Add national champion to Paul Terranova’s impressive resume.
Terranova, the 41-year-old ultrastud from Austin, won the USATF 100 Mile National Trail Championship on Saturday in Huntsville as part of the Rocky Raccoon series of ultras. In the women’s 100-miler, Nicole Studer of Dallas won the national title and set the American record with her incredible time of 14:22 with San Antionians Liza Howard second (15:34) and Melanie Fryar third in 16:17.
Ian Sharman, the ultramarathon king from Walnut Creek, California, was the actual winner of the 100-miler in13:32, but Sharman is British and not eligible for US national titles. Neither is Marco Bonfiglio of Italy who was second in 13:57. Terranova was just eight minutes back in third in 14:05 and the first American. Sam Skeels of Michigan was fourth in 14:11 and Ronnie Delzer of The Woodlands was fifth overall in 14:15.
Terranova’s winning time of 14:05 not only broke the age group record on the Hunstville course, but is the fastest ever run by a masters runner on that course. The previous fastest was 14:12:20, set by Jorge Pacheco in 2008.