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Drossin wins fifth 8K title at USA Winter Nationals
2-9-2002

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VANCOUVER, Wash. – Deena Drossin won her fifth U.S. women’s 8K national title at the 2002 USA Winter Cross Country Championships Saturday in Vancouver, Wash. Drossin easily defended her crown by winning the race in 26 minutes, 31 seconds. Other winners today included Tim Broe, who successfully defended his 4K men’s title, and Boston College freshman Maria Cicero, who won the Junior Women’s 6K championship.

The action resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site with the Junior Men’s 8K Championship, followed by the Senior Women’s 4K race at 11:00 a.m. This year’s Winter Nationals conclude with the Men’s National 12K Championship at 11:45 p.m. The top six finishers in the senior and junior races are eligible to compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, March 23-24 in Dublin, Ireland.

The following is a listing of the top 15 finishers in today’s races that determined roster spots for the 2002 World Cross Country Championships, along with quotes and a race in review for each contest. Full results may be found on the USATF Web site at: http://www.usatf.org.

SENIOR WOMEN – 8000 METERS 1. Deena Drossin (Asics), 26:31 2. Colleen De Reuck (Nike), 26:46 3. Elva Dryer (Nike), 26:51 4. Jen Rhines (adidas), 27:04 5. Milena Glusac (adidas), 27:12 6. Amy Rudolph (adidas), 27:18 7. Sarah Toland (Unattached), 27:52 8. Liz Wilson (Unattached), 28:02 9. Amy Yoder-Begley (Asics), 28:03 10. Sara Wells (Unattached), 28:05 11. Magdalena Lewy (Nike Farm Team), 28:06 12. Sarah Hann (New Balance), 28:12 13. Kristin Harper (Track West), 28:17 14. Kim Fitchen (Nike), 28:18 15. Rachel Sauder (New Balance), 28:28

Race Conditions: Sunny and chilly, 42 degrees and calm winds. The course featured thick grass with occasional slick spots.

Race in Review: 54 women toed the line for four laps over the 2K loop. One mile was passed in 5:06, with a lead pack of Deena Drossin, Colleen De Reuck, Elva Dryer, Amy Rudolph, Jen Rhines and Milena Glusac. This pack continued together through 2K (6:35). On the second loop, the group remained together, with a 4K split of 13:25. At the end of 6 kilometers (19:51) this group was strung out but still in the lead. Drossin led the race followed by De Reuck (20:01), Dryer (20:06), Rhines (20:10), and Glusac and Rudolph together (20:20). This group maintained their dominance to the finish. The Dublin team will be Drossin, De Reuck, Dryer, Rhines, Glusac and Rudolph.

Drossin Notes: In winning her fifth career long course national title (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002) Deena Drossin is now tied for second on the all-time list with Doris Brown, who also won five titles (1966, 1968-71). Three-time world cross country champ Lynn Jennings, leads the way with nine U.S. titles (1985, 1987-’93, 1996). Drossin also won the 4K title at the 2000 Winter Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., becoming the only woman in history to win the short and long course title at the same event since the short course race was added in 1998. Known as America’s most dominant cross country runner, Drossin is also considered the nation’s strongest competitor in the marathon. In her first ever outing as a marathoner, Drossin won the 2001 U.S. women’s marathon title at the New York City Marathon on November 4 in the fourth-fastest time in history by an American woman of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 58 seconds. Drossin also won the 2001 USA Outdoor 10,000m title for the second time in her career. She ended the 2001 season ranked #1 in the U.S. at 10,000m after finishing 11th in that event at the World Outdoor Championships. Drossin has enjoyed a layoff from competition since the 2001 New York City Marathon.

Drossin Quotes: When I woke up I felt horrible today, but once I got on the course I started feeling a lot better…my body remembered this course from last year and it got me going. This is my fondest U.S. (cross country) win because I didn’t know what kind of shape I was in. I think the team we have going to Worlds is awesome – good enough to get bronze on a bad day and gold on a good day. Being able to train with Elva (Dryer), Jen (Rhines) and Amy (Rudolph) has been fabulous. The synergy from training together has helped me tremendously. I went out conservative at the beginning. I wanted to make my move later on with 1½ laps to go. Once I made that move, I was surprised nobody stayed with me. I don’t know how I pulled it off today. I’m extremely fortunate.

De Reuck Quotes: It’s exciting to be going to the World Championships. I’m very excited and I’m so motivated to train for Worlds, and it’s really truly special to be a part of this team.

Dryer Quotes: I feel good about it. I think that between now and Ireland I have a lot to look forward to. I’ll be doing a couple of road races between now and Ireland. I’ll be doing the World’s Best 10K Road Race in Puerto Rico next weekend and then the U.S. 15K Championships in Florida.

TEAM SCORING

1. Nike 22 points 2. adidas 25 3. Asics 32 4. U.S. Air Force 76 5. U.S. Army 80

SENIOR MEN – 4000 METERS 1. Tim Broe (adidas), 11:26 2. Jorge Torres (Univ. of Colorado), 11:27 3. Tony Cosey (adidas), 11:28 4. Dave Davis (Unattached), 11:29 5. Matt Lane (Nike), 11:30 6. Bryan Berryhill (adidas), 11:33 7. Andy Downin (Nike), 11:36 8. Jonathan Riley (Unattached), 11:37 9. Robert Gary (adidas), 11:37 10. Mark Croghan (adidas), 11:39 11. Jared Cordes (Wisconsin Runner), 11:43 12. Sandy Rebenciuc (Army), 11:45 13. Anthony Famiglietti (adidas), 11:47 14. Ray Hughes (Nike), 11:47 15. Emry Carr (Hansons Running), 11:50

Race Conditions: Mostly sunny and 42 degrees with calm winds. The course featured thick grass with occasional slick spots.

