McMillan Elite athlete gets the victory on the men’s side.
The New Haven 20K played host to the men’s and women’s US 20K national championship. The Connecticut Labor Day tradition saw McMillan Elite athlete Brett Gotcher take the men’s title and 45 year old Colleen DeReuck take the women’s title.
In the men’s race it was a great battle between three men looking to claim their first national road racing titles. Early leader, and defending champion, James Carney helped to keep the pace honest but didn’t seem to have the ability to finish as he faded over the second 10K, leaving Gotcher, Mohamed Trafeh and Jason Lehmkuhle to vie for the win. Gotcher was able to pull away slightly with about half a mile to go and secure his first national title in 58:57. Trafeh held on for second clocking 59:01 ahead of Lehmkuhle’s 59:04.
The women’s race far less exciting as the stalwart DeReuck took control around five miles and never looked back. DeReuck finished with a time of 1:07:21, a world record for women over 45. Rounding out the podium for the women was surprise second placer Serena Burla (1:07:38) and 2008 Olympian Magdalena Lewy Boulet (1:08:11). Most of the women here were using the race as a tune-up for the October 4th Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., site of the 2009 US women’s marathon championships.
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