Ashland endurance runner Hal Koerner won the prestigious 100-mile Western States Endurance Run Saturday.

Koerner, 31, had entered the grueling competition five other times, and his highest placing was third.

On this day, however, no one could catch him as he clocked 16 hours, 12 minutes, 16 seconds over the course that stretches from Squaw Valley to Placer High School in Auburn, Calif.

The running-shoe store owner finished the 34th edition of the race at 9:36 p.m.

Last September, Koerner won another century race, the Angeles Crest 100.

The Western States is considered the best of the big races.

"Just wanting it so bad and hoping it would happen," Koerner told the Sacramento Bee of his feeling as he completed the race on the high school track. "It's the oldest 100-miler. I look at it as the biggest 100-miler in the world. The pageantry that surrounds this is huge."

"Things couldn't have been any better," he said. "I've never seen a better day here. ... It went pretty much the way I'd hoped."


Breanna Sapienza of the Superior Stingray Swimming club has recorded the nation's 10th-fastest time in the 50-meter butterfly for 11-year-old girls.

Sapienza, a sixth-grader at Grace Christian School, achieved a mark of 32.41 seconds at the Reno Gamble High Altitude Championships in Reno, Nev., June 15—17.

Additionally, Sapienza is ranked first in Oregon and 39th nationally in the 1,650-yard (one mile) swim.

"Breanna is an amazing swimmer because she is one of those rare athletes that can excel in every event she does," said Superior Stingray coach Greg Amorelli.


Blade Hannon of Medford knocked in a hole-in-one with an 8-iron on the 138-yard No. 13 hole at Eagle Point Golf Club on June 12.


June Podesta of Eagle Point aced the eighth hole at Eagle Point Golf Club on June 22 from 107 yards out.


Dean Phelps used a 5-iron to ace the fourth hole at Bear Creek Golf Course on June 22.

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