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Armijo Leads Dukes Sweep at Chips n Salsa Half Marathon

The old addage, "third time's a charm," rung true for Dukes runner Jesse Armijo, who handily won the Chips n Salsa Half Marathon on his third attempt at the race.  It was also Armijo's personal best on the course, winning in 1:08:20.  Fellow Dukes, Kristopher Houghton and Chris Peverada, finished second and third, respectively, to round out the Dukes' 1-2-3 sweep.  Also running well for the Dukes, was Patrick McClernon and J.D. _____.  J.D. a UC Santa Barbara product, recently joined the Dukes and is steadily rounding back into shape.  McClernon, a recent arrival from Florida, shaved forty seconds from his sea-level half marathon personal best, running 1:21:57.  The Dukes extend their sincere appreciation to Steve and Paulina at Run Fit for their beautiful course and generous prize purse.

Program for the Week of 9/12/2011 - 9/18/2011

Tue -   5:30am at the Dukes House for Easy Run            6pm at the Dukes House for Easy Run
Wed -  5:30am at the Dukes House for an 8 mile Tempo Run (continuous)             6pm at the Dukes House for Easy Run Thur - 5:30am at the Dukes House for Easy Run
            6pm at the Dukes House for Easy Run Fri -    5:30am at the Dukes House for Easy Run             6pm at the Dukes House for Easy Run Sat -   7am at Spain for Easy 12 miles in the foothills             6pm at the Dukes House for Easy Run
Sun -  7am at Alameda for Long Run or Chips and Salsa 1/2 Marathon

Dana Triumphs at Imogene Pass

In a gritty performance, Dana Patton finished the famed Imogene Pass Run despite a nasty fall on the steepest downhill section.  Bloody, but not beaten, Dana hardened his resolve and finished 70th out of 645 finishers in a time of 3:04:35.4. (official results here) Dana humbly acknowledged the blunder, "I took a huge fall coming down the pass, but managed to pull together and finish," and gave credence to the race's motto - "Mountains Don't Care."  Dana will now take a well-earned rest, before setting his sites on a late Fall marathon.

See Dana's full review here.

Dukes Win Lobo Invite in Stunning Display of Pack Running

The Dukes faced tough competition from the UNM Lobos, the NM State Aggies, and the UTEP Miners in the State's largest cross country invitational this morning at UNM's North Campus Golf Course.  Despite having only one runner in the top ten, the Dukes placed all of their top five in the top twenty finishers and won the Men's College Open race outright.  The Dukes' relentless pack-running strategy carried the day, as their top five was separated by a mere 44 seconds (25:20 to 26:04).  Jesse Armijo was again tops for the Dukes and displayed his excellent cross country talent placing 4th overall.  Allen Wagner, Solomon Kandie, and Neal Holtschulte donned the Dukes jersey for the first time and are an impressive addition to the team. The Dukes will now turn their talents to the roads seeking Olympic Trials Qualifiers for the marathon this Fall.

Official results here.

Other outstanding runners competing for the Dukes today included: Chris Peverada, Mark Pepple, JD, Dana Pat…