Abdirahman, Paulson win USA titles in Twin Cities
MINNEAPOLIS – Abdi Abdirahman (Tucson, Ariz.) won his fourth USA 10 Mile title and Ilsa Paulson
The men’s 10 mile championship started the day of racing with Max King (Bend, Ore.) leading Abdirahman, Anthony Famiglietti (Knoxville, Tenn.), a trio of Minneapolis-based Team USA Minnesota teammates Jason Lehmkuhle, Josh Moen and Patrick Smyth through the first mile in 4:31.
At two miles, Moen took charge of the pace with Abdirahman, Famiglietti, Lehmkuhle, Smyth and King close behind. An
At eight miles, Abdirahman moved to the front for the final time but Moen fought to stay in contact. Over the final mile Abdirahman managed to pull clear of Moen to win his second U.S. title of the year by three seconds.
Moen’s team USA Minnesota teammates Smyth and Lehmkuhle took the next two spots, running 47:09 and 47:16 respectively while Ian Burrell (Flagstaff, Ariz.) took fifth in 47:41.
The championship offered $25,000 in total prize money with the Abdirahman earning $10,000 for the win.
In the women’s marathon championship, four-time Olympian Colleen De Reuck was the overwhelming pre-race favorite but had company early in the race from Paulson, Nicole Blaesser (Seattle, Wash.) and local favorites Kristin Nicolini and Michelle Frey.
Nicolini managed to hold on for third, running 2:35:06 in her debut at the distance. Also in her debut, Blaesser took fourth in 2:35:09 as Sally Meyerhoff (Eugene, Ore.) rounded out the top-five in 2:35:49.
The women’s marathon featured $72,500 in prize money with Paulson taking home $25,000 for the win.
The men’s masters championship saw 2007 champion Tracy Lokken (Marquette, Mich.) reclaim the title, dominating the field with a 2:22:34 performance to finish 3:07 ahead of Carl Rundell (Birmingham, Mich.). Robert Weiner (Evergreen, Colo.) was third in 2:27:09.
Susannah Beck (Brunswick, ME) finished as second masters woman behind De Reuck in 2:43:18 and Mary Coordt (Elk Grove, Calif.) was third in 2:45:00.
Olympic Trials qualifying begins
The open men’s race saw five men run 2:19:00 or faster to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Trials, including Jason Hartmann (Boulder, Colo.) who won the overall title in 2:12:09. Lists of both men’s and women’s 2012 qualifiers will be maintained at www.usatf.org/groups/RoadRunning/elite/.
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