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Two-time champion Leonard Korir leads Team USATF into 2019 SimplyHealth Great Stirling XCountry

1/7/2019
 

INDIANAPOLIS -- 2016 Olympian and back-to-back reigning event champion Leonard Korir will take his cross country talents to a new course as the former SimplyHealth Great Edinburgh XCountry moves to Stirling in 2019.


The event on January 12 will feature Team USATF against elite cross country runners from Europe in senior and junior races, as well as a mixed relay. A live broadcast on USATF.TV+ will start at 8:15 a.m. EST.


Korir (Colorado Springs, Colorado), who also won 15 km and 20 km USATF Championships last year, will lead the senior men’s team along with proven greats Ben Blankenship (Stillwater, Minnesota), Hillary Bor (Colorado Springs, Colorado), Garrett Heath (Seattle, Washington), Ryan Mahalsky (Rochester, Michigan) and David Elliott (Bellingham, Washington). Heath has won the Great Edinburgh XCountry three times and will look to usurp Korir’s reign.


2016 Olympians Bor and Blankenship, the latter of which won the 2018 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships, will also put forth strong efforts for the international title.


The women’s team boasts returning athletes Anne-Marie Blaney and Olivia Pratt, both of Rochester Hills, Michigan. In addition, Ayla Granados (Castro Valley, California) transitions to the 6km after competing in the 4x1 km Senior Relay in 2018.


Four U20 athletes will compete in the Junior Co-Ed Relay. Kelsey Chmiel (Greenfield Center, New York), Katelynne Hart (Glen Ellyn, Illinois) and Drew Bosley (Thiensville, Wisconsin) ran for the U.S. last year and will now be joined by Notre Dame commit Jake Renfree (Knoxville, Tennessee). Of particular note, Chmiel dominated the 2018 4km field in Edinburgh and brought home gold in 14:10.


Team USATF will be led by head coaches Mick Byrne of Wisconsin and 2004 World Cross Country Championships bronze medalist Kathy Butler. Aric Warren will serve as ATC and Alicia Lamb as LMT.


In contrast to previous XCountry events in Edinburgh, the new course features approximately 190m elevation and will include beautiful views of Central Scotland and Stirling Castle, according to the event website.


Click here for a course map.



Team USATF Roster - 2019 SimplyHealth Great Stirling XCountry


Senior Men

First

Last

Hometown

Benjamin

Blankenship

Stillwater, Minnesota

Hillary

Bor

Colorado Springs, Colorado

David

Elliott

Bellingham, Washington

Garrett

Heath

Seattle, Washington

Leonard

Korir

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ryan

Mahalsky

Rochester, Michigan

Senior Women

First

Last

Hometown

Anne-Marie

Blaney

Rochester Hills, Michigan

Grace

Barnett

Pawleys Island, South Carolina

Ayla

Granados

Castro Valley, California

Marisa

Howard

Pasco, Washington

Rachel

Johnson

Plano, Texas

Olivia

Pratt

Rochester Hills, Michigan

Senior Co-ed Relay

First

Last

Hometown

Craig

Nowak

Cypress, Texas

Stephanie

Schappert

Delray Beach, Florida

Danielle

Shanahan

Torrance, California

Frankline

Tonui

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Junior Co-ed Relay

First

Last

Hometown

Drew

Bosley

Thiensville, Wisconsin

Kelsey

Chmiel

Greenfield Center, New York

Katelynne

Hart

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Jake

Renfree

Knoxville, Tennessee

Staff

Title

First

Last

Men’s Coach

Mick

Byrne

Women's Coach

Kathy

Butler

Head ATC

Aric

Warren

LMT

Alicia

Lamb



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