It was quite a busy weekend for local runners, so let's get right to a recap (oh, and if I missed your race, let me know, I'll add it.)
Perhaps they should rename the Napa Valley Marathon the Mary Coordt Race. The 40-year-old Elk Grove marathoner, who has already qualified for the Olympic Trials, won her record fourth Napa marathon yesterday. And she did it in a time -- 2 hours 46 minutes 7 seconds -- only eight seconds off the Olympic women's qualifying standard.
Coordt, who also won Napa in 1997, 2005 nd 2009, was the fifth overall finisher. She was followed in sixth place by the Sacramento area's top male, Robert Evans of Pollock Pines, at 2:46:39.
Check out the Napa results here.
Meanwhile, a gaggle of area distance runners traveled to Redding for the USATF-sanctioned NorCal 10 Mile Road Championships on the hilly Sacramento River parkway.
Top area finishers: Kevin Pool (Folsom) second overall at 51 minutes 13 seconds; Austin Weaver (Sacramento) third at 52:40; Mike Styczynski (Sacramento) fifth at 53:52.
Perhaps the most impressive showing was by former Sacramento Olympian Linda Somers Smith. The 48-year-old, who now lives in Southern California, was the top female finisher and the second overall Masters runner (regardless of gender) at 57:09. That beat the Masters record of 59:15, set in 1992.
Other top women: Kim Conley (West Sacramento), second at 1:01:28; Jenny Hitchings (Sacramento) third at 1:03:49.
One last note for longtime readers of this blog: Daniel Weintraub, the ex-Bee columnist and "Run, Sacramento" blog contributor, finished 34th overall at 1:00:45.
Complete results for the Redding 10-miler here.
And, finally, at the Masters World Indoor Track & Field Championships in Kamloops, Canada, Folsom's Liz Palmer too home silver medals in the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles.
UPDATE: Read Liz's blog about the meet at the "Younger Legs for Older Runners" blog here.