PROVIDENCE, R.I. - U.S. Olympians Dan Browne (Portland, Ore.) and Shalane Flanagan (Marblehead, Mass.) took home the respective men's and women's titles at the USA 5 km Championships today in Providence, R.I. Browne's time of 13:48 was good for third overall in the open men's race at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K, while Flanagan ran 15:26 to become the first U.S. woman to win the open race at this event since USA Track & Field Hall of Fame member Lynn Jennings in 1994.
Eventual open winner Simon Ndirangu (KEN) and countrymen Nelson Kiplagat, Boaz Cheboiywo and Richard Kiplagat led a pack of about 15 men through the first mile in 4:22. Approaching half-way, Patrick Tarpy (Providence, R.I.) and Rod Koborsi (Washington, D.C.), moved to the front of the lead pack with Browne and Andrew Carlson (Minneapolis, Minn.) only a few steps behind.
Shortly after two miles, Browne began to make his way to the front of the pack and positioned himself to go for the win but as the group made the final turn just before three miles; Ndirangu and Richard Kiplagat made their break for the finish. Ndirangu pulled clear of Kiplagat to win by one second in 13:46. Browne's third-place finish was good for his second USA road title in two weeks. He won his third USA 20 km Championships title in New Haven, Conn., on Labor Day.
Following Browne for second in the championships was Koborsi in 13:50. Tarpy took third in 13:54, while Carlson and Jonathon Riley finished fourth and fifth in 13:57 and 13:59 respectively.
The women's race saw favorite Flanagan in control from the start, motor through the first mile in 4:43. Passing two miles in 9:40, only Sara Slattery (Lafayette, Colo.), a gold medalist in the 10,000 meters at the 2007 Pan American Games, was within striking distance but over the final mile Flanagan continued to press to the finish for a 16 second win.
2007 Notre Dame graduate Molly Huddle (Elmira, N.Y.) finished third, running 15:48 in her USA Running Circuit debut. Rounding out the top-five was Rebecca Donaghue (State College, Pa.) and Amy Mortimer (Providence, R.I.) in 15:54 and 16:04 respectively.
The CVS Caremark Downtown 5K featured $30,000 in championship prize money with $5,000 going to the respective men's and women's U.S. champions and was the sixth stop on the 2007 USA Running Circuit (USARC).
The USARC is a USA Track & Field road series that features USA Championships from 5 km to the marathon and attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The twelfth edition for the men and eleventh for the women, the 2006 circuit has eight events for men and seven events for women.
The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6000, $4000, and $2500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall. The USARC points at the USA Marathon Championships will be doubled.
The mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support, and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $4 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.
For more information on the 2007 USARC and USA 5 km Championships visit www.usatf.org.