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  • SISKIYOU OUT BACK

    RECORD DAY AT S.O.B.

    Top three male overall finishers break previous top time; women's record also falls to wayside
  • MOUNT ASHLAND — Saturday's Siskiyou Out Back 50-kilometer (31 mile) marathon on Mount Ashland featured what was billed as possibly the strongest field ever in the 10-year history of the event.
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      WHAT: 50-kilometer (31-mile) marathon on Mount Ashland.
      RECAP: Central Point native Max King wins with a course-record time of 3 hours, 42 minutes and 36 seconds. Kami Semick of Bend is the top...
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      Siskiyou out back
      WHAT: 50-kilometer (31-mile) marathon on Mount Ashland.

      RECAP: Central Point native Max King wins with a course-record time of 3 hours, 42 minutes and 36 seconds. Kami Semick of Bend is the top women's finisher in 4:11:53.
  • MOUNT ASHLAND — Saturday's Siskiyou Out Back 50-kilometer (31 mile) marathon on Mount Ashland featured what was billed as possibly the strongest field ever in the 10-year history of the event.
    Overwhelmingly, that was the case.
    The top three finishers in the grueling race, appropriately termed the S.O.B., each bettered the previous course record with Central Point native Max King winning in 3 hours, 42 minutes and 36 seconds.
    Erik Skaggs of Ashland finished second in 3:47.23 and Hal Koerner, also of Ashland, took third in 3:58:46.
    The previous course record was 4:01:12 set by Erik Solof in 2005.
    The 42-year-old Kami Semick of Bend finished sixth and her time of 4:11:53 topped the previous women's record of 4:24:15 set by Meghan Arbogast in 2003.
    "This is by far the most competitive field I've seen," said Koerner, owner of Rogue Valley Runners in Ashland and experienced marathoner with nearly 100 total races. "It was fun to be a part of."
    Part of the influx of talent — the field was boosted from 150 last year to 175 this year — resulted from the cancellation of the June 28th Western States Endurance Run in Northern California due to the wild fires.
    This was the winner King's first ultramarathon. The 28-year-old graduate of Crater High School recently made news when he competed in the steeplechase at the Olympic Trials last week in Eugene.
    His victory Saturday obviously couldn't mask the disappointment of failing to qualify for the Olympic Games, but he did manage to surprise himself.
    King and Skaggs ran together for nearly half the race before Skaggs stopped for water at an aid station along the course.
    "I felt really good so I kept pushing," King said. "I figured he'd catch up to me but I never saw him again. I thought it was going to be me hanging on to Erik for dear life until he pulled away the last couple miles. I was surprised not seeing him again."
    Not that the victory came easily for King, whose only similar race experience was a road marathon in Bend two years ago.
    "That one hurt," King said while laying on the pavement to rest his tired legs. "I didn't really know what I was doing. I was great probably through 20, 22 miles and then I hit the wall. The last 10 miles were just survival.
    "The downhill is what gets you, it's not really the uphill. The downhill pounds your legs to death and then you start to go uphill and you've got no power in your legs whatsoever."
    He entered the finish line to a rousing applause among the many volunteers and racing enthusiasts.
    "It feels good to come out with not much training and get the course record and the win," King said. "It feels good especially after it was a really big disappointment not making it to finals last week (in the Olympic Trials)."
    Skaggs, a first-timer running the S.O.B., hoped to run under four hours and stay close to King. He accomplished one of those two on Saturday.
    "I felt pretty good out there in the first half," said Skaggs, who won the Granite Man Mountain Run in June and, at the Tough-As-Nails 10-mile run on Roxy Ann Peak, set a course record in May. "The second half had a few low points."
    Skaggs' bloody toe was proof of that.
    "I'm glad to be done," he said.
    Skaggs and King, who met for the first time Saturday after being introduced by Koerner, will compete together in late August at the TransRockies Run — a six-day stage race among the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
    "He's a really good runner and a great guy," said the 25-year-old Skaggs of King. "He might have to pull me through some parts."
