Words– Maddie Hart
Pictures– Jeshurun Small
On September 8, members of the Mountain Sports Trail Running team lined up to toe the line at the second race of the fall season, Park to Peak to Pint, a local race located in Crested Butte. Members of the team either raced 16 miles to the top of Mount Crested Butte and down to the base area or a 10 mile course which excluded the summit. Both courses tested the team’s strength, starting at 8,800ft above sea level and included over 2,000ft of climbing for the 10 mile course and nearly 3,500ft for the 16 mile course.
Western Colorado University showed their true, tough colors, dominating the race and showing some very impressive early season results. In the 10 mile Park to Pint course, Alison Howlett came in 1st with Lindsey Herman right behind her for a strong Western dominated podium finish. Ben Kusnetzky was first male for the 10 mile in his first race on the trail team.
Western also had a strong race in the 16 mile Park to Peak to Pint, taking the podium in both the Men and Women’s field. Freshman Jacob Dewey came in first overall during his first race of the fall season, winning by almost 14 minutes. Freshman Naiya Budler won the women’s race, with Ella Chavez finishing right after her for a 2nd place finish. Senior Kelsey Swanson also had a strong race, finishing 6th as she gears up for a big upcoming race in October.
Western Colorado University Trail Running team is off to a great fall season. The day was filled with smiles, laughs, and good cheering from the members of the team who came to spectate. The athletes are ready for more in the upcoming weeks! Western Up!