Sunday, September 5, 2010

2010 World Mountain Running Championships in Slovenia-Results

Richmond's York Finishes 37th at the World Junior Mountain Running Championships...
Spider sophomore Chris York shown here 1000m from the finish of the
2010 IAAF World Mountain Running Championships in Slovenia.
He competed against the best junior (under 20 years of age) mountain runners
in the World yesterday and finished 37th...

Chris York QUOTE: "Wow....what an experience. 37th place overall. Chase Caulkins was 27th, Cody Wells was 32nd, then me, then Paul Peterson was 40th. We were all pretty much within 150 meters of each other the entire race...oftentimes side-by-side. Solid run -- wish I could have another go at it now that I know how it is run. Got behind so many people that it was like running through an obstacle course of people half the time. Gained a lot of respect for mountain runners -- these guys are tough and mean.

Senior men ran great. Joe Grey was 10th overall and the rest of them pulled their weight as well. They earned the silver medal -- it was close.

Alright, see you back in Richmond. Below is a photo with my Richmond shirt and the Aussies."

Chris York in one of his Richmond Spiders Track & Field shirts
posing with the Australian junior men's team following the race...

The USA Senior Men claimed the silver medal...
Here they are shown on the medal stand
with their 2nd place silver medals...

The USA Men with their silver (2nd place) medals.


U.S. Junior Mountain Running Team builds character at the World Mountain Running Championships

by Nancy Hobbs-Trail Running Examiner


After falling at the start of the junior women’s 4.5 kilometer race course at the World Mountain Running Championships in Kamnik, Slovenia, junior U.S. team member Hannah Jumper got up and continued on the race course already several minutes back from the leaders.

Finishing the race was a testament to Jumper’s strength and determination, both mental and physical.

Her team members Hannah Valenzuela and Laura Beresford finished in 18th and 41st positions respectively which gave the U.S. junior women a 13th place finish among the 17 teams. Valenzuela was timed in 27:31, Beresford in 30:06, and Jumper in 36:27.
Yasmine Can,Turkey, won the junior women’s race with a time of 24:04. The team competition was won by Turkey who finished one-two in the competition.

The U.S. Junior men all finished within one and a half minutes of one another led by Chase Caulkins who finished in 27th place with a time of 51:09 over the 8.5k course that boasted 1035 meters (3,100 feet) of vertical gain and inclines in excess of 25% gradient. Cody Wells finished in 32nd position with a time of 51:37, Chris York was timed in 51:57 for 37th position while Paul Petersen finished in 52:40 for 41st position.

The junior men were 9th out of 19 teams.

“I went out a bit fast,” said Caulkins, “I was in the top five until the cathedral (at about 2k). I had a good race overall and really liked the second half of the course.”

Petersen commented on the course saying, “The first four k was my favorite, anything going up was great for me.”

York said, “Solid run -- wish I could have another go at it now that I know how it is run. Got behind so many people that it was like running through an obstacle course of people half the time."

Wells said, “I pretty much held my place the whole time, right around 30th. I wish I could have gone a little faster up higher. Having not seen the course, I couldn’t tell where the top was, and with the fog, it was impossible to see.”

The junior men’s race was won by Yossief T. Andemichael, Eritrea, with a time of 42:30, more than three minutes ahead of the second place finisher Ridvan Bozkurt of Turkey who led the Turkish team to a gold-medal finish.

(L-R) Kristen Price, former assistant coach for the Richmond Spider's
Track & Field Team, former NCAA 10K Champion and
multiple time USA Olympic Trials qualifier
led the USA women to a 4th place team finish
with her 12th place overall finish.

Chris York with top USA Sr Women's finisher, Kristen Price.
Price was an assistant coach for the Spiders in 2006...

(L-R) Men's Jr Team Leader-Paul Kirsch,
Chris York and Women's Team Leader, Nancy Hobbs.

The USA Jr Men's and Women's Teams...
Chris York is 3rd from right...

The 2010 USA Mountain Running Team...

The USA Senior Men and Women.

The USA Senior Men earned the Silver Medal (2nd) as a team
at the 2010 World Mountain Running Championships in Slovenia.

Video of the Senior Men Finishing to earn the
World Championship Silver Medal

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