Cherokee graduate Megan Lacy returned to competitive running after a 17-month layoff when she placed third in the USATF Trail Half-Marathon Championships in Hayward, Wisc.
Lacy ran 1:33.04, finishing behind only Megan Roche of Boulder, Colo. [1:27;31] and Samantha Lewis of Moscow, Idaho [1:30:39] in the women’s race. Overall, Lacy was 17th of more than 200 runners who competed in the half marathon on the Birkie Ridge Trail, located in northwestern Wisconsin, about 50 miles east of the Minnesota border.
The race was Lacy’s first since the Mountain West Conference 5,000-meter run in May of 2017 at Utah State in Logan, Utah.
Lacy, now based in Boise, completed her collegiate eligibility at Boise State after graduating from Stanford, where she ran 5,000 meters on the track in 16:35 but spent much of her collegiate career dealing with injuries.
At Cherokee, Lacy ran 10:24.61 for 3,200 meters, winning the 2012 state Group 4 title before lowering her PR to 10:22.02 — third-fastest in South Jersey history — in placing third in the Meet of Champions. She was also a two-time state champion in cross country.