    For Koerner, 32, simply being back on the trail made the day a success.
    The defending champion of the 100-mile Western States run, suffered a back injury training for the S.O.B. last year and has battled plantar fasciitis for the last 5-6 months.
    He also faced a stiff field on Saturday.
    "Those two guys (King and Skaggs) were long gone from the beginning," said Koerner, who ran the race in 2006. "I knew when I tried to conjure them into this race, I sealed my fate long ago. But I was pretty happy for a 32-year-old. I got the age-group record."
    Semick, after two-runner up finishes, earned her first women's victory in her third S.O.B. appearance.
    "I'm pretty stoked, especially with the heat and a little bit of smoke," Semick said. "Western States was canceled and I was ready for that. I knew I was fit and I felt good.
    "I haven't raced in six weeks and I was ready to run hard."
    Olympia, Wash., native Chris Mclsaac, 20, won the 15-kilometer race with a time of 59:42. Eagle Point resident Laura Raber, 30, was the women's winner in 1:14:10.
    50-KILOMETER RUN
    (Listing place, name, age, hometown and time)
    Top 50
    1, Max King, 28, Bend, 3:42:36; 2, Erik Skaggs, 25, Ashland, 3:47:23; 3, Hal Koerner, 32, Ashland, 3:58:46; 4, Rod Bien, 36, Bend, 4:04:14; 5, Lewis Taylor, 35, Eugene, 4:07:46; 6, Kami Semick, 42, Bend, 4:11:53; 7, Craig Thornley, 44, Eugene, 4:22:13; 8, Todd Ragsdale, 39, Talent, 4:25:44; 9, Eric Poole, 40, Ashland, 4:30:46; 10, Joe Grant, 25, Portland, 4:33:47.
    11, Kelly Woodke, 41, Eugene, 4:35:45; 12, JC Callans, 41, Eagle Point, 4:38:08; 13, Cameron Hanes, 40, Springfield, 4:42:33; 14; Gerad Dean, 31, Carnation, Wash., 4:43:09; 15, Kurt Eisele, 29, Eugene, 4:45:39; 16, Darla Brader, 36, Bend, 4:47:30; 17, Jenn Shelton, 24, Ashland, 4:53:22; 18, Chris Askew, 35, Bend, 4:53:23; 19; Trevor White, 39, Bend, 4:56:57; 20, Brendan Holmes, 29, Klamath Falls, 4:57:13.
    21, Daniel Castleton, 33, Portland, 5:06:14; 22, Brian McGuire, 49, Ashland, 5:06.56; 23, Dave Stevenson, 55, Portland, 5:11:57; 24, Juan Dominguez, 34, Hillsboro, 5:14:00; 25, David Bateham, 48, Corvallis, 5:14:08; 26, Jody Waters, 40, Ashland, 5:17:12; 27, Becky Hacker, 38, Ashland, 5:18:29; 28, Aaron Brian, 36, Ashland, 5:18:33; 29, Casey Colton, 34, Portland, 5:22:10; 30, Win Goodbody, 40, Portland, 5:22:16.
    31, Kevin McCoy, 42, Eagle Point, 5:22:36; 32, Doug Randels, 43, Eugene, 5:24:09; 33, Stan Nowakowski, 52, Madras, 5:24:33; 34, Michael Hlynsky, 40, Fort Jones, Calif., 5:28:07; 35, James Susman, 44, Portland, 5:30.51; 36, Ronda Sundermeier, 41, Portland, 5:32:14; 37, Lonn Robertson, 53, Creswell, 5:32:22; 38, Priscilla Anderson, 31, Murphy, 5:35:10; 39, Chris Creasy, Hood River, 5:36:06; 40, CB Fralich, 35, Grants Pass, 5:37:39.
