2007 USA Cross Country Championships
February 10, 2007
Olympians Alan Culpepper (Lafayette, Colo.) and Deena Kastor (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) returned to the USA Cross Country Championships for the first time since 2003, winning in style at the 2007 USA Cross Country Championships presented by Gleukos. Culpepper was timed in 37:09 for the men's 12 km course, and Kastor cruised to victory in 26:47 for the women's 8 km. Culpepper, the 2004 Olympic Marathon Trials champion, used a run from behind strategy to win his third cross country title over a field that included three other past champions. Kastor, the 2004 Olympic Marathon Bronze Medalist, took the lead early to make quick work of an equally strong women's field to win her eighth championship.
The event also served as the trials race to select the Team USA squad that will compete at the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, to be held in Mombasa, Kenya on March 24.