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NE Distance’s Katrina Spratford Selected for Scottish XC Meet

Katrina Spratford selected for team
usa at Scotland cross country meet

Great
Edinburgh Cross Country Race January 7, 2017

Woonsocket, RI, ‰ÛÓ The coach of the
Woonsocket Middle School Cross Country team will be representing the USA in
Scotland next month.  Katrina
Spratford was selected for the team after her performance last Saturday at the
USA Track & Field National Club Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee,
Florida.

Spratford is one
of eight athlete-in-residence fellows from the NE Distance team.  NE Distance is a non-profit that
partners with the public school departments in Woonsocket and Providence to
create free after-school cross country and track running programs for
students.  This past fall over 300
students participated and were coached by the runners from the NE Distance
team.
 
 “It’s a dream come
true!  There’s nothing that tops
competing for your country and wearing USA on your uniform”, says Katrina
Spratford.                 
 
The Great
Edinburgh Cross Country run is an annual event in Scotland that pits the best
cross country runners from Great Britain
against their counterparts from Team USA and Team Europe.
 
Spratford,
26, is enjoying a breakout year having started 2016 with a top 10 finish at the
USATF National 15k Gate River Run in Jacksonville, FL, then getting personal
bests on the track this spring running 33:10 for the 10,000 meters at Stanford
in April and 16:08 for 5,000 meters at the Adrian Martinez Classic in Concord,
MA in June.  Most recently she
broke the course record at the local Mews Tavern Run in Wakefield, RI last
month.
 

Spratford will be
running the Great Edinburgh Cross Country Run in Edinburgh, Scotland on January
7th as part of the International Challenge. She is one of ten female
athletes in the USA who were selected to compete at this event. For more
information about Katrina Spratford or the NE Distance Project, please contact
Nich Haber at (646) 732-6066 or email at info@nedistance.org.

About the New England Distance Project                                                                                                                                                           
NE
Distance, Inc. is a New England based non-profit organization with a unique
dual mission to promote health and wellbeing among children while providing
support to post-collegiate athletes on a training path to top-level
competition. In 2012, NE Distance established their athlete-in-residence
fellowship program in Woonsocket, Rhode Island and last year expanded into
Providence. The not-for-profit organization recruits top-level post-collegiate
track athletes and matches them with urban middle schools to create after-school
running programs, providing mentorship, coaching, and tutoring for the youth
while living within community to model good habits for health including
physical activity and smart eating habits.

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