Youthful runners outpaced all comers at this weekend's Ben Blackgoat Memorial Race.
Greg Frank, 20, won the seven-mile leg of the race, besting all runners with a time of 46:16. The seven-mile race had to be shortened to 6.8 miles because of snow on Perseverance Trail caused by a large avalanche at the end of the trail.
The race is in memory of Ben Blackgoat, a former Juneau-Douglas High School standout who died in 1996. The Ben Blackgoat race follows Perseverance Trail and features two-mile, four-mile, and seven-mile races.
Runners aged 20 or younger placed first in all three distances this weekend. The two-mile race was won by 15-year-old Cameron Clark, and the seven-mile race was won by 20-year-old Jordan Moser.
Frank is the current leader for his age group (age 19-29) in the Empire Cup Runners series. The Empire Cup standings are based on race results throughout the year. Racers earn points based on how they place in races during the year.
Frank also placed second overall in the four-mile course of the Spring Tide Scramble two weeks ago with a time of 33:28.
For Complete Race Results for the Empire Cup and other races go to: http://www.southeastroadrunners.org/results.html.
Ben BlackgoatMemorial Race results
First, Cameron Clark, 14:43
Second, Riley Moser, 15:12
Third, James Beedle, 15:44
First, Jordan Moser, 34:30
Second, Kelly Nichols, 34:30
Third, Casey Campbell, 35:45
First, Greg Frank, 46:16
Second, Lucas Cramer, 46:24
Third, David Lesh, 48:39