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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.

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.

Dexter’s Jody Werner, 40, was the top Michigan woman Saturday at the 40th Grandma’s Marathon under sunny skies and 70-degree temperatures in Duluth, Minn.RunningICON

Werner was seventh among 565 women 40-44 and 81st of 3,741 women overall in 3:24.19.

Werner set off at a steady tempo then lowered her splits from the halfway point on to move steady through the field from 185th in the age group at the start.

Ironwood’s Donna Gering, 51, wasn’t far behind, finishing 2nd among 218 women 50-54 and 86th overall in 3:25:41. Gering started and finished fast, moving into the top three in her age group at the 20-mile mark.

Gretchen Hein, 27, of Grand Rapids was third among Michigan, finishing 124th in the women’s field in 3:31.

Top Michigan age groupers were: Tamara Schuler, 55, of Constantine, 5th among women 55-59 in 3:46:48 and Enni Gregas, 71, of Bessemer, 5th among women 70-74 in 6:16:59.

Michigan women Natalie Dale and Jennifer Romano-McDougal finished grueling trail runs in California last weekend, notching notable finishes.

Shadow of the Giants 50K

Natalie Dale, 38, of Portage finished 11th among women 30-39 and was the 27th woman overall in the Shadow of the Giants 50K (31-mile) trail run Saturday in Fish Camp, Calif., near Yosemite National Park.RunningICON

Dale finished the course, which climbed to 6,500 feet and passed through a grove of 3,000-year-old Giant Sequoias, in 6:56:17.

Women’s overall and 30-39 winner Sarah Ferguson of Coarsegold, Calif., (not the Duchess of York) finished in 4:16:49.

20th Annual Holcomb Valley Trail Run

Jennifer Romano-McDougal, 35, of Lincoln Park, finish 8th among women 30-39 and 21st overall in the rocky 7-mile Holcomb Valley Trail Run Sunday near Big Bear Lake, Calif.

Romano finished in 2:02:17 over a course that followed forest service roads and the Pacific Crest Trail in the mountainous San Bernardino National Forest 100 miles east of Los Angeles.

Deborah Lazaroff, 60, of Jackson unofficially ran the fastest half marathon by a master’s woman from Michigan Sunday at the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon, finishing in 1:49:45.RunningICON

The event hosted USA Track & Field’s Half Marathon Master’s National Championships. Official results are not yet available from USATF.

Lazaroff was second in the women’s 60-64 division and 459th of 9,961 women in the race. Spokane’s Rachel Jaten, 40, was the 10th woman overall in 1:16:03, and fastest master’s-aged woman.

Top women’s finisher from Michigan was Susie Mell, 36, from Milford who was 137th among all women in 1:39:01. Milford was 26th among 1,714 women 35-39.

Shalene Flanagan, 34, of Portland, Ore. won the women’s half in 1:07:51 and was 10th overall in the field of 16,768 men and women.

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