Ortiz Wins Gold For U.S. At Mountain Champs

Mandy Ortiz ran her first international race on Sunday and won it. Photo: www.shutterstock.com

She clocked 22:56 on the difficult 4.6K course.

Though she was racing in her first international event, 18-year-old Mandy Ortiz didn’t let the newness bother her. In fact, the Boulder, Colo. resident won gold for the United States at the 29th edition of the World Mountain Running Championships in Krynica – Zdrój, Poland last Sunday.

Ortiz’s performance helped the United States also win the team silver.

Ortiz covered the 4.6K course in 22:56. The course had 286 meters of climbing and 276 meters of descent.

Great Britain won the gold medal in the junior women’s category.

In the senior women’s division, former marathon elite Magdalena Lewy-Boulet led the U.S. squad with an 11th-place finish overall.

Sunday was Lewy-Boulet’s second mountain race.

“It was a lot of fun,” Lewy-Boulet admitted in a Running USA article, “But, I have to learn how to run downhill aggressively. I was losing places on the downhill. I think I have a lot of room for improvement. I don’t have the experience — it’s something I can learn. It’s a challenge, and I’m up for the challenge. I’m really looking forward to an uphill year. I’ll come back.”

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