Pac-12 conference championships. Quad Rock 50 Mile. Don’t Fence Me In 30k. The North Face Endurance Challenge. Mother’s Day 5k.
At the Fort Collins Quad Rock 50 Mile, Marianne Hogan (Boulder) scored an upset win over 2016 Ultrarunner of the Year Kaci Lickteig (Nebraska). The two finished in 8:29 and 8:37. Anna Mae Flynn (Durango) was third in 8:40, and Clare Gallagher (Boulder) was fifth in 9:45. Men’s winner Jim Rebenack weathered the hot conditions for an impressive 7:41 winning time. Dan Metzger and Gabe Joyes were second and third in 8:04 and 8:16. In the accompanying 25-mile race, Brent Kocis (Denver) edged out Ryan Smith (Boulder), 3:28 to 3:34, and Taylor Nowlin (Westminster) did the same to Abby Mitchell (Boulder), 4:10 to 4:16.
In Big Sky country, Jordan Jones (Golden) won the Don’t Fence Me In 30k. Jones won by just under a minute at 2:25.
Timothy Olson (Boulder) eased through The North Face Endurance Challenge Series 50k event in New York, finishing fifth in 4:29.
Denver’s City Park hosts a big Mother’s Day 5k. Ryan Guldan and Nicole Aish were race winners in 17:08 and 17:58.
And then there’s the Highlands Ranch Mother’s Day 5k. This one had Brandon Gittelman and Holly Kelleher out front in 18:44 and 21:22.
Littleton’s AirLife Memorial 10k crowned Marty Billings (Lakewood) and 13-year-old Alayna Szuch (Evergreen) as its 2017 winners with 39:47 and 41:48 clockings. Ryan Guldan – yes, the same one that won the Mother’s Day 5k, won the 5k here in 17:37. Kim Riemer (Louisville) was women’s 5k best in 24:10.
At Barr Lake State Park, Jim Hallberg (Longmont) and Veronique Vangheem (Denver) won the 9-mile Sean May Memorial Run. Alex Baker (Denver) and Gilian Blaha (Brighton) won the accompanying 5k.
Six years in a row the CU Buffs have won the Pac-12 conference women’s steeplechase crown. This year was no different with freshman Madison Boreman winning in 10:06.
Erin Clark won the 10000m in 33:23, and teammates Makena Morley (33:29), Annie Kelly (33:39), Melanie Nun (33:46), and Carrie Verdon (33:46) were second, fifth, sixth, and ninth. For the men, Ryan Forsyth was seventh in the 10000m in 29:32, and Ethan Gonzales was eighth in 29:33.
Over 5000m, CU went 1-2-3-5 with Zach Perrin, Joe Klecker, John Dressel, and Ben Saarel running 13:58, 14:01, 14:01, and 14:04.
Klecker and Saarel also raced the 1500m, finishing eighth and 11th, both in 3:56. Dani Jones won the women’s 1500m in 4:22, outkicking Katie Rainsberger (Oregon).
Jones doubled back to also win the 5000m in a dead heat, officially in at 16:12. Clark was eighth here in 16:16.
In the team race, the CU men were fourth and the women third.