It took a couple tries, but Dylan Bowman and Jorge Maravilla both earned a spot in the big dance, Western States, via the Montrail Ultra Cup on the strength of their first and third place finishes at the Leona Divide 50 mile in southern California on Saturday. Bowman ran near the front all day before opening a lead between 30 and 40 miles. He broke Ben Hian‘s 17-year-old course record (6:21:37 ’95) by 21 minutes. Maravilla also ran near the front of the field before Bowman took off. However, Timothy Olson made a late move to pass Maravilla and take second with Maravilla finishing close behind in third. Jason Wolfe (fading) and Jason Schlarb (charging) took fourth and fifth respectively.
Heather Fuhr crushed her second 50 miler along with the rest of the women’s field. She could add a little more spice to Western States should she accept her Montrail Ultra Cup spot. Ashley Nordell ran a very smart race, moving up the field to finish second to also earn a WS100 spot. Megan Laib ran aggressively in second for at least the first half of the race before fading to third in the race’s second half. Jenny Capel showed her fitness with her fourth place finish ahead of SoCal’s Angela Shartel.
As usual, we’ll be adding info and race reports as we learn more over the coming days.
2012 Leona Divide 50 Mile Men’s Results
- Dylan Bowman (Pearl Izumi) – 6:00:38 (race report)
- Timothy Olson (Pearl Izumi) – 6:07:34
- Jorge Maravilla (Salomon) – 6:07:55
- Jason Wolfe – 6:08:54
- Jason Schlarb (Hoka One One) – 6:22:37
- Jorge Pacheco – 6:47:52
- Yassine Diboun – 6:51:20
- Jamil Coury – 6:56:51
- Dominic Grossman (New Balance) – 6:57:58 (race report)
- Steven Moore – 7:00:13
2012 Leona Divide 50 Mile Women’s Results
- Heather Fuhr (Newton) – 7:21:17
- Ashley Nordell (Pearl Izumi) – 7:36:56
- Megan Laib – 7:45:39
- Jenny Capel (La Sportiva) – 7:46:22
- Angela Shartel – 8:05:14
- Tera Dube – 8:12:25
- Shawn Chapler – 8:20:10
- Jenn Shelton (Hyundai) – 8:35:52
- Paulette Zillmer – 8:36:22
- Clare Abram – 8:43:09
Additional results can be found here.