EDINBURGH, Scotland -- The U.S. men turned in an impressive showing at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country race at Holyrood Park Saturday, highlighted by Chris Derrick’s victory in the senior men’s 8 km. Team USA took third overall in the team standings, scoring 203 points with three of the four U.S. teams turning in second-place finishes.
Derrick (Naperville, Ill.) captured the men’s 8 km title with a time of 24:11, overtaking the field halfway through the race and expanding his lead in the final lap. Derrick’s winning performance marks the second straight year an American has taken the senior men’s crown.
Derrick was joined in his spectacular top-five performance by 2013 Bupa Great Edinburgh XC champion Bobby Mack (Raleigh, N.C.), who crossed fourth in 24:28. 2013 National Club Cross Country individual champion Joseph Gray (Lakewood, Wash.) rounded out the top-10 finishes for the U.S. senior men with his eighth-place finish of 24:47. The U.S. senior men (55) were just edged out of the top spot by Team Europe (53) in the men’s 8 km race.
The U.S. junior men were equally strong Saturday, narrowly missing a top team finish with 20 points to Team Europe’s 17. Out of the four scorers for the American junior men, Matthew Maton (Bend, Ore.) edged countryman and teammate Tanner Anderson (Spokane, Wash.) for the bronze medal with both crossing in 19:16. Also scoring for the Red, White and Blue were Kai Wilmot (Spokane, Wash.) and Estevan De La Rosa (Arcadia, Calif.) in sixth (19:21) and seventh (19:23), respectively.
The U.S. junior women were led by top-10 finishes courtesy of Lauren Wood (Lebanon, Ohio) and Megan Curham (Warren, N.J.). Wood was the top American woman in the junior women’s 4 km, finishing sixth in 14:24. Curham also scored for the U.S. junior women with her 10th-place time of 14:31. The junior women of Team USA finished just ahead of Team Europe, tallying 39 points for second place.
Kellyn Johnson (Flagstaff, Ariz.) of the newly-formed Northern Arizona Elite led the way for a young U.S. senior women’s team, staying in the hunt for most of the women’s 6 km race and finishing sixth in 21:02. Fellow American Stephanie Dinius (Palo Alto, Calif.) also turned in a top-10 performance Saturday, crossing just behind Johnson in 21:06. Team USA scored 89 points to finish third in the senior women’s team race.
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Bupa Great Edinburgh XCountry 2014 Junior Women 4K Results (PDF)
Bupa Great Edinburgh XCountry 2014 Junior Men 6K Results (PDF)
Bupa Great Edinburgh XCountry 2014 Women 6K Results (PDF)
Bupa Great Edinburgh XCountry 2014 Men 8K Results (PDF)
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