USATF Long Distance Running Notes - May 28-30, 2005


Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field
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American Women win BolderBoulder International Team Challenge

Led by 2004 Olympian Elva Dryer's overall victory, the American women's team took first at the 2005 BolderBoulder International Team Challenge, held in Boulder, Colo. yesterday.

Dryer, looking relaxed and in control, ran just off the shoulder of Ethiopia's Merima Hashim until the final third of the race, when she made a strong move to pull away for the win in 32:51, the fifth fastest women's time in race history.

Dryer's win, the fourth for U.S. women in the last five years, was backed up with third- and fourth-place finishes by Jen Rhines and Colleen De Reuck, finishing in 33:28 and 33:40 respectively. The American women's score of eight points is the third lowest team score since the inception of the team event in 1997. The effort earned the American women a total of $45,000 in team prize money.

On the men's side, the American men finished fifth earning $8,000 in team prize money. The team was led by local favorite Pete Julian, who was 16th overall in the men's race finishing in 30:58. Gudisa Shentama of Ethiopia was the overall winner, running 29:21 to lead Ethiopia to the team win.

New to this year's event was the opportunity for USATF Colorado athletes to compete in the professional race under the banner of Team Colorado. The men's team, made up of Clint Wells, Sean Nesbitt and Jon Severy, finished eighth, while the women's team of Nicole Aish, Katie Blackett and Amy Manson finished seventh.

Impressive Field to Compete in USA National 10 km Trail Championships

The spring trail running season begins in Vail, Colo. this weekend with the Gore-Tex USA 10 km National Trail Running Champs on Saturday, June 4.

The race also serves as the second North American Central American Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships, which pit teams from the NACAC member countries in a cross-country scoring (with up to four team members and the top two finishers scoring). In addition, selection for three members of the Teva US Mountain Running Team will be made at the event, with the top two U.S. men and the top U.S. woman finisher making the team.

Defending USA National 10km Trail champions and members of the 2004 Teva US Mountain Running Team Simon Gutierrez, 39, Laura Haefeli, 37, headline the competition. Returning to the event after missing last year's race due to injury will be local Vail Valley favorite and two-time USATF Mountain Runner of the Year (2002, 2003) Anita Ortiz, 40.

Joining Haefeli and Ortiz on the U.S. team competing in the NACAC Championships will be Lisa Isom, 33, and Erica Larson, 33. These four women represent last year's bronze medal-winning team at the World Mountain Running Trophy.

Building on the international flavor of the NACAC component, two-time World Mountain Running Trophy champion Melissa Moon of New Zealand, and last year's World Trophy runner up, Anna Pichrtova of the Czech Republic, are both slated to compete.

The trail course starts and finishes in Vail Village and includes more than 3,000 feet of elevation change on Vail Mountain.

A prize purse of $5000 will be equally divided between the event's top male and female finishers. The breakdown in the prize money is as follows: $1000 for first place, $750 for second place, $500 for third place, and $250 for fourth place.

Team staff announced for 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

The Cross Country Council of USATF has announced the Team USA staff for the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. The event will be contested in Fukuoka, Japan on April 1-2, 2006.

Senior Men's Team Leader - David Martin (Atlanta, Ga.)

Senior Women's Team Leader - Julie Henner (Georgetown University)

Junior Men's Team Leader - Danny Green (Woodlands HS, Woodlands, Texas)

Junior Women's Team Leader - Linda Kranick (Saratoga Spring HS, Saratoga, N.Y.)

Chef De Mission- Bill Roe (President, USA Track & Field)

David Martin is the Development Chair for the Marathon for USATF's Men's Development Committee, has served on five World Cross Country Team staffs, including most recently in 2000. Julie Henner, an assistant track & field coach at Georgetown University, was a 1996 Olympian at 1500 meters and served as the Junior Women's Team Leader at World Cross Country in 2003.

Danny Green and Linda Kranick have both earned national high school coach of the year honors for their teams' successes in cross country and track & field.

Long Distance Running Calendar

Upcoming Association Championships

June 5, 2005 USATF New England Association 5km Championship, Lincoln, Rhode Island

Upcoming Association Grand Prix Events

2005 USATF Georgia Association LDR Grand Prix Series

2005 USATF Pacific Association Road Race Grand Prix Schedule

2005 USATF New Jersey Grand Prix Schedule

2005 USATF Oregon Grand Prix Schedule

Upcoming USARC Events

September 5, 2005 - USA 20 km Championships, New Haven, Connecticut

September 11, 2005 - USA 5 km Championships, Providence, Rhode Island

October 2, 2005 - USA Marathon Championships Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 10, 2005 - USA Women's 10 km Championship Boston, Massachusetts

November 5, 2005 - USA Men's 10 km Championship Mobile, Alabama

Upcoming USA Masters Championships

June 4, 2005 - USA Women's Masters 5 km Championships, Albany, New York

August 7, 2005 - USA Masters 8 km Championships, Honolulu, Hawaii

September 25, 2005 - USA Masters 10 km Championships, Paso Robles, California

October 2, 2005 - USA Masters Marathon Championships Minneapolis, Minnesota

Upcoming Mountain/Ultra/Trail Events

June 4, 2005 - USA 10 km Trail Championships, Vail, Colorado

June 18-19 - 2005 USA 100 Mile Trail Championships, Loudonville, Ohio

July 30, 2005 - USA 50 Mile Trail Championships Crystal, Mountain, Washington

August 27, 2005 - USA 50 km Trail Championships, San Francisco, California

October 15, 2005 - USA 50 Mile Championships, Boalsburg, Pennsylvania

Upcoming Team USA Events - Ultra

June 26, 2005 IAU 100 km World Cup Lake Saroma, Hokkaido, JPN

July 16-17, 2005 IAU 24-Hour World Challenge Worschach, AUT

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