USATF Long Distance Running Notes

02-14-2006

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Jim Estes
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Webb Forced Out of 2006 USA Cross Country Championships

New York, February 14, 2006–American star miler Alan Webb has been forced to withdraw from the 12 km event at the 2006 USA Cross Country Championships and World Cross Country Team Trials presented by Gleukos this weekend due to illness, it was announced today by New York Road Runners officials.

Webb, 23, of Reston, Virginia, one of the race favorites, will not be able to compete in Sunday's race at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx because he has not recovered from bronchitis suffered after returning from Spain two weeks ago. He competed in two cross country races there as part of his preparation.

"I was a wreck," said Webb, who added that he lost eight pounds during the illness. "I couldn't run, and this was a pretty easy decision. It's a big bummer."

The men's 12 km race is a stacked field including defending champion Dathan Ritzenhein, 23, of Boulder, Colorado. Challengers include Abdi Abdirahman of Tucson, Arizona, the 2002 12 km runner-up and the fifth-place finisher at last year's ING New York City Marathon, and 2000 USA Cross Country 4 km and 12 km champion Adam Goucher of Portland, Oregon. The top six finishers qualify for the American team for the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, on April 1-2.

For more information on the USA Cross Country Championships presented by Gleukos visit www.usatf.org.

2005 Foot Locker Cross Country Champion A.J. Acosta set for USA Cross Country Championships presented by Gleukos

From Paul Merca

The New York Road Runners announced that 2005 Foot Locker national high school cross country champion Andrew 'A.J.' Acosta of Oceanside, California's El Camino High School has entered this weekend's USA Cross Country Championships presented by Gleukos.

The USA Cross Country Championships Presented by Gleukos will be held at New York City's Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx and will be broadcast February 20 (late evening February 19) at 12:00 a.m. EST on ESPN 2.

Acosta will compete in Sunday's junior men's (19 years of age or under) 8-kilometer race, with the top six finishers earning berths on the USA World Cross Country Championships squad that competes in Fukuoka, Japan April 1-2.

Acosta, who recently signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Oregon, won the 2005 Foot Locker Championships in San Diego in a time of 15:02 over a five kilometer course, defeating an elite field of 31 of America's best prep runners.

Other 2005 Fool Locker finalists in the junior men's race include Kenny Klotz (Central Catholic HS, Beaverton) and Isaac Stoutenberg (Crater HS, Central Point) of Oregon,, who finished 4th and 28th; Landon Peacock (Cedar Springs HS, Morley, Mich.), who finished 5th: and Benjamin Sitler (St Francis HS, Los Altos, Calif.), who finished seventh in San Diego.

For more information on the USA Cross Country Championships presented by Gleukos visit www.usatf.org.

Freescale Austin Marathon offers incentives for Olympic Trials Qualifiers

The 2006 Freescale Austin Marathon has announced that it will offer financial incentives for athletes who qualify for the 2008 Olympic Trials Marathon at this weekend's race.

Support funds for this program are provided by Coca-Cola, the Austin Marathon Foundation and from the generous support of the Austin running community.

The Development Program Financial Support Package:

Any Development Program athlete who achieves the 'A' Olympic Trials qualifying standard (sub-2:20 for men and sub-2:39 for women) will receive $500.

Any Development Program athlete who achieves the 'B' Olympic Trials qualifying standard (sub-2:22 for men and sub-2:47 for women) will receive $250.

Any Development Program athlete who starts the 2006 Freescale Austin Marathon will receive $100.

The awards are in addition to the American prize money with the top American receiving $1000. Awards are non-cumulative and are pending drug testing results and any race protest filed.

For more information contact Elite Athlete Coordinator Greg McMillan at greg@freescaleaustinmarathon.com.

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