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Shelton, Davis claim Ashland run titles

ASHLAND — There weren't any runners around Jenn Shelton, yet she wasn't alone as she breezed to victory in the women's division of the Ashland Fourth of July Run Monday.

She had the spirit of Ric Sayre going stride-for-stride with her and, she joked, that wasn't necessarily a good thing.

Sayre passed away June 21 after suffering a heart attack following a recreational run, and the 35th version of the Ashland event was dedicated to him.

"He was just everything to everyone," said Shelton, who was one of several entrants with 'Ric' scrawled across their shirts. "He was great. I did think about him, but then that would make me go faster. I thought, 'Shoot, thanks a lot Ric. Thanks for the pain.'"

Sayre was a four-time winner of the race, from 1985-88, and held the six-mile course record for 17 years before it was reset by Pete Julian in 2005.

The race course was changed this year and lengthened to a 10-kilometer, or 6.2-mile, race.

Tyler Davis, a former Phoenix High and Linfield College runner, won the overall title with a time of 32 minutes, 57.4 seconds. Tim Julian of Portland was second in 33:13.9, and Erik Skaggs of Ashland third in 33:32.0.

Shelton became only the third woman to win the race as many as three times, clocking 37:44.9.

Only Sally Swartz, who triumphed six times, the last coming in 1987, has won it more times.

Liana Bernard of Medford was second in 38:03.5, and Portland's Dana Solof was third in 39:09.2.

Prior to the run, former race director Bob Julian Sr. shared a few words about Sayre, calling his death "a huge loss to our community and the running community."

After a round of applause, Julian Sr. asked for 15 seconds of reflection on Sayre. The starter's gun sounded moments later.

"It just isn't the same without seeing Ric out there," said Tim Julian, whose family had known Sayre from the time he moved to Ashland in 1981. "Whether he was in front of me or behind me, he was always right there. This race will never be the same. It was kind of a melancholy year in that sense."

Davis, who lives in Talent, considered Sayre a role model and drew inspiration from him Monday.

Davis and Julian pulled away from the pack after about a mile, and a push by Davis over the final mile allowed him to put distance between himself and his challenger.

"It was tough, hot," said Davis, 23, and a former all-conference performer at Linfield before graduating in 2010. "Tim Julian was right on me the whole way. I did my best. He definitely brought out the best in me."

This was Davis' first victory in the long race, but he's been involved since elementary school, beginning with the two-mile run.

He hadn't toured the new course before and found it satisfactory. However, echoing a sentiment shared by Shelton, he longed for the old course out of tradition's sake.

"I knew the old course really well," he said. "This one was all right. It was fun and the competition was still there. That's what it's really all about to me."

The course was changed because over the years, growth along the former route led to increased traffic and safety concerns because primary roads could not be closed off.

Davis found the new course easier.

"That probably was to my advantage," he said. "Guys like Erik Skaggs are so tough on the hills, so it probably helped me that this course is a little easier."

Davis was strong throughout and Julian hung on as long as he could.

"He took off hard and just kind of held that pace and kept throwing in some surges," said Julian, a five-time winner, most recently in 2009. "He started pushing and I just didn't have the minerals to hang."

Shelton, too, started off fast.

"I went out as hard as I could to kind of make a statement," she said. "And I paid for it because it really hurts to race that way."

The statement she wanted to make?

"You come to Ashland, you gotta race," said Shelton, whose other victories were in 2008 and '10."

There were 410 runners who completed the 10K race, the most since 1987, when there were 412.

Combined, there were 667 finishers in the 10K and two-mile runs. A record 730 entrants signed up for the two events.

WOMEN

10K RESULTS (TOP 50) — 1, Shelton, Jenn, Ashland, 37:44.97; 2, Bernard, Liana, Medford, 38:03.51; 3, Solof, Dana, Portland, 39:09.29; 4, Edwards, Paris, Corvallis, 39:41.58; 5, Mayfield, Camelia, Ashland, 40:51.25; 6, Phillips, Amanda, Portland, 41:14.33; 7, Walker, Sierra, Ashland, 41:41.87; 8, Stein, Elisabeth, La Jolla, Calif.,43:14.63; 9, Hacker, Becky, Ashland, 43:42.80; 10, Richards, Karen, Eugene, 43:56.27;

