EDINBURGH, Scotland -- On the winding course in Holyrood Park, Team USA’s Garrett Heath proved his title of the king of cross country was worth it, taking down Great Britain’s Mo Farah in the senior men’s 8 km at the Great Edinburgh XCountry International Challenge on Saturday.
Team USA (232 points) finished the day in third in the team competition behind Team Great Britain with 125 points and Team Europe with 197 points. Fans can catch all the action with the webcast replay available on USATF.TV.
Heath, the two-time defending 4 km champion in Edinburgh, and compatriot Scott Fauble stuck with the front of the pack early on, with the duo pushing the pace along with the whole of Team GB. With the final lap ahead, Farah made his move to the front of the pack and Heath and Fauble went with the Olympic gold medalist. Fauble took the lead with 800 meters to go but surged too soon, as Heath stayed on his shoulder and passed both Fauble and Farah.
Heath was impressive over the final meters and found another gear to take the win in 25:29. Farah was behind Heath in 25:31 and Fauble was impressive in his international debut to take third in 25:38.
The top American woman in the senior women’s 6 km was 2015 USATF National Cross Country Champion Amy Val Alstine who crossed sixth overall in 21:41. In the junior men’s 4 km race, Phillip Rocha was the fastest American in fifth, finishing in 19:41, while fellow junior Katie Rainsberger was the top American in the junior women’s race, crossing in 14:29 for fifth. The junior women’s race had to be shortened due to weather conditions.
Full results from the Great Edinburgh XCountry International Challenge can be found here. Join the conversation with USATF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.