Former University of New Mexico Lobo Nick Kipruto placed 11th in the highly competitive EQT Pittsburgh Ten Miler with a time of 49:39. Kipruto beat former 10,000m American Record Holder Chris Solinsky!
The Dukes had a great showing at the Duke City Marathon this year! The team was represented in the 5k, half marathon, marathon, and marathon relay (Thanks to Heart and Sole Sports, Matt Glasier, and Jon Hockerson for partnering with the Dukes and coordinating the teams!!). We had several wins across the board, while proudly sporting our new Adidas jerseys!
Heart and Sole Breakers - (Lauren Thompson, Ashlee Smalley, Kate Hockerson, Arlene Espinoza, Chloe Anderson) - 2:56:39 (WIN)
Heart and Sole Crushers - (David Bishop, Tony Clement, Lee Emanuel, Tim Gill, Sal Perdomo) - 2:20:39 (WIN)
Heart and Sole ConSHOEmers - (Dustin Hicks, Todd Hierlmaier, Brantley Lutz, Myles Kloer, Tim Butler)- 2:45:25 (2nd)
A few of the Dukes competed in the Chicago Marathon this weekend, one of the biggest marathons in the world! Masters runner Jesse Espinoza ran a huge PR to finish the race in 2:47:39 with a negative split! Ben Willis, repping our new Adidas jersey, finished in 3:03:34. Natty Plunkett and Sarah Willis finished in 3:05:19 and 3:29:08, respectively! Great job to all of our racers!
Andrew Rhodes competed in the West Virginia Trilogy this weekend! A three day, 94 mile race which covers a 50k, 50 miler, and half marathon on separate days. Andrew finished 2nd place overall, finishing the 50k in 4:55, 50 miler in 9:03, and half marathon in 1:35. Andrew deserves a running break after completing that monster!
Christine ran and WON the Canyon De Chelly 55k this weekend, the only Navajo owned and operated ultra-marathon in the Navajo Nation! The pictures from the race are spectacular! Results are not available yet, but you can find them (and pictures) soon at: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=31364.
Great job to Myles Kloer for winning the McLean 5k Race for the Warriors! Myles ran a time of 16:54 to take the title. The race did not have a prize purse, but instead gave an all expenses paid vacation to the winner! If you would like to join, he will be taking the highest bidder!
Will Marquardt and Tim Gill made the 12 hour drive to Fayetteville, Arkansas (Razorback Territory) to compete in the Chile Pepper Festival! The Chile Pepper Cross Country Race is a very famous race that features many of the top collegiate athletes in the country. Will and Tim represented the Dukes well, finishing 25th and 50th. Will ran a time of 24:27 on the 8k course, while Tim reached his goal of sub-25 with a 24:54!
Congrats to Justin Weins, who finished 2nd at the Portland Marathon with a PR of 2:31:10. Justin was the lone Duke representative in Portland, but didn't let this stop him from a podium finish at a major marathon!
Justin racing against a member of the Jacuzzi Boys Athletic Club
Shihlin Lu competed in the Cross Country Courage Classic at Albuquerque Academy last weekend! In her first race back after a 2 year racing hiatus, Shihlin ran 4-5 minutes faster than she previously ran on that tough course and finished 57th overall. Adjusting to altitude can be tough, but Shihlin is getting used to it after moving from San Antonio, Texas!
Results can be found here: http://kellydunbar.wix.com/crosscountry
The boys pre-race
The Dukes competed at the Lobo Invite in early September. The Collegiate race was unfortunately cancelled, thus forcing all non-high school runners into the Community Race. The race was held at the hilly UNM North Golf Course and was about 20-30 seconds longer than a 5k. Both the men's and women's race was won by a UNM runner, but the Dukes took many of the remaining top spots! We want to thank East Mountain High School for sharing their tent with us!
The results below do not include the unattached college runners who competed:
Stephanie Ward competed in the Uber Rock 50k in Auburn, California last week! She finished 9th overall, and 2nd female finisher. Stephanie completed the race in 5:03, and although she would have liked to be under 5 hours, it was her best 50k yet! The heat really took a toll on the runners, reaching a high of 92 degrees! Congrats to Stephanie for a job well done!