Stetson Machen, a junior at Ririe, can now add ‘world champion’ to his athletic accolades. I’ve been receiving updates on him throughout the year as he has competed in Spartan races, and Saturday he won the 14-17 age division at the world championships in California.
The Medal Stand column will be on hiatus for the remainder of October to accommodate district and state tournament coverage for fall prep sports.
The Medal Stand: Ririe’s Machen claims Spartan world title
Ririe High School student Stetson Machen completed an impressive year by reaching the top of the podium in the 14-17 age division over the weekend at the Spartan World Championship in Tahoe, Calif., at the venue that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.
He completed the 13.5-mile course with 31 obstacles in two hours, 52 minutes, 43 seconds to claim the individual world title in his age division and place 12th overall in Saturday’s Beast Age Group race. The world championships drew hundreds of competitors and Machen was one of 29 competitors in the Beast Age Group race to break the three-hour mark.
The world title follows his win at the West Virginia Trifecta in Glen Jean, WV, on August 25, which determined North American champions. Machen won the 14-17 age group title there in 2:50:30 and was 18th overall in the Beast Age Group race. He won the 14-17 age division title at five Spartan races across the country earlier this year, including the Super Age Group races at Eden, Utah in July in 1:36:30 and in Richmond, Ill., in June in 1:49.38.
Coming up locally
The annual Eastern Idaho Run for the Cure takes place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Freeman Park. It is organized by Live Forward Performance, formerly known as Personal Best Performance directed by the late Michael Hays. This year, 10 percent of every individual entry free and 20 percent of every registration for the team event will go toward Live Forward Performance’s donation to Teton Cancer Institute. Continue Reading