Shokey caps undefeated season in Pocono Series
Jaclyn Shokey capped a remarkable season in the XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series by winning the women's division of the XTERRA Gouldsboro Trail Run last weekend at Gouldsboro State Park, Pennsylvania.
Shokey went 5-for-5, winning the women's division at all five races in the series for 2013. "I think I may be in slightly better shape since three out of the five races this year I did improve my times," said Shokey, who resides in Jim Thorpe, Pa. "I've been doing some speed work and have done a lot of racing so far this year, so I think that was definitely a factor."
Grant Farrell from Lancaster, Pa., also capped an impressive season by taking top overall honors at the XTERRA Gouldsboro Trail Run. He completed the 8-kilometer course in 37 minutes, 11 seconds. It was his second overall victory in the series.
"I've been more aware of the points standing this year and have been developing more as a competitor," said Farrell, 32. "I really try to leave it all out there and not hold back at all no matter the type of race or distance."
Tony Korch from Nanticoke, Pa., was second overall with a time of 37:30. Korch, 53, won the race last year.
"There were four of us for the first mile or two, then Tony and I started to pull away a little," Farrell said. "I was in the lead when we pulled away and was able to stay ahead the remainder of the race. The clincher was probably my 32 year old ankles against Tony's ... more seasoned ankles."
Shokey, 35, placed 14th overall with a time of 43:42. Carolyn Popovic from Philadelphia was second among the females with a time of 45:12.
"I led the race from the beginning, but Carolyn was on my tail," Shokey said. "There was a moment during the swampy section when she had passed me, but I stayed close by. I knew the trail would be ending shortly, and I could pull away during the final 2 miles on the road since I'm a more experienced road runner than trail runner."
The course at Gouldsboro offered numerous challenges for the runners, including muddy single track, stream crossings, and a section through soft sand.
"There were a number of trees down on the course, moss covered rocks, lots of mud, and deep stream crossings which made it more of a challenge," Shokey said. "I actually heard some runners lost their shoes."
The Gouldsboro Trail Run was the fifth, and final, race of the 2013 XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series. The series drew more than 300 entries from seven different states.
The Pocono Series will return in 2014 with the races tentatively scheduled to take place in the months of May, June and July. To learn more about the series, please visitwww.wilkesbarreracing.com.