RI’s Molly Huddle Scores Easy Win at US 5K

PROVIDENCE – American record holder Molly Huddle (Providence, R.I.) easily took the women’s crown and former University of Arizona star Robert Cheseret
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) surprised the men’s field to win his first
U.S. road title at the USA 5 km Championships Sunday in Providence, R.I.
Huddle was timed in 15:48 while Cheseret ran 14:01. 2010 marked the
sixth year that the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K hosted both the men’s and
women’s championships.

Huddle, the hometown favorite, took control from the gun but Sara Hall (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and Renee Metivier Baillie
(Boulder, Colo.) maintained close contact through the first mile.
During the second mile, Baillie lost contact with Hall as Huddle
lengthened her lead, cruising to a ten second win over Hall as Baillie
held on for third in 16:15. Meghan Armstrong (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Stephanie Pezzullo (Charlotte, N.C.) finished fourth and fifth in 16:25 and 16:29 respectively.
Coached by Ray Treacy (her coach while at Providence College), Pennsylvania native Huddle is one of a slew of post-collegiate women who have stayed in the Providence, RI area, train together, and have seen dramatice improvements. For Huddle, that is especially true as she’s having a break-out year.

In the men’s race, a pack of six men passed two miles together in 9:01, with Aaron Braun (Flagstaff, Ariz.) and Ben Bruce
(Eugene, Ore.) controlling the pace. Making the final turn off of
Memorial Drive, running up the only significant hill on the course,
Bruce had a slight edge over Cheseret, Braun and Andy Biladeau
(Charlottesville, Va.). Cresting the hill just after the three mile
mark, Cheseret had one more gear, kicking by Bruce to win by two-tenths
of a second, 14:00.00 to 14:00.20. Braun took third in 14:05 with
Biladeau finishing fourth in 14:06. Kyle Alcorn (Mesa, Ariz.) rounded out the top five in 14:10. .

Video highlights

The USA 5 km Championships are available in cooperation with RunnerSpace.com at www.USARunningCircuit.com.

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