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Browne, De Reuck to defend USA 20K Titles at New Haven vs. top fields
8-29-2003

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Browne, De Reuck to Defend USA 20K Titles at New Haven Against Top Fields

$34,000 USA Championship purse, World Half-Marathon team spots at stake

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - (August 28, 2003) - The 26th New Haven Savings Bank 20K - to be held Monday, September 1 - again hosts the USA Championships and like past editions, deep U.S. fields including the defending champions Dan Browne and Colleen De Reuck are expected for the annual Labor Day tradition. The stacked fields - which also include Olympians Meb Keflezighi, Brad Hauser, Rod DeHaven, Marla Runyan and Kate Fonshell and recent national road champions Sara Wells, Chris Graff, Peter DeLaCerda, David Morris, Jeanne Hennessy and Scott Larson - will compete not only for U.S. titles, but also over a $34,000 USA Championship purse ($6000 for the national champion) and spots on the U.S. team for the World Half-Marathon Championships October 4 in Portugal.

"This year's national championship could be something special. Both defending champions are back, the fields are deep and fast, and we look forward to some outstanding racing on Labor Day morning," said John Courtmanche, Board President, New Haven Savings Bank Road Race.

Monday's New Haven forecast is showers with lows in the low 60s and highs in the mid 70s.

As a USA Championship, the New Haven 20K is also part of the USA Running Circuit (USARC), a USA Track & Field road series. Many of the top contenders for the $25,000 USARC Grand Prix will be at the race including the 2002 GP champions Browne and De Reuck and top contenders (Keflezighi, Graff, Phillimon Hanneck, Chad Johnson, Wells and Runyan). The top ten U.S. finishers will earn important Circuit points.

Last year, in an exciting race, Browne edged Kyle Baker to defend his national title in 59:21 to 59:22 (#5 and #6 U.S. all-time), while De Reuck dominated the women's race with her 1:07:53 as Libbie Hickman was over a minute back in 1:09:02.

This year, Browne, 28, of Portland, Ore. goes for a rare USA 20K title three-peat, but a formidable field awaits him. The 2003 Pan Am Games 10,000 meter bronze medalalist - who is coached by American legend Alberto Salazar - also won the USA 25K Championship last May at the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids, Mich. In 1998, the Army graduate won five 1998 USA titles (5K, 10K, 10,000m, 3000m indoor and 4K cross country).

Browne's main challengers at New Haven should be:

1) Meb Keflezighi, 28, (Mammoth Lakes, CA), 2003 USA 8K and 15K champion, 3rd Bix 7 Mile (32:41) and USA 10,000m runner-up; won five national titles in 2002 (5K, 10,000m, 7 Mile, 12K cross country and 15K); in 2001, set U.S. 10,000m record (27:13.98); 2000 Olympian at 10,000m; Team USA California

2) Brad Hauser, 26, (Mountain View, CA), 2nd 2003 San Diego Half-Marathon (1:03:31); 2000 Olympian (5000m); three-time NCAA outdoor champion at Stanford

3) Peter DeLaCerda, 31, (Alamosa, CO), 9th 2003 Bix 7 Mile (33:44) and 3rd USA Half-Marathon Championships; 2002 USA Half-Marathon champion; 2nd 2000 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (Pittsburgh); Team USA California

4) Phillimon Hanneck, 32, (Portland, OR), 2003 USA Half-Marathon and 25K Championships runner-up; 1999 USA 10K and 20K Champion; 1992 1500m Olympian for Zimbabwe

5) Scott Larson, 32, (Boulder, CO), 10th 2003 Bix 7 Mile (34:18); 2001 USARC Grand Prix co-champion with Dan Browne and USA Marathon champion (2:15:26, New York City); 4th 2000 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (Pittsburgh)

6) Rod DeHaven, 36, (Madison, WI), 2nd 2003 Naples Half-Marathon (1:04:47); 2000 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials champion (Pittsburgh); 1994/98/2000 USA Half-Marathon champion; 1998/2000 USA Running Circuit GP champion

Other top U.S. men expected at New Haven are:

