2014 Rocky Raccoon 100 Results

Rocky Raccoon 100Relatively cool air temperatures but a high relative humidity that everyone talked about greeted and challenged the hundreds who took to the trails of Texas’s Huntsville State Park today. The men’s and women’s races were fights to the finish, but Matt Laye (post-race interview & race report) and Nicole Studer (post-race interview) proved faster than the rest of the field. They took home the men’s and women’s wins.

You can find our full play-by-play of the race as well our preview on our Rocky Raccoon 100 Live Coverage page.

As usual, we’ll be updating this article with additional results as well as links to Rocky Raccoon 100-related articles, photo galleries, and race reports.

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2014 Rocky Raccoon 100 Men’s Race

[Editor’s Note: This section was penned by our live-coverage source, Kim Wrinkle. Thank you, Kim!]

On a humid day that forced numerous drops and produced as many casualties and pace adjustments, Matt Laye weathered the weather best in a stellar time of 13:17, the fourth-fastest ever for the event and an amazing 100-mile debut for the San Francisco Bay Area standout. He earns a ticket to the Western States 100 through the Montrail Ultra Cup. Laye broke away from course-record holder and Grand Slam record holder Ian Sharman at about mile 66 and maintained his lead for the remainder of the race despite Sharman’s hard-charging effort over the final of the course’s five 20-mile circuits.

Matt Laye - 2014 Rock Raccoon 100 Mile

Matt Laye cruising to his first 100-mile finish, and win! Photo: iRunFar/Kim Wrinkle

Sharman placed second a a bit more than 20 minutes back despite leading for much of the race, while 18-year-old Jared Hazen finished third in an outstanding 13:58. Fourth place Steve Speirs wasalso the fastest masters runner. Young Jared and master Steve both earned their tickets to Western States, as Sharman already had a spot. Speirs was amazed each lap to find he had gained one to three spaces due to dropouts among the leaders, including early leader Dave James, the leader through the middle of the race Peter Hogg, and top-five runner Ryan Ghelfi.

Fifth place went to Neal Gorman, back after a difficult 2013 and after walking for two hours early in the race. Instead of dropping, he vowed to finish and worked his way from outside the top 10 to one spot away from a much-coveted Squaw Valley slot. Josh Finger placed sixth, Jason Lantz seventh, and 17-year-old Ford Smith eighth. Rounding out the top 10 were David Ploskonka and T.J. Dunham.

2014 Rocky Raccoon 100 Men’s Results

  1. Matt Laye – 13:17:42 (post-race interview & race report)
  2. Ian Sharman (SCOTT) – 13:38:03
  3. Jared Hazen – 13:57:17 (post-race interview)
  4. Steve Speirs – 15:26:25
  5. Neal Gorman – 15:31:34
  6. Josh Finger – 15:49:46
  7. Jason Lantz – 15:54:55
  8. Ford Smith – 16:09:06
  9. David Ploskonka – 16:38:36
  10. TJ Dunham – 16:39:03
Jared Hazen - 2014 Rocky Racoon 100

Jared Hazen, third place. Photo: iRunFar/Kim Wrinkle

2014 Rocky Raccoon 100 Women’s Race

Michele Yates came to Rocky Raccoon with the intention of going after Jenn Shelton’s 14:57:18 course record, which is also the American trail 100-mile record. She ran aggressively as long as she could today, but she reached the time she couldn’t somewhere before mile 72. When she arrived into the mile 72 aid station, she DNFed, citing several physical issues.

As Michele sat in the aid station, two women passed by in close succession, Texas’s Nicole Studer and Nebraska’s Kaci Lickteig. The two had been running relatively close together all day, and their territory was going to get closer. At mile 86, Nicole and Kaci were in first and second with Kaci 11 minutes back. But just six miles later, their gap was six minutes. At the finish line, Kaci had closed to just under four minutes. But it was Nicole Studer who was the stronger of the two, who resisted Kaci’s pressing, and who crossed the line in first place.

Nicole Studer - 2014 Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile

Nicole Studer after winning. Photo: iRunFar/Kim Wrinkle

As for the rest of the women’s top 10, these women were the ones who survived the carnage of the day. Most of them were farther back in the rankings during the race’s first half. Take third-place woman Shaheen Sattar, who sat in the back of the top 10 early. Fourth place Larisa Dannis and fifth place Riva Johnson, each of these women had what you might call steady-burn days. No supernovas, no fizzle outs, just a steady burn from tape to tape.

