Regional Digest: Edwards heads class for Running Hall

Sally Edwards, who co-founded the California International Marathon and was a successful runner and triathlete, headlines the third class for the Sacramento Running Association’s Hall of Fame.

Former Jesuit High School distance runners Eric and Mark Mastalir, longtime Jesuit coach Walt Lange, Masters standout Jim O’Neil and ultramarathoner Bill Finkbeiner also will be inducted Feb. 21 at the Sheraton in Sacramento.

Edwards teamed with John Mansoor to found the CIM in 1983. She started Fleet Feet Sports in 1976, expanding the company to 40 retail stores and $20 million in sales before selling the company in 1993. She also has written 23 books on sports, fitness and health. Her athletic achievements include winning the 1980 Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, 1983 American River 50-Miler and 1988 Ironman Masters title.

The Mastalir twins were among the nation’s fastest high school distance runners while competing for Lange at Jesuit. At the 1986 state meet, Mark won the 1,600-meter title in 4 minutes, 7.81 seconds, and Eric was first in the 3,200 meters in 8:44:95. The Mastalirs also competed for the United States in the 1987 World Junior Cross Country Championships.

Lange, who led Jesuit to 24 Sac-Joaquin Section titles, also coached 2000 Olympian Michael Stember.

O’Neil set Masters records with a 2:32:36 marathon in his 50s and a 2:47:15 marathon in his 60s.

Finkbeiner was the first person to receive the Leadville 2,000-Mile Buckle for 20 Leadville Trail 100-Mile Run finishes. He’s one of only five runners to finish the same 100-mile race 25 times.

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Sac State pitcher honored

Sacramento State senior right-hander Brennan Leitao has been named to the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American third team selected by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

He is the only Western Athletic Conference player named to the preseason teams. The Hornets did not have a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American last year, but pitcher Sutter McLoughlin (Rio Americano) and first baseman Rhys Hoskins (Jesuit) made the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Baseball America Preseason All-Conference teams, respectively.

Already Sacramento State’s all-time leader with 24 career wins and 304.0 innings, Leitao is a two-time all-WAC first-team selection and was an all-WAC tournament honoree last season after leading the Hornets to their first WAC tournament championship and NCAA Division I Regional appearance.

Bee Sports staff