins was the first woman in 25:56.

Race calendar

Hartman Group Happy Valley Sprint Triathlon (750-meter pool swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5K run), July 10, 7 a.m., Penn State outdoor pool. Produced by Centre County Family YMCA. For more information contact Josh Cone at jcone@ymcaocc.org, call 814-237-7717, or visit www.ymcaofcentrecounty. org/races/happy-valley- sprint-triathlon/.

Sue Crowe Memorial 41st Annual Arts Festival 5K, 10K, and 10 Mile Races and Kids Races presented by Penn State Health, July 17, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. 10-miler starts at 8:15 a.m., 10K at 8:30 and 5K at 8:45. Online registration and more information at http://nvrun.com/index. php/racing/club-sponsored /arts-festival-races.

Allegheny Front Trail Runs, July 30, Mid-State Regional Airport, 451 Airport Rd., Philipsburg. Events include a 50K Seneca Run, Half-Marathon Hemlock Run, and shorter hikes. Register online at http://bit.ly/goAFTRit2016 or on race day, beginning at 6 a.m., at the Mid-State Regional Airport terminal building.

Flutopia 5K, July 30, 8:30 a.m., Tudek Park. For more information, see www.facebook.com/ TheFlutopiaInitiative.

Rothrock Trail 10K, Aug. 7, 8:30 a.m., Tussey Mountain Ski Area pavilion. Benefits Centre HomeCare’s Charity Care Program. Online registration: https://ultrasignup.com/ register.aspx?did=39301.

Hyner Half Trail Race (14-miler), Aug. 27, 8 a.m., Hyner Run State Park. Website: www.rothrock challenge.com.

Tara Murray writes a monthly running column for the Centre Daily Times. She can be reached via email at taraemily@gmail.com.

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