Ritzenhein, Flanagan dominate at USA Cross Country Championships
|SPOKANE – American record holders Dathan Ritzenhein (Portland, Ore.) and Shalane Flanagan
(Pittsboro, N.C.) dominated the open men’s and women’s fields at the
2010 USA Cross Country Championships Saturday at Plantes Ferry
Recreation Park in Spokane, Wash. Running 34 minutes 34 seconds for the
open men’s 12- kilometer race, Ritzenhein won his third U.S. Cross
Country title. Flanagan’s 25 minutes 10 seconds for the open women’s
8-kilometer was good for her fourth national cross country crown.
addition to the national titles, the top-six open men and women and
junior men and women qualified to represent Team USA at the IAAF World
Cross Country Championships on March 28 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Flanagan cruises to women’s title
Flanagan took control of the open women’s 8 km from the gun with two-time USA Women’s 10 km Champion Molly Huddle
(Providence, R.I.) the only one that tried to keep pace. By the end of
the first 2-kilometer loop, Flanagan held a five second lead over
Huddle. Over the final six kilometers Flanagan extended her lead to go
to a 51-second victory. Huddle held off a late charge by Amy Hastings (Flagstaff, Ariz.) to hold on for second, running 26:01. Hastings was timed in 26:09 while Magdalena Lewy Boulet took fourth in 26:09.
Renee Metivier Baillie (Boulder, Colo.) and Sara Hall (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) rounded out the Team USA qualifiers, finishing fifth and sixth in 26:26 and 26:37 respectively.
Patience pays off for Ritzenhein in open men’s championship
In the open men’s 12 km, Ritzenhein was content to let Patrick Smyth (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Scott Bauhs (Chico, Calif.) take the pace for the first four laps of the six lap course before making his move at 9-kilometers.
Ritzenhein’s lead grew to 18-seconds over the final lap, Smyth
continued to battle with Bauhs for second before pulling away to claim
the runner-up position, running 34:52. Bauhs was timed in 35:01 while Ben Bruce (Eugene, Ore.), Bobby Curtis (Ardmore, Pa.) and Ryan Vail (Gresham, Ore.) completed the qualifiers for the U.S. team, running 35:16, 35:22 and 35:25 respectively.
Greany takes junior women’s title
In the junior women’s race, Providence College freshman Shelby Greany (Providence, Rhode Island) broke away from pack of four runners to secure the victory on the final lap of the 6-kilometer race.
Greany ran 20:27 to finish five seconds clear of high school senior Emily Sisson (Chesterfield, Missouri), who ran 20:32.
Gaining the final four spots to Poland were Juliet Bottorff (Newark, Del.) of Duke who ran 20:32, followed by Georgetown freshman Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass.) at 20:33. Laura Tremblay (Loveland, Colorado) was fifth in 20:46, followed by Sophia Ziemian (Lewisburg, Pa.) at 20:49.
Dunbar dominates junior men’s field
(Kodiak, Alaska) ran away with the junior men’s 8-kilometer
championship, building up an early lead that extended to 17 seconds at
the halfway mark, before cruising to a six-second win in 24:04.
Walter Schafer (Centennial, Colo.) finished second in 24:10, followed by Andrew Colley (Williamsburg, Va.) of North Carolina State who ran 24:16.
Local favorite Andrew Kimpel
of Spokane, a freshman at Washington State University, gave the home
crowd something to cheer about, as he nabbed the fourth position,
running 24:19. Michael Lynch (Columbia, Md.) finished fifth in 24;24, and Ammar Moussa (Arcadia, Calif.) earned the final junior spot in 24:28.
Opening the day of racing at Plantes Ferry was the masters men’s and women’s 8 km championships, as former Olympian Colleen De Reuck (Boulder, Colo.) won the women’s title in 27:27, and Tracy Lokken (Marquette, Mich.), a former masters national champion, won the men’s race in 25:39.
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