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Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
USA Track & Field

Hall family double, as USA take three wins at Chiba Cross Country

Sunday 19 March 2006

From the IAAF

CHIBA, Japan - Sunday was an excellent day for members of the USA national squad currently in Japan preparing for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. A triple triumph for the USA at the Chiba Cross Country Meeting was led by Ryan Hall and his wife, Sara Hall, as they won the men's 12 km and women's 6 km respectively. Jorge Torres added a win in the men's 4 km at the 41st annual Chiba event, held Sunday in the "Showa no Mori" in Chiba, Japan.

Ryan, who exactly a month a go had surprised defending champion Dathan Ritzenhein in the USA Cross Country Championships, was running only the second 12 km cross country of his career, running 35:22. Team USA teammate Ian Dobson was third, running 35:46

Sara, who had finished sixth in the 4km at the US nationals and like her husband is on the USA team for the World Cross Country Championships, took victory in the women's 6km running 19:12 to finish six seconds ahead of Yumi Sato of Japan.

Japan's Kazuyoshi Tokumoto, who won the men's 10 km race in the Fukuoka Cross Country last week, finished second in the men's 4 km today behind USA's Jorge Torres (10:55), who had finished second behind Hall in the USA Cross Country Championships in February.

The U.S. quartet will be joined by fellow Team USA members for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka on April 1-2.

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Los Angeles Marathon sees five qualify for 2008 Olympic Trials Marathon

The 2006 Los Angeles Marathon held on Sunday saw a total of five U.S. athletes qualify to compete in the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials.

Carlos Carballo of Berkley, Calif., finished 13th overall to lead the U.S. men running 2:19:12 to earn a total of $7,500, including a $1000 bonus for running the "A" qualifying standard for the Olympic Trials.

Steve Moreno also ran the "A" standard, running 2:19:30 for 14th. Chris Banks and John Lucas finished 16th and 17th running "B" standards of 2:21:44 and 2:21:53, respectively.

The U.S. women were led by Christine Lundy running a "B" qualifying standard of 2:43:14 to finish eighth among female finishers.

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Team USA Minnesota's Chris Lundstrom, Kristen Nicolini Win Human Race 8 km

Two Team USA Minnesota runners made it a clean sweep at The Human Race 8 km in St. Paul Sunday, with Chris Lundstrom holding off the men's field in a time of 23:47, and Kristen Nicolini running away from the female competitors in a time of 27:15. More than 1,100 runners finished the 34th annual race.

"It was a good tune-up for Boston," said Lundstrom who will run the Boston Marathon on April 17. "I felt pretty strong the whole way and shifted gears with a half mile to go. I might have started my sprint a little too early, but I managed to keep it together at the end."

Nicolini, the 2004 Human Race champion, crossed the finish line well ahead of the women's field, beating the second place finisher by 22 seconds.

Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Formed in 2001, the purpose of the nonprofit training center is to improve post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians. Team USA Minnesota is also supported by the USA Distance Project.

The USA Distance Project presented by the New York Road Runners is a partnership of the Long Distance Running Division of USA Track & Field and major U.S. events and running related corporations. Additional support for the project is provided by the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.

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