INDIANAPOLIS - 2004 U.S. Olympian Colleen De Reuck (Boulder, Colo.) and 2008 USA Masters Cross Country Champion Sean Wade (Houston, Texas), led all contenders at the USA Masters 10 km Championships, hosted by The Texas Round-Up Festival on Saturday in Austin, Texas.
Wade outran Dennis Simoniatis by three seconds for the overall and age division (40-44) win, running 31:15. In finishing second overall, Simonaitis captured his second consecutive national title in the 45-49 division. De Rueck dominated the women's field, running 34:17 to win by 2:09 over Jody Hawkins (Frisco, Texas) as they led the women's 40-44 division.
National titles were also awarded in the following women's categories: 45-49 - Carmen Ayala-Troncoso (Austin, Texas), 37:22; 50-54 - Christine Kennedy (Los Gatos, Calif.), 39:41; 55-59 - Kathryn Martin (Northport, N.Y.), 39:26; 65-69 - Barbara Miller (Modesto, Calif.), 48:32.
National championships were awarded in the following men's divisions: 50-54 - David Cannon (Seattle, Wash.), 34:37; 55-59 - Nolan Shaheed (Pasadena, Calif.), 35:50; 60-64 - Ronald Wells (Alpine, Calif.), 38:24; 65-69 - Doug Goodhue (Milford, Mich.), 39:24; 70-74 - Inocencio Cantu (Richmond, Texas), 49:14; 75-79 - Robert Coffey (Fort Worth, Texas), 57:27.
The USA Masters 10 km Championships were hosted by Texas Round-up, a statewide fitness initiative that encourages all Texans to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles through regular exercise and general physical fitness and was created by Texas Governor, Rick Perry in 2004.
The event was held just off the steps of the State Capitol in Austin and drew thousands of participants from around the state to celebrate fitness. The championships featured a record $34,000 in prize money for U.S. Masters athletes including top-ten age-graded awards.
For more information on the 2008 USA Masters 10 km Championships visit www.usatf.org.