2005 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
October 1, 2005
Led by the 15th place finish of Ryan Shay (East Jordan, Mich.), Team USA's men's squad earned a sixth place in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships with a cumulative time of 3:11:38.
Team USA's placing is the highest at this event since the 1996 squad finished eighth.
Shay's 15th place finish was the highest ever placing by an American, eclipsing the 17th place finish by Clint Verran in 2002. He was followed by Jason Hartmann (Boulder, Colo.), who finished 20th in 1:03:50. Matt Downin (Norwood, N.J.) rounded out the American scorers, finishing 30th in 1:04:53.
In the women's competition, Team USA finished ninth in a team time of 3:49:50.
Laura Turner (Tacoma, Wash.) was the top American, running a personal best of 1:16:11 in finishing 38th. Jenny Spangler (Lake Villa, Ill.) placed 43rd in 1:16:41. Stephanie Bylander (Alamosa, Colo.) rounded out the American scorers, finishing 46th in 1:16:58.