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McMillan Elite defends title; adidas/Team Rogue Elite takes honor at USATF Club Cross Champs

12/12/2011
 
SEATTLE – Defending team champion McMillan Elite (Flagstaff, Ariz.)
successfully defended their open men’s title, while adidas/Team Rogue Elite
(Austin, Texas) took the women’s open team title Saturday at the 2011 USATF
National Club Cross Country Championships at Jefferson Park in Seattle,
Wash.

A record 1226 athletes competed at the 14th annual event, which featured
America’s top post-collegiate club teams from across the United States vying
for top honors and bragging rights as the nation's top cross country team.
The championships offered a total prize purse of $30,000, with $25,000 going
to the top open teams.

The day of racing began with the masters women’s 6 km where Club Northwest’s
Gwen Lapham scored a second-place finish to lead the host club as they
successfully defended their 40+ team title. Running unattached, Chris
Kimbrough (Austin, Texas) took the individual masters title, running 22:12
to finish nine seconds up on Lapham.

The masters women’s 6 km also saw the Impala Racing Team take the 50+ team
title as the Boulder Road Runners scored victories in the 60+ and 70+ team
divisions.

The masters men’s 10 km boasted the largest field of the day with 394
entrants. Malcolm Campbell took the top individual honors in 32:13, as he
led the Atlanta Track Club to the men’s 40+ team title.

Championships host, Club Northwest successfully defended their 50+ team
title as the Atlanta Track Club took the top team honors in the 60+ division
and the Boulder Road Runners won the 70+ and 80+ team titles.

In the open women’s 6 km, adidas/Team Rogue Elite won their first ever team
title over two-time team champions Boulder Running Company. Brie Felnagle
(Tacoma, Wash.) took the individual title, running 19:54 for a four-second
win over NCAA Division II Cross Country Champion Neely Spence (Shippensburg,
Pa.).

The open men’s 10 km saw Jonathan Grey of Team USA Minnesota take command of
the race at 6 km, quickly opening a 20 meter lead over a field that included
defending individual champion Aaron Braun and World Championships 1,500
meter bronze medalist Matt Centrowitz (Eugene, Ore.).

Grey cruised to the individual title in 29:38 for a 10 second win over Braun
while he edged Phillip Reid of the Asics Aggies as they finished in the same
time of 29:48. Centrowitz took fourth in 29:50.

For more information and complete results from the 2011 USATF National Club
Cross Country Championships, please visit www.usatf.org.

Jim Estes
Associate Director, Marketing & LDR Programs
USA Track & Field
317.713.4661
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