Garrard takes on the world |

Garrard takes on the world

Staff reports

Sierra Sun photographer Emma Garrard placed fourth overall among amateur women and third in the competitive 25-29 age group at the 12th annual XTERRA World Championship in Maui on Sunday.

Garrard, who won the amateur women’s national championship in Incline Village last month, finished 161st overall in a field of 550 pro and amateur XTERRA athletes from 17 countries. She was the 21st woman overall, posting a time of 3:35:02.

Marion Summerer of Germany ” also racing in the 25-29 age group ” placed first among amateur women in 3:29:35.

Other locals who qualified to compete against the world’s top XTERRA athletes include Robert Kronkhyte, Richard Silver, Ross and Sarah McMahan and Eric Ronning.

Ross McMahan finished 77th overall and fifth in the amateur men’s 35-39 age group with a time of 3:15.0. Sarah McMahan placed fifth in the amateur women’s 35-39 age group in 4:00.0.

Ronning was 12th in the amateur men’s 40-44 division and 131st overall in 3:29:22.

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Kronkhyte placed third in the amateur men’s 50-54 age group in 3:57:32, and Silver was third in his amateur men’s 60-64 division.

In the pro competition, Conrad Stoltz of South Africa won the overall title in a blazing 2:40:54, while Julie Dibens took the pro women’s championship in 3:01:24.