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Yates wins third national title

March 5, 2013
The Alpena News

Alpena native Michele (Suszek) Yates earned her third national title after winning the USA 50 Mile Trail Championships on March 2 at Camp Eagle outside of Rocksprings, Texas. Yates finished in 6:53:25, topping rival Melanie Fryar, who finished in 7:31:58.

The win marks the second straight year that Yates has triumphed in the event. Last year Yates captured her first national title with a time of 7:25:41, edging Fryar by almost 20 minutes.

"My mindset going into this race was to actually race! Last year at this event, it was my first even though I was fit and healthy, I tried to be smart. I was conservative for the first two laps and then finished hard on the last 16.67 mile lap. At Bandera, I was not fit, nor healthy...just blessed," Yates said via her Web site. "This past Saturday, I felt strong, I had a great training period, stayed healthy and had the little bit of experience in the Ultra world I needed to execute my goal of a sub 7 hour finish."

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Michele Yates won her third national title last weekend, capturing the USA Trail 50 Mile Trail Championships title for the second straight year.



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