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Fehr wins Missoula Marathon; Drobeck sets women's record

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Some really do like it hot. Go ahead and count elite Missoula runner Trisha Drobeck among them.

Just weeks after her 32nd birthday, the recently married former Trisha Miller braved the heat Sunday morning and shattered the course record in winning her second women’s open division of the Missoula Marathon.

Drobeck, who has called Missoula home since starting at the University of Montana in 1998, paid little attention to the sweltering July temperatures and crossed the finish line in two hours, 49 minutes, 47.8 seconds with a twirl and a pump of her right fist.

Drobeck added to her Missoula Marathon trophy collection after winning the 2010 race.

Her time easily eclipsed the previous course best of 2:57.44, set by Annie Thiessen of Tacoma, Wash., in 2009.

Afterward, Drobeck admitted that setting the low mark in the sixth year of the Garden City’s annual running showcase was her goal all along.

“Since about February I’ve been focusing on this race,” said Drobeck. “I’ve been doing a lot more speed work, a lot more miles each week and just trained really hard. I really had that course record in the back of my mind since 2010. So I was definitely thinking about that and that was my goal today.”

Not only did Drobeck set the standard, she also iced her competition. Runner-up Erica Schramm finished nearly 14 minutes behind at 3:03.13.0.

Bryanna Gondeiro was third at 3:11.39.7, followed by Holly Orrell at 3:12.33.8 and Ashley Schroeder at 3:14.19.9.

“I love this race, I love this town and to come here and be No. 1 today and set a course record is more than I could have hoped for,” said Drobeck.

Corvallis native and current Missoula resident Collin Fehr was the men’s full marathon champion after holding off a late push from fellow Garden City harrier Jimmy Grant.

Fehr turned in the third-fastest time ever for a men’s participant by breaking the tape in 2:32.39.6 and adding a first pump of his own.

Grant, a local favorite who garnered his second consecutive runner-up performance, crossed with an ear-to-ear grin in 2:33.39.7, breaking his personal best in the Missoula Marathon by nearly two minutes.

“Any day that you come across the line before Jimmy Grant is a good day,” joked Fehr, who played basketball at Montana Tech and tennis at UM before turning his focus to running. “He’s just an outstanding runner.”

Matt Shyrock won the men’s half marathon with an official time of 1:09:51.3, edging Casey Jermyn’s course record of 1:09.52 set in 2008.

Recent high school graduate Chiara Warner, a two-time State B cross country champion from Townsend, won the women’s half in 1:21:59.3.

Missoula Hellgate senior Adam Peterman took third in the men’s half, while Mike Bresson of Spokane set a men’s masters division half-marathon record, finishing second overall and winning the event for the second year in a row at 1:11:20.7.

2012 Missoula Marathon

Men’s top 10 – 1, Collin Fehr, 2:32.39.6; 2, Jimmy Grant, 2:33.39.7; 3, Brian Cooke, 2:44.50.7; 4, Marc Bergman, 2:47.18.5; 5, Robert Miles, 2:48.52.2; 6, Derek Kanwischer, 2:49.00.9; 7, Heath Wiltse, 2:50.07.1; 8, Jeffrey Beal, 2:50.07.7; 9, Matthew Urbanski, 2:50.13.0; 10, Matt Choquette, 2:52.35.1.

Women’s top 10 – 1, Trisha Drobeck, 2:49.47.8; 2, Erica Schramm, 3:03.13.0; 3, Bryanna Gondeiro, 3:11.39.7; 4, Holly Orrell, 3:12.33.8; 5, Ashley Schroeder, 3:14.19.9; 6, Angel Hudson, 3:16.02.0; 7, Joan Klostreich, 3:17.49.7; 8, Julie Bertoia, 3:18.28.5; 9, Vesta Coufal, 3:20.14.4; 10, Sarah Larue, 3:20.48.9.

Men’s half-marathon – 1, Matt Shyrock, Missoula, 1:09:51.3; 2, Mike Bresson, Spokane, 1:11:20.7; 3, Adam Peterman, Missoula, 1:13:49.8; 4, Jacob Naegeli, Trout Creek, 1:14.06.0; 5, Devin Cowan, Bozeman, 1:14.07.3; 6, Michael Western, Waverly, Iowa, 1:16.29.9; 7, Kyle McNaught-Davis, Spokane, 1:16.46.2; 8, Chris Morlan, Spokane, 1:17.57.3; 9, Andy Lefriec, Spokane, 1:18.12.5; 10, Sancho Ridesatthedoor, Helena, 1:19:39.8.

Women’s half-marathon – 1, Chiara Warner, Townsend, 1:21.59.3; 2, Kath Hardcastle, Corvallis, 1:22:31.2; 3, Emily Shertzer, Jonestown, Penn., 1:23.26.0; 4, Meg Lerch, Missoula, 124.25.6; 5, Paige Gilchrist, Missoula, 1:26.56.4; 6, Carly Holman, Missoula, 1:27.20.0; 7, Darr Tucknott, Nissoula, 1:27.58.5; 8, Brooke Andrus, Missoula, 1:28.34.0; 9, Julie Gilchrist, Missoula, 1:30.35.0; 10, Scarlet Kaplan, Arlee, 1:30.57.7.

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