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Sunseri, Erholtz win Mt. Ashland Hill Climb titles

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ASHLAND — A man from California and woman from Idaho took top honors Saturday in the Mt. Ashland Hill Climb, a grueling 13.3-mile race that begins in Lithia Park and ends near the summit of Mount Ashland.

The Hill Climb returned for the first time in two years and moved up from its usual August race date after being canceled due to smoke last year.

Michelino Sunseri of Kings Beach, Calif., was the top men’s placer after crossing the finish line in 1 hour, 36 minutes, 15 seconds, to best men’s runner-up Brett Hornig of Ashland (1:40:10). Blake Zufall of Redding placed third in 1:40:18 and Devin Vanscoy of Eugene fourth (1:43:59).

Brandy Erholtz of McCall, Idaho was the first woman to finish, breaking the tape in 2:02:35 to beat runner-up Natalie Chirgwin of Ashland by 17 minutes (2:19:35). Stacie Truitt of Roseburg finished third in 2:19:38 and Iryna Yavorska of Eugene fourth in 2:29:33.

The event is billed as one of the largest vertical climbs in the country, with a total elevation gain of 5,600 feet — more than a mile.

MT. ASHLAND HILL CLIMB

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 RESULTS

MEN

1, Michelino Sunseri, Kings Beach, Calif., 1:36:15; 2, Brett Hornig, Ashland, 1:40:10; 3, Blake Zufall, Redding, Calif., 1:40:18; 4, Devin Vanscoy, Eugene, 1:43:59; 5, Niko Tutland, Medford, 1:44:30; 6, Nathan Trimble, Ashland, 1:45:29; 7, Leo Alapont, Eugene, 1:46:49; 8, Jace Hinesly, Ashland, 1:48:29; 9, CJ Hitz, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1:48:37; 10, Derek Sherrell, Talent, 1:48:50; 11, Jace Ives, Ashland, 1:49:12; 12, Kyle Carson, Ashland, 1:49:30; 13, Matt Briggs, Bend, 1:51:46; 14, Ryan Jones, Beaverton, 1:52:32; 15, William Rice, Lyle, 1:53:29; 16, Jeffrey Bert, Bend, 1:54:04; 17, Robert Julian, Phoenix, 1:54:46; 18, Andy James, Seattle, Wash., 1:56:26; 19, Drew Dinan, Bend, 1:57:15; 20, Damon Kluck, Bend, 1:59:22; 21, Phil Hanson, Medford, 2:00:55; 22, Matthew Mitchell, Seattle, Wash., 2:01:09; 23, Tim Julian, Ashland, 2:01:51; 24, Adam Dunn, Bothell, Wash., 2:02:30; 25, Lewis Taylor, Eugene, 2:03:27.

WOMEN

1, Brandy Erholtz, McCall, Idaho, 2:02:35; 2, Natalie Chirgwin, Ashland, 2:19:35; 3, Madison Hornig, Ashland, 2:19:38; 4, Stacie Truitt, Roseburg, 2:27:05; 5, Iryna Yavorska, Eugene, 2:29:53; 6, Desiree Barnes, Ashland, 2:29:52; 7, Alison Burke, Ashland, 2:31:08; 8, Jessie Harrower, Ashland, 2:31:44; 9, Karolina Wyszynska, Ashland, 2:32:07; 10, Jami Claborn, Central Point, 2:34:50; 11, Sarah Adamek, Gold Hill, 2:36:04; 12, Jaclyn Kent, Chico, Calif., 2:43:24; 13, Caroline Gonia, Ashland, 2:43:44; 14, Alison Christensen, Chico, Calif., 2:47:46; 15, Becky Grebosky, Ashland, 2:48:22; 16, Trisha Kluge, Eugene, 2:49:21; 17, Sharon Mosley, Ashland, 2:51:43; 18, Molly Brougher, Medford, 2:53:25; 19, Holly Gustines, Medford, 2:53:28; 20, Barbara Rodgers, Grants Pass, 2:54:25; 21, Kim Mcalear, Ashland, 2:55:20; 22, Shelby Osborn, Roseburg, 2:58:15; 23, Laurel Bell, Ashland, 2:59:01; 24, Maria Katsantones, Ashland, 2:59:14; 25, Lynn Longan, Medford, 3:00:30.

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Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune - Brandy Erholtz makes her way to the finish winning the Mt Ashland Hill Climb Saturday morning.
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