Bandera, Texas, January 12. Sage Canaday won the Bandera 100K, setting a course record despite very muddy conditions. Canaday ran away from the field, winning by 40 minutes and besting Dave Mackey’s course record.
Michele Yates (née Suszek) of Littleton, Colorado was the women’s winner, nine minutes clear of runner-up Melanie Fryar. Canaday, Yates, and third-place finishers Paul Terranova and Sabrina Little (née Moran) all scored spots at the Western States 100 starting line. Mackey is already qualified for Western States from his fourth place finish at last year’s race, and Fryar had earlier qualified at the Pinhoti 100. Bandera is part of the Montrail Ultra Cup Series, which culminates with Western States in June. The race also served as the USATF 100K Trail Championship.
1. Sage Canaday, 27, Boulder, CO, 8:13:49 (course record, old record 8:16:48 by Dave Mackey, 2011)
2. Dave Mackey, 43, Boulder, CO, 8:53:27
3. Paul Terranova, 39, Austin, TX, 8:55:41
4. Karl Meltzer, 46, Sandy, UT, 9:01:27
5. Erik Stanley, 27, Austin, TX, 9:21:50
1. Michele Yates, 30, Littleton, CO, 10:08:48
2. Melanie Fryar, 32, Greenwood Village, CO, 10:17:30
3. Sabrina Little, 26, Waco, TX, 11:00:03
4. Liza Howard, 40, San Antonio, TX, 11:07:56
5. Sydney Pitt, 26, Austin, TX, 12:19:42
Photo, above left: Sage Canaday setting a new course record (photo by www.endurophoto.com)
Michele Yates (courtesy photo)