Lucas runs to record |

Lucas runs to record

Staff reports

Ellen Lucas has been running the Carson Nugget Nevada Day Classic for longer than she cares to remember. The Gardnerville runner decided to try something different Saturday and wound up with a new course record.

Lucas, 47, finished as the first woman overall in the Carson City 8-kilometer race and set a course masters women’s record with a time of 32 minutes, 47 seconds. Her time broke the old course standard of 33:19 set by Jackie Taylor in 1999.

Brett Long was the overall winner in a men’s course record of 26:35 and Gregorio Castro edged defending race champion and training partner Agustin Arroy for second-place. Castro ran 27:49 and Arroy 28:17.

Jason Morgan of Bridgeport was fourth in 28:55.

Lucas already held the Classic record for the women’s 2-mile with her 12:16 in 2001. She usually runs the 2-mile, but decided to go for the longer 4.97-mile distance this time.

“I can’t remember the last time I ran the 8K. It was a long time, before they even had the option (of running 2 miles or 8K),” Lucas said.

She figures it had been at least 10 years. Maybe longer.

“I tried to go back and look up my time. I went back through three albums and still couldn’t find it,” said Lucas.

Lucas, former Douglas High running star Brooks Hill and Julie Taggart also finished as the first women’s relay team at the Lake Natoma Four Bridges Half Marathon and Three-Person Relay on Sunday.