One former Lathrop cross country standout, and one current Lathrop standout were the winners Saturday, August 24, in the penultimate event in the RCN/Flint Hills Cup race series, the Seekins Ford Golden Heart Trail Run at Birch Hill Recreation Area. The event was organized by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, with net proceeds going to benefit NSCF youth ski programs.
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McDowell and Lizotte On Top at Golden Heart Trail Run
Schmitz, McDowell Outrun Santa
Christi Schmitz of North Pole and Devin McDowell of Fairbanks cruised to comfortable victories Saturday morning in the 20th Annual Santa Claus Half-Marathon in North Pole. Schmitz won by just less than five minutes over Barbara Leonard of Wheat Ridge, CO. McDowell was a little less than a minute clear of 55-59 winner Roger Sayre.
Lewis, Eversman Fill Their Pokes At Gold Discovery Run
Melissa Lewis was the women's winner, while Chris Eversman topped the men's field in the 48th Annual Gold Discovery Run, Sunday in Fox. Lewis covered the wet and muddy course in 1:55:10, a scant 46 seconds ahead of North Pole's Christi Schmitz, who now runs for UAA. Devin McDowell was the closest to Eversman, just short of four minutes back.
Bray, Eversman Run Best With Valkyries
Maria Bray won the women's class and extended her Flint Hills Cup lead, and Chris Eversman won the men's 8Km, drawing closer to Flint Hills Cup leader Devin McDowell (third in the race), in the annual Run of the Valkyries at Pioneer Park, organized and sponsored by Opera Fairbanks.
McWayne and McDowell Win Run of the Mine
Devin McDowell and Dorli McWayne were repeat winners in the third annual 10Km Run of the Mine at the Usibelli Coal Mine in Healy. Temperatures were comfortable, but gusting winds buffeted the runners from time to time -- although the steep hills in the outermost 3/4-mile of the scenic out-and-back course did more than anything else to keep the runners from PR pace.
Women Dominate Jingle In July
The majority of the first five runners to cross the finish line in North Pole in Saturday's Arthritis Foundation Jingle in July 5Km were women - the first time that has happened in a 5K race in the Interior in recent memory. Christi Schmitz was the first woman and second overall in 18:32, Monroe grad Macala Fifield was fourth overall (2nd woman) in 19:42 and was followed across the line by Hayley Perkins in 20:16.
Bray, McDowell Lead RCN/Flint Hills Cup
Maria Bray and Devin McDowell are the leaders in the RCN/Flint Hills Cup rankings after the first three of eight races in the series. McDowell leads Ted Alder, Roger Sayre, Chris Eversman and Joe Bue. Dorli McWayne, Anna Merrill, Melanie Nussbaumer and Annie Worden round out the top five on the women's side.
The next race in the series is the 8Km Run of the Valkyries on July 13 at Pioneer Park.
You can view the rankings in PDF format by clicking on the "RCN Cup Rankings" link on the top or left-side menus on this page.
Sluicebox 100 Results
Kevin Breitenbach topped Tyson Flaharty for overall honors in the 2nd Annual Sluicebox 100 ultra endurance race. Both Breitenbach and Flaharty, the defending champion, were in the mountain bike division. Andrea Dubenezic was the women's bike division winner. Eric Schmidgall beat Drew Harrington for the men's title in the running division, and Equinox Marathon and Ultramarathon champion Laura McDonough of Anchorage won the women's race.
Fournier, McDowell Rule Flint Hills Mile
Autumn Fournier and Devin McDowell were the winners in the annual Flint Hills Mile, the 3rd event in the eight-race RCN/Flint Hills Cup series. Fournier defeated Maria Bray by six seconds, 5:52 to 5:58. They were well ahead of third-place Dorli McWayne who was just ahead of Anna Merrill and Jane Lanford who tied for fourth. McDowell's margin was also six seconds, over Ted Alder, with Joe Bue third, Roger Sayre fourth and Nicholas Bastiani fifth.
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