Torrence, Rowbury Win Inaugural USA One Mile Road Championships

Surprise Indoor 3000 Meter champion David Torrence earns his second National Title of the year and a $10,000 time bonus.

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David Torrence and Shannon Rowbury added to their list of National titles on Thursday night at the Inaugural USA One Mile Road Championships in Minneapolis, MN.

In the Men’s race, Jon Rankin took the early lead in the race (400m-:58) followed closely by Tommy Schmitz and Darren Brown.  As they approached the half way mark Rankin was caught by Schmitz and both would hit the 800 around 1:57, with Darren Brown and David Torrence stalking.  Rankin would make a break again at 1200 (2:57) but eventually lost ground on Brown and a charging Torrence.  With 200 meters to go Torrence finally took the lead and pulled away from Rankin to take the win in 3:59.3.  Along with his second National title this year, Torrence took home a $10,000 bonus for running a sub-4 Minute mile.  Rankin (4:01.7) was able to hold on to 2nd and Bobby Curtis (4:02.0) pulled up to take 3rd.

The Women’s competition was a wire to wire affair as Rowbury took the lead through 400, followed by Sara Hall and Minnesota native Carrie Tollefson.  The former Duke Blue Devil hit the 800 mark in 2:16, although still followed closely by Hall.  Rowbury passed the 1200 in 3:25 and had developed a 2 second cushion over Hall with only 400 meters to go.  Rowbury easily powered on to the finish, but missed the $10,000 bonus for breaking 4:28, crossing the line in 4:33.4.  Hall (4:39.1) faded but held on for 2nd and Sara Vaughn (4:41.3) rounded out the podium in 3rd.

Men’s Results:

1.  David Torrence – Berkeley, CA – 23 – Unattached – 3:59.3 ($4,000 +$10,000 time bonus)

2.  Jon Rankin – El Cajon, CA – 27 – Unattached – 4:01.7 ($2,500)

3.  Bobby Curtis – Ardmore, PA – 24 – Reebok – 4:02.0 ($1,500)

4.  Darren Brown – Austin, TX – 24 – Unattached – 4:08.0 ($800)

5.  Jordan Fife – Bloomington, IN – 25 – Team IN Elite/Brooks – 4:08.6 ($500)

Women’s Results:

1.  Shannon Rowbury – San Fransicso, CA – 24 – Nike – 4:33.4 ($4,000)

2.  Sara Hall – Mammoth Lakes, CA – 26 – Asics – 4:39.1 ($2,500)

3.  Sara Vaughn – Boulder, CO – 22 – Boulder RC/adidas – 4:41.3 ($1,500)

4.  Rachael Marchand – Iowa City, IA – 23 – Unattached – 4:42.4 ($800)

5.  Meghan Armstrong – Minneapolis, MN – 23 – Team USA MN/Strands – 4:42.5 ($500)

For More: 2009 USA 1 Mile Road Championships

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