Colorado’s Megan Kimmel repeats as Broken Arrow champ; Utah’s Hayden Hawks wins men’s race (VIDEO) | SierraSun.com

Colorado’s Megan Kimmel repeats as Broken Arrow champ; Utah’s Hayden Hawks wins men’s race (VIDEO)

Megan Kimmel runs to a first-place finish at Saturday’s 52-kilometer Broken Arrow Skyrace at Squaw Valley.
Justin Scacco / jscacco@sierrasun.com

For the second consecutive year at the Broken Arrow Skyrace no woman in the field of runners could catch Megan Kimmel across 52 kilometers of snow, ice, dirt and mud at Squaw Valley.

Kimmel, of Ridgway, Colorado, defended last year’s Broken Arrow crown on Saturday, knocking out the two-lap route with a combined 10,500 feet of vertical gain and loss in 5 hours, 9 minutes, 40 seconds.

Kimmel outran her 2018 time by more than 20 minutes on this year’s course, which was modified due to the amount of snow still at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.

“To me it’s pretty special to have (wins) on a dry course and also on a snowy course,” said Kimmel on winning last year when conditions were much drier.

“It’s an awesome course both ways. I was excited to see what it was like with the snow, and more than anything, I’d encourage people that think the snow is some reason to maybe not come. It’s a very minimal difference and in all honesty it’s a lot of fun.”

Kimmel, who was competing in her second Broken Arrow race and will later travel to Europe for a pair of races in the coming weeks, jumped out to an early lead, but heard along the way that another woman might be ahead of her.

“There was a rumor that there was a gal ahead of me, so I kind of ran within that mindset until enough people told me that I was in first,” she said. “The second lap, for me, I was pretty tired. I feel like I kind of just lost it on the second lap … and then at the very last uphill, I just kicked it. I knew the girls were on that same little loop as me, and I didn’t have quite the buffer I would have liked to take it easy coming in, so I just ran it in as fast as I could.”

Rea Kolbl, of Boulder, Colorado, finished as the women’s runner-up for the second straight year, crossing the line with a time of 5:17:12. She finished last year’s race with a time of 5:48:49.

Kristina Trygstad-Saari, of Bozeman, Montana, was third with a time of 5:20:02.

Hawks soars to skyrace victory

Hayden Hawks, of Cedar City, Utah, posted the fastest 52-kilometer time ever at a Broken Arrow Skyrace, which is modified year to year based on the conditions at Squaw Valley.

Hawks crushed the course to claim the overall win, finishing with a time of 4:25:50.

“The course was amazing,” said Hawks on the two-lap route. “It was difficult, and it’s hard after you have that big descent coming back down to the finish, you have to climb right back up and that’s always hard on the legs.”

Hawks stayed with another runner until the final lap when he pulled away for good.

“On the second climb I took off and just kept pushing it all the way up to the summit,” said Hawks, who added reaching the summit was the highlight of the morning. “You can kind of look out and see everything. It’s an incredible view and it’s just a very beautiful spot.”

Kings Beach athlete Michelino Sunseri was second overall, finishing with a time of 4:40:29.

David Sinclair, of Peru, Vermont, was third, finishing with a time of 4:41:41.

Vertical K

Yesterday featured the vertical kilometer race from the valley floor to Squaw Peak. The race was won by Bend, Oregon’s Max King, who finished with a time of 42 minutes, 46 seconds.

Aaron Newell, of Olympic Valley, was second, finishing with a time of 44:30.

Morgan Arritola, of Ketchum, Idaho, won the women’s race with a time of 45:40. Sofia Sanchez, of Tahoe Vista, was second with a time of 49:12.

11K

The second annual 11-kilometer skyrace was held on Saturday during the 52-kilometer event.

Gregory Krathwohl, of Ipswich, Massachusetts, captured first place, finishing with a time of 51:47. Incline Village’s Ross McMahan finished in sixth place with a time of 1:04:12 for the fastest time by a Tahoe local.

Jennifer Schmidt, of Davis, won the women’s division with a time of 1:04:34. Natalie Bladis, of Truckee, was the fastest local woman, finishing in fourth place with a time of 1:13:36.

26K

The 26-kilometer race on Sunday capped off the three days of competition at Squaw Valley.

Andrew Douglas, of Edinburgh, Great Britain, took first place with a time of 1:56:31.

Canadian athlete and reigning back-to-back Spartan World Championship winner, Lindsay Webster, won the women’s race with a time of 2:22:35.