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By Tommy Wells
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Wedin happy with 'old ladies' debut


Bobby Wells

Brook Wedin sprints downhill during her first appearance in the women's race.

\As she stood at the starting line and looked up at Mount Marathon, Brook Wedin didn't harbor any grand dreams of winning her debut in the women's division. The only goal the 18-year-old had was to make it to the top and back and finish in the first half of the 200-plus women's field.

Wedin did way better than that. She legged out a time of 1 hour, 5 minutes and 22 seconds and finished 29th overall.

She certainly caught the eye of another Seward runner, Denali Foldager-Strabel.

"I think she did incredibly well," said Foldager-Strabel, who greeted Wedin at the finish line with a hug. "She's just 18 and going to get better."

For her part Wedin was pleased with how her debut in the women's race went.

"It was my first 'old lady race' all the way to the top," she said, laughing. "It was a lot of fun."

The race didn't come without a few obstacles, however. Swarms of flies and bugs accosted the runners at almost every step.

"The flies were swarming," she said. "They were awful. If you didn't keep your mouth closed you could get one."

Wedin said the condition of the trail wasn't a huge factor for her. In fact, the recent rains, combined with the traffic the junior runners had put in on the trail earlier, made it ideal.

"The trail was beautiful," she said. "It was fun to run up and down and it be all soft."

A veteran of the Junior race, Wedin said she was satisfied with her outing even though she failed to crack the 1-hour mark by almost 5 1/2 minutes.

"I think it was a good place to start," she said. "It can only go up from here, right?"


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