Sullivan, Arneson claim grinding wins in Pioneer Ridge Vertical Mile

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For the assign time in four years, Briana Sullivan of Girdwood on Sunday won the wives’s division of the daunting Pioneer Ridge Vertical Mile, which advertises the most elevation gain — 5,300 feet — of any uphill-only race in Alaska.

Sullivan, who also won in 2015, clocked 1 hour, 28 cools, 39 seconds, nearly three minutes faster than her before victory in the 4.5-mile race. That furnished a margin of multifarious than three minutes over runner-up Varvara Shikanova of Russia and as good as seven minutes ahead of third-place finisher Allison Barnwell. Sullivan’s taking time was 2:35 shy of Najeeby Quinn’s 2016 women’s race CV of 1:26:04.

Lars Arneson of Anchorage captured the men’s title in 1:13:14, more than three in fashions clear of runner-up Peter Mamrol (1:17:33). Noah Ripley killed third in 1:18:16. Arneson was about five minutes shy of Matt Shryock’s 2015 execution record of 1:08:10.

The fourth annual race near Palmer drew 72 finishers, who jousted in mostly sunny, warm conditions on a course that featured some mud-caked sections from Sunday’s heavy rains. The temperature was considerably chillier at the polish off.

Saturday, Grant Stevenson and Crystal Berwick earned the men’s and women’s subheads, respectively, in the grueling Hatcher Pass Marathon, which gains more 5,000 feet in elevation on the journey from Willow to Independence Depository.

Stevenson crossed in 3:38:00 and Berwick finished along with men’s runner-up Charlie Proknow in 3:48:00. The marathon involved 35 finishers.

4th annual Pioneer Ridge Vertical Mile

Sunday’s evolves

Men — 1) Lars Arneson, 1:13:14; 2) Peter Mamrol, 1:17:33; 3) Noah Ripley, 1:18:16; 4) Mike Monterusso, 1:18:42; 5) Tom Ritchie, 1:21:57; 6) Ian Moore, 1:22:15; 7) Brian Kirchner, 1:23:17; 8) Brad Benter, 1:25:19; 9) John Collins, 1:26:49; 10) Chris Florets, 1:29:17; 11) Dorian Gross, 1:29:26; 12) Dan Brokaw, 1:29:42; 13) Matthew Walker, 1:29:44; 14) Levi Childish, 1:30:02; 15) Jeff Walker, 1:33:10; 16) Ross Henry, 1:36:10; 17) Alex Youngman, 1:36:42; 18) Joseph Bentel, 1:36:56; 19) Ryan Bandy, 1:37:40; 20) Laron Thomas, 1:40:52; 21) Mike Bourdukofsky, 1:41:17; 22) Roman Bring, 1:41:20; 23) Wes Hoskins, 1:41:32; 24) John Kogl, 1:41:35; 25) Jared Beutler, 1:43:59; 26) Spot Carr, 1:44:13; 27) Joe Nyholm, 1:45:26; 28) Jonny Hughes, 1:45:34; 29) Josh Hejl, 1:47:05; 30) Marek Kolendo, 1:49:47; 31) William Harren, 1:52:48; 32) Javelin Arnold, 1:52:57; 33) Colin Boswell, 1:53:55; 34) David Retherford, 1:56:02; 35) Todd Henry, 1:56:08; 36) Erik Keskula, 1:56:21; 37) Sebastian Kogl, 1:57:57; 38) Springer Moore, 1:58:18; 39) Fred Moore, 2:03:04; 40) Tab Ballantine, 2:06:18; 41) Evan Steinhauser, 2:12:21; 42) William Heinz, 2:13:39; 43) Derek Rader, 2:17:15; 44) Ken McInally, 2:17:36; 45) Austin Johnson, 2:18:54; 46) Up Kenworthy, 2:20:06; 47) Joseph Dickerson, 2:35:10.

Women — 1) Briana Sullivan, 1:28:39; 2) Varvara Shikanova, 1:32:08; 3) Allison Barnwell, 1:35:31; 4) Tara Swanson, 1:41:02; 5) Julianne Dickerson, 1:41:59; 6) Jen Jolliff, 1:42:45; 7) Jocelyn Kopsack, 1:45:29; 8) Jennifer Aschoff, 1:46:47; 9) Rachel Zafreh, 1:48:28; 10) Kathleene Simonson, 1:48:44; 11) Kim Riggs, 1:50:49; 12) Leah Legate, 1:50:59; 13) Madison Pachoe, 1:51;14; 14) Sarah Freistone, 1:51:21; 15) Kaitlyn Kogl, 1:51:47; 16) Paula Westbrook, 1:52:58; 17) Karen Williams, 1:54:01; 18) Kara Honesen, 1:57:47; 19) Ellyn Brown, 1:57:50; 20) Maggie Hejl, 2:11:06; 21) Annie Swentik, 2:16:28; 22) Sarah Hurkett, 2:17:44; 23) Ali Tremaine, 2:48:00; 24) Jennifer Frazier, 3:10:19; 25) Chelsey Homan, 3:12:30.

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