Filling out the back half of the top 1o were Tracy Dimino, Starshine Blackford, Amanda Boston, Lisa Plantier, and Cindy Stonesmith.

Note that the top-three women, Nicole, Kaci, and Shaheen all earn entries into the Western States 100 through the Montrail Ultra Cup if they would like them.

Heavy hitters like Pam Smith, Connie Gardner, and Paulette Stevenson dropped.

2014 Rocky Raccoon 100 Women’s Results

  1. Nicole Studer – 15:42:04 (post-race interview)
  2. Kaci Lickteig (Pearl Izumi) – 15:45:32 (post-race interview)
  3. Shaheen Sattar – 16:45:26
  4. Larisa Dannis – 17:10:30
  5. Riva Johnson – 17:27:06
  6. Tracy Dimino – 19:51:13
  7. Starshine Blackford – 20:14:43
  8. Amanda Boston – 20:16:35
  9. Lisa Plantier – 20:47:47
  10. Cindy Stonesmith – 21:42:23
Kaci Lickteig - 2014 Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile

Kaci Lickteig closed in hard on second place. Photo: iRunFar/Kim Wrinkle

2014 Rocky Raccoon 100 Articles, Race Reports, and More

Articles and Photo Galleries

Race Reports

Thank You!

Thank you to all of the iRunFar friends and volunteers who brought Rocky Raccoon’s live coverage alive, including Kim Wrinkle, Dave Hanenburg of Endurance Buzz, and Montrail/Mountain Hardwear’s Byron Pittam. Thank you also to our CoverItLive moderators Travis Trampe, Aaron Marks, Tom Caughlin, Andrew Swistak, and David Boudreau!

Meghan Hicks

is iRunFar.com's Managing Editor and the author of 'Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running.' The converted road runner finished her first trail ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world's wildest places.

There are 9 comments

  1. BuzzBurrell

    Good job iRunFar on the coverage and the recap. Photo's here are particularly good.

    Once again we note it is problematic to predict anyone to win any 100 miler – while the distance has become normalized in our minds, there is nothing normal about the difficulty or the effort required.

    1. scottrunsalot

      Yes Sir, no predicting a 100. Speed and talent will not always carry you to the finish. As we saw at Rocky, as well in the past, there is a little bit of luck with some determination, heart, grit, perseverance and a whole lot of execution. Congrats to Matt Laye & Nicole Studer for getting there first.

  2. Greg11Rosenberg

    Really excited to see Neal back in the mix, although I admit to wishing he could have found another six minutes out there to punch his ticket back to States. If this weekend's races were indicative of how 2014 will play out, I can't wait to see what else we have in store!

  3. Johanna

    Nice coverage! Thanks for the twitter feed and keeping everyone updated that couldn't be there.
    "Sharman placed second a a bit more than 20 minutes back despite leading for much of the race" – isn't exactly accurate. He led from the time Hogg dropped at 55 until Laye took over at 66.

    Congrats to everyone that ran! Tough day out there, as fickle 100s can be!

    1. TxUltraRunner

      Ian, thank you for staying until my runner and I finished. He told me later on that he thought he saw you at the finish. I told him nah, you just ran a hundy, seeing things. Then I saw the pic you posted to twitter of us crossing DFL! You did miss the best finish ever 25 mins later as the last runner on the course made it in safely on my arms and on the arms of his daughter. Congrats on your finish and on behalf of my runner, Vidal Gonzalez, and I, thank you for staying and tweeting about the finish. You are a stand-up guy. Please, come back to Tejas anytime!__Jonathan French

  4. @olgav100

    Seeing Neal walking in mile 36 and walking out on trail with practically set mind to drop – and then seeing him turn loop after loop getting faster, stronger and more determined – was awesome. Nicole had the best smile out on the course for sure. The "kids", both Jared and Ford, are just amazing, joke or not about kindergarten. They were composed and knew what they were doing. Just hanging out at Rocky – or any 100, but with loop course Rocky surely provided the best spectator's place – is an experience worth being at.

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