Merino & Carey Scramble to Top Finishes at National 50 Mile Trail Championships

Results                                                                                                                photos:

The 2016 USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships were held on Saturday, June 4 in Ithaca, N.Y.  The championships were part of the Cayuga Trails 50 and held in the scenic Robert H. Treman State Park.  A total of athletes 7 athletes from the New York association competed in the championships.  
In the open division Keila Merino, 35 and Silas Carey, 28, both of of New York City led the New York athletes as they each finished in the top 10 in the open division.  
Merino finished fifth in the women’s race running 9:09:00.  The race was won by Corrine Malcolm of Washington in 8:18:00    "I ran the first loop with a good friend and chatted most of the way,” stated Merino. “A great way to make the miles fly by. We ran our own pace the second loop. Since it got hotter I slowed down more than expected. Was happy to have the water crossings to cool down every few miles."   
On July 1 Merino will be attempting to break a the Guinness World Record for a solo run across the United State. She is also raising money for the NYRR's Mighty Milers Program. To follow or support her run run visit  
Carey placed eighth in the men’s championships running 7:53:00. The race was won by Tyler Sigl of Wisconsin in 6:43:00  "My strategy for the race was to run the first lap conservatively and listen to my body, then try to maintain and catch some guys on the second lap,” offered Carey. “This was my third year running at Cayuga so I know the havoc that can result from being too aggressive early in the race. It worked well as I passed several of the early frontrunners, but the heat crept up on me. My last ten miles were pretty rough as I battled cramps, but I’m happy with my finish given the conditions."
In the masters championship division Eliot Lee of Croton on Hudson picked up a national title as he won the men’s 50-54 division.  He placed 31st overall in the men’s championship race.
The next two championships on the USATF Mountain Ultra Trail schedule are the USATF Mountain Running Championships (July 3 in Lincoln, NH) and the USATF 30 km Trail Championships (July 30 in Colorado Springs, Colo.).  For a complete calendar of national USATF championships click here.

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