3 women with Sacramento ties, 3 very different accomplishments in past week

Jenny Hitchings
Jenny Hitchings

1) Jenny Hitchings, running

In windy, wet, cold weather, Jenny Hitchings, 51, of Sacramento won the women’s 50-54 age group in the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 52 minutes and 51 seconds, finishing ahead of the next fastest female runner in her age group.

Bill Lindelof caught up to her Tuesday as she waited to board a flight home from Boston a day after her accomplishment.

2) Molly Schuyler, competitive eating

In just 20 minutes, Molly Schuyler of Plumas Lake chowed down more than 13 pounds of steak, consuming more than 12,000 calories and at least 540 grams of fat. And that’s not including the salad, shrimp cocktail and baked potato served with each Flintstones-sized hunk of meat.

The setting was April 19’s competitive eating competition at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, known as “The 72oz Showdown.”

The steak-eating champ gave The Bee’s Chris Macias a rare interview.

Here’s a look at Schuyler in action.

3) Paige VanZant, UFC fighting

A 21-year-old female strawweight fighter named Paige VanZant proved why she is on the brink of MMA stardom. The 5-foot-4 VanZant, who trains in Sacramento at Ultimate Fitness Gym, last Saturday (April 18) beat Felice Herrig, her favored 115-pound opponent.

VanZant was too young to fight professionally when she first took up mixed martial arts. When a small-time promotion offered her the chance to walk around the cage holding a numbered card above her head, she took it even though she really wanted to be inside throwing punches. Several years of hard work later, she is on the verge of stardom.

Here’s a photo gallery of her training and her fight.

Her weigh-in gave a glimpse of the showmanship that makes her such a marketable fighter:

Here are highlights of her fight against Herrig.