SNOWBASIN -- While Lindsey Anderson cemented her place as an Xterra Trail Run legend, Patrick Smyth made quite the first impression on Snowbasin Resort and the Xterra National Championships.
Although he lives in Salt Lake City, Smyth had never been to the picturesque trails at Snowbasin until Sunday.
So all he did in his first Xterra Trail Run was win the overall title.
Anderson, who made her first visit to Snowbasin last year and ran away with the title, successfully defended her women's championship. She is the second female runner to win back-to-back national titles.
Smyth didn't just win the 2013 Xterra championship, he dominated.
The former track and cross country star at Notre Dame immediately raced to the lead and never relented. He completed the 21-kilometer course in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 38 seconds, the fastest time since the event moved to Snowbasin Resort in 2011.
"I've been running 10K and 5Ks most of this summer, so I didn't know how long I could hold on," the 27-year-old said. "I kind of wanted to go out hard and see if I could break some people early."
By the halfway point of the course, Smyth had established a 30-second lead, and the only runner within striking distance was Joseph Gray.
Smyth continued to build his lead during the second half of the course, and even had time to get up and recover from a fall in the final two miles.
Gray, from Lakewood, Wash., finished second in 1:18:01. He was the co-winner of the 2012 Xterra Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii, but this was his first experience running at Snowbasin.
The top five overall finishers were all first-time entrants to the Xterra Trail Run national race.
Karl Remsen from Leadville, Colorado, was third in 1:20:23, Mauricio Mendez from Mexico was fourth in 1:21:19, and Nathan Peters from Salt Lake City was fifth in 1:21:29.
Mendez is 17 and just completed high school.
Perhaps just as noteworthy as Smyth's victory was the 11th place finish of Max King from Bend, Ore. King had won the previous five Xterra Trail Run national crowns.
King withdrew from his previous race in Poland last month due to an ankle injury, and it cost him some training time for the nationals.
"It was just a rough day," King said. "With the injury and stuff, I wasn't sure what to expect, but man, I'm just out of shape. I had no climbing legs. It happens sometimes, you can't win everything."
The women's race turned into a duel from the start, with Anderson, the former Weber State standout and current WSU assistant distance coach, and Liz Stephen from Vermont running close to each other -- and away from the other women -- for nearly the first 20 kilometers.
"I was a little bit hoping we wouldn't have to go out as hard," said Anderson, 28. "But (Stephens) really pushed it and took it out hard and she's a really good downhill runner. She would gap me by about 10 meters on the downhills, then I'd catch up on the uphills."
Anderson finished with a time of 1:27:46, the fastest women's time since the event moved to Snowbasin in 2011, and nearly six minutes faster than her winning time of last year.
Stephen came in right after Anderson at 1:28:12.
Both Anderson and Stephen have represented the United States in the Olympics. Anderson participated in the steeplechase at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing; Stephen participated in cross country skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Stephen also finished runner-up at the Xterra Nationals in 2011. She did not participate last year.
Maria Dalzot from Washington placed third in 1:39:59, and Corinne Malcolm from Bozeman, Mont., was fourth in 1:45:57.
Genevieve Keogh from Layton was in seventh, with Kristina Owen from Ogden eighth.
* AGE GROUP WINNERS: Twenty-eight runners representing 10 different states and three countries took home age-group titles at the 2013 Xterra Nationals.
The home-state Utah runners led the way with 10 champions, including Kevin Tuck from Salt Lake City in the men's 55-59 division. Tuck, 57, was an impressive 18th overall, and this was his fifth Xterra Trail Run National Championship age-group win.
Amy Galbraith from Venice, California, won her fourth national Ccampionship, this time in the women's 70-74 division.
Bob Evers (men 60-64) from Park City, and Hans Unger (men 70-74) from Sylmar, Calif., each won their third national titles.
On the young end of the spectrum, 9-year-old Jake Mackleer won the 9-younger division and became the youngest runner to complete the 21K course at Snowbasin.
Other repeat winners from last year include Kaytlynn Welsch (female 10-14) from Alvin, Texas, Anderson (female 25-29) from South Ogden, and Tamara Tabeek (female 50-54) from San Diego, Calif.
Also of note, Xterra triathlon pro Nicolas Lebrun entered the trail run for the first time and won the men's 40-44 division. A day earlier, he placed eighth overall at the Xterra USA Championship triathlon.
Other Utahns included Nathan Peters of Salt Lake (male 25-29), Smyth (male 30-34), BJ Christenson of North Salt Lake (male (40-44), Donnie Gray of Layton (male 50-54), Taha Mahmood of West Valley City (male 55-59), Genevieve Keogh of Layton (female 45-49), Melisa Harrison of Huntsville (female 50-54), and Deborah Wagner of Park City (female 65-69).
* 10K, 5K RACES: Four Utah runners took the top honors in the 10K and 5K races, which were also staged at Snowbasin Resort on Sunday.
Henry Gorman, a Nordic skier, placed first in the 10K with a time of 43:38. Gorman is 18 and resides in Salt Lake City. James Stull from Anchorage, Alaska, placed second in 45:09.
Meghan Sheridan from Salt Lake City was an impressive third overall and the first female for the 10K. She finished in 46:01, just one day after placing second in the 30-34 age division at the Xterra USA triathlon.
Chris Parker from Ogden took top honors in the 5K, finishing in 26:50, more than a minute ahead of the rest of the field. Hannah Ross from Sandy was the top female in the 5K, and fourth overall in 29:29.