Words by Maddie Hart
Images by @jjustisphotograhy
The Mountain Sports Trail Team hit the front range to try out a new race for the team, the Indian Creek Fifties in Sedalia, Colorado. This race, hosted by Human Potential Running, was a part of the United States Skyrunning series and the course did not disappoint.
In the 15 miler on the men’s side, Jeshurun Small lead from the get go to finish in a course record time. Not far behind him in 3rd place was Skylar Drakos, for whom this race was a huge milestone after having ankle reconstruction surgery less than five months ago. Bryant Knigge also had a successful race finishing 9th overall.
On the women’s side, Madison Hart lead a strong race, finishing first female in course record time. Just several minutes behind her, Raigan Knigge had a great race, finishing in 3rd. Megan Bamford, a new freshman on the team, crushed her first, and longest, trail race, ending in 7th.
Two athletes from the team participated in the 55k. Freshman Jacob Dewey ran his first 55k at Indian Creek and ended up 4th overall. Riley Moser began having hip issues late in the race but was still able to finish strong with a great attitude.
Two new member on the team participated in the longest distance of the weekend, the 50 miler. Peter Hajdo, a freshman on the team, finished his longest run to date, even though he got lost on course and ran an extra 8 miles! Doug Eby, although having some bad stomach issues, still crushed the race and ended up finishing in 10th place.
Everyone had a great time this weekend running, laughing, and growing closer with others on the team. This race was a great indicator for how the end of the season races will hopefully play out. Everyone is getting excited for the next few weeks of training as buildup continues for the Moab Marathon and Dead Horse Ultras.