Saturday Jun 18 2011
Quick hits from the trail and the field
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
If you’re in need of a little reminder of the thrill of competition at Western States, check out the trailer for the film, “Unbreakable: The Western States 100.” The movie is set to be released later this year, but if the four-minute clip is any indication, it will be riveting for anyone remotely interested in ultrarunning. The film documents the 2010 race and the challenges faced by the runners, their families, crews and others along the way. Champion Geoff Roes, runner-up Anton Krupicka and third-place finisher Kilian Jornet are prominently featured along with two-time WS champ Hal Koerner. Roes, Jornet and Koerner are back for Saturday’s race. Krupicka bowed out with an injury. Visit www.ws100film.com and enjoy. … Like he did on the court and the football field the last four years, recent Placer High graduate Josh Turney will be hustling next Saturday. His mother Judy, who was featured in Wednesday’s Journal, is running her first Western States Endurance Run, beginning at 5 a.m. at Squaw Valley. As she heads down the trail toward Auburn, Turney will be gearing up for the Optimist All-Star Football Game in Sacramento as part of the North squad. Following the game Saturday night, Turney plans to head back out to the trail and catch up with his mother to pace her for half a dozen miles, or so. Hopefully he can welcome her at the Placer track on Sunday morning at the finish line. … Eddie Vanderdoes may need a bigger mailbox very soon. The massive Placer High football star returned from a football camp at San Jose State last week with his first official scholarship offer, this just a few days after the end of his sophomore year. The 6-4, 290-pound defensive lineman was so impressive at the Spartans’ camp, they offered him a full-ride on the spot. There are sure to be many more offers to follow for the big man, whose size, speed and strength have recruiters raising eyebrows. Placer coach Joey Montoya has never had a major Division I prospect on his roster. His eyes light up when he talks about Vanderdoes, whose father Eddie was a baseball star at Placer. Vanderdoes’ grandfather Bernhard Peat was a football and basketball standout at Placer, and later Cal.