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Amateur Winners and Maui Qualifiers at West Cup
While Conrad Stoltz and Melanie McQuaid were duking it out with Josiah Middaugh and Shonny Vanlandingham in the pro races last Saturday, there were also some heated battles in the amateur ranks at the Loews XTERRA West Cup as 34 age group athletes earned their spot into the XTERRA World Championship in Maui.
“Coach Cal” Zaryski (pictured here in Maui, courtesy Nils Nilsen) from Canada edged Adam Wirth of Boise, Idaho by just 32 seconds to win the men’s amateur race. Zaryski finished 14th overall, ahead of several pros. In the women’s race Cary Kinross-Wright, who is no stranger to the top step on the podium at XTERRA races, crossed the line more than five minutes ahead of runner-up Erin Collins, third-place finisher Brandyn Roark-Gray and the reigning amateur XTERRA World Champ Keri Grosse.
Here’s a look at all the age group winners, along with the other top finishers who picked up their Maui qualifying spot:
XTERRA WEST CUP CHAMPIONS (FEMALE AGE GROUP)
XTERRA SOUTHEAST CUP PRE-RIDE
Former XTERRA Age Group World Champion and Birmingham, Alabama native Casey Fannin is hosting some pre-rides and runs of the XTERRA Southeast Cup course at Oak Mountain State Park this weekend. Anyone interested in joining Casey or learning more information about the course can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUDDY FIRST RUN FOR PHILLY SERIES
Seven straight days of rain in Philadelphia made for some muddy conditions at the XTERRA Warwick Park Revenge 5k on Wednesday night. The first race of the XTERRA Philly Trail Run Series was won by 2008 regional champs Dan Dix, 30, from Coatesville and Jerilyn Kucharski, 27, from Quakertown, PA.
Complete race results and more information can be found online at www.xterratrailrun.com.
XTERRA WEST CUP HIGHLIGHTS
Check out the video highlights from the Loews XTERRA West Cup at www.XTERRA.TV right now.
EPC SQUAD WINS FIRST TEAM COMP
Cody Waite’s EPC (Endurance Performance Coaching) squad won the first-ever team competition at the Loews XTERRA West Cup on Saturday. The competition is scored by counting a team’s top four finishers with age group points, 1st=100, 2nd=92 and on down to 15th place, plus bonus points based on how many finishers there were in that competitors age group. The EPC squad was led by 25-29 winner Luke Jay (120), third-place 30-34 finisher Jason Michalak (113), fourth-place 40-44 finisher Ed Oliver (111), and 35-39 winner Cary Kinross-Wright (108). Their combined score was 452, 26 points better than the XTERRA Ambassadors team who had four age group champs - Tom Lyons (45-49/116), Brandyn Roark-Gray (30-34/108), Barbara Peterson (50-54/101) and Cindi Toepel (55-59/101).
XTERRA MEXICO DATE CHANGE
The XTERRA Mexico Championship date has been moved from September 6 to August 1-2 due to government support and election considerations. For those who have already signed up, the race will still feature the regular race distances, daily schedules, course routes and all the fantastic hospitality you'd expect.
In other scheduling news, the XTERRA First Coast off-road triathlon in Jacksonville, Florida has been added to the XTERRA America Tour schedule on July 26, and XTERRA Snow Valley (June 14) has been cancelled.
XTERRA GATOR TERRA, UWHARRIE WINNERS
Jamie Cleveland and Kim Jennings won the 13th running of the XTERRA Gator Terra off-road tri. This race was the first-ever XTERRA branded event, held on the same course in Ruston, Louisiana back on June 1, 1997.
Out at the XTERRA Uwharrie off-road tri in North Carolina David Smith and Emily Bashton won the men's and women's overall titles.
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