Words by Maddie Hart
On November 3rd, the Mountain Sports trail runners lined up to race the Moab Marathon and Half Marathon. The race, a challenging 26.2 miles through the desert of Moab, is also the United States Track and Field trail marathon championship race.
All the hard work that was put in during the fall season payed off. Overall, the team had fantastic results. Many raced their longest run to date and others set massive personal records. Members worked together to push each other during the many miles.
In the marathon, five of the men finished in the top ten. Jeshurun Small had another great race, coming in 4th place overall in a stacked field. On his heels, coach Josh Eberly came in 6th place. Coming in seconds apart from each other, Gordon Gianinny came in 8th, Brian Whitfield in 9th, and Christain Kerr in 10th place. It was an awesome weekend for the boys in the Marathon.
On the women’s side, the results were just as impressive. Ellie Walton set a massive personal record by over 90 minutes from her time last year. She finished in 13th place. Walton’s dedication during the season was obvious and her hard work paid off. Kendal Cox also had a great race and set a new personal record as well. Senior Danielle Sweet ran her first marathon before graduating in December.
The half marathon yielded great results from the trail team as well. Jacob Dewey pulled a win in 1:34:26, a very fast time for the technical course. On the women’s side, Megan Bamford raced her first half marathon and had a strong finish. Regyn Hicks and Madison Hart worked together to tackle the course and finished hand in hand with smiles on their faces.
Moab was the second to last race for the team, with Deadhorse following in a few short weeks. The team has put in a ton of work, building mileage, running hard workouts, lifting and doing core. The hard work showed this weekend, and hopefully will show again at Deadhorse.