Morgan Arritola

Ketchum’s Morgan Arritola, holding her dog Bru, accepts accolades at River Run Aug. 24 after finishing second among Pro Women in the Discrete Cirque Series Sun Valley race. She won Saturday’s series finale at Snowbird, Utah.

Ketchum’s Morgan Arritola, 33, posted a convincing Pro Women’s victory Saturday in the finale of the 2019 Discrete Cirque Series, on an 8.7-mile course with 3,566 vertical feet of elevation at Snowbird, Utah.

Arritola, a member of the 2019 USA Track and Field Mountain Running Team, made it a clean sweep of the three Wasatch Range mountain trail runs in the six-race Discrete Cirque Series.

She also won the first two Cirque Series women’s races this summer at Brighton and Alta in Utah, and placed second at Sun Valley.

On Saturday, Arritola (1.29:59) averaged 10 minutes and 21 seconds per mile and placed eighth overall—seven minutes ahead of the next Pro Woman, 23-year-old Mathilde Sagnes of Sandy, Utah (1.36:59). Arritola earned $1,000 for winning.

In Pro Women’s season standings, Arritola added 50 points and finished with 194 points in her four events.

She ranked second behind women’s season winner Erin Storck, 29, of Salt Lake City, Utah (208 points). For that effort, Arritola added another $500 in Cirque cash.

Storck placed fifth among Pro Women in 1.42:42. It was 12:43 behind Arritola.

Pro Men’s winner at Snowbird was Seth Demoor, 34, of Englewood, Co. in 1.20:38, better than three minutes ahead of Rick Floyd, 35, of Reno, Nev.

In fourth place 6:36 back of Demoor at Snowbird was Pro Men’s season champ Stephen Mulherin, 25, of Jackson Hole, Wyo. Mulherin ended his season with 204 points to capture the $1,000 first prize.

Placing 75th among women was Tricia Pascoe, 44, of Hailey in 2.36:53. She was 10th in the 40-49 age class and 345th overall. In 267th place and 43rd among Sports was Liliana Tenney with a 2.24:11 time.

Saturday at Snowbird, there were 530 finishers—430 in the huge Sport class, 83 Experts and 17 Pros.

Arritola plans to run with the U.S. team Nov. 15-16 in the 2019 World Mountain Running Championships at Neuquen, Argentina in the Villa La Angostura region. She has qualified for USATF Mountain Running Championships Sept. 29 at Waterville Valley, N.H.

Email the writer: sports@mtexpress.com

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