Ostrander, Knotek claim junior Mount Marathon victories

July 4, 2011 

SEWARD -- Allie Ostrander of Soldotna crushed her own record today in the girls junior Mount Marathon. Miles Knotek of Moose Pass, meantime, ran what is believed to be the second-fastest overall time in the junior race history.

Ostrander, a 14-year-old who has three more years in the junior division, clocked a time of 30 minutes, 32 seconds to shave 43 seconds off the record she set last year.

The time placed her ninth overall in the junior race, a position she claimed by outsprinting a boy at the finish line.

Miles Knotek of Moose Pass claimed the boys' victory with an impressive 26:18. It was short of Bill Spencer's legendary record of 24:34 set in 1973. Knotek, who is 16, was 80 seconds faster than the next fastest runner, 15-year-old Lyon Kopsack of Palmer.

The junior Mount Marathon goes halfway up the 3,022-foot mountain.

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