11, Hyman, Sarah, Jacksonville, 44:03.06; 12, Spears, Jenny, Bend, 44:49.18; 13, Mullane, Molly, Talent, 46:10.51; 14, Runyon, Jeannie, Pace, Fla., 46:15.89; 15, Christensen, Dolores, Denver, Colo., 46:20.38; 16, McGihon, Cindy, Redding, Calif., 46:30.65; 17, Parks, Brooke, Ashland, 46:42.18; 18, Kane, Kathleen, Ashland, 47:00.27; 19, Dode, Megan, Ashland, 47:23.7; 20, Janssen, Robyn, Ashland, 47:34.12;

21, Janssen, Megan, Ashland, 47:35.93; 22, Henberger, Carrie, Ashland, 47:51.2; 23, Strickler, Sarah, Central Point, 48:01.48; 24, Conner, Tristin, Portland, 48:37.12; 25, Julian, Colleen, Denver, Colo., 48:53.46; 26, Grotting, Kala, Ashland, 48:54.54; 27, Haptonstall, Kelly, Ashland, 49:02.84; 28, Simon, Sara, Ashland, 49:09.46; 29, Bergersen, Erin, Phoenix, 49:11.24; 30, Olson, Suzanne, Ashland, 49:26.53;

31, Dunagan, Sara, Ashland, 49:46.49; 32, Gramley, Molly, Ashland, 49:48.41; 33, Richards, Annie, Eugene, 49:51.59; 34, Eagles, Breanne, Ashland, 49:55.35; 35, Julian, Casey, Medford, 49:57.23; 36, Hale, Lindsay, Medford, 49:59.11; 37, Doffing, La Flag Fatale, Ashland, 50:21.97; 38, Chronister, Blake, Talent, 50:22.69; 39, Hurster, Kate, Ashland, 50:50.0; 40, Westover, Krista, Springfield, 51:16.6;

41, Falls, Tamara, Medford, 51:17.51; 42, Li, Jenny, San Francisco, Calif., 51:18.48; 43, Preskenis, Kate, Ashland, 51:24.48; 44, Blanchette, Shawna, Talent, 51:29.25; 45, Mitzel, Camren, Ashland, 51:34.72; 46, Lescher, Briana, Ashland, 51:38.26; 47, Barnes, Emily, Ashland, 51:45.19; 48, Heath, Kayla, Talent, 51:55.84; 49, Kuhn, Hailey, Medford, 51:56.21; 50, Smith, Sarah, Providence, RI, 51:58.43.

TWO-MILE AGES 11-AND-UNDER (TOP 10) — 1, Pryor, Claire, Ashland, 17:05.99; 2, Hamik, Sailor, Ashland, 17:43.27; 3, Perry, Jada, Ashland, 18:36.47; 4, Morse, Gwyneth, 18:53.14; 5, Howlett, Emma, 18:55.5; 6, Pfeil, Abbie, Ashland, 20:34.19; 7, Clark, Fiona, Ashland, 21:00.35; 8, Barnes, Anna, Ashland, 21:11.0; 9, Annen, Lily, Ashland, 21:29.72; 10, Suehrign, Megan, Seattle, Wash., 21:59.34.

TWO-MILE AGES 12-AND-UP (TOP 10) — 1, Loustalet, Camille, Malin, 15:12.73; 2, Stephens, Paige, Ashland, 16:00.48; 3, Tribelhorn, Rebecca, Medford, 16:02.63; 4, Tribelhorn, Elizabeth, Medford, 16:02.86; 5, Cook, Becky, Ashland, 16:34.83; 6 Honeycutt, Nora, Ashland, 17:15.82; 7, Deckwar, Chloe, Ashland, 17:16.62; 8, Pinder, Kiley, Ashland, 17:16.85; 9, Jansen-Gruber, Marya, Ashland, 17:28.4; 10, Leone, Beth, Ashland, 17:41.71.

