Oregonians dominate in Cool

By: Journal Sports Staff
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COOL ” The Oregon college town best known for its track stars produced some impressive results on the trail Saturday. In a field full of former Western States Endurance Run champions and big names in the ultrarunning world, Todd Braje emerged with the top prize at the Way Too Cool 50-kilometer endurance run. The Eugene, Ore. resident ran to first place at the Way Too Cool 50-kilometer run. Braje finished the course in 3 hours, 32 minutes, 12.5 seconds. Conditions were near ideal as Braje finished more than 14 minutes off of Uli Steidl's record time. Erik Skaggs of Ashland, Ore. took second in 3:34:17 while fellow Oregonian Dan Olmstead was third in 3:35:05. Six-time Western States champion Scott Jurek made a successful return to the Auburn area, taking fourth place overall in 3:35:09. Eugene, Ore. also boasted the top female Saturday. Susannah Beck crossed the finish line of the 31-mile race in 3:55:22. Bev Anderson-Abbs of Red Bluff was second in 4:07:08. Hal Koerner, the 2007 Western States winner, finished 21st overall in 3:53:31. Jeremy Redding of Pilot Hill was the top local finisher, placing 15th in 3:47:15. Auburn's Tim Twietmeyer finished 51st overall in 4:17:17.