2009 Massanutten 100 – Women's Race Preview
Amy Sproston (#2) – Amy won MMT last year and will again this year barring any problems. The only women she’ll be racing are herself and Sue Johnston’s course record of 22:38:29. Even though it will be hot tomorrow, Amy still has a shot at the record given her love for the heat.
Jessi Kennedy (#91) – While she’s the youngest woman in the field at only 25 years old, she’s already won a 100 miler outright. Her 21:32 at last year’s Delaware 100 may be the fastest 100 mile time run by a woman in this year’s MMT field.
Robin Meagher (#117) – Robin is young (28) and fast (7:45 50 miler in March). She could win if Amy stumbles.
Donna Utakis (#169) – Late in the alphabet=late on the list, but with Donna that probably doesn’t mean late to finish. Donna is a very strong and experienced ultrarunner from New England. She was second in 2005 and fourth in 2006 with both times around 26:30-27:00. Those times won’t win, but could fetch a second place spot … especially if it’s a tough day out there.
The Coulda Been a Contenders
Elizabeth Carrion (#31) – With a 27:30 at Grindstone last fall, Elizabeth had proven her ability to run well on a tough 100 mile course.
Kerry Owens (#129) – No woman in the race knows the Massanuttens better than Kerry. (Deb, you’re a close second. ;-) ) She’s got a house not far from the course and all three times Kerry has finished MMT, she’s been the top masters woman (2004-06). Another 26:34 like she ran in 2006 would likely get her up on the podium.
Laurel Valley (#170) – Laurel was second at MMT last year. That said, she’d better run faster than last year’s 29:04 if she wants to place top three.
Rita Barnes (#9) – We don’t know any thing about Rita except that she finished a lap at the Barkley Marathon this year. Sure, she didn’t make the cut off, but she finished and that’s worthy of a mention.
Kari Brown (#19) – She was second at MMT in 2007. It was her first 100 miler. If she can run 30 hours again this year, she could place Top 5.
Zsuzsana Carlson (#29) – She showed she can run a decent 50 miler at the Finger Lakes Trail races last summer. Can she follow through for 100 miles?
Kathleen Cusick (#42) – Another young, competent 50 miler.
RuthAnn Helfrick (#79) – RuthAnn was the third women to cross the line at the Skyline Ranch last year (29:35:56). There’s not reason to think she can’t do the same this year.
Cheryl Wheeler (#175) – With a 9:29 at Vermont 50 last September she’s likely not quite fast enough to place top 3. Solid Top 10er with Top 5 a possibility.
Go get ’em, ladies!
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