Written by USATF Championship liaison Roy Pirrung. Photo above by Roy Pirrung. Photos below by Rick Kent. CORRECTION on January 14, 2016: the original version of this press release did not include Cassie Scallon’s course record.
Bandera, TX–Jim Walmsley, 25, Flagstaff, AZ, shattered the Bandera 100k trail course record, held by Jorge Maravilla since 2014. Walmsley, an associate with Absolute Bikes, under near perfect conditions, lowered the 8:02:27 CR, to 7:46:37. Jim won America’s oldest ultra marathon, the JFK 50-mile the past 2 years and earned his “golden ticket” to the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run. Runner up, Chris DeNucci, 36, Menlo Park, CA, also broke the previous CR with his 8:01:34 and plans on joining Jim at the WSER. Chris a radiology resident at Stanford, ran it last year and placed 20th and said he came away knowing he needs to train for the heat and altitude of that classic event. Paul Terranova, 42, of Austin, is no stranger to this course, place 2nd last year and top masters. His 8:38:48 earned him top masters honors once again. The top 3, both men and women, earned $1,000, $500 and $300 respectively, with the top masters taking home a $200 payday.
Rounding out the top ten men were: 4. Stephen Wassather, 25, Kentfield, CA, 8:56:28; 5. Jason Friedman, 40, New Paltz, NY, 9:23:40; 6. Anthony Jacobs, 26, Austin, TX, 9:30:29; 7. Steven Moore, 48, Austin, TX, 9:33:40; 8. Juan Moran, 33, Clovis, NM, 9:58:30; 9. Jacob Phillips, 25, Austin, TX, 10:09:33; 10. Chad Lasater, 43, Abu Dhabi, 10:10:01.
Cassie Scallon, repeated as 100k trail national champion. The 33 year old registered nurse, from Boulder, CO completed the hilly, rocky course in new course record of 9:19:46, besting Janessa Taylor. The old course record was set in 2011 by Liza Howard in a time of 9:35:23. Scallon will consider running WSER, but plans on competing in South Africa’s Comrades Marathon, that is held shortly before and is considering the IAU Trail Championships in Portugal and on returning to Des Tempiliers in France. Taylor, 37, of Klamath Falls, OR, finished in 9:40:33 to take second and also the second “golden ticket”. Placing 3rd was Michelle Yates, also a previous top finisher at Bandera, in 9:45:53. Top Masters, and still the course record holder, Liza Howard, 43, San Antonio, TX finished in 10:00:17.
Other top ten finishers were: 5. Alicia Hudelson, 31, Marietta, GA, 11:01:41; 6. Katie Graff, 30, Austin, TX, 12:02:44; 7. Cara Bass, 29, San Antonio, TX, 12:24:06; 8. Julie Koepke, 33, San Antonio, TX, 12:40:06; 9. Suzanne Stroeer, 30, Houston, TX, 12:50:14; 10. Anabel Pearson, 45, Helotes, TX, 13:39:33.
Complete USATF 100k Trail Championship, open and masters results can be found at www.edsresults.com/USATF100k16.