Coming through with the wins were Nathan Haskins and Emily Anne Vall taking the men’s and women’s races in 54:33 and 1:08:34 respectively. Kennesaw State cross country team standout Haskins is currently the XTERRA series leader for his Male 20-24 age group, and this win allows him to enjoy an even larger cushion in the point standings. He was able to defeat Charleston, SC local Ryan Thompson, 28, by just over a minute and Tyrone resident Jason Veclotch, 21, who clocked in at 59:58. In terms of points, Veclotch is now just 20 points behind Haskins, so it will all come down to the final few races to decide who will be crowned as Regional Champion for their division and receive free entry to the XTERRA Trail Running National Championship on September 13 in Bend, Oregon.
For the women, it was series newcomer Vall , 32 from Atlanta, who crossed the finish line more than 3 minutes ahead of Charlotte, NC resident Jenny Everett, 30. Carrying on her third place streak was 24-year old Tara Mooney from Jasper, GA turning in a time of 1:11:54.
As mentioned before, with just three races left in the series, area runners will need to finish the 2009 season strong in order to edge out the competition for the title of XTERRA Georgia Regional Champion. Not only is the XTERRA Trail Running National Championship at stake, but from there, runners will have the opportunity to race against an international gathering of trail enthusiasts at the XTERRA Trail Running World Championship December 6 on the spectacular Hawaiian island of Oahu.
Complete race results and more information can be found online at www.xterratrailrun.com.