LEXINGTON – The women of Boulder Running Company/adidas successfully defended their title and the Zap Fitness men won their third team championship in four years Saturday at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Ky.
The 12th annual USATF National Club Cross Country Championships featured mare than 1,000 athletes representing America’s top post-collegiate club teams from across the United States. Athletes competed for a total prize purse of $30,000, as well as team and individual titles at 10-kilometer for men and 6-kilometer for women.
In the open women’s race, Serena Burla (Ellisville, Mo.), used the final one-kilometer uphill to pull away for the individual title, running 20:23 for the 6 km course. Kim Conley (West Sacramento, Calif.) took the runner-up spot, finishing in 20:36 as Alissa McKaig (Blowing Rock, N.C.) finished third in 20:38.
In the team race the Boulder Running Company/adidas had more of a fight on their hands as they dueled with McMillan Elite through mid-race before pulling away for a 15 point win. The Asics Aggies took third with 109 points.
In the men’s open race, David Jankowski (Blowing Rock, N.C.) made a decisive move at 4.5 miles to pull away from Josh Simpson (Morgantown, W.V.) for the individual win, running 29:18 for a nine second win over Simpson. Jankowski’s teammate David Nightingale (Blowing Rock, N.C.) took third in 29:40 to help solidify ZAP’s 32 point team victory over Boulder Running Company/adidas. International City Racing Track Club finished third in the team standings with 96 points.
In the day’s opening race, Laura Haefeli (Del Norte, Colo.) unseated defending masters 6 km champion Carmen Ayala-Troncoso (Austin, Texas), for the overall masters win.
Troncoso won the individual age-group title in the 50-54 division. Other age-group winners included Karen Steen (Olympia Wash.) in the 45-49 age-group; Katherine Martin (Northport, N.Y.) in the 55-59 division; Sabra Harvey (Houston, Texas) in the 60-64 division; Betty Valent (Boulder, Colo.) in the 65-69 division; and, Madeline Bost (Randolph, N.J.) in the 70-74 division.
Team champions included Club Northwest in the 40-49 team division and the Impala Racing Team captured titles in both the 50-59 and 60+ team divisions.
2009 USA Masters Marathon champion Tracy Lokken (Marquette, Mich.) took advantage of the final uphill to break away from Chad Newton (Pisgah Forest, N.C.) and in the final 400 meters defending champion Simon Gutierrez over took Newton to claim the runner-up position. Lokken was timed in 32:10 with Gutierrez and Newton finishing in 32:14 and 32:18 respectively.
Other individual age-group titles went to Peter Magill (South Pasadena, Calif.) in the 45-49 division; Joe Sheeran (Ellensburg, Wash.) in the 50-54 division; John Barbour (Gloucester, Mass.) in the 55-59 division; William Dixon (Brattleboro, Vt.) in the 60-64 division; Doug Goodhue (Milford, Mich.) in the 65-69 division; Thom Weddle (Minneapolis, Minn.) in the 70-74 division; and Bill Iffrig (Everett, Wash.) in the 75-79 division.
Team titles were won by the Atlanta Track Club in the 40-49 division; Green Mountain AC in the 50-59 division; Raritan Valley Road Runners in the 60-69 division; and the Snohomish TC in the 70+ division.
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Source: Jim Estes/USATF