Pierce pulls away in final 200 meters to win the women’s race.
MINNEAPOLIS – David Torrence of Oakland, California successfully defended his title as Anna Pierce of the Mammoth Track Club took the women’s crown at the USA 1 Mile Road Championships Thursday night in Minneapolis. Torrence ran 4:04.0 and Pierce was timed in 4:33.9.
In the women’s race, 2008 Olympian Christin Wurth-Thomas of Springdale, Arkansas jumped to a five-meter lead after the first 400 meters. Choosing to maintain a position along the center of the course, Wurth-Thomas was gradually caught by the chase pack that included Pierce and Sarah Bowman of Warrenton, Virginia.
Heading into the final 200 meters, Pierce made her move and pulled clear of the field for her first USA road title. Bowman moved up to take second in 4:34.9 while Wurth-Thomas held on for third in 4:36.3.
The men’s race saw virtually the entire field packed together until 200 meters to go when 2008 Olympian Lopez Lomong made his bid to take the lead but his move was quickly covered by Torrence, Dan Huling and Jordan Horn.
In a repeat of 2009, Torrence made his move in the last 150 meters, easily pulling ahead of the field to win by more than a second. Huling took second in 4:05.4 while Horn rounded out the top-three in 4:05.7.
The championships featured a total prize purse of $22,500, with the men’s and women’s USA Champion earning $4,000 each.
Video highlights of the USA 1 Mile Road Championships and pre- and post-race video interviews with top athletes are available in cooperation with RunnerSpace.com at www.USARunningCircuit.com. For more information, go to http://www.usatf.org/events/2010/USA1MileRoadChampionships/