Race In Review: For the second event of the day, continued excellent weather prevailed. 78 men started this two-lap course for a total of 4 kilometers to select the “short course” senior team for Dublin. At one mile (4:33) the pack was huge, headed by Clint Wells, Robert Gary, Bryan Berryhill and Jonathan Riley. At 2 kilometers (5:50) Tim Broe had joined this lead group. The pack continued to race the second loop without separating. It was a sprint finish, with Broe in the lead, followed by Jorge Torres, Tony Cosey, Dave Davis and Matt Lane forming the team.

Broe Notes: Broe wins his second U.S. 4K Cross Country title in a row, after setting a new American record in the indoor 3,000 meters in Boston earlier this year on January 27. Broe ran 7:39.23 to break Steve Scott’s 3000m American indoor record of 7:39.94, set in 1981. The 2001 U.S. Indoor 3000 meter champion, Broe finished fourth in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2000 Olympic Trials, and was third at the 2001 USA Outdoor Championships despite hitting the final barrier and falling. He finished last season ranked #1 in the steeplechase and #2 at 3,000m by T&FN. The Illinois state high school cross country champ in 1993 and 1994, Broe placed third at the 1999 NCAAs in the 5000m as a senior at Alabama.

Broe quotes: It was real complicated – you sprinted from the get-go and you sprinted until the finish. There were a lot of guys there with 1,000 meters to go, which was a surprise. I had to run all the way to the finish line to win this one. It’s a lot harder when you’re the guy to beat and everyone is watching you, but I was able to perform up to the challenge. The young guys really pushed me all the way to the finish and that surprised me. We should have a strong team in Dublin. You never really know what to expect over there, but we’ll give it our all like we did last year. We’re going to have to run better than we did last year to get on the podium.

Torres Quotes (Junior at University of Colorado from Wheeling, Illinois): It feels great to take second. It felt harder today than NCAAs (2nd in 2001) but I really pushed it, especially at the halfway point. There’s a lot of good kickers in this race, so I wanted to take the sting out of them. It’s going to be great to go back to Ireland. But I’ll still run NCAA indoors if I can.

Cosey Quotes: This year I wanted to run the 4K because that’s my best suit. It’s just perfect for a steepler. But I’m gonna come back tomorrow and run the 12K as well.

TEAM SCORING

1. adidas 13 2. Nike 30 3. Hansons Running Shop 61 4. Nike Farm Team 67 5. U.S. Army 79 6. U.S. Marines 118 7. U.S. Air Force 118 8. West Valley Track Club 138

JUNIOR WOMEN – 6,000 METERS 1. Maria Cicero (Boston College), 21:05 2. Erika Odlaug (Unattached), 21:19 3. Sara Bei (Stanford University), 21:26 4. Nicole Lee (Unattached), 21:33 5. Valerie Lauver (Unattached), 21:40 6. Kathryn Anderson (Unattached), 21:41 7. Anne Bersagel (Unattached), 21:53 8. Felicia Guliford (Wings of America), 21:55 9. Jacqueline Zeigle (ASC Striders), 22:02 10. Michelle Wale (Penn State University), 22:04 11. Paris Edwards (Unattached), 22:14 12. Laura Zeigle (ASC Striders), 22:19 13. Paige Miller (Unattached), 22:21 14. Jessica Scalzo (Club Northwest), 22:22 15. Danielle Coon (Unattached), 22:22

RACE CONDITIONS: Mostly sunny and 40 degrees, with calm winds. Thick grass with a few slick spots.

RACE IN REVIEW: Excellent weather greeted 38 Junior women for their three-lap run of this two kilometer loop course. The one-mile point was passed in 5:08, with Sara Bei, Maria Cicero and Nicole Lee together. They passed two kilometers in 7 minutes, breaking away from the main group. On the second circuit, Cicero led the pack at 4 kilometers in 14:07, with Bei at 14:10 and Lee at 14:15. The third lap saw Cicero win the race, with Erika Odlaug running strongly, coming from behind to place second, with Bei third.

Cicero Notes: A freshman at Boston College, Cicero finished 16th at last year’s NCAA Cross Country Championships. She will compete at the Big East Indoor Championships next weekend, and will also compete at the 2002 World Cross Country Championships.

Cicero Quotes: I’ve been waiting for a while to make a national team. My plan was to stay with Sarah Bei and pretty much go from there. I came in here confident of my fitness level, and I came in here ready to race, and that’s what I did. This is a big honor.

Bei Quotes: I wasn’t used to leading, but it was kinda fun to take it out. I didn’t have the start or finish that I would’ve liked to, but I’m excited to go to Ireland.

Odlaug Quotes: I ran a really patient race and then I sucked them in at the end. I’m really happy about that. It felt good.

TEAM SCORING

1. Wings of America 10 points (no other entries)

For complete results from Saturday’s competition at the 2002 USATF Winter Nationals, visit our Web site at: www.usatf.org.

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