Hats off to the unattached runners who broke up the 'peaks' pre-race predictions, train without a team, and go unrecognized on this site. Peyton Dailey - Alayna Szuch (9 years old, who ran 13:50 in the open race, and would have cleanly placed 5th or 6th in the Championship race if she were in 6th grade) - Brooke Calvo - Lynzi Doke - Emily Lucero ... nice job ladies. Many more to boot beyond the top 20. As for the time comparisons, they are moot as I have yet to attend a MS race that is accurate in distance. The race today was originally planned at 3600m, but it is anybody's guess as to the real distance. I'd say 3500-3600m is fair, but with the soft twisty course, and the hill at the end, it was clearly more difficult than the hard and fast d'Evelyn course from last year. BTW, Chipman and McConnell are every bit as good at Gregory, and Szuch is better. As for the boys, great to see Tyler Scholl continue to progress, and avenge his loss from last year.
Midway through the race, Allie Chipman and Quinn McConnell battle for the lead. Photo by Alan Versaw.