Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sports Summary

Charley French conquers the Waikiki Roughwater Swim

Ketchum's Charley French, 83, added another honor to his list of athletic achievements by finishing second in Men's 80-and-over during the 40th annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim on a 2.384-mile (3.84 kilometer) course. The Labor Day event for 802 finishers took place Monday, Sept. 7 in the water along Sans Souci Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii.

French, the best 80-and-over triathlete in the world and a four-time world age group king, placed 739rd overall in a time of 1.46:26. Most of the participants were from Hawaii including Men's 80-and-over winner H. William Burgess, 723rd in 1.42:13. The winners, both Aussies, were Trent Grimsey from Cashmere, Queensland in 42:20 and 10th-place Luane Rowe of Sydney in 47:21.

Former Sun Valley resident and Stanford swim coach Jim Gaughran, 77, of Carmel Valley, Ca. won the Men's 75-79 age group in 1.14:25, good for 412nd overall.

Idaho Senior Golf finals in McCall

Several Wood River Valley golfers competed in the Idaho Golf Association's Men's and Women's Senior Championships Sept. 15-17 at McCall Golf Club. The men (55-and-over) had a 54-hole stroke play event and the women (50-and-over) did 36 holes stroke play. Weather conditions were ideal, sunny in the 70s.

Hailey's Linda Cropper was the Women's Second Flight net winner with scores of 95-68 and 95-69 for 190-137. The Women's Championship Flight gross winner was Karen Darrington of Boise at 75-79 for 154-146. She won on the second playoff hole over net winner Jean Smith of Boise 77-77 for 154-146.

In the Men's Championship Flight, Kevin Cincotta was 14th gross/10th net with scores of 77-83-76 for 236-224. Dave Cropper ended up 16th gross/16th net at 75-85-78 for 238-232. In Men's First Flight, Randy Kolash was 17th gross/15th net at 85-88-80 for 253-229. The Men's Championship Flight gross and net winner was Paul Lodge of Boise at 71-69-71 for 211-205.

Ketchum's Tiffany Larson wins Rim-to-Rim Run in Twin Falls

Ketchum's Tiffany Larson (49:53) won the women's division and placed third overall of 165 runners in Saturday's Rim-to-Rim Run in Twin Falls. The 7.5-mile scenic and challenging course started and finished at Blue Lakes Country Club's Bass Lake.

Larson and Hailey's Cameron Randolph (53:38, 7th overall, 1st Women's 30-39) were the top two women in Saturday's race. The top two men in a photo finish were brothers Branden Teeter (44:00.66) and Landen Teeter (44:00.89). Graduates of Hansen High School near Twin Falls, the Teeters ran track for Idaho State University.

Bellevue's Cyndy Garvin (1.09:27, 17th woman, 50th overall) won the Women's 50-59 class. Other Wood River Valley finishers included Hailey's Tracy Simon (1.07:06, 13th woman, 2nd Women's 40-49), Hailey's Kami Miller (1.16:20, 19th Women's 30-39) and Hailey's Ashley Dreyfus (2.15:52, 2nd 19-under).

Carey Foothills 5k run Saturday

Carey High School's To the Max vocal group will receive proceeds from the Foothill 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) Fun Run and Walk Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8:30 a.m. as part of the school's 2009 Homecoming Week.

The event will start on Carey's Main Street and go west on Little Wood River Reservoir Road and onto Foothill Road. Signs will be posted.

Mail-in entries should be postmarked by Saturday, Sept. 19. Cost is $12 per person for the 5k run or walk (T-shirt included) or $6 for the "Kid Scurry" (for 12-and-under, medals awarded to all runners).

Refreshments (homemade cinnamon rolls, fruit, water bottles) will be served to all participants.

Get entry forms at For more questions, call Christina Kirkland at 208-823-4645 or 721-2022.

Dave Harrison is Knobby Tire Series king, again

Dave Harrison has won the Knobby Tire Series mountain bike championship for a third consecutive year. A victory at the Brundage Bike Festival plus consistent top-five Pro Male placings secured his status as the top mountain bike racer in Idaho. Harrison, a 22-year Sun Valley resident who operates a custom bike shop in Fairfield, has won 14 Idaho mountain biking titles. He was a top collegiate downhill ski racer at University of Maine. Diamondback, DollarHide Unlimited, Stans Notubes, Sram XX, WTB, and Sidi and Reddrox Vital Hydration are sponsors of Harrison (208-727-7159).

Sign up for Sawtooth Cycle Challenge Oct. 2-4

Registrations are being accepted for the Sawtooth Cycle Challenge Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2-4. The three-day event is produced by Sawtooth Cycle Challenge, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness in the battle against blood cancers. All proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Organizers plan four rides ranging in difficulty from "fun" (from Sun Valley to Galena Summit, with a bus ride back) to "extreme" (150 miles from Idaho City to Sun Valley). Other rides are "century" (SV over Galena and back) and "metric" (SV to Galena Summit and back). All riders get a free meal Saturday, Oct. 3 in downtown Ketchum.

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Salmon Marathon results

Liv Jensen, India Wysong, Hannah Ragsdale Young and Sarah Parker all finished the 2009 Salmon Marathon 26.2-mile footrace Sept. 12 in Salmon. There were 183 runners finishing, of which 91 were men and 92 women.

Winning the Women's 30-39 class and finishing 16th overall, the second woman, was Liv Jensen in 3.29:38. The fastest woman was Leone Rusher, ninth overall 3.25:43.

India Wysong (7th 30-39, 13th woman, 3.52:04) and Hannah Ragsdale Young (8th 30-39, 14th woman, 3.53:38) finished close to each other in 38th and 40th places respectively. Sarah Parker (10th 20-29, 35th woman, 4.21:00) was 94th.

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