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Walker’s Maddy Frank, 16, Michigan’s top-ranked cross country mountain bike racer, finished 11th in both the long and short course cross country races earlier this month at USA Cycling’s Mountain Bike Nationals in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

Frank, riding for the Freewheeler Bike Shop, opened with 11th in the Women’s Junior 15-16, Cat. 1-2 long course cross country race on Day 3 of the 5-day event held July 13-17 at the Mammoth Mountain ski area.

Frank finished in 1:22:53, just out of the top 10.

Frank came right back the next day with 11th in the short course XC race, finishing in 15:15.4.

Port Huron’s Mackenzie Shell was 5th in the pole vault and Annie Fuller from Manistee was 5th in the 1500-meter run Sunday at USA Track & Field’s Junior Outdoor National Championships in Clovis, Calif.RunningICON

Shell, a 3-time MHSAA state pole vault champion who is now a freshman at Oklahoma University, passed on the first three heights then cleared 13-3½ on her third attempt.

She missed all three tries at 13-7 ¼ to finish fifth. Shell holds the OU outdoor record of 14-5½.

A 3-time state champ in the 1600, Fuller finished 3rd in her preliminary heat on Friday. The 2015 Ms. Michigan Track & Field, Fuller is a freshman at Michigan State.

Fuller used a mid-race surge to reach the leaders in Sunday’s final, but dropped off the pace in the closing laps to finish in 4:28.33, just over 11 seconds off pro Alexa Efraimson’s winning time of 4:16.75.

The Doctor is in!

MSU College of Veterinary Medicine Vet Vanessa Cook finished 2nd at USA Triathlon’s Duathlon National Championships in Bend, Ore., Saturday three weeks after taking 3rd at the ITU World Championships in Spain.imgres

Cook finished 9th overall in the field of 108 women and qualified for the 2017 ITU Standard Distance Duathlon World Championship in Penticton, Canada.

Cook came off the opening 10K run second in the Women’s 45-49 field and was never threatened, finishing with a nearly 5-minute cushion in 2:26:48.

Cook had the second-fastest bike split in the age group, averaging 19 mph over the 24.8-mile course (1:18:14), then ticked off 7:20 miles in the closing 5K run (22:45.58).


Geraldine Lupini, 53, of Milford, earned a trip to the 2017 ITU Sprint Distance Duathlon World Championships in Penticton, Canada with her 3rd place finish at USAT’s Sprint Duathlon National Championships Saturday in Bend, Ore.imgres

The 2014 ITU Sprint Distance Women’s 50-54 World Champion and 2015 USAT Women’s 50-54 National Champion finished 3rd in the 50-54 age group Saturday and 31st in the 123-racer women’s field in 1:18:38.

Fifth after the opening 5K run, Lupini moved up with a nearly 19 mph average on 12.4-mile bike and held strong during the closing 2.5K run.

Jessie Gruca, 27, of Livonia led Michigan women across the line at the Rock’n’Roll Seattle Marathon Saturday in 3:17:51.

RunningICONGruca was the 100th finisher overall in a field of 2,580 and 13th woman. Gruca finished 2nd among the 203 women 25-29 in the race.

Debra Lazaroff, 60, of Jackson added another top finish to her half marathon resume by beating 188 women 60-64 in Seattle and posting the best finish overall by the 24 Michigan women in the combined field of 11,716.

Just 12 days before, at the Rock’n’Roll San Diego Half, Lazaroff took second in the women’s 60-64 division with a time nearly 7 minutes faster than the age group silver medalist in the USA Track & Field Half Marathon Masters National Championships held in conjunction with the event.

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