The Strawberry Canyon contingent sent nine harriers to Santa Rosa for the Phil Widener Empire XC Challenge today. In the 3.43-mile race, Dan Duett WON the race outright, marking the first time in Canyonero history that a Strawberry Canyon TC runner has EVER won a PAUSATF race. There have been numerous seconds, thirds, fourths, but never a first. Congratulations Mr. Duett!
Dan was followed closely by a resurgent William Chen, who shook off a sub-par effort in Santa Cruz and took second. Sean McFarland was 3rd, and Kris Brown was 5th overall (yes, we almost completed a sweep!). Joe Binder, feeling a little tired from some mega-mileage was 11th, and Dan Chebot’s younger brother Ben Chebot was 12th. Following him was Jack Wallace and Dan Anderson, who also finished for the Canyoneros but I do not have their places.
In the women’s race, Anne Ruminsky took 25th and Kimberly Diaz-Sanchez took 33rd. So nice job there in what seemed to be a more competitive field.
PS: I have no times to report but someone may write up a more comprehensive report later.
Congratulations to everyone though.