Raulli & Huber run to national 50 mile trail titles in Ithaca


The 2017 USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships were held on Saturday (4-June) in Ithaca, N.Y.  The championships were part of the Cayuga Trails 50 and held in the scenic Robert H. Treman State Park.  A total of eight athletes athletes from the Niagara association competed in the championships with five (5) finishing in the top ten  in the open division and six earning championship medals in the masters divisions for top three finishes (note: athletes can finish place in the open and masters divisions).
In the open division Chris Raulli, 29, of Manlius won the men’s national title ahead of 29 other men from 13 states. His time of 7:32.03 was over 9 minutes ahead of runner-up Michael Owen of Ohio.  The top Niagara finisher in the open women’s race was Doreen Fanton, 41, of Wellsville.  Fenton finished seventh running 10:13:04.  In the 40-44 division she won the bronze medal for her third place finish.  Olga Huber, 46, of Macedon placed 8th in the open division as she won the national masters title in the 45-49 division for the second year in a row.  Her time was 10:52:27.
Cole Crosby, 28, of Endicott and Scotie Jacobs, 41, of Freeville also claimed top ten finishes as they finished fourth and eighth, respectively, in the men’s open race.  Crosby stopped the clock at 7:57:30 while Jacobs ran 8:26:52 and earned a silver medal for his second place finish in the masters 40-44 division.
In the masters competition Robert Seltzer, James Miner, and Paige Anderson joined Fanton, Huber, and Jacobs on the awards podium for their top three masters division finishes.  Seltzer, 50, of Freeville finished second in the men’s 50-54 division; Miner, 68, of Dryden was second in the 65-69 division, and Anderson, 53, of Ithaca was second in the women’s 50-54 division.
The next two championships on the USATF Mountain Ultra Trail schedule are the USATF Half Marathon Championships (September 30 3 in Hayward, Wisc.) and the USATF 50 Mile Road Championships (October 8 in Boalsburg, Penn.).  For a complete calendar of national USATF championships click here.

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