|Billy Fayette, Clare Moretz and Jordan Chavez |
competed for the U.S. at the
2012 World Jr Mountain Running Championships
in Ponte di Legno, Italy
|Jordan Chavez (right) placed 17th to lead |
the U.S. Jr Men's team to a 6th place team finish
and Spider teammate Billy Fayette placed 39th
to roundout the U.S. team scoring.
Courtesy:Richmond Athletics Release:09/02/2012
PONTE DI LEGNO, Italy - For the second-straight year, a Spider harrier led the United States at the 28th annual Junior World Mountain Running Championships, as freshman Jordan Chavez turned in a 17th-place finish at Sunday's event held in Ponte di Legno, Italy. Sophomore Billy Fayettefinished 39th, while classmate Clare Moretz crossed the line in 23rd in the women's race.
"To represent the U.S. as a National Team member is the ultimate for our sport," said head men's coach Steve Taylor. "For Billy, Clare and Jordan to be teammates here at Richmond and also on the USA Mountain Running Team is tremendous and an experience they will never forget. I think it's important to keep some perspective on what they've accomplished here, as being selected to the U.S. team is a remarkable achievement."
"To prepare and execute a race plan as Jordan did to be 17th, Clare 23rd and Billy 39th in the entire world is tremendous," added Taylor. "Our world is a pretty big place, and in our sports-overloaded society it's easy to overlook just how impressive their success is. Lori and I could not be happier for each of them."
The American men finished sixth in Sunday's 16-team field, while the women took ninth among the 15 teams competing in the event. Uganda won on the men's side, with Turkey claiming the women's title.
|Spider Sophomore |
Clare Moretz placed 23rd
at the 2012 World Jr Mtn
Chavez (Southlake, Texas/Carroll) finished Sunday's race in a time of 46:46 to lead the American men. Fayette (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale) finished two minutes behind in 48:52. Uganda's Michael Cherop won the men's race with a time of 42:33.
Moretz (Madison, Va./Madison) clocked a time of 24:01 to take 23rd, marking a seven-spot improvement from her finish a year ago. Turkey's Sevilay Eytemis captured the women's title in 20:14.
The trio is the latest in a long line of Spider distance runners to represent the U.S. at the World Championships, with Moretz qualifying as the first women's runner in program history to be selected to the team last year. The race was comprised of athletes from more than 30 nations and was held in the mountains outside of Ponte di Legno, Italy.
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|Team USA Hotel at the base of Tonale Pass|
|Waiting for the 2012 World Mountain Running Champion|