    41, Frank Schnekenburger, 48, Corvallis, 5:38:05, 42, Juan Welsh, 44, Eugene, 5:38:50; 43, Kris Ryding, 45, Olympia, Wash., 5:39:05; 44, John Zeier, Waldport, 5:41:43; 45, Cian Montgomery, 35, Portland, 5:43:15; 46, Julie Thomas, 41, Canby, 5:43:59; 47, Scott Kruis, 46, Corvallis, 5:45:19; 48, Tate Kelly, 28, Bend, 5:45:32; 49, Kim Martin, 43, Medina, Ohio, 5:45:41; 50, Betty Wagner, 57, Portland, 5:46:16.
    15-KILOMETER RUN
    (Listing place, name, age, hometown and time)
    Top 50
    1, Chris Mclsaac, 20, Olympia, Wash., 59:42; 2, Shawn Pollard, Hillsboro, 1:01:08; 3, Tyler Davis, 20, Talent, 1:01:52; 4, Elliot Jantzer, 18, Phoenix, 1:02:28; 5, Andrew Jordan, 16, Medford, 1:02:49; 6, Zachary Hibbs, 15, Phoenix, 1:07::42; 7, Joe Griffin, 48, Central Point, 1:08:17; 8, David Jordan, 40, Medford, 1:10:27; 9, Jon Theiring, 33, Ashland, 1:13:51; 10, Graham Thirkill, 17, Talent, 1:14:04;
    11, Laura Raber, 30, Eagle Point, 1:14:10; 12, Jeremy Hall, 33, Eugene, 1:14:36; 13, Todd Larson, 41, Redding, Calif., 1:14:45; 14, Kent Gutches, Central Point, 1:15:20; 15, Sarah Wilson, 30, Klamath Falls, 1:16:21; 16, Sarah Hyman, 39, Jacksonville, 1:16:46; 17, Chad Elbert, 37, Bonanza, 1:16:51; 18, Bobby Mick, 35, Klamath Falls, 1:17:12; 19, Aria Hemphill, 18, Ashland, 1:17:13; 20, Mike Davis, 49, Talent, 1:17:25;
    21, Jessie Newton, 26, Central Point, 1:17:34; 22, Charnna Gilmore, 40, Etna, Calif., 1:17:47; 23, Joe Guerra, 27, Eagle Pass, Texas, 1:18:47; 24, Nathan Roberts, 28, Ashland, 1:19:44; 25, Brandy Watton, 34, Fort Jones, Calif., 1:20:12; 26, Joseph Vaile, 33, Ashland, 1:20:19; 27, Gary Smeltzer, 46, Klamath Falls, 1:20:28; 28, Laura Imperia, 47, Jacksonville, 1:20:37; 29, Clare Schwallie, 23, San Francisco, Calif., 1:23:24; 30, Jared Mulloy, 26, Ashland, 1:24:18;
    31, Erika Matsuda, 28, Lake Oswego, 1:24:23; 32, Patricia Kluge, 48, Eugene, 1:25:15; 33, Michael Sotos, 33, Ashland, 1:25:35; 34, Terry Faulkner, 56, Grants Pass, 1:25:37; 35, Paul Shigley, 43, Redding, Calif., 1:25:57; 36, Bruce Reynolds, 48, Ashland, 1:26:40; 37, Jim Cool, 45, Central Point, 1:26:42; 38, Tyrone Raber, 31, Eagle Point, 1:27:06; 39, Jason Jantzer, 43, Phoenix, 1:27:08; 40, Carly Varner, 27, Ashland, 1:27:34;
    41, Aaron Bobo, 29, Grants Pass, 1:27:48; 42, Scott Murchison, 28, Klamath Falls, 1:27:54; 43, Felicia Hazel, 44, Talent, 1:28:48; 44, Maddie Chaves, 13, Ashland, 1:29:06; 45, Jayson Speez, 31, Medford, 1:29:10; 46, Amy Warner, 37, Medford, 1:29:21; 47, Martha Aker, 44, Yreka, Calif., 1:29:27; 48, Chuck Whiteley, 50, Medford, 1:30:0; 49, Eric Fox, 41, Medford, 1:30:01; 50, Tanner Hanes, 15, Springfield, 1:30:07.
    Reach reporter Luke Andrews at 776-4469, or e-mail landrews@mailtribune.com
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