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VT’s Kasie Enman Wins World Mtn. Running Championship

USA Wins Double Gold at World Mountain Running Championships

USA Wins Double Gold at World Mountain Running Championships

Max King and Kasie Enman Crowned World Champions in Tirana, Albania

Tirana, Albania ‰ÛÓ September 11 ‰ÛÓ The USA set the bar at the 27th
World Mountain Running Championships held today, September 11, in
Tirana, Albania, showcased by the gold-medal performances of
Huntingdon, Vermont’s Kasie Enman and Bend, Oregon’s Max King.

“In
my nine years as team leader, I’ve never been more proud of our
athletes than I am today,” said Richard Bolt, “Kasie and Max’s
performances blew me away. They made winning a World Championship look
easy.”

“This is the first time I
have represented the U.S. in a World Mountain Running Championship,”
said Enman, “I’m very excited. I did not expect to win.”

With her victory Enman
becomes the first senior woman from the U.S. to earn an individual gold
medal. She led the senior women to a fourth place finish. Her time was
40:39 over the 8.59 kilometer course. She was followed by Megan Lund in
12th place with a time of 43:56, Michele Suszek in 21st place with a time of 44:48, and Brandy Erholtz in 26th place with a time of 45:56.

“It’s an historic day
for our women,” said women’s team manager Ellen Miller, “Kasie’s
victory honors the past 17 years of U.S. women’s mountain running.”

For King, this was his
second consecutive appearance at the World Mountain Running
Championships, and he bettered last year’s 16th place
performance with a decisive victory today. “I’m tired, but I feel very
good,” said King, “This is my first individual medal (last year’s senior
men’s team took the silver), and I’m proud to have it in an up/down
year especially in Albania.”

King’s
gold medal becomes only the second gold for a U.S. male. Jay Johnson,
owner of Fleet Feet Sports in Boulder, Colorado, previously won gold
for Team USA in 1989 and since that time, Johnson has been an ardent
supporter of Team USA.

About his gold medal
performance King said, “It was a good course for me having both the
hard technical uphill and the fast and somewhat technical downhill. I
had no idea I was in the lead until I crossed the finish line. The
Ugandan runner was 30 seconds ahead of me at the top of the third climb
and I passed him with about 800 meters to go. I didn’t think that he
was the one I was trying to catch, I thought it was a lapped runner.”

King led the men’s team
to a fourth place finish with his time of 52:06 over the 12.7 kilometer
course. He was followed by teammates Joseph Gray in eleventh place
with a time of 55:33, Ryan Woods in 49th place in 1:01:51, Matt Byrne in 51st place in 1:01:58, Tommy Manning in 79th place in 1:08:10, and Jared Scott in 96th place in 1:20:21.

“It was strong team finish, but we were obviously disappointed that we didn’t finish in the medals,” said King.

Prior to the senior
races, the junior men and women competed. In the junior men’s 8.59
kilometer race, University of Richmond sophomore Ryan Lee posted an
impressive 11th place finish. He was followed by fellow Spyder Billy Fayette in 28th place and Oliver Bear Don’t Walk IV in 54th place. The junior men finished tenth.

The junior women raced
4.49 kilometers. Krisztina Dearborn, a sophomore at Central Connecticut
State University, finished in 24th place followed by Johns Hopkins sophomore Lara Shegoski in 29th place, and University of Richmond freshman Clare Moretz in 30th place.

“I’m tremendously proud
of the efforts of our junior athletes today,” said Paul Kirsch, manager
of the junior team, “They raced against the best in the world and held
their own. I’m grateful to their college coaches who realize the
tremendous opportunity this gives a collegiate athlete to race on a
world stage.”

To learn more about the U.S. Mountain Running Team, visit us at www.usmrt.com or www.usatf.org. Follow the team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usatfmut, or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmrt. The official race website for the 2011 WMRC is /www.wmrc2011.al.

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