AUBURN, Calif. — Central Oregon runners were among the top finishers in the Western States Endurance Run, an annual 100-mile race across rugged, mountainous Northern California terrain that started Saturday morning at Squaw Valley and concluded late Saturday night and early Sunday in Auburn.

In the women’s division, Bend’s Amy Sproston finished second in 18 hours, 54 minutes, 44 seconds. Sproston, 39, was runner-up to Kaci Lickteig (17:57:59), of Omaha, Nebraska, who finished in 17:57:59. Among 280 finishers overall, Lickteig was 14th and Sproston 21st.

In the men’s race, Bend’s Jeff Browning, 44, was third in 16:30:40. Another runner from Bend, Ian Sharman, was sixth in 16:55:11.

The men’s winner also was from Oregon: Andrew Miller, of Corvallis, finished in 15:39:36 and at age 20 became the youngest Western States champion in the race’s 42-year history. Didrik Hermansen, of Oslo, Norway, was a distant second in 16:16:08.

— Bulletin staff report

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