Records Tumble at Leona Divide
Lake Hughes, CA, April 17. Tom Crawford and Michelle Barton both set course records under ideal conditions at the 17th annual Leona Divide 50. Crawford pulled away from previous course record holder Jorge Pacheco for the win. Barton led the women from wire to wire, and finished fourth overall.
Much of the course is run on the Pacific Crest Trail about 50 miles north of Los Angeles. 153 runners completed the course on a sunny, mild day.
1. Tom Crawford, 29, Monrovia, CA, 6:25:59 (new course record, old record 6:29:15 by Jorge Pacheco, 2008)
2. Jorge Pacheco, 40, Los Angeles, CA, 6:40:06
3. Nick Lewis, 24, Ashland, OR, 6:56:42
4. Evan Kimber, 33, Anaheim, CA, 7:29:34
5. Lukas Temer, 38, Los Angeles, CA, 7:32:57
1. Michelle Barton, 39, Laguna Niguel, CA, 7:19:04 (new course record, old record 7:25:37 by Krissy Moehl, 2009)
2. Renee Roberds, 45, 8:17:14
3. Meredith Terranova, 35, Austin, TX, 8:23:12
4. Kelly Ridgway, 51, Santa Rosa, CA, 8:26:32
5. Gretchen Brugman, 36, Truckee, CA, 8:45:39
Photo at left: Michelle Barton on the Pacific Crest Trail, photo by Andy Kumeda