men tallied 71 points to take the silver medal with their best team finish to date. has sent a men's team to the mountain running championships (until 2009 known as the World Mountain Running Trophy) since 1990. In the past three uphill years (the course alternates between uphill terrain in even numbered years and up/down terrain in odd numbered years), the team has scored 102 points in 2004 to place eighth, 113 points in 2006 to place fifth, 76 points in 2008 to take the bronze medal. bronze medal was so exciting because it was our first medal, said five time team member Rickey Gates (2006 2010) who finished in 52nd position with a time of 1:04:03, silver is exciting and shows that we stepping it up. Americans are seeing that mountain running is a sport and internationally, people will consider USA a threat from her on out and this is really exciting for our program. Max King who finished in 16th timed in 1:00:50 as the second Team USA scoring team member behind Joe Gray who was 10th timed in 59:27, said, (course) makes road running look like a walk in the park. Today I tried to just maintain on the steep parts. I had a 10 meter lead on the field in the first kilometer, then I started to get caught which I knew would happen. I figured I go out fast on the road section because I wanted to have some space once the terrain got steeper. was a pretty good race for me. I feel like my hill running was a lot stronger than three months ago. When we turned the last corner (about 50 meters from the finish) I thought, got him (referring to the Italian runner and former World Champion Marco DeGasperi). King stayed with DeGasperi stride for stride then passed him with 10 meters to go. was about as good as I could have raced today. Third scoring member of Team USA Tommy Manning who finished 18th with a time of 1:01:09, loved the course and was elated with his finish. totally in shock. I thought I was in 40th, then someone on course said 18th. I had a goal of finishing in the top 25 and thought that would be unrealistic. I crushed it so I feel awesome. More importantly, if we medal I be happy for like seven years! Eric Blake rounded out the scoring finishing in fourth position for Team USA in 27th position with a time of 1:02:04. I wasn feeling very good in the race. I was just grinding up the course. I knew I was the fourth for USA at about 10k to go and that we had a good chance to medal. Knowing that the three guys in front of me were running really good races was an extra incentive a real motivator. Said Chris Lundstrom, 59th overall timed in 1:04:34, was great to be exposed to a higher level of mountain running competition. It was a really intense race. I got out in good position, but lost quite a few places on the steeper sections in the middle of the course. I certainly learned a lot about mountain running. Full results available at this link. Full coverage of the senior women, and junior men and women races will follow shortly. Trail Running Examiner Nancy Hobbs has a passion for trail and mountain running evidenced in her long time involvement with the sport as an administrator, competitor, and promoter. She is the founder and executive director of the American Trail Running Association, chairperson of USATF's Mountain Ultra Trail Council, and treasurer for the World Mountain Running Association. Contact me Costumed cheerleaders haunt, spook frightfully delight on October sidelinesMany people of all ages enjoy masquerading about in a costume for Halloween. For young ladies, a popular choice throughout the years has been a cheerleader. But what do cheerleaders dress as? 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Valuentum's TakeOverall, we were pleased with Nike's 2013 fiscal year, and we are confident the company will continue to produce major footwear hits. In fact, the only regions where growth looked weak (Western Europe and China) have broader economic issues at play that are likely more powerful than Nike could overcome. Nevertheless, we think both of these regions could be weak again in fiscal year 2014. Our valuation remains unchanged, but Nike is a high quality name we'd love to add to the portfolio of our Best Ideas Newsletter at the right price (below the low end of our fair value estimate range). Source: Why North America Remains Nike MVP Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. 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