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News and Notes - Volume 11, Number 27

11/23/2011
 

1. Team USA fifth at Chiba Ekiden
2. Wisconsin, Georgetown cruise to NCAA titles
3. Team USA set for International Chiba Ekiden

Team USA fifth at Chiba Ekiden
Team USA ran to a fifth place finish Wednesday at the 2011 International Chiba Ekiden, which is an annual relay competition featuring a total of nine nations. 

Team USA finished with an overall time of 2:09:06 to finish behind first place Kenya (2:04:40). Japan was second, Japan University third and Russia fourth.

The race features mixed teams of men and women running six alternating legs totaling 42.195 km as follows: 1st leg, Men 5 km; 2nd leg, Women 5 km; 3rd leg, Men 10 km; 4th leg, Women 5 km; 5th leg, Men 10 km; 6th leg, Women 7.195 km. Team USA finished fifth in the event last year.

Team USA individual results are as follows:
First leg: Robert Cheseret, 13:38, 3rd place
Second leg: Alisha Williams, 16:15, 10th place
Third leg: Christopher Landry, 30:00, 7th place
Fourth leg: Emily Brown, 16:25, 6th place
Fifth leg: Robert Mack, 28:55, 3rd place
Sixth leg: Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, 23:53, 5th place

Wisconsin, Georgetown cruise to NCAA titles
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Wisconsin Badgers and the Georgetown Hoyas took home top honors in the men’s and women’s team competition Monday at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

On the men’s side, Wisconsin earned its fifth national title and proved it was worthy of it’s No. 1 ranking by scoring 97 points to outdistance runner-up Oklahoma State. On the women’s side, Georgetown claimed its first ever national title in scoring the second highest winning score ever at the NCAA Championships of 162 points. The Hoyas held off second place Washington, which finished with 170.

Specifically, Arizona’s Lawi Lalang won the men’s individual competition by completing the 10 km course in 28:44.1 while Villanova’s Sheila Reid claimed the women’s individual title by finishing the 6 km course in 19:41.2.

Team USA set for International Chiba Ekiden
INDIANAPOLIS –Team USA will compete Wednesday in the 2011 International Chiba Ekiden. The 23rd annual event will be in Chiba, Japan, and, in addition to Team USA, the marathon relay will feature teams from nine nations including host team Japan, Kenya, Poland, Russia, Australia and Canada.
 
The Team USA squad will be led by a pair of U.S. champions from the 2011 USA Running Circuit. Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (Rome, Ga.), the USA champion in the 20 km, 10 Mile and 10 km races, headlines the team along with USA Men’s 8 km champion Bobby Mack (Raleigh, N.C.).
 
The 2011 team will also feature 2009 USA Cross Country champion Emily Brown (Minneapolis, Minn.) and 2010 USA 5 km champion Robert Cheseret (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Rounding out the team will be Wendy Thomas (Windsor, Colo.), Christo Landry (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Josh Moen (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Alisha Williams (Colorado Springs, Colo.).
 
The race features mixed teams of men and women running six alternating legs totaling 42.195 km as follows: 1st leg, Men 5 km; 2nd leg, Women 5 km; 3rd leg, Men 10 km; 4th leg, Women 5 km; 5th leg, Men 10 km; 6th leg, Women 7.195 km. Team USA finished fifth in the event last year.
 
For more information on the 2011 Chiba International Ekiden visit www.usatf.org.


Jared Slinde
Communications Manager
USA Track & Field
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