MEN

10K RESULTS (TOP 50) — 1, Davis, Tyler, Talent, 32:57.46; 2, Julian, Tim, Portland, 33:13.95; 3, Skaggs, Erik, Ashland, 33:32.0; 4, Loustalet, Zorg, Malin, 33:37.3; 5, Gil Juarez, Jorge, Phoenix, 34:11.1; 6, Richards, Steve, Eugene, 34:37.96; 7, Julian Jr, Robert, Medford, 35:06.2; 8, Kelm, Andrew, Medford, 35:12.34; 9, Newman, Loren, San Francisco, Calif., 35:28.35; 10, Dunagan, Cary, Ashland, 35:55.51;

11, Goltra, Aidan, Walnut Creek, Calif., 36:40.89; 12, Eisen, Jeremy, Ashland, 37:39.76; 13, Bonney, Speucer, Ashland, 38:25.92; 14, Fulton, Leland, Ashland, 38:42.32; 15, Osterhaus, Eron, Portland, 38:45.26; 16, Runyon, Aaron, Pace, Fla., 39:07.3; 17, Gatlin, Grier, Klamath Falls, 39:25.53; 18, Hill, Leonard, Klamath Falls, 40:05.48; 19, Honsinger, Patrick, Ashland, 40:27.57; 20, Holbrook, Brad, Newberg, 40:38.9;

21, Knox, Jerry, Chino Hills, Calif., 41:10.21; 22, Edson, James, Ashland, 41:40.65; 23, Murphy, Kevin, Salt Lake City, Utah, 42:00.73; 24, Capo, Thomas, Sausalito, Calif., 42:09.66; 25, Davis, Mike, Talent, 42:33.79; 26, Hibbs, Zach, Phoenix, 42:34.46; 27, Taraka, Kavi, Talent, 42:34.74; 28, Hamilton, Riley, Ashland, 42:46.43; 29, Gullo, Michael, Ashland, 42:54.52; 30, Sotos, Michael, Ashland, 43:07.56;

31, Pfeil, Ryan, Phoenix, 43:09.47; 32, Dorris, Adrian, Ashland, 43:30.46; 33, Fletcher, Miles, Ashland, 43:49.16; 34, Hynes, Ryan,Evanston, Ill. 43:49.54; 35, Bickmore, Dan, Redding, Calif., 43:56.61; 36, Gunderson, Matthew, Grants Pass, 44:16.34; 37, Thompson, Darian, Central Point, 44:31.03; 38, Mimnaugh, Scott, Ashland, 44:37.16; 39, Wickre, John, Medford, 44:37.97; 40, Dow, Chris, Ashland, 44:39.06;

41, Lipper, Gabriel, Ashland, 44:44.08; 42, Jacobson, Chris, Half Moon Bay, Calif., 44:45.67; 43, Naversen, Douglas, Jacksonville, 44:48.29; 44, Laber, Keith, Ashland, 44:51.61; 45, Gottfried, Herky, Corvallis, 45:08.62; 46, Mullane, Colin, Talent, 45:09.04; 47, Williams, Mike, Redding, Calif., 45:13.74; 48, DeLine, Bruce, Medford, 45:17.17; 49, Gutierrez, Rolly, Ashland, 45:18.5; 50, Cramer, Mike, Fort Jones, Calif., 45:19.11.

TWO-MILE 11-AND-UNDER (TOP 10) — 1 Kane, Bryan, Ashland, 14:45.72; 2, Hollensbe, David, Ashland, 14:54.1; 3, Williams, Henry, Ashland, 15:14.85; 4, Williams, Tali, Ashland, 15:20.56; 5, Westrick, Eli, Ashland, 15:44.88; 6, Pryor, Reed, Ashland, 16:43.71; 7, Pryor, Ellis, Ashland, 17:50.7; 8, Berriochoa, Dieter, Caldwell, Idaho, 18:04.28; 9, Mitzel, Joshua, Ashland, 19:04.71; 10, Williams, Zach, Ashland, 19:10.58.

TWO MILE AGES 12-UP RESULTS (TOP 10) — 1 Smith, Mark, Central Point, 12:57.4; 2, Frantz, Tom, Ashland, 13:28.24; 3, Knox, Alex, Chino Hills, Calif., 13:42.82; 4, Reyes, Christian, Ashland, 13:46.87; 5, Bronk, James, Ashland, 14:06.43; 6, Smith, Devon, Half Moon Bay, Calif., 14:19.99; 7, Jacobson, Steve, Half Moon Bay, Calif., 14:20.81; 8, Minor, Dylan, Ashland, 14:47.22; 9, Smith, Tanner, Half Moon Bay, Calif., 15:05.65; 10, Newman, Jeff, Jacksonville, 15:28.31.

Reach sports editor Tim Trower at 541-776-4479, or e-mail ttrower@mailtribune.com

Ashland's Jenn Shelton runs through downtown and into the finish winning the Ashland 4th of July Run 10K. Andy Atkinson Photo