Kyle Baker (Lansing, MI), 2nd last year at New Haven, returning from injury; Richie Brinker (Rochester Hills, MI); Dave Davis (Portland, OR); Mike Donnelly (Portland, OR); Darrell General (Mitchellville, MD); Scott Goff (Boulder, CO); Chris Graff (Palo Alto, CA), 2003 USA 10 Mile champion; Teren Jameson (Salt Lake City, UT); Chad Johnson, (Portland, OR), 2001 USA 25K champion; Joe LeMay (Danbury, CT), 1995-96 USA 20K champion; Chris Lundstrom (Northfield, MN); Terrence Mahon (Ardmore, PA), 1998 USA 20K champion; Ryan Meissen (River Falls, WI); Teddy Mitchell (Albuquerque, NM); David Morris (Albuquerque, NM), 2002 USA 25K champion and 1997 USA Half-Marathon champion; Todd Reeser (Canandaigua, NY), 2000 USA 20K champion; Brian Sell (Rochester Hills, MI) and Clint Wells (Boulder, CO).

In the women's race, De Reuck, 39, a three-time Olympian for South Africa, is a co-favorite with 2000 Olympian Marla Runyan. In June, De Reuck won the USA Half-Marathon title with a championship record time of 1:10:00. The Boulder, Colo. resident has an extensive running resume with four U.S. road titles and major road victories at the Carlsbad 5000, Bix 7, Berlin Marathon, Cherry Blossom 10 Mile, Bloomsday 12K and New Haven. In 1998, she set world records at 20K (1:05:11, New Haven) and 10 Mile (51:16, Nortel Cherry Blossom), while the current USARC leader also won a bronze medal at the 2002 World Cross Country Championships.

Runyan, 34, of Eugene, Ore. will also be tough to beat at New Haven. The three-time USA 5000m champion and former hepathlete who is legally blind also is becoming an experienced road racer as recently she has won USA road titles at 5K (2002-03) and 10K (2002) and placed fourth in her 2002 marathon debut (2:27:10) at New York.

De Reuck or Runyan could be challenged by the following:

1) Magdalena Lewy, 30, (Oakland, CA), 2nd 2003 UPMC/City of Pittsburgh Marathon (2:31:38, personal record) and 2002 UPMC/City of Pittsburgh Marathon winner (2:36:48); former Polish citizen became U.S. citizen in September 2001

2) Katie McGregor, 25, (Edina, MN), 2003 3rd USA 10,000m Championship (31:54.78) and 4th USA 8K Cross Country Championships; 2002 USA 7 Mile national runner-up and 3rd USA 10,000m Championship; 1998 NCAA cross country champion at Michigan; Team USA Minnesota

3) Sara Wells, 24, (Edina, MN), 2003 USA Marathon champion (2:35:37, debut) and 6th USA 8K Cross Country Championships; Team USA Minnesota

Other top American women expected at New Haven:

Jenny Crain (Eugene, OR); Mary-Lynn Currier (Unionville, CT); Sonja Friend-Uhl (Boca Raton, FL); Kate Fonshell (Ardmore, PA), 1996 10,000m Olympian; Denise Harlow (Portland, ME); Jeanne Hennessy (Mahopac, NY), 2002 USA 25K champion; Naoko Ishibe (Silver Spring, MD); Michelle LaFleur (Savananah, GA); Johanna Olson (Minneapolis, MN); Molly Taber (Somerville, MA); Jennifer Tonkin (Seattle, WA); Christina Wells (Louisville, KY) and Deeja Youngquist (Albuquerque, NM)

The $36,650 total prize purse includes $34,000 for the USA Championship ($6000, $3500, $2500, $1500, $1000, $800, $600, $500, $400 and $200 for 10th). In addition, the first runner to break the course record (57:37 for men and 1:05:11 for women) will earn an extra $1000 bonus.

20K Road Records

U.S. All-Comers and Course
57:37 Khalid Khannouchi (MAR), New Haven, CT, 09/07/98
1:05:11 Colleen De Reuck (RSA), New Haven, CT, 09/07/98
U.S.
59:13 Paul Cummings, New Bedford (split), MA, 03/15/87
1:07:07 Trina Painter, New Haven, CT, 09/04/95

The flat, fast loop course starts and finishes at the New Haven Green. Over 4,500 participants in the 20K and accompanying 5K and 1/2 mile children's runs are expected at the 26th edition, the fourth largest 20K in the country (2,142 finishers in 2002). The New Haven Road Race is sponsored by New Haven Savings Bank.

For more information, visit the race website at: http://www.newhavenroadrace.org

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