30 Sep Grayson Murphy Wins 2019 USATF Mountain Running Championshipspost was originally published on this site
WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. – Former Utah cross country and track member Grayson Murphy earned the title of USATF Mountain Running Champion after placing first at the 2019 USATF Mountain Running Championships on Sunday. The race was approximately seven miles of total distance with 3,000 feet of elevation gain.
In her first big mountain race, Murphy finished the event with a time of 1:01:45.0 at the Waterville Valley Mountain Race, which bested the second-place runner by four minutes. The former All-American for the Utes raced in a competitive field of 89 runners.
Murphy looked extremely strong on both the climbs and descent at Waterville Valley. She went out in the lead pack and took the lead in the first mile. The three main climbs had average grades of 26 percent, 22 percent, and 19 percent, and were followed by a very steep 2.5-mile descent.
With the event win, Murphy has landed herself a spot on the U.S. Mountain Running Team. In the sole selection race, the top four men and top four women qualified to represent the U.S. Mountain Running Team that will compete at the 2019 World Mountain Running Championships in Villa La Angostura, Argentina, on Friday, Nov. 15.