Ragoonanan, Ives win XTERRA ATX 21K
Mitra Ragoonanan and Jennifer Ives took the wins at the XTERRA ATX 21K on a cold and drizzly day in Pace Bend Park, Texas. Running at a steady pace over the two-lap race, Ragoonanan finished the challenging course in 1:50:49. To cross that line first, he had to hold off XTERRA Bluebonnet 21K champ, Robert Lopez, who finished close behind in 1:50:58. Joshua Walker ran 1:53:45, which was good enough for third place, which he earned after just edging out Adam Krueger, who finished in 1:53:55.
On the women’s side, Ives breezed over the line in 1:51:09, beating all but two of the men. Joanna Millstein was second in 1:56:43, while Melissa McKinney was third in 2:02:42.
In the XTERRA ATX 10K, Chris Miller crushed it, averaging 7:35 pace over the rugged course. He finished in 47:08:89, just about a minute ahead of runner up Jesus Alberto Roa Ramirez, who crossed the line in 48:20:31. Brandon Smith was third in 50:43:17.
Ashley Forshey won the women’s 10K in 55:10:15. Teresa Bilinski was second in 1:01:12 while Olga Droppa was third in 1:01:46.
XTERRA Ambassador Stephayne Gibson finished third in her 45-59 age group in the 21K, climbing the podium steps for the third time in as many races.
“The race weekend was awesome as usual with Race Revolutions,” said Gibson. “The weather was predicted to be wet and stormy but we caught a break and had nice 50 degree weather all weekend, and in late April in Central Texas that is a gift. There were lots of new runners on the course as well as old friends, who gathered and hung out after the race. XTERRA ATX is always a rugged, rocky, and gnarly course full of twists and turns along with amazing views of the hill country. That’s why it’s one of my favorites!”
View complete race results at http://www.redbarnsystems.
Barton, Peoples Win XTERRA Lums Pond 12K
Last year’s XTERRA Trail Run Regional Champ Eric Barton ran away with another victory at the XTERRA Lums Pond 12K. He finished in 41:55, about a minute in front of runner up and XTERRA Brandywine champ, Jacob Capin who crossed the line in 43:00:94. Vladislav Los was third in 48:35:99.
“Eric and I ran together for most of the first 3.5 miles or so before he started gradually pulling away,” said Capin. “I was glad he stayed on course this race and got the overall win he deserved.”
Capin - a triathlete who followed up the race with both a mountain bike ride and a swim – said the trails were in great shape.
“The course was amazing! There were just a couple muddy spots; otherwise, the trails were in perfect condition and well marked. It's a beautiful state park and an awesome place to race! The weather was ideal and the sun felt wonderful, especially hanging out during the post-race awards.”
In the women’s race, Emily Peoples was the champ, finishing in 51:04:56, which is a speedy 6:51 per mile. Celsy Foster was the runner up in 53:36:10 while Lyndsey Fraser was third in 57:28:43.
Fraser was the runner up at XTERRA Brandywine and is looking to win her 20-24 age group for the XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series.
Race director Kristen Nicholson has a loyal following at the races she and her husband Jefferson put on.
“We have a lot of repeat runners who like to race within their respective age brackets,” said Nicholson. “Even if they aren't in the top three it's really great to see the competitiveness and camaraderie extend down into every race category.”
In particular, Nicholson pointed to Paige Pfeiffer and Heather Ranalli who are duking it out for the 25-29 top honors while Diane Magill and Christine Reiner are at the top of their 40-44 and 35-39 age groups, respectively.
In the 5K race, DeAndre Pierce was the men’s champ in 19:16:63. He was followed by Deandre Dawkins in 19:20:36 and B. Williams in 21:55:60. Aroline Hanson was first for the women in 22:14:91 while Madison Alvarez was second in 24:59:84. Emily Duhaime was just behind her in 25:02:59.
View complete results at https://runsignup.com.