USATF Long Distance Running Notes


Jim Estes
Long Distance Running Programs Manager
USA Track & Field

Team USA finishes second at North American 5K Team Championship

CHULA VISTA - Under cool, overcast conditions Canada's Paul Morrison and Emilie Mondor took home top individual honors and led Canada to its second straight North American 5K Team Championship. Team USA finished second and Mexico was third. The team event was held in conjunction with the 17th annual Arturo Barrios 5K & 10K Invitational on Sunday in Chula Vista, Calif.

Morrison broke free from America's Fernando Cabada and Mexico's Juan Luis Barrios on the final of three laps on the 3.1-mile course around Chula Vista Harbor, to finish in a time of 13:58 and secure Canada's first individual men's title in the four-year championship history.

Morrison's teammate Reid Coolsaet finished third for the second straight year while Cabada, a senior at Virginia Intermont College, faded from his second place position all the way back to seventh at the finish. Cabada's team-mates Pete Julian and Ian Conner finished fourth and sixth in 14:11 and 14:19 respectively.

Mondor victory, at 15:37, marked her third consecutive North American 5K individual title, though it was just shy of last year's course and Canadian national record time of 15:16.

In the low score cross country-type format where the top two from each gender score, the U.S. and Canada were tied as the race entered its latter stages. The championship was determined when Canada's Tara Quinn Smith battled past America's Amy Mortimer for third place behind Mondor and American Amy Yoder Begley. The U.S. women's team lost one of its stars just before the start of the race when 2005 USA Outdoor 5,000-meter runner-up Lauren Fleshman pulled out with a foot injury suffered in her warm-up.

A prize purse of $25,000 was awarded to the teams. Canada finished with eight points, receiving $12,000, the United States finished with 16 points and received $6,000 and Mexico finished with 20 points, receiving $3,000.

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New Zealand Olympian Kim Smith and the B.A.A.'s Jarrod Shoemaker win 16th Mayor's Cup Cross Country Races in Boston

From Jack Fleming, B.A.A.

BOSTON - A soggy start and an even wetter finish were the sub-stories for the 16th Annual Mayor's Cup Cross Country Races at Boston's Franklin Park on Sunday, but New Zealand Olympian Kim Smith's impressive victory over the 5-kilometers was just reward for those who braved the elements to watch the championship races on the historic cross country course.

With a race time temperature of 45-degrees and rain-soaked turf, the normally fast course on this day resembled a cow-path in many places but Smith posted a wire-to-wire win (16:35) in her first professional cross country race at Franklin Park, where she last competed in her final year at Providence College in winning the Big East Championships. She went on to win the NCAA championships last year.

The 23-year old Smith was a late entrant, having done 85 miles of training this week, but Coach Ray Treacy recommended the race as more of a workout than a competition and Smith obliged. As it turned out, Smith's only competition was herself as she won comfortably and 21 seconds ahead of training partner and current Providence College standout Mary Cullen, of Ireland (16:56).

In the men's 8-kilometer championship race, the Boston Athletic Association's Jarrod Shoemaker, 23, shadowed Westchester Track Club's Daniel Zegeye for the first 5-kilometeters. Zegeye, who was sixth place at the 2000 Olympic Games (Sydney) is a citizen of Ethiopia and resident of New York, but his background on the track was not enough to survive the day's wet conditions. Shoemaker, a professional triathlete and the current 23-years and under World Champion (September 2005 in Japan), ended up winning the race in 24:23, beating runner-up Kyle King of ZAP Fitness (Blowing Rock, North Carolina) by five seconds.

B.A.A. won the men's team competition (50 to 51), narrowly beating Westchester Track Club. Results are unofficial until verified, however, Westchester returned the favor by edging the B.A.A. in the women's team standings (44-45).

The Mayor's Cup is a premier competition for the City of Boston and has been a mainstay on the national calendar among open cross country events. Regarded as one of the most competitive cross country races in the eastern United States, several clubs once again competed at the Mayor's Cup to prepare for the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships [this year held in Rochester, New York on November 19].

The Mayor's Cup Cross Country races are sponsored by adidas and the Boston Athletic Association, and directed by USA Track & Field - New England with cooperation from the Boston Centers for Youth & Families, the Boston Parks & Recreation Department and the City of Boston Park Rangers. Proceeds from the event are directed towards the improvement, preservation and maintenance of the Franklin Park cross country courses.

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Upcoming USARC Events

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

Upcoming USATF Association Championships

October 23, 2005 - USATF New Jersey Association 5 km Cross Country Championships Holmdel, NJ

October 29, 2005 - USATF Wyoming Association Open Cross Country Championships, Casper, WY

October 30, 2005 - USATF Southern California Assoc. Open & Masters Cross Country Championships, Baldwin Hills, CA

October 30, 2005 - 2005 USATF New England Association Marathon Championship, Falmouth, MA

October 30, 2005 - USATF New Jersey Association 8 km Cross Country Championships, Readington, NJ

November 5, 2005 - USATF Montana Association Open & Masters Cross Country Championships, Bozeman, MT

November 5, 2005 - USATF Metropolitan Association Cross Country Championships, New York, NY

November 6, 2005 - USATF North Carolina Association Junior Olympic XC Championships, Pleasant Garden, NC

November 6, 2005 - USATF Adirondack Association Cross Country Championships, Saratoga Springs, NY

November 6, 2005 - USATF New England Assoc. Cross Country Championships, Boston, MA

November 6, 2005 - USATF West Region & Pacific Assoc. Cross Country Championships, San Francisco, CA

November 6, 2005 - USATF Wisconsin Association Open & Masters Cross Country Championships, Madison, WI

November 12, 2005 - USATF Inland Northwest Assoc. Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, Spokane, WA

November 12, 2005 - USATF Minnesota Association Cross Country Championships, Apple Valley, MN

November 12, 2005 - USATF New Mexico Association Open and Masters Cross Country Championships, Cuba, NM

November 12, 2005 - USATF Ohio Association Open & Masters Cross Country Champs, Springfield, OH

November 12, 2005 - USATF San Diego Association Cross Country Championships, San Diego, CA

November 12, 2005 -USATF Long Island Association 8k Championship and Grand Prix Race, Ronkonkoma, NY

November 19, 2005 - USATF New England Association Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, Smithfield, RI

November 19, 2005 - USATF Florida Association Cross Country Championships, Clermont, FL

November 19, 2005 - USATF Missouri Valley Assoc. Open & Masters Cross Country Championships, Lawrence, KS

November 20, 2005 - USATF Region 2 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, Holmdel, NJ

December 10, 2005 USATF Georgia Association 10 Mile Championship, Dalton, GA

December 12, 2005 - USATF New Jersey Association 10 Mile Championships, West Windsor, NJ

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