Greensboro to host 2003 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Public Affairs Officer
USA Track & Field
GREENSBORO, N.C. – More than 500 competitors will compete for national honors Sunday at the 2003 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships at Bryan Park in Greensboro, North Carolina. The event, hosted by the Greensboro Pacesetters Track Club, serves as the USA Open Men's 10 km, Open Women's 6 km, and Masters 10 km Championships.
The National Club Championships feature the top clubs from across the United States as they vie for top honors and bragging rights as the nation's top cross country team. In addition to the elite competition on Sunday, Masters athletes also will run in a 10 km race for their national honors in a variety of age groups from 40 years old to 90+ years old.
At last year's event at Sierra College in Rocklin, California, Hanson's Running Shop (Detroit, Mich.) dominated the men's 10 km event, placing all five scorers among the first 11 finishers to successfully defend their national title over the Nike Farm Team (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Wisconsin Runner Racing Team. Hanson's scored 35 points, comfortably ahead of the Farm Team's 57 points and Wisconsin Runner's 66.
Wisconsin Runner's Jared Cordes successfully defended his individual USA 10 km cross country championship last year in becoming the first Open man (or woman) to win back-to-back individual USA 10 km cross country titles since the national championships were split into two separate events in 1998. In winning last year’s race, Cordes edged away from the Farm Team's Dave Cullum to win by three seconds in 31:26 to 31:29 over a wet and muddy course. Cordes will be on hand to defend his men’s title, where he’ll face among others three-time NCAA steeplechase champion Daniel Lincoln and prep mile legend and 2001 Big Ten Conference cross country champion Alan Webb. In last year's women's 6 km championship, the Nike Farm Team women successfully exacted revenge over rival Indiana Invaders, the 2001 national team champions. Former Stanford standout Sarna Becker placed fourth overall in leading the Farm Team to a 28-point total, well ahead of the Indiana Invaders' 87 points and Boston AA's 88. 2000 Olympian Shayne Culpepper ran away from former Wisconsin star Jenelle Deatherage, 21:47 to 21:53, to win her first national harrier title. Becker will face a strong women’s field on Sunday, which includes 2003 USA Outdoor Championships 1,500m sixth-place finisher Mary Jayne Harrelson, and two-time U.S. world cross country championships team member Carmen Ayala-Troncoso. The Greensboro Pacesetters have developed an all-new course at Bryan Park's Golf Course located on the northeast edge of Greensboro. The course features a two-mile loop over rolling hills, with the start and finish located in the middle of the course -- providing spectators standing in those areas with an excellent opportunity to view most of the action. The Greensboro Pacesetters TC, which also hosted the 2000 USA Winter Cross Country Championships at Bryan Park, was founded in 1979 as a youth track club and is coached and directed by Charlie Brown, II. The Pacesetters host a full schedule of youth, high school, college, and open events each year at nearby Hagan Stone Park. The Greensboro Sports Commission is assisting the Pacesetters with hosting the Championships. The schedule for the 2003 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships is as follows: 10 a.m. Community 4 km Fun Run; 11 a.m. Masters Women 10 km; 12:15 p.m. Masters Men 10 km; 1:15 p.m. Open Women’s 6 km; 1:55 p.m. Open Men’s 10 km. For more information on the 2003 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships, visit www.usatf.org.