Team USA Set For World Half Marathon Championships

Vega, Carlson, Quigley lead U.S. men’s contingent.

From: Running USA Wire

Three reigning national road race champions will lead a talented group of U.S. distance runners on Saturday, October 16 at the 2010 IAAF/Sinopec World Half Marathon Championships in Nanning, China. USA Track & Field announced the team roster on Wednesday.

2010 U.S. champions leading Team USA at the World Half Marathon Championships include:

Antonio Vega (Minneapolis, Minn.), the 2010 USA Half Marathon champion, who was the first to qualify for the U.S. squad with his title at January’s national championship in Houston. Vega also won the 2010 Men’s USA Running Circuit Grand Prix crown.

Making his second consecutive appearance on the U.S. team will be USA 25K champion Andrew Carlson (Flagstaff, Ariz.). Carlson finished 20th at the 2009 edition of the world championships.

Joining Vega and Carlson will be Sean Quigley (Philadelphia, Pa.), who secured his spot on the U.S. team with a decisive win at the USA 20K Championships in New Haven, Conn. last month.

Rounding out the men’s team will be Ben Bruce (Eugene, Ore.) and Stephan Shay (Oakland, Calif.). Bruce was a member of the U.S. team for the World Cross Country Championships last March. Shay was the fifth place finisher at the USA Half Marathon Championships in January.

The women’s team will see four athletes who finished in the top 10 at last month’s USA 20K Championships. National runner-up Stephanie Rothstein (Flagstaff, Ariz.) will lead the team that includes Loretta Kilmer (New York, N.Y.) who finished 6th in New Haven; Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz (Boulder, Colo.) who finished 8th and Heidi Westover (Walpole, N.H.) who finished 10th. Rounding out the women’s squad will be Samia Akbar (Herndon, Va.).

Last year in Birmingham, England, Dathan Ritzenhein won the bronze medal, the first U.S. medal at these global championships, while the Team USA men had their best time (3:06:50) and place (4th). The Team USA women took fifth with their best time (3:34:24) at the event.

Kenya is the defending men’s and women’s team champions. A total of $245,000 will be offered in prize money, with $30,000 going to the world champions and $15,000 to the respective men’s and women’s team champions.

For more information on Team USA at the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, visit: USATF

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