WMDP & GCS Take Open Team Titles at USA Mountain Running Championships
This past Sunday, July 21, marked the USA Mountain Running National Championships. With athletes hailing from Canada, Mexico and all across the U.S., New England runners made themselves known as they ascended Mount Cranmore in North Conway, NH.
Taking the women’s 8km open race was Morgan Arritola of Ketchum, ID in a time of 42:31. Joseph Gray of Renton, WA was the men’s open winner, breaking the tape in 56:23 for the 12km course. Among the age group categories, we saw several winners representing USATF-NE teams.
The association also dominated when it came to USATF team results. Western Mass Distance Project (WMDP) took the women’s open team title, with teammates Abby Mahoney, Dawn Roberts and Ashley Krause all completing the course under 53 minutes and all within 34 seconds of each other. In men’s results, Gate City Striders (GCS) athletes Todd Gallaghan, Brian Ruhm, Humza Jafferji, Moiz Jafferji and Len Hall came together to claim the open title. There were several USATF-NE teams that took top honors in the age-group team results as well.
Also representing the association in the race was USATF-NE President Tom Derderian. Sharing his experience, Derderian noted, “The lovely
ride on the chairlift to the top of the mountain forced you to think about what you were going to do on foot. The descent took the courage of a downhill ski racer because as someone said before the race, ‘control is an illusion’ and the return to the top made you yearn for bottled oxygen.”
Additionally, USATF-NE Managing Director Steve Vaitones was seen holding the finish line tape for winners to break through. If you missed him at the finish line, we’ve spotted him on the IAAF website here.