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RI’s Huddle Defends US 10K Title at Tufts

BOSTON – Molly Huddle
(Providence, R.I.) ran 32:07 to successfully defend her U.S. 10 km
title Monday at the USA Women’s 10 km Championships in Boston, Mass.  The championship was hosted by the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women and was the final race on the 2009 USA Running Circuit.

 

Clear
skies and temperatures in the low 50’s met a field of more than 7,000
women, who started the 33rd annual event which features an
international field as well as the top US women.

 

Genoveva Kigen of Kenya jumped to an early lead, passing the first mile in 4:52 for a five-second lead over Huddle, Katie McGregor (Saint Louis Park, Minn.), Rebecca Donaghue (State College, Pa.) and Teyba Naser of Ethiopia.

 

After
the Boston University turn at about two and a half miles, Huddle took
charge of the chase pack and began to close on Kigen. At four miles,
Huddle drew even with Kigen and the pair ran shoulder to shoulder
across the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge. After passing the fifth mile in
25:55 Huddle and Kigen remained side by side until the final turn on
Charles Street when Huddle used a final burst to sprint to a five
second win and her third U.S. title of the year.

 

Donaghue ran a personal best 32:29 to finish second in the championship as Sara Hall (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and Rene Metivier Baillie
(Boulder, Colo.) took third and fourth respectively, with both timed in
32:44. McGregor rounded out the top-five, running 32:46.

 

About the USA Running Circuit

 

The USA Women’s 10 km Championships was the final race on the women’s 2009 USA Running Circuit (USARC).  The
USARC is a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA
Championships from 5 km to the marathon and attracts the best U.S.
distance runners. Magdalena Lewy Boulet (Oakland, Calif.) is the women’s 2009 USARC champion with 59 points.  Colleen De Reuck (Boulder, Colo.) finished second with 54 points and Huddle finished third with 50 points.

 

The
USARC is a USA Track & Field road series featuring USA
Championships from one mile to the marathon, which attracts the best
U.S. distance runners. The 2009 USARC has ten events each for men and
women.

 

The
first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12
for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500
grand prix purse ($6,000, $4,000, and $2,500) for the top three men and
women point scorers overall. The USARC points at the USA Marathon
Championships will be doubled.

 

The
mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support, and promote
U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have
provided over $6 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.

 

For more information on the USA Women’s 10 km Championship and the 2009 USARC visit www.usatf.org.

About USA Track & Field
 
USA
Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and
field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States.
USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the
most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and
junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult
runners in the United States.
 
For more information on USATF, visit
www.usatf.org

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