Boyle takes Aspen Buddy 5 title |

Boyle takes Aspen Buddy 5 title

Todd Hartley

In June, she won the Strawberry Shortcut 5K in Glenwood Springs (in record time).

Last week, she set a new record in the Aspen Downtown Mile.

So what did Carbondale’s Dana Boyle do for an encore?

She won the Boogie’s Diner Aspen Buddy 5 on Sunday, naturally.

The race, which started and finished at Boogie’s Diner in downtown Aspen and wound throughout town and down the Rio Grande Trail along the Roaring Fork River, was a memorial to the late Chris Severy of Aspen, an All-American at the University of Colorado who was killed last fall in a biking accident. Severy was a three-time champion in the Aspen Buddy Five. First race In her first running in the popular Aspen five-mile race, Boyle, an NAIA All-American runner for the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., and the NAIA national champion at 3,000 meters, finished first among women on her way to running a time of 30:48.0, good for sixth place overall.

“It was hard,” said Boyle. “That’s a hard hill,” she added of Heart Attack Hill, which took the competitors from the Rio Grande Trail and up Cemetery Lane.

“I was way under pace for the first couple of miles, but that hill just took it out of me,” she said, echoing the sentiment of men’s winner Kelly Mortenson.

Coming into the race having never run it before, Boyle said she knew about Heart Attack Hill, “but it’s bigger than I expected it to be,” she said.

Overall, however, Boyle was pleased with her first attempt at the Aspen Buddy 5, which this year attracted 1,228 participants.

“For this given day,” she said, “I ran my best.”

Boyle burst on the Colorado track scene a little more than a year ago when she won three state titles at the Colorado Prep Track and Field Championships. She won the 800, 1600 and 3200.

She went on to capture two National Junior Olympic titles last summer.

Boyle’s time on Sunday brought her across the finish a full two minutes ahead of women’s runner-up Kathaleen Recker of Grand Junction, who finished first among women 25-29 and 13th overall in 32:48.7.

Third place among women went to Jenny Wilcox of Carbondale, who crossed the line in 33:36.7, good for first place among women 20-24 and 20th overall. Just seconds behind Wilcox was Anne Nerbonne of Aspen, the top finisher among women 35-39 and 21st overall. Nerbonne ran the course in 33:39.4

The top finisher among women 30-34 was Janice Penrose of San Diego, Calif., with a time of 35:58.3. Suzanne Richman of Snowmass led all women 40-44 in 36:21.4.

Lacey Darien of Glenwood Springs was the top finisher in the girls 11-15 category, with a time of 38:08.2. The women’s 50-54 category was led by Joyce Rankin of Aspen and her time of 37:59.1.

Joan Ullyot of Snowmass Village was the top finisher among women 55-59 with a time of 38:26.7. Helen McQuenney of Carbondale ran 40:32.0 to lead all women 45-49.

Other top age-group finishers among women included Kay Larson of Denver, who ran 55:17.4 to pace the women’s 65-69 category; Glenda Greenwald of Aspen, first place among women 60-64 in 1:06:45.8; and Addie Godfrey of Princeton, New Jersey, the top finisher among girls 10 and under. Godfrey crossed the finish line in 43:37.1.

For complete race results, please turn to page 12-B.

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