For Great coverage of Western States check out Irunfar they even have a prediction contest. Here is how I see the women's field stacking up....
#1 Rory Bosio
Rory has been in the top 5 each of the three years she has run Western States. With Ellie Greenwood (defending champ) out look for her to be close to breaking 18 hours.
#2 Nikki Kimball
Kimball is not new to Western States and has even multiple wins. Since the fall she has only done one event and looks to be in good form. I expect her and Rory to duke it out for the lead.
#3 Aliza Lapierre
Since her last Western States where she finished 3rd among the ladies Aliza put a good showing on the trails of Colorado at Leadville finishing in the top 5. Look for her to finish among the leaders.
#4 Amy Sproston
Sproston has won in the past at JFK, Pine to Palm, and Mt Hood. Last year she won Gold at the World Championships 100k. I hope that she can break 19 hours and crack the top 5 this year.
Rounding out the top 10
#5 Ashley Nordell
#6 Meg Arbogast
#7 Emily Harrison
#8 Pam Smith
#9 Denise Bourassa
#10 Melaine Peters
Good luck to all runners. Hope to see you